Need for Office 365 backup? Altaro backup

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With all the ransomware and crypto attacks that are happening these days, I do appriciate more and more the value of having backup of the data. Not just the backup of course, but also ensuring that we can easily restore data when something…

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Audit Log Analytics history

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As part of Microsoft Ignite, Microsoft announced a new feature to provide insight into what kind of queries are being run within a Log Analytics workspace. Log Analytics is a centralized log service which can collect audit/log data from many sources, including like…

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Nutanix Clusters vs VMware on Azure?

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I’ve previosly written about VMware on Azure using the Cloudsimple deployment https://msandbu.org/building-vmware-on-public-cloud-or-using-cloud-native/ where the cloudsimple solution is using a set of (dedicated hosts maximum 16) bare-metal servers in Azure to provide a VMware validated design setup within Microsoft Azure datasenter. The VMware solution is essentially…

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Protection against Ransomware Attacks, Credential Stuffing and Password Spray Attacks

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Lately there have been more and more ransomware attacks, where companies are faced with their systems and data becoming encrypted, and forcing them to pay a ransom to get access back to their data. A couple of weeks ago I started to subscribe…

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Azure Monitoring alerting rule to notify on non-compliant resources

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When using Azure Policies as part of your govnernance framework, there is always on thing that has bugged me with Azure Policies and that is with regards to alerting about non-compliant resources. From within the portal you get a list of non-compliant resources…

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Using Cloudflare Access to protect WordPress Admin sites

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If you are hosting a blog like me, you can use Cloudflare to protect and accelerate your website which I have described here –> https://msandbu.org/moved-my-blog-to-cloudflare/ that means that front-end traffic is handled by Cloudflare and then to my origin site. Cloudflare recently introduced a new…

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Automation Azure Sentinel and Terraform

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In a previous blog post (https://msandbu.org/automating-azure-sentinel-deployment-using-terraform-and-powershell/)  I wrote how about you can use Terraform to automate the setup of Azure Sentinel and Log Analytics. The issue back then, was that you couldn’t automate Sentinel Analytics rules which you still needed to maintain using…

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Google Cloud Confidential VMs vs Azure Confidential Computing

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Yesterday as part of Google Cloud Next’20 On Air, Google introduced a preview of a new set of virtual infrastructure called Confidential VMs which leverage the Secure Encrypted Virtualization (SEV) feature of 2nd Gen AMD EPYC. Confidential VMs run on N2D series VMs and currently support Ubuntu v18.04, Ubuntu…

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Azure Storage Object Replication

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I’ve previosly written about Azure datacenters and especially about the norwegian datacenters (https://msandbu.org/not-all-azure-datacenters-are-equal-what-to-consider-with-regards-to-dr/), where we have two regions where only east is active and west is a passive datacenter which is only used to support the underlying services which require geo redudant services,…

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