Our goal is simple. We talk with industry experts to provide you with actionable real-world knowledge that will equip you to become the IT black belt within your organization. From virtualization and automation to Microsoft 365 and security and lots more, tune in fortnightly for your dose of the SysAdmin DOJO Podcast.
Just How Secure is Outlook Really?
In this episode, we welcome security expert Gil Blumberg to the show! Gil has been working in various roles in security for several years now and has some highly useful insights into the world of cybersecurity and M365!
We discuss the findings of our survey on email security in which we polled a large cross-section of the IT community with questions about M365 security. Email continues to be the primary method of communication for business today, and with that in mind, it’s no wonder that threat actors continue to use email to make inroads into target organizations. With this survey, we wanted to find out what types of attacks respondents are seeing, what common vectors they’re running into, as well as the impact of these attacks.
Some of the findings have huge implications for the M365 security landscape. For example, did you know that there are some organizations not leveraging features like MFA and Exchange Online Protection? We were shocked as well!
In This Episode Is Microsoft 365 Keeping you Safe - A Survey Introduction? - 3:13 1 in 4 companies reported a “known” email security breach - 5:24 What are common vectors of attack for email security threats? - 7:10 Are there still companies out there not using MFA? - 12:11 How does Conditional Access help with MFA? - 18:06 Are people using digitally signed messages or message encryption? - 23:32 Are the Data Loss Prevention features in M365 helpful for organizations? - 30:01 Does company size play a factor in whether or not they are a target by attackers? - 39:00 Resources for This Episode Hornetsecurity Email Security Survey Findings
Security Incident Survey Findings
Conditional Access on the DOJO
A History of Message Encryption
Podcast Episode with Paul on Microsoft 365 Licensing
Infrastructure as Code for Consistent and Streamlined Deployments
In this episode, we welcome Luke Orellana from Microsoft to the show! Luke is a Software Engineer for Infrastructure during his day job, and he’s also a VMware vExpert and a Hashicorp Ambassador! I invited Luke on the show specifically because of his high degree of skill when it comes to today’s topic - Infrastructure as Code (IaC).
Luke does a fantastic job of walking us through this new management method, use-cases, why you would want to learn it, resources to get start, and much more. After watching this episode you’ll be armed with enough knowledge to go start learning more and figure out how IaC concepts can help you in your own datacenters!
In this episode on Infrastructure as Code
What is Infrastructure as Code? - 4:45 Why would I want to learn how to use Infrastructure as Code? - 7:55 What are some of the core tools that are involved in Infrastructure as Code? - 14:58 What platforms does the Infrastructure as Code method work with? - 19:45 What are some good resources for those that are looking to get started with Infrastructure as Code? - 22:00 An Example of Infrastructure as Code in Action - 26:57 Resources for Infrastructure as Code
Terraform Resources on the DOJO Bicep vs. Terraform on the DOJO GitHub CoPilot Exercism - Learn Programming Cloud Posse Community For more on this episode on Infrastructure as Code >
Say Goodbye to Free Hyper-V
We’ve got Microsoft MVP Eric Siron for a conversation about the end of Hyper-V Server (the free SKU of Hyper-V). Again, to confirm, we’re talking about the free SKU of Hyper-V. The normal paid SKUs - the well-known role within Windows Server - will be remaining.
This announcement came abruptly and was something of a shock to many people. Hyper-V server was the primary test/dev hypervisor for many organizations, not to mention it was great for licensing in VDI scenarios. News of its untimely demise has created some angst in the community. Many IT Pros see this move by Microsoft as a way to takeaway a great free tool and use the situation to start pushing Azure Stack HCI, which many organizations are not ready to adopt at this time.
The good news is that Hyper-V Server 2019 is going to continue to be supported until its extended support lifecycle runs out in 2029. This means that many organizations will have plenty of time to migrate to an alternative.
What do you think? Is this change going to be impactful for you? Let us know!
In this episode on free Hyper-V: What is Hyper-V Server? - 2:10 Is Hyper-V Server being discontinued? - 11:04 Where do Hyper-V Server users go from here? - 18:15 What are some alternatives to Hyper-V Server? - 21:49 Resources for Hyper-V Server: Hyper-V Server on the DOJO Azure Stack HCI on the DOJO ESXi Hypervisor on the DOJO Link to Communities Thread discussing Hyper-V Server’s discontinuation Hyper-V Server Lifecycle Episode with Ben Armstrong on Hyper-V Server Episode with Ben Armstrong on AKS on Azure Stack HCI Client Hyper-V vs. Virtualbox - Which is Best for You? Azure Stack HCI Webinar on the DOJO For more on this episode on free Hyper-V >
What Does It Mean To Be Cloud-Native?
We talk with IT Consultant Paul Schnackenburg about the concept of cloud-native architecture, who it’s for, and ultimately… is it better? We also spent a bit of time talking about common stumbling blocks to becoming cloud-native, and how to navigate those challenges.
In this episode on being Cloud-Native:
What does it mean to be Cloud-Native? - 1:23 How is on-prem AD seen as a roadblock to becoming Cloud-Native? - 4:51 Where does Group Policy fit into the Cloud-Native discussion? - 18:55 How do Cloud-Native businesses handle storage? - 26:04 Is being Cloud-Native better? - 33:39 Resources for Cloud-Native Architecture: M365 Resources on the DOJO AAD Kerberos Authentication Process Info on the DOJO Azure Files Article from the DOJO Azure AD Connect Azure AD Join
The Importance of the Power Platform with April Dunnam
We’ve got Microsoft’s very own April Dunnam on the SysAdmin DOJO Podcast to talk to us about the Power Platform! If you’re un-aware, the Power Platform is a component of the Microsoft 365 suite of tools and is often overlooked by many organizations. The fact is, the Power Platform can provide a number of benefits to any organization, by enabling key stakeholder in the business and knowledge workers to create apps, automations, bots, and reports in a low-code/no-code fashion. In this podcast we talk through a number of these concerns from the viewpoint of the system administrator. April provides a number of resources and strategies to help you get your organization started with the Power Platform. In this episode on Microsoft Power Platform:
How could the Power Platform fit into an existing organization? - 2:50 What are the different components of the Power Platform? - 6:00 What is the value of the Power Platform for system administrators? - 14:03 What is the value of the Power Platform for my End-Users? - 18:43 How do system administrators manage and secure the Power Platform effectively? - 22:16 Resources for helping my organization get started with Power Platform - 26:40 Resources for Microsoft Power Platform M365 Resources on the DOJO The Power Platform on Microsoft Docs The Power Platform Team Blog Power Platform Resources on April’s YouTube Channel Learn more on this SysAdmin DOJO episode and Microsoft Power Platform >
Why is Microsoft 365 Licensing so Complicated?
We’ve got Paul Schnackenburg back to talk about licensing in Microsoft 365. To those that have even glanced at the licensing sections of the Microsoft 365 admin portal it comes as no surprise to find out that licensing in Microsoft 365 is horribly complex. We discuss how we ended up here, what different options are there for licensing in Microsoft 365, frontline workers, and most importantly, which license to choose! In this episode on Microsoft 365 licensing What is the difference between the business packages and the enterprise packages in Microsoft 365? - 4:46 What are the differences between the E3 and E5 licensing levels in Microsoft 365? - 9:05 What is Enterprise Mobility and Security (EMS) in Microsoft 365? - 19:03 E-series packages versus smaller SKUs with addon licenses - 25:34 What is the F-Series of Licenses in Microsoft 365 for? - 30:30 What Microsoft 365 License is right for my organization? - 34:13 What resources are available to help deal with Microsoft 365 licensing? - 39:24 Resources for Microsoft 365 licensing Microsoft 365 resources on the DOJO More Information on Microsoft 365 Frontline Workers on the DOJO Paul’s eBook on Microsoft 365 Security Microsoft 365 Service Descriptions M365 Maps Microsoft 365 Price Increase Blog Post DOJO Webinar on Azure Stack HCI Learn more on this SysAdmin DOJO episode and licensing in Microsoft 365 >