New Features in Office 365 Message Encryption

I have long been interested in encryption. I started off my IT career in the United States Marine Corps where I had a Top-Secret security clearance and frequently worked with classified message traffic. During this time, I learned a lot about the rules of encryption and security. Most of what I learned, however, is that encryption is incredibly hard to do correctly.

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Working with Azure Building Blocks

In a previous series of blog posts, I started exploring Azure Resource Manager (ARM) as a tool for automating the deployments of resources within Azure. ARM is, as far as I can tell, a great tool. The problem with using ARM is its complicated to use. I can’t claim to have really mastered the art of deploying resources in Azure with ARM myself. Hopefully in the fairly near future I'll have an Azure project that will force me to figure out the more advanced features and functionality for ARM.

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Use eseutil for Exchange database repair with care

When disaster strikes and the Exchange Server crashes without a valid backup, an admin can make things far worse by making a hasty attempt to get the platform back online without careful planning.

    Don't rush in and start immediate repairs with the command-line tool eseutil. While eseutil is a powerful tool for Exchange database repair work, use it wrong and it can make matters worse. Admins must understand the different functions of eseutil and when their use is appropriate.

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    New ID and Authentication Features

    Ignite is Microsoft’s major conference for new announcements and training aimed at IT professionals. This year Ignite took place in Orlando, Florida the week of September 25th. I wasn’t able to make it to Orlando to be onsite for the conference this year, but it’s not that difficult to follow new announcements from Ignite from anywhere in the world.


    In this blog post I’m going to give an overview of some of the announcements from Ignite around identity and authentication management for MS cloud services that caught my attention. I learned a lot by watching recorded sessions, hopefully I can pass some of that on here.

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