Microsoft CPS Pre-Validated For FedRAMP Compliance

Hello everyone, this is Filippo Seracini from the Microsoft Private Cloud Solutions team. I am here to tell you about the work we have done to facilitate your FedRAMP authorization for the Microsoft Cloud Platform System (CPS). Who should read this post? This blog post describes Microsoft’s investment in configuring and validating CPS to make… Read more

Security Threat Analysis – Using Operations Management Suite

This blog post is aimed at positioning Operations Management Suite (hereafter called OMS) in the world of security forensic investigations and to provide a security investigation example. http://www.microsoft.com/oms Before diving into OMS, it is good to have a basic understanding of what kinds of threats exist, what high-level counter measures the security market has to… Read more

Private Cloud Security Considerations Guide-Security Design Considerations

This section of the Private Cloud Security Considerations Guide covers a number of security design considerations that you will need to think about and options for making the best decisions for securing your private cloud deployment. Table of Contents 4 Private Cloud Security Considerations    4.1 Security Foundation Considerations    4.2 Infrastructure Security Considerations   … Read more

Private Cloud Security Considerations Guide-Security Challenges

This section of the Private Cloud Security Considerations Guide covers a number of security design challenges that you will need to address when considering options for making the best decisions for securing your private cloud . Table of Contents 5 Private cloud Security Challenges    5.1 Resource Pooling Security Considerations    5.2 Broad Network Access… Read more

Private Cloud Security Considerations Guide–Introduction and Overview

The purpose of this document is to provide you with design considerations and architectural view for designing effective security within a private cloud environment. Table of Contents (this article) 1 Introduction    1.1 Document Audience    1.2 Document Purpose  2 Introduction to Private Cloud Security 3 Private Cloud Security Domain    3.1 Conceptual Design   … Read more

Introducing the JEA Toolkit Helper

Note: This tool has been replaced by the "JEA Helper Tool 2.0", which has been designed to work with the latest version of JEA as part of Windows Management Framework (WMF) 5.0 and Window Server 2016 Technical Preview 4 (TP4) Please refer to the following link, for more information about this updated version: http://blogs.technet.com/b/privatecloud/archive/2015/12/20/introducing-the-updated-jea-helper-tool.aspx Just Enough… Read more

PowerShell Blog Series, Part 4 – How-To use PowerShell DSC from your workstation to test PowerShell JEA, in Azure.

Yesterday I published a little bit of a teaser with screenshots demonstrating the ability to automate publishing VM’s in Azure as a method of testing PowerShell Just Enough Administration.  Today I am publishing a technical write-up on how you can setup your workstation to very easily spin up and tear down test virtual machines in… Read more

DSC your workstation to test Windows PowerShell JEA in Azure.

Yesterday I published a step by step guide to testing Windows PowerShell Just Enough Administration, a new solution announced by Jeffrey Snover at TechEd North America.  In the post I outline how you can test JEA in a VM, and I mentioned that the VM could be in Azure.  Well, hold on to your hats…. Read more

Just Enough Administration, Step by Step

It is a special honor for the Building Clouds Blog to showcase a new solution announced today at TechEd North America 2014, Windows PowerShell Just Enough Administration, or JEA. JitJea: A Windows PowerShell Toolkit to Secure a Post-Snowden Worldhttps://channel9.msdn.com/Events/TechEd/NorthAmerica/2014/DCIM-B362 This technology enables organizations to present operators with only the amount of access required to perform… Read more

Automating Active Directory Certificate Services with Windows PowerShell – Part 1

Hello again, this is Greg Blaum. I am a Program Manager on the Windows Server and System Center CAT team. This is part 1 in a 4 part series on utilizing Windows PowerShell to automate key functionality in Active Directory Certificate Services (AD CS). The focus of the series will be on utilizing Active Directory… Read more