News and Articles

Azure Security Center extends support for Windows Server 2016

January 20th, 2017

This article was originally posted on the Azure Blog by Sarah Fender Principal Program Manager, Azure Cybersecurity and can be found HERE 

Azure Security Center now offers full support for Windows Server 2016. Today, the Azure Monitoring Agent, which is used by Security Center to collect security metadata from virtual machines, is compatible with Windows Server 2008 R2 and newer versions, including Windows Server 2016, as well as most popular Linux distros (see complete list).

Security Center leverages this metadata to identify security issues, such as missing system updates and vulnerable OS configurations, and applies behavioral analysis to detect malicious activity, such as an attacker executing code or attempts to persist on a compromised VM.

To enable these protections:

Launch Security Center from the Azure portal
Turn on data collection (if you have not done so already) to automatically provision the Monitoring Agent on all supported VMs
Start the 90-Day free trial to enable behavioral analysis and other advanced threat detection



Announcement: New OneDrive Admin Center Preview

January 20th, 2017

This article was originally posted by Stephen Rose, Director, OneDrive Product Marketing at Microsoft.

Over the past year, OneDrive has evolved at a rapid pace introducing new features for end users and IT, across sync, web, and mobile. As the number of users and usage continues to grow, our customers have asked for an easier way to administer their company OneDrive settings and policies.

Microsoft StaffHub is here!

January 13th, 2017

Posted On Office Blogs by Office 365 Team, on January 12, 2017 and can be found HERE

There are an estimated 500-million frontline staff workers around the world in retail stores, hotels, restaurants, manufacturing and other service-related industries.

Christian Wade explains the preview of Azure Analysis Services

January 11th, 2017

This article was originally posted on the Azure Blog by Josh Caplan Senior Program Manager and can be found HERE 

Christian Wade stops by Azure Friday to speak with Scott about Azure Analysis Services. Built on the proven analytics engine in Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services, Azure Analysis Services delivers enterprise-grade BI semantic modeling capabilities with the scale, flexibility, and management benefits of the cloud.

Microsoft Azure Achieves HITRUST CSF Certification

January 4th, 2017

This article was originally posted on the Azure Blog by Alice Rison Senior Director, Microsoft Azure and can be found HERE

We’re excited and proud to announce that Microsoft Azure is one of the first hyper-scale cloud computing platforms to become HITRUST CSF Certified.

Volvo’s new Skype for Business app will make you a more productive driver

January 4th, 2017

For Volvo drivers, being on the road will no longer be an excuse to miss a work meeting. Through a new deal with Microsoft, Volvo has plans to add the Skype for Business app to its new S90, V90 and XC90 models.

Volvo will be the first automaker to implement the tool, which is already used by millions, into its vehicles.

General Availability: Larger Block Blobs in Azure Storage

January 3rd, 2017

Azure Blob Storage is a massively scalable object storage solution capable of storing and serving tens to hundreds of petabytes of data per customer across a diverse set of data types including media, documents, log files, scientific data and much more.

Flashback 2016 – Highlights from Azure SQL Data Warehouse

January 3rd, 2017

Earlier this year Microsoft announced the general availability of Azure SQL Data Warehouse, offering a SQL-based fully managed, petabyte-scale cloud solution for data warehousing. SQL Data Warehouse is highly elastic, enabling you to provision in minutes and scale capacity in seconds.

Azure Site Recovery now supports Windows Server 2016

January 3rd, 2017

On September 26, 2016, at the Ignite conference in Atlanta, Microsoft launched the newest release of the server operating system - Windows Server 2016. It is a cloud-ready OS that can be used to run traditional applications and datacenter infrastructure, and at the same time, delivers innovation to help customers transition workloads, to a more secure, efficient and agile cloud model.