Category Archives: Microsoft

Azure Scale Sets

Azure Scale Sets

Azure scale sets are a way to horizontally increase or decrease resources for your applications. Wouldn’t it be nice to provision a pair of web servers behind a load balancer, and then add a third or fourth web server once the load hit 75% of capacity? Even better, when the load on those web servers settles down,… Continue Reading

Microsoft Azure Portals

Microsoft Azure Portals

If you’re getting started with Microsoft Azure, you may feel confused about where things are located. One of the reasons for this confusion is the current use of multiple portals. It’s hard enough to learn how subscriptions work, how to access the resources through PowerShell and all of those new concepts without having to navigate… Continue Reading

Microsoft Dynamic Access Control (Part 1)

Microsoft Dynamic Access Control is a new way to deploy access rules to your file shares.  For many moons now, System Administrators have had a tedious task of managing tens, hundreds, or thousands of security groups to control how files are accessed. Groups of users have always needed to maintain different sets of security rules… Continue Reading

Microsoft Dynamic Access Control (Part 2 – Claims)

In part 1 of the series we covered some generalities about Microsoft Dynamic Access Control and a few steps needed to prepare the domain and file servers.  Now let’s look at creating claims. A claim is a user, device or resource property.  A user in Active Directory will have properties such as Location, Department, manager,… Continue Reading

Microsoft Dynamic Access Control (Part 3 – Resource Properties)

So far we’ve covered: Initial Setup of Dynamic Access Control Claims In this post we’ll look at Resource Properties. Resource Properties A resource property is a claim that describes the characteristics of an object in the file system.  A claim is a descriptor of a user or a device whereas a resource property is a… Continue Reading

Microsoft Dynamic Access Control (Part 4 – Rules and Policies)

We’ve discussed Initial configuration steps, Claims, and Resource Properties and we’re starting to see the power of Microsoft’s Dynamic Access Control, but we need a better way to manage these and that’s why we’ve come to “Rules and Policies”. A Central Access Rule can be used to take claims such as users in a department… Continue Reading

Microsoft Dynamic Access Control (Part 5 – Auto Classification)

In the first four parts of the Dynamic Access Control Series we covered Initial Configurations, Claims, Resource Properties and Rules Policies.  These are working great in our environment but we still have to go through and manage the classification tags.  Wouldn’t it be easier to have some files automatically tagged with a certain resource classification?… Continue Reading