There are a number of storage options available in Microsoft Azure, including blobs, tables, and queues. There are also various versions of SQL available in both Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS). Recently Microsoft announced the availability of Azure Files, which is designed for unstructured data that can be access via SMB. This is a wonderful new feature that will greatly enhance the IaaS solution, as having a native Azure storage option for things like scripts, configuration files, and software that can be access via file share in the cloud will streamline things greatly. No more having to configure a dedicated file server VM! For more information about Azure Files, read my latest article on CloudComputingAdmin.com here.
The Firewall Client, an optional client-side component that can be deployed with Forefront TMG 2010, is arguably the most powerful tool a security administrator can use to control network traffic destined for the public Internet in their organization. The Firewall Client provides seamless and transparent proxy services for all Winsock TCP and UDP communication. More importantly, all Firewall Client communication is authenticated, allowing TMG administrators to enforce strong user and group based access control on traffic using the Firewall Client. In this month’s article on ISAserver.org I provide detailed information about how the Firewall Client works. I also break down how communication takes place at the network level, providing deep insight as to how the Firewall Client communicates with the TMG firewall.
I’m very happy to announce that I have been awarded the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award for 2014! This is my sixth consecutive year receiving this award from Microsoft, and I’m proud and honored to be included with the great group of professionals associated with this program. I’m looking forward to joining all of my fellow MVPs again at this year’s summit in November. Hope to see you there!