If you want to protect your servers from cyber threats, you may be relying on Defender for Servers from Microsoft, a leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant. Microsoft has now announced the direct onboarding of Defender for Servers without Azure Arc and is now officially available. Direct onboarding is a new feature that allows you to add the servers you want to protect to Defender for Servers without needing Azure Arc for Servers. In this blog post, I'll explain what this means, the benefits of this option, and who can benefit from it. I will also compare the new option with Azure Arc for Servers.
It's no secret: cyberattacks are becoming more frequent and more sophisticated. But even the simplest techniques often lead the attackers to success. After all, the weakest link in the defense against cyber attacks is the human being. In this post, I show how you can protect Azure Active Directory (AAD) identities with the right MFA method without neglecting the human factor. Not only is the security aspect important to consider, but also user acceptance.
Azure AD Connect (AADC) is an identity synchronization tool from Microsoft, responsible for synchronizing identity data from the local directory service to Azure Active Directory (AAD). Microsoft is announcing that the Azure AD Connect identity synchronization tool is giving way to a successor and will likely be retired in the future. Microsoft's announcement states that the successor, Azure AD Connect Cloud Sync, will take over completely.
Back in 2021, Kerberos support for Azure AD was available as a preview. A lot has happened since then and the three-headed hellhound continues to make its way and shake up the cloud. This article is a collection of information on what Azure AD with Kerberos and Azure Files already provides and where the journey will go. This is because support for Azure Files with Kerberos has also recently been publicly communicated, although at the time of writing this article it is still in preview.
The Application Gateway WAF v2 has brought some new features compared to v1, including the ability to create "WAF Custom Rules". In this short article I would like to discuss these "Custom Rules" and show how you can successfully create them. I have added some hints to the article that are difficult or impossible to find in the Microsoft documentation.