This is something I had wanted to do for a while. Finally did welcome Charles Joy, a Principal Program Manager on the Azure Stack team, back to the show and we discussed the recent release of Microsoft Azure Stack Technical Preview 1. It’s a fun episode. Enjoy it.
This wave of TechNet events focuses on Azure (IaaS) V2, namely Azure Resource Manager or ARM. It is part of IT Innovation series currently delivered in US metros and many other geo-locations in the spring of 2016. For those outside of the US, go to http://aka.ms/ITInnovation to find out events near you. Come and have some serious fun in learning.
The presentations, available in PDF format, and the following lab material are included in this zip file.
GitHub repository for Lab Files if using your own machine
If you are not using the hosted virtual machine and are using your own workstation, any custom files the lab instruction call out can be found in a GitHub repository. The repository is located here: https://github.com/AZITCAMP/Labfiles.
Required software will be called out throughout the lab.
Any additional software that you require will be called out in the lab. The following software may be useful when working with Azure in general.
Recently, as hacking has become a business model and identity theft an everyday phenomenon, there is increasing hostility in Internet and an escalating concerns for PC and network securities. No longer is a long and complex password sufficient to protect your assets. In addition to a strong password policy, adding MFA is now a baseline defense to better ensure the authenticity of an examined user and an effective vehicle to deter fraud.
Furthermore, the increasing online ecommerce transactions, the compliance needs of regulated verticals like financial and healthcare, the unique business requirements of market segments like the gaming industry, the popularity of smartphones, the adoption of cloud identity services with MFA technology, etc. all contribute to the growth of MFA market. Some market research published in August of 2015 reported that “The global multi-factor authentication (MFA) market was valued at USD 3.60 Billion in 2014 and is expected to reach USD 9.60 Billion by 2020, at an estimated CAGR of 17.7% from 2015 to 2020.”
While mobility becomes part of the essential business operating platform, a cloud-based authentication solution offers more flexibility and long-term benefits.The is apparent The street stated that
“Availability of cloud-based multi-factor authentication technology has reduced the maintenance costs typically associated with hardware and software-based two-factor and three-factor authentication models. Companies now prefer adopting cloud-based authentication solutions because the pay per use model is more cost effective, and they offer improved reliability and scalability, ease of installation and upgrades, and minimal maintenance costs. Vendors are introducing unified platforms that provide both hardware and software authentication solutions. These unified platforms are helping authentication vendors reduce costs since they need not maintain separate platforms and modules.”
Depending on where IT is and where IT wants to to be, the initial investment may be consequential and significant. Adopting various technologies and cloud computing may be necessary, while facing resistance to change in corporate IT cultural.
The following is not an exhaustive list, but some important facts, capabilities and considerations of Windows MFA.
MFA helps ensure the authenticity of a user. MFA by itself nevertheless cannot stop identity theft since there are various ways like key logger, phishing, etc. to steal identity. Still, as hacking has become a business model for some underground industry, and even a military offense, and credential theft has been developed as a hacking practice, it is not an option to operate without a strong authentication scheme. MFA remains arguably a direct and effective way to deter identity theft and fraud.
And the emerging trend of employing biometrics, instead of a password, with a key-based credential leveraging hardware and virtualization-based security like Device Guard and Credential Guard in Windows 10 further minimizes the attack surface by ensuring hardware boot integrity and OS code integrity, and allowing only trusted system applications to request for a credential. Device Guard and Credential Guard together offers a new standard in preventing PtH which is one of the most popular types of credential theft and reuse attacks seen by Microsoft so far.
Above all, going forward we must not consider MFA as an afterthought and add-on, but an immediate and imperative need of a PC security solution. IT needs to implement MFA sooner than later, if not already.
It is a great pleasure to have an opportunity to meet the wonderful and vibrant student community and speak about cloud computing at UTA on October 8, 2015. I focused on making the point of why cloud and why now, demonstrated with the ability to constructing computing fabric and deploying application on demand.
In the last few months, I have taken a few opportunities to talk about deploying an application as a service. This is a subject with many aspects in connecting the concepts of cloud computing, application deployment process and IT operations. I find it also encompasses great frequently run routines for automation with Azure PowerShell.
Here I share the material which I have integrated into IaaS workshops I have recently delivered.
- Part 1 is the user experience which is also supplemented with published videos. (Channel 9)
- Part 2 highlights the PowerShell scripts I wrote to deploy the sample application. (Channel 9)
You are invited to join us for free, interactive events led by Microsoft Technology Evangelists.
Cloud is making DR a feasible solution, technically and financially, for companies of all sizes by utilizing a cloud solution provider, i.e. someone else’s infrastructure. In these deliveries, attendees will learn the fundamentals of cloud and see how to employ Microsoft Azure as part of a wider disaster recovery (DR) plan! This is an opportunity to learn, experience and gain technical depth of DR, and network with IT pros in your areas and grow together.
Attendees will receive a free Microsoft Azure pass and spend most of the day in a hands-on lab environment. Customers should attend the event to learn:
- Introduction to Microsoft Azure
- Cloud Storage and Virtual Networks
- Virtual Machines
- Azure Site Recovery (ASR)
Who should attend: The event is technical by nature and is aimed at IT pros who get hands-on with technology as part of their day to day jobs. Previous experience of Microsoft Azure is beneficial but not essential. Here are the city registration links, dates and presenter. And we are looking forward to meeting you all.
|Seattle||WA||9/1/2015||Jennelle Crothers and Brian Lewis|
|San Francisco||CA||9/3/2015||Jennelle Crothers and Yung Chou|
|Houston||TX||9/22/2015||Kevin Remde and Yung Chou|
|Charlotte||NC||9/29/2015||Tommy Patterson and Yung Chou|
|Philadelphia||PA||9/30/2015||Dan Stolts and Blain Barton|
|Indianapolis||IN||10/6/2015||Brian Lewis and Yung Chou|
|Tampa||FL||10/7/2015||Blain Barton and Tommy Patterson|
|New York||NY||10/8/2015||Dan Stolts and Kevin Remde|
|Irvine||CA||10/14/2015||Jennelle Crothers and Yung Chou|
|Dallas||TX||10/16/2015||Kevin Remde and Yung Chou|
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