Why we tend to focus on IaaS Solutions

29. February 2016 Opinion 0
IaaS is an area of extreme interest to SMB customers, probably because it is the easiest way for them to translate what they are accustomed to working with (e.g. on-premises servers) into a cloud-based equivalent. In other words, for better or worse, we are in the habit of thinking about our applications and workloads in terms of the ...

What is the Azure Cloud?

25. February 2016 Opinion 0
It would be quite literally impossible to list all of the Azure-based products and their corresponding feature sets, since the list would be out of date as soon as I hit “Publish.” Microsoft is constantly releasing new features into Azure everyday–some are all new products, while others build on existing ones. Therefore, we have to break ...

Key Differences between Essentials Dashboard Azure AD Integration and Azure AD Connect

15. February 2016 Technical 28
Windows Server Essentials Dashboard allows you to connect your on-premises domain to Azure Active Directory and Office 365.  Arguably the best feature of this mechanism is similar to the primary benefit provided by Azure AD Connect or DirSync–the ability to sync local passwords into the Microsoft Cloud.* But we need to understand something–the Essentials Dashboard ...

Microsoft Intune vs. MDM for Office 365

11. February 2016 Opinion, Technical 0
I have previously written about configuring Mobile Device Management for Office 365.  The Office 365 Admin Center has a great subset of features lifted from Microsoft’s cloud-based Intune service, which is admittedly a much more “full-blown” MDM solution. Whether you are using MDM for Office 365 or Microsoft Intune, the enrollment process works basically the same way from the ...

Azure Multi-factor Authentication vs. MFA included with Office 365

08. February 2016 Technical 5
I have previously described MFA for Office 365. It’s a great way to add an extra layer of security to your cloud-based applications. Here are the features included with MFA for Office 365: Administrators can protect accounts with MFA Mobile app as a second factor Phone call as a second factor SMS as a second factor ...

How-to set up Multi-factor Authentication for Office 365

04. February 2016 Technical 0
Note that there are multiple layers to Microsoft’s Multi-factor Authentication (MFA) service. In this post, we are only covering the MFA included with Office 365.  Additional Azure MFA features are available, for example, through a subscription to the Enterprise Mobility Suite. In order to begin setup for multi-factor authentication, go to the Office 365 Admin portal. Find Settings > Services & ...

Office 365 MDM Enrollment Process

01. February 2016 Technical 0
I added an account named “clouduser1” for the purposes of this demo.  Before enabling MDM for this user, I added the email account to my iPhone. The reason I did this is so that we can see the enrollment process for a user who may have previously configured their device for company Email. You can also just ...