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Mike Wilson brings over eighteen years of technology experience to Interlink Cloud Advisors. Prior to joining Interlink, he served as a Director of Technology for a mid-size insurance company and has led multiple consulting practices to substantial growth. In those roles, Mike delivered tremendous value for his customers by designing and implementi...ng scalable, reliable and business aligned solutions. Mike’s focus at Interlink is on leveraging the power of the Microsoft cloud to streamline IT operations in a way that reduces cost and allows businesses to refocus on core operations. He plays a key role in architecting projects and ensuring high standards in service delivery across the Interlink team. Mike earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from the University of Cincinnati and is a proud graduate of St. Xavier High School. He is active in a number of local non-profits and has served on multiple non-profit boards and in executive leadership. More
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Securing Guest Access Without Paying More with Azure Active Directory B2B

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Working with external companies and partner organizations just became a lot easier thanks to one of Azure AD’s service features: Azure AD Business-to-Business (B2B).

Companies always looking for solutions to improve their security and simplify collaboration. In today’s workplace, it’s very common for organizations to work with external partners. Office 365 is a great solution to collaborate with people both inside and outside your organizations, as it provides an easy way to share documents with external users or invite them to join your Microsoft Teams. Unfortunately, when you share using the default methods, your external users aren’t subject to the same security policies, such as multifactor authentication, that you’ve set up for your internal users. 

What most organizations are looking for is a way to manage external access that is predictable and consistent with their security practices. A hidden gem that is part of Azure Active Directory and solves this problem is leveraging Azure Active Directory B2B users. Azure AD B2B is not a different version of Active Directory, but just an additional feature that allows one organization to invite members from other organizations to share application access. This tool is beneficial not only for seamless collaboration, but it decreases the worry of security issues.

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Don’t Be Left Unprepared for Microsoft Windows Server & SQL Server End of Life Deadlines

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The clock is running out for Microsoft Windows Server 2008/R2 and SQL Server 2008/R2.

The good news is that you have options that you previously never had. Microsoft has announced they are discontinuing free security updates on clients using Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 as well as SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2.

  • Windows Server 2008/R2 – mainstream support is expired, and extended support will end January 2020
  • SQL Server 2008/R2 – mainstream support is expired, and extended support will end July 2019
  • Windows 7 – mainstream support is expired, and extended support will end Jan. 14, 2020
  • Office 2010 – mainstream support is expired, and extended support will end Oct. 13, 2020
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Addressing Confusion Around Microsoft’s 4 Advanced Threat Protection Solutions

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You may have noticed that there are currently four Microsoft products with “Advanced Threat Protection” in their name:

  1. Azure Advanced Threat Protection
  2. Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection
  3. Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection
  4. SQL Advanced Threat Protection

While each of these solutions offers value to its users, there’s been some confusion around the similar naming of these products. Let’s clear up confusion by taking a closer look at each of these products and their features, benefits, and intended use cases.

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Single Sign-on (SSO) Options with Azure Active Directory

Single Sign-on (SSO) Options with Azure Active Directory

Figuring out the best way to implement Single Sign-On (SSO) in a Microsoft cloud environment can be challenging given how the options have evolved over time, but it’s a key component of any successful Office 365 or Azure deployment. There are four main options on how you can configure SSO:

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Device Management | Comparing System Center Configuration Manager vs. Intune vs. Hybrid

Device Management | Comparing System Center Configuration Manager vs. Intune vs. Hybrid

In the modern workplace, chances are that your employees are using their in their own devices for work, which often results in unsecure access to company files. This creates a challenge because organizations need to be able to secure their company’s data on these devices without violating personal information. Also, if an employee leaves the organization, it’s important to have a means to avoid wiping their personal information from their devices.

With your company’s valuable data in mind, Microsoft has created two device management services that allow you to secure your organization’s data - no matter what device is being used. Microsoft Intune and Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager are both good options for device management, but it can often be hard to determine which option is best for your business. Sometimes it’s better to run a hybrid of them both.

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