PowerShell command sets for dev/test environments in the TechNet Script Gallery

Cloud adoption Test Lab Guides (TLGs) step you through creating dev/test environments to demonstrate key features and provide you with consequence-free configurations to learn about and experiment with Microsoft’s cloud offerings and Office server products. Several of these dev/test environments include servers running in Azure infrastructure services, which you create and configure with sets of…


Office 365 Advanced Security Management overview and demonstration

How do you know when potentially suspicious activity has occurred in your Office 365 subscription so that you can take the appropriate action? Advanced Security Management for Office 365 includes: Threat detection—Helps you identify high-risk and abnormal usage, and security incidents. An example is shown below. Enhanced control—Shapes your Office 365 environment leveraging granular controls…


Updated Contoso in the Microsoft Cloud poster includes a new enterprise scenario

The Contoso in the Microsoft Cloud poster has been updated with a new page for enterprise cloud scenarios that address Contoso’s business problems. The first enterprise cloud scenario is Contoso’s upgrade to SQL Server 2016 and the use of Stretch Database to offload and store cold transactional data to Azure, which was covered in the…


New Deployment Kit for a DirSync server in Azure

Deploying a DirSync server for Office 365 password synchronization as a virtual machine in Azure is a great way to get started in using Azure infrastructure services as an extension of your organization network. Here is the basic configuration: The DirSync server runs Azure AD Connect and synchronizes your on-premises Windows Server Active Directory forest…


New video for the Office 365 identity models

There are three identity models for Office 365: Cloud identity Synchronized identity Federated identity A new 3-minute video for the Understanding Office 365 identity and Azure Active Directory article explains the three models simply and helps you determine which model is most appropriate for your business. If you have 3 minutes, please watch the video and let…


Ten new training sessions on Azure ExpressRoute for Office 365

If you are considering the use of ExpressRoute to augment your organization’s network connection to Office 365 or are in the planning stages, take a look at the new Azure ExpressRoute for Office 365 Training page on Channel 9. Microsoft experts from Office 365 and Azure present the following sessions to help you understand, plan, and…


Office 365 Secure Score overview and demonstration

How do you know the current level of security for your Office 365 subscription? Microsoft Office 365 Secure Score helps you understand the extent to which you have adopted robust security configurations, behaviors, and best practices in your Office 365 subscriptions. Microsoft Office 365 Secure Score: Places all the existing security-relevant features of Office 365 in one place….


Nine architecture posters are now available in ten new languages

The following posters: Microsoft Cloud Solutions and Platforms Options Microsoft Cloud Identity for Architects Microsoft Cloud Security for Enterprise Architects Microsoft Cloud Networking for Enterprise Architects Microsoft Cloud Storage for Enterprise Architects Microsoft Hybrid Cloud for Enterprise Architects Contoso in the Microsoft Cloud Information Protection for Office 365 SharePoint 2016 Architecture Models are now available…


Design Azure infrastructure services to host a multi-tier LOB application

Deploying typical multi-tier line of business (LOB) applications as virtual machines in Azure is a combination of what you already know and new information about the networking, storage, and compute elements of Azure infrastructure services. To help you figure it all out, determine the design of the Azure environment by addressing the following: Resource groups…


Calculating the gateway subnet address space for Azure virtual networks

A virtual network (VNet) in Azure infrastructure services that is connected to other networks must have a gateway subnet, which contains the systems that exchange packets with other networks. Here is an example of a multi-tier application hosted in an Azure virtual network that contains a gateway subnet. The best practices for defining this subnet are the following: For the…