US Army Corps of Engineers get real-time dredging insights from moving to Azure

With a mission to strengthen our nation’s security by building and maintaining infrastructure, the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is a federal agency under the Department of Defense with approximately 38,000 civilians and soldiers delivering engineering services in more than 130 countries worldwide. One of the key responsibilities of USACE is to dredge…


How to Encrypt SQL communication on the wire

While on-premises, most applications did not take advantage of securing communications to the database on the wire just because of the inherent isolation advantages of having the application ONLY on the internal LAN. However, as more and more of these applications start moving to the cloud, the security of data over the wire is rightfully starting to gain increased importance.


Exclusions antivirus pour IIS / Antivirus exclusions for IIS

English version Dans le cadre d’un audit IIS ou d’un IIS RaaS, l’un des points de vérification et la présence d’un antivirus et le cas échéant de sa configuration. Un antivirus peut être un allié précieux dans la sécurisation de votre serveur  mais peut également être votre pire ennemi en termes de performances Une configuration…


Enforcing TLS 1.2 use with Azure Service Bus

Long-term commitment to supporting protocols and protocol versions is a key expectation customers have from commercial cloud services. Deployed solutions, and especially widely deployed client applications that are often operated outside the original developer’s control, are expected to not become spontaneously broken and cut off from cloud services by protocols being retired.  When it comes to…


Get mission ready with deep technical training

Join us for deep technical training – free in Washington. D.C.!   We’re excited to announce Microsoft Ignite | The Tour | Government a free technical training event for developers, tech professionals, and mission leaders, is coming to Washington, D.C. on February 4 – 5, 2019. Our top engineers are hitting the road to bring…


Reminder: Pending Forced Upgrade for TMT Preview Clients

As noted in the GA blog post, next week we plan to release a version of the Threat Modeling Tool that will require users of the Preview version to upgrade (preview clients with version < 7.1.50911.2) to the supported GA release. This release does not contain any new functionality or fixes from the GA release…


Guide: How to do the change management for Office 365 clients?

Daily i come across good number of customers/IT pros where they want to know more about the change management for Office 365 clients, so i am posting the related info here. As you aware the client applications that are included with Office 365 are released regularly with updates that provide new features and functionality together…


“AaronLocker” update (v0.91) — and see “AaronLocker” in action on Channel 9!

“AaronLocker” is a robust, practical, PowerShell-based application whitelisting solution for Windows. See it in action in this new Defrag Tools episode on Channel 9! This update (AaronLocker-v0.91) to the original 0.9 release includes these improvements: Documentation updates, particularly in the area of Group Policy control; Blocks execution from writable alternate data streams on user-writable directories…

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The number 400

What is significant about the number 400? 400 is 20² 400 is divisible by: 1, 2, 4, 5, 8, 10, 16, 20, 25, 40, 50, 80, 100, 200, 400 400 equals 2⁴ * 5² or ( 2*2*2*2*5*5) 400 is a self-number which are generated by this formula:  You can write 400 like this: four hundred,…

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Using AzureAD identities in Azure DevOps organizations backed by Microsoft Accounts

Azure DevOps now supports AzureAD (AAD) users accessing organizations that are backed by Microsoft accounts (MSA). For administrators, this means that if your organization uses MSAs for corporate users, new employees can use their AAD credentials for access instead of creating a new MSA identity. Using this feature doesn’t require any special configuration.  Just like…