Azure Information Protection allows administrators to define rules to classify corporate data, documents, emails, and other digitally stored information in the cloud, so that the information is protected automatically when the applicable criteria is met in an enforced configuration. Administrators can also set up the configuration so that end users with access to the originating documentation, can have the same options to do so on their own (when optional enforcement is permitted), based on suggestions when criteria matches are found within the sensitive data (e.g. structure of the numbers look like Social Security numbers, patient numbers, credit card numbers, wording in the document using terms like “confidential”, etc.).
Once protection labels are made, applied, and the data is protected, administrators can track the movement of the data and analyze where it flows, where it is stored, copied, shared, etc. This allows you to have a better understanding what kind of behaviors…
Office 365 customers, known as tenants within the configuration, all share Microsoft’s global datacenter infrastructure, which is composed of hundreds of thousands of servers located all over the world.
Within the tenant, customer data is housed in a region, based on their location and settings, as shown from the drop-down box displays.
Microsoft replicates customer data automatically across at least two datacenters at any given time to minimize against losses during any failover.
When you choose a region, you can see what data is where (when at rest) between the zoomed view and the details in the right margin:
Microsoft operates over 100 datacenters globally and continues to open more datacenter regions for Office 365 for business services. That being said, not every datacenter is used to host Office 365 and its services, but they do add to the available capacity (storage) and other…
For most corporate networks, Windows Active Directory Domain Services is the critical backbone for the support of your enterprise information structure. An improperly performing Windows Server Active Directory can be the cause of the most minor of nuisance issues, up to and including as much as the complete failure of your corporate environment’s security and authentication structure and the loss of access to your data, systems, and network shared resources.
This introduction post on the subject of the health of your Windows Server Active Directory Domain Services is part one of an occasional series of blog posts that I will have on Active Directory Health.
Performing an Active Directory Health Check in small and midsize environments can be somewhat problematic for the local, in house network and resource administrators. Often times, those smaller businesses don’t always have dedicated, full-time Active Directory administrators,…
General availability of Windows Server 2016 was announced in early October 2016.
Windows Server 2016 includes 3 main editions:
Datacenter: This is the main, large scale edition release of the Windows Server operating system, designed for corporate and enterprise environments
Standard: This edition is most ideal for small to mid-sized organizations (as well as niche uses in larger corporations) that have smaller virtualization needs and / or more of a need for a general purpose server operating system.
Essentials: This edition is mainly designed for smaller organizations, generally with less than 50 users.
Under the Standard and Datacenter editions, there are three installation options:
Server with Desktop Experience: The Server with Desktop Experience installation option (previously known as Server with a GUI) provides an ideal user experience for those who need to run an app that requires local UI or for Remote Desktop Services Host. This option has the full Windows client…
Near the end of September of this year, (2016), Microsoft formally announced that they were streamlining their technical certification program, so that it was more closely aligned to industry-recognized areas of subject matter and expertise – “Centers of Excellence, used by the Microsoft Partner Network, which identifies technical competencies that are widely recognizable by both Microsoft partners and customers.”
The Microsoft Certification program has undergone many changes in the past four or five years; many of these had been very subtle, up until now, but that wasn’t the case five years prior to that, as the program underwent a major change at that time as well.
In this blog post I will outline some of the certification program history as I experienced it over my career in the information technology field. In future posts, I will review some of the changes being…
This is the second of two blog posts on the Tallan blog in my overview of the Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) certification for Office 365. I set up this two part posting as an overview of the certification, an outline to the different certification paths, and to also provide a summary overview of some of the changes to the 70-347 exam, which recently went effective at the end of June (2016).
There are two exams, in total, for the certification – the first part is the Managing Office 365 Identities and Requirements (Exam 70-346), which I covered in my last post and the second part, covered in this post, is Enabling Office 365 Services (Exam 70-347).
I recently completed these two exams over a couple of months of study as I outlined in my prior post. I don’t want to get…
This is the first of two blog posts in my overview of the Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) certification for <a href=”https://www.tallan.com/custom-technology/cloud-solutions. I want to give an overview of the certification, an outline to the different certification paths, and to also provide a summary overview of some of the changes to the 70-346 exam, effective since June 30, 2016.
There are two exams, in total, for the certification – the first part is the Managing Office 365 Identities and Requirements (Exam 70-346) and the second part is Enabling Office 365 Services (Exam 70-347). This blog post will mainly focus on Managing Office 365 Identities and Requirements (Exam 70-346).
I recently completed these two exams over a couple of months of study (and some “on the job” use and training) and received my Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) certification. Once you obtain this certification, it is…
Office 365 is a subscription service from Microsoft for the cloud based application suite. There are a number of different versions that offer personal consumers / end users, small businesses, large corporations, and government institutions, the ability to streamline their use and cost when it comes to the applications they need and use.
This blog post is a high level introduction to the two personal consumer and end user subscription versions available, the base, listed costs for each plan, (as listed at the time of this post’s publication), and the services that are available under each version.
I also offer a quick review of Office Home & Student 2016 edition, which is the one-time purchase version option for the Office 2016 suite, rather than an ongoing subscription based cost version like the Office 365 Personal or Office 365 Home editions.
There are two additional…
One of the objectives of the Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) certification for Office 365 (70-347 exam – Enabling Office 365 Services) is:
Set up telemetry and reporting
Enable telemetry through Group Policy, set up telemetry service, report user issues, and deploy agent
This blog post will be a short overview of Office Telemetry set up prerequisites as it applies to Office 2013 / 2016 install and use as well as its tie into Office 365 ProPlus.
Office Telemetry, supporting Office 2013, Office 2010, and Office 2007 versions of the Office suite, is a new compatibility monitoring framework that replaces the Office 2010 (and prior) compatibility tools including Office Migration Planning Manager (OMPM), Office Code Compatibility Inspector (OCCI), and Office Environment Assessment Tool (OEAT).
In the past, the Office Telemetry tool also supported Office 2003, but as of April 15, 2009, mainstream support was no longer available for Office 2003…
While working towards your cloud certifications (whichever those may be – as there are many cloud certifications to consider) it is important to get a good understanding of the tools and utilities that are available and their functionality. This is just as important for the exam itself and for your own understanding. Many times, you’ll be faced with a conversation or a need to further research a solution and as the saying goes “you can’t know what you don’t know.”
No one expects anyone to know it all and be an expert on everything, however, you will be expected to “know of it” the more you are considered a specialist or a subject matter expert on a topic.
With that, I am going to give a brief overview of the Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter version 3.0 tool.
The Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter (MVMC) can be used…