Hardened Azure Virtual Machine Deployment

During my time working with the Government Cloud, I recognized that every on-boarding virtual machine after successfully provisioned needed to apply a script called hardening. Digging into this script, I realized that it contained many security configuration policies. When running this script, Windows will automatically configure Local Security Policy and built-in advanced firewall (for Windows Server).

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Involve security consulting partner for vulnerability assessment on Azure

Microsoft excels at building a solid partnership with service companies around the world. You may not know that on Microsoft Azure, you can involve a security consulting partner to help you perform server vulnerability assessment. Moreover, through Azure Security Center, you receive a recommendation in which you are given the opportunity to allow Qualys to support you.

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A little experience writing for Amazon KDP

Microsoft Azure IaaS Defense in Depth” is the very first book I wrote myself became commercial on Amazon Store. This book is published through Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing. I got a few requests from fellow MVPs in the community regarding my experience with Amazon KDP and why I didn’t go with a good publisher. In this article, I’d like to share a little experience during my time working on my book authoring.

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Microsoft MVP for the 7th year

I’m humbly excited today to have received an email from Microsoft saying that my MVP award has been renewed. This is the consecutive 7th year since the first time I got the MVP award for Microsoft SharePoint. Now SharePoint is grouped into a new MVP category called Office Servers and Services which comprises of 5 Microsoft productivity products: Office 365, Exchange, SharePoint, Skype for Business and Yammer.

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