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Microsoft and Docker announce new innovations for Azure IaaS

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Dan Patrascu-Baba

Partner Technical Consultant at Microsoft
Azure PaaS and dev consultant, working for Microsoft. Mostly dealing with Microsoft Azure services, ASP.Net Core, AngularJS, Javascript. Helping partners and customers to write good code and to architect their cloud and hybrid solutions.

Around one year ago Microsoft and Docker started a great partnership meant to continuously innovate and bring new cool features to Azure IaaS that enable organizations around the world to build their next generation cross platform apps. Trying to enumerate all the new features brought to Microsoft Azure in partnership with Docker is not easy at all, but some of them include Windows Server Containers, Hyper-V Containers, Docker VM Extensions for Linux on Azure, Docker CLI support on Windows, Compose and Swarm support on Azure, Visual Studio Tooling for Docker.

These days at the the DockerCon North America Microsoft and Docker announced and demonstrated some new features and updates that take the partnership to a next step.  Continue reading

Bing just redefined the online video search

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Dan Patrascu-Baba

Partner Technical Consultant at Microsoft
Azure PaaS and dev consultant, working for Microsoft. Mostly dealing with Microsoft Azure services, ASP.Net Core, AngularJS, Javascript. Helping partners and customers to write good code and to architect their cloud and hybrid solutions.

Well, yes, you read it right and I am fully aware of all implication when I am saying that Bing just redefined the online video search. At first I didn’t notice it at all, but this morning, when going through all the tech news I stumbled upon this report and I went straight ahead to test it myself.

So, today Bing released some major updates to its video search engine which redefines the online video search. One of the cool new features is that you are able to preview the video, with or without audio, right from the search result page, so you may be able to check first if a certain video is what you were looking for or not.  Continue reading

Fixes in Azure AD Sync Build 1.0.494.0501

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Dan Patrascu-Baba

Partner Technical Consultant at Microsoft
Azure PaaS and dev consultant, working for Microsoft. Mostly dealing with Microsoft Azure services, ASP.Net Core, AngularJS, Javascript. Helping partners and customers to write good code and to architect their cloud and hybrid solutions.

Azure AD Sync Build 1.0.494.0501 was released some time ago and in my opinion it brought a fix for a major problem I was seeing in a lot of cases and that is failing of password writeback with servicebus connectivity error.

I still see a lot of partners struggling with this type of error messages at their end customers and I advised all of them to install the new build. This solved this error in all of the cases.

However, be aware that Azure AD Sync build  1.0.494.0501 now requires the .Net Framework version 4.5.1 to be installed. So if you don’t have this .NET version currently installed on your server, you may want to install it before installing the new Azure AD Sync Build.  Continue reading

Windows Phone less vulnerable than iOS and Android

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Dan Patrascu-Baba

Partner Technical Consultant at Microsoft
Azure PaaS and dev consultant, working for Microsoft. Mostly dealing with Microsoft Azure services, ASP.Net Core, AngularJS, Javascript. Helping partners and customers to write good code and to architect their cloud and hybrid solutions.

Windows Phone is less vulnerable than iOS and Android according to Eugene Kaspersky, CEO of the IT security company Kaspersky Lab and quoted by GSMArena. He made this comment while speaking at a security conference in Australia.

“Criminals are obsessed with iOS and there are many, many vulnerabilities,” Kaspersky said, adding that with “millions of brutal attacks” Android, too, is “not safe”. He noted that hackers are increasingly targeting mobile devices “with stats showing 97% of users did mobile banking or some other activity that revealed passwords.” Continue reading

Windows 10 generally available on July 29th

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Dan Patrascu-Baba

Partner Technical Consultant at Microsoft
Azure PaaS and dev consultant, working for Microsoft. Mostly dealing with Microsoft Azure services, ASP.Net Core, AngularJS, Javascript. Helping partners and customers to write good code and to architect their cloud and hybrid solutions.

Windows 10 will be generally available starting July 29th! That’s now officially documented on the Windows blog and announced by Cortana herself, the most personal digital assistant.

As Microsoft emphasized during the Build and Ignite conferences, Windows 10 is not just another version of the operating system, but the next generation Windows. I think we might not be fully aware what this means, but in fact it seems as Windows 10 is basically the last major version of Windows. As it was confirmed today, Windows 10 will also run subscription based and updates will be rolled out as they are developed, taking advantage of the cloud specific update model.  Continue reading

What’s new in AD FS on Windows Server 2016

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Dan Patrascu-Baba

Partner Technical Consultant at Microsoft
Azure PaaS and dev consultant, working for Microsoft. Mostly dealing with Microsoft Azure services, ASP.Net Core, AngularJS, Javascript. Helping partners and customers to write good code and to architect their cloud and hybrid solutions.

Identity Federation is one of my favourite IT topics, maybe also because it is the foundation for any discussion about cyber security in a cloud-first world. And I am glad that Microsoft presented today at Ignite some cool new feature that will be included in the AD FS server role in Windows Server 2016, as well as some key improvements made to some great features already present in Windows Server 2012 R2. So let’s take a look at them!

The first great thing I noticed is the ability to authenticate users from LDAP v3 directories, such like AD LDS, Novell, OpenLDAP just to name few of them. This is because modern LDAP directories are modelled as a local claim provider (just like Active Directory is). This LDAP directories will show up as another Claims Provider in the home realm discovery for passive authentication. Login ID can be any attribute, but it has to be unique in the LDAP directory. For authentication to Office 365, the attribute chosen for authentication should be unique across al directories that are configured for authentication to Office 365. In other.  Continue reading

Inside Exchange Server 2016

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Dan Patrascu-Baba

Partner Technical Consultant at Microsoft
Azure PaaS and dev consultant, working for Microsoft. Mostly dealing with Microsoft Azure services, ASP.Net Core, AngularJS, Javascript. Helping partners and customers to write good code and to architect their cloud and hybrid solutions.

Exchange Server 2016 has been announced for some time, but we were able to take a first look inside the Exchange Server 2016 only on the second day of the Microsoft Ignite conference in Chicago. It was a pretty long journey with a lot of live demos and plenty of information that might be difficult to memorize. Therefore, here are some key points regarding the new Exchange 2016 server.

To start with, Exchange Server 2016 is basically the first Exchange server built in the cloud. So we have a total different server release model, which now extends to all Microsoft servers, not only Exchange. Till now, we always had an Exchange Server release and then the server was brought into the cloud. If you remember, Exchange Online was at the beginning an online service based on Exchange Server 2010. Then, Exchange Server 2013 was released and afterwards this server was brought into the cloud and all Exchange Online customers were transitioned to this new Exchange Online versions. I think most IT pros will remember this process, since it was kind of painful at times 🙂 Continue reading

New Office 365 data protection capabilities announced at Microsoft Ignite

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Dan Patrascu-Baba

Partner Technical Consultant at Microsoft
Azure PaaS and dev consultant, working for Microsoft. Mostly dealing with Microsoft Azure services, ASP.Net Core, AngularJS, Javascript. Helping partners and customers to write good code and to architect their cloud and hybrid solutions.

The second day of the Microsoft Ignite conference came with some very interesting announcements regarding the core Microsoft business productivity tools, like Office 365 and Exchange Server. One of Microsoft’s key pillars of Office 365 is security and data protection and we saw a lot of new Office 365 data protection capabilities unveiled as the conference unfolded.

The main focus seems to be data transparency. Microsoft is committed to enable organizations to fully govern their cloud data, to make all data visible to administrators and feed this large amount of data into other applications in order to make the best out of it.  Continue reading

Microsoft Continuum turns your smartphone into a desktop PC

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Dan Patrascu-Baba

Partner Technical Consultant at Microsoft
Azure PaaS and dev consultant, working for Microsoft. Mostly dealing with Microsoft Azure services, ASP.Net Core, AngularJS, Javascript. Helping partners and customers to write good code and to architect their cloud and hybrid solutions.

Have you ever thought that your smartphone could easily turn into a desktop PC? Well, with Microsoft Continuum and Windows 10 this is not a dream anymore. Microsoft Continuum is a innovative Windows 10 capability that allows users to connect their smartphone to a mouse, keyboard and display and get the full desktop experience out of a tiny Windows Phone. This capability was announced and demonstrated both at Build 2015 and Microsoft Ignite and in my opinion will be one of the major selling point of Windows 10 powered devices.

You would then ask, of course, how would Microsoft Continuum work? And this is a legit question. According to the demonstrations made at Build 2015 in San Francisco and Microsoft Ignite in Chicago you would be able to connect a mouse and keyboard via bluetooth. An additional display could be connected via an HDMI adapter. Windows 10 will recognize this new input and output options and will turn into the familiar Windows 10 full desktop version. Continue reading

Windows Update for Business announced at Microsoft Ignite conference

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Dan Patrascu-Baba

Partner Technical Consultant at Microsoft
Azure PaaS and dev consultant, working for Microsoft. Mostly dealing with Microsoft Azure services, ASP.Net Core, AngularJS, Javascript. Helping partners and customers to write good code and to architect their cloud and hybrid solutions.

There’s a huge effervescence around Windows 10 and in my opinion this effervescence is deserved. Windows 10 is not just another release of Windows! Instead, Windows 10 is a new generation of Windows, built for the era of personal computing. Windows 10 is an operating system designed for the mobility across devices, not just the mobility of the devices. Some basic components of Windows 10 are re-designed, and one of this components is the update model for enterprise users.

Windows Update for Business was announced at the very first Microsoft Ignite conference for IT professionals earlier this week. For consumers, the model remains the same, with the Windows Updates service making all the needed updates for the operating system. For all Windows business customers, Microsoft supports a variety of update management solutions. These solutions enable a business to select which updates to deploy to which devices on what schedule. The design point of these Windows updating solutions was to enable Windows business devices to be selectively updated like mainframes – where reliability is paramount, with a guiding philosophy of “if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it.” Continue reading