Cloud Reference

Defending Office 365 Against Denial-of-Service Attacks

This document talks generally about different types of attacks and how Microsoft defends Office 365 and its network against those attacks.

Mapping of Cloud Security Alliance Cloud Control Matrix

In this document, Microsoft provides a detailed overview of how Office 365 maps to the security, privacy, compliance, and risk management controls defined in version 3.0.1-11-24-2015 of the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) Cloud Control Matrix (CCM).

Auditing and Reporting in Office 365

This document describes the various auditing and reporting features available in Office 365 and Microsoft Azure Active Directory (Azure AD). This document also provides an overview of internal logging that is available to authorized Microsoft engineers for detection, analysis, troubleshooting, and providing Office 365 services.

Security Incident Management in Microsoft Office 365

This document describes how Microsoft handles security incidents in Office 365. The Office 365 Security team and the various service teams work jointly and take the same approach to security incidents: Preparation; Detection and Analysis; Containment, Eradication, and Remediation; and Post-Incident Activity.

Tenant Isolation Microsoft Office 365

This document describes how Microsoft implements logical isolation of customer data in a tenant within the Office 365 multi-tenant environment.

DCIM For Dummies

This book explains the importance of DCIM, describes the key components of a modern DCIM system, guides you in the selection of the right DCIM solution for your particular needs, and gives you a step-by-step formula for a successful DCIM implementation.

Containerized Docker Application Lifecycle with Microsoft Platform and Tools

This guide provides end-to-end guidance on the Docker application development lifecycle with Microsoft tools and services while providing an introduction to Docker development concepts for readers who might be new to the Docker ecosystem.

Surveying the State of IT for the Enterprise

Discovering the key trends that affect the way IT does business. Learning why flash storage and hyperconverged infrastructure have revolutionized the datacenter. Finding out how the public cloud can enable IT but creates new challenges to overcome.

Why Enterprise Cloud?

Understanding why the public cloud is the absolute right choice for all your workloads. Understanding why the private cloud is the absolute right choice for all your workloads. Recognizing why neither one of these is the right answer and why you need an architecture based on characteristics rather than labels.

What Is an Enterprise Cloud?

Discovering the components that define the enterprise cloud. Understanding how public cloud characteristics are associated with your enterprise cloud environment. Finding out how traditional infrastructure can fail to meet modern application needs.

Building an Enterprise Cloud

Learning why you should embrace shadow IT. Discovering why the 80/20 rule should no longer apply. Learning how to prepare your people for the new paradigm. Finding out how enterprise cloud affects economics and the replacement cycle.

Ten Reasons Why Enterprise Cloud Is the Future of IT

Enterprise cloud has a bright future in IT, and for good reasons. Here’s a look at ten reasons why enterprise cloud is the future of IT.

SaaS Security Best Practices: Minimizing Risk in the Cloud

To support Intel business groups’ increasing demand for software-as-aservice (SaaS) applications, Intel IT has developed several best practices that can help enhance SaaS security and protect Intel’s intellectual property.

3 Strategies for Moving SAP Applications to Microsoft Azure

Companies running mission-critical SAP applications are moving to the Microsoft Azure cloud in record numbers to leverage many of the advantages gained by hosting these applications in the cloud.

DataCore Lowers Server and Storage Costs with Parallel I/O Processing Technology

Following the introduction of server virtualization, servers continued to grow in processing capability, fueled by ever-faster CPU clock speeds.

Troubleshooting Hyper-V 5 common issues

This eBook has been written in an effort to help Hyper-V administrators to diagnose various problems with the hypervisor and Hyper-V virtual machines.

Building High Performance Infrastructure For Databases

This paper looks at the impact of I/O latency on the performance of databases and their dependent applications and suggests an affordable option for surmounting the problems at a reasonable cost.

SQL Server 2016 Exploring Contained Databases

Microsoft SQL Server is an enterprise class relational database management platform and is an integral and indispensable component in most computing environment today with a significant application ecosystem. With the advent of hosted cloud computing and storage, the opportunity to offer a Microsoft SQL Server as an outsourced service is gaining momentum.

SQL Server 2016 Reference Architecture for Contained Databases

This document describes the following: Contained Database Migration Scenarios, Users, Security, High Availability, Backup and Restore.

SQL Server 2016 Deeper Insights

The following sections explain these capabilities and also enumerate considerations that the Hosting Service Provider (HSP) database administrator has to keep in mind while implementing the Deeper Insights offer.

SQL Server 2016 Dynamic Data Masking Demonstration Script

The demo uses the standard tools that accompany Windows Server 2012 R2, SQL Server 2016 and Microsoft Azure.

SQL Server 2016 Dynamic Data Masking Hands-on Lab

Dynamic data masking limits sensitive data exposure by masking it to non-privileged users. It's a data protection feature that hides the sensitive data in the result set of a query over designated database fields, while the data in the database is not changed. Dynamic data masking is easy to use with existing applications, since masking rules are applied in the query results.

SQL Server 2016 Dynamic Data Masking and Row-Level Security - Deployment Guide

Deployment Guide for Dynamic Data Masking and Row-level Security

SQL Server 2016 Highly Efficient and Performant Database

SQL Server 2016 supports a number of capabilities that enable real-time reporting and dashboarding on a high performance, low latency, HADR OLTP database. With these capabilities hosting service providers can offer a high performance database to their customers.

Hybrid Hyperscale using SQL Server 2016

In this document, detailed technical guidance is provided in the context of a customer scenario on how to implement a hyper-scale database offering. For the implementation, the following SQL Server 2016 capabilities are leveraged: Stretched database and Azure Stretch database service, AlwaysOn Availability Groups with asynchronous replica in Azure, In-Memory ColumnStore, Temporal Database.

Reference Architecture for SQL Server 2016 In-Memory Columnstore

This document describes the following: Managing in-memory columnstore index and their reference architecture implementation guidance, Getting better performance with in-memory columnstore index.

Reference Architecture for SQL Server 2016 In-Memory OLTP

This document describes the following: Managing in-memory tables and indexes in memory and in storage and their reference architecture implementation guidance, Getting better performance with natively compiled stored procedures and concurrency, when accessing memory-optimized table.

Deployment Guide for SQL Server 2016 In-Memory OLTP and In-Memory Columnstore

This document talks about implementation of SQL Server 2016's In-memory OLTP technology as of SQL Server 2016 CTP3. Using In-memory OLTP, tables can be declared as 'memory optimized' to enable In-Memory OLTP's capabilities. We're using SQL Server 2016 CTP3 installed on Database server.

SQL Server 2016 Real-Time Operational Analytics - Deployment Guide

SQL Server 2016 introduces Real-time operational analytics, the ability to run both analytics and OLTP workloads on the same database tables at the same time. Besides running analytics in real-time, you can also eliminate the need for ETL and a data warehouse. Real-Time Operational Analytics enables running analytics queries directly on your operational workload using Columnstore indexes thereby eliminating any data latency.

SQL Server 2016 Real-Time Operational Analytics - Reference Architecture

Reference Architecture for SQL Server 2016 Real-Time Operational Analytics.

Secure Database using SQL Server 2016

SQL Server 2016 introduces a number of major capabilities which enable native database level support for centralized implementation and audit of data security policies. With these capabilities hosters can offer Secure database implementations to their customers.

Backup and Restore using Azure Blob Storage – Technical Guidance for CSP Partners

This technical guidance is for CSP (Cloud Solution Provider) partners who have a need to use the Microsoft Azure Blob storage for backing up on-premises SQL Server databases. This document covers how to leverage CSP APIs to create an integrated backup and restore offerings for their customers using Azure Blob storage. The approach used in this document is an example to enable such an offering. This document is not intended to provide a final solution as-is, and also not intended to be the only way to implement a solution to enable backup and restore offering using CSP and Azure Blob storage.

Enabling Power BI for CSP Partners (Deployment Guide)

This document details the tasks necessary to implement Microsoft Power BI as a Cloud Services Provider (CSP) partner offering. It describes, in detail, technical requirements and best practices for designing and implementing business intelligence (BI) solutions using a combination of Microsoft Power BI, Cloud Services, hosted, and on-premises data sources.

SQL Server 2014 Dev\Test Scenarios Hands-On Lab

Develop and Test are key areas where CSP Partners have an opportunity to not only reduce costs, but also significantly improve time to market, as a SQL Server instance in a Microsoft Azure Virtual Machine can be provisioned in minutes, versus days/weeks on-premises depending on resource availability and hardware procurement policy. The primary purpose of this lab is to help Partners quickly understand the key scenarios that will help them deliver Dev\Test solutions tailored to their customers.

SQL Server 2014 Networking Lab – Configuration of Site-to-Site Link

This technical guidance is for Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) partners, who would like to leverage this documented installation and configuration of the site-to-site connectivity needed to connect to Tenant subscriptions from an on-premises environment. This document covers both the manual installation and configuration of a site-to-site link using a provided script that creates the Gateway needed and configures the on-premises RRAS server.

SQL Server 2014 Disaster Recovery Lab

The Microsoft Hybrid Cloud High Availability and Disaster Recovery strategy includes the Add Azure Replica option within SQL Server Management Studio. This extension offers Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) customers the opportunity to increase the resilience of their data center operations. Their SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability Group can be extended to the Microsoft Azure Public cloud by provisioning one or more secondary replicas within Microsoft Azure using a subscription.

Getting Started with Mobile Device and Application Management for Cloud Solution Providers

This document provides guidance on how to gather necessary information from clients to facilitate the initial setup of Microsoft Intune and Azure AD Join services for mobile device and application management. It also provides step by step instructions on how to configure its various features.

Getting Started with Azure Active Directory with Single Sign-On for Cloud Solution Providers

This document provides guidance to support the setup and implementation of the Cloud App Discovery service, and enabling single sign-on with Microsoft Online Services. There are two goals with this document. The first is to help CSP Partners to configure and deploy the Cloud App Discovery service for their end customers. This enables the end customers to discover cloud (SaaS) applications that are used by the employees within the organization. The second goal is to help CSP Partners to quickly implement federated identity with Azure Active Directory, enabling the single sign-on solution for their customers.

Getting Started with Azure Multi-Factor Authentication for Cloud Solution Providers

This document provides guidance to support the setup and implementation Azure Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) with Microsoft Online Services. The goal of this document is to help CSP organizations to quickly implement Azure Multi-Factor Authentication, part of the Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS), as a solution for their clients.

Getting Started with Azure Active Directory Premium for Cloud Solution Providers

This document provides guidance on how to gather necessary information from clients to facilitate the initial setup of Azure Active Directory Premium. It also provides step by step instructions on how to configure its various features.

Getting Started with Office 365 and EMS for Microsoft Cloud Solution Providers

The goal of this document is to help CSP partners to quickly implement Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS) solutions for clients who have Office 365 E3/E5 or Office 365 Business Premium. This document provides guidance to support the extension for CSPs looking to enable clients with subscriptions.

Using Windows Intune with ConnectWise

This document shows how Managed Services Providers (MSPs) can use Windows Intune™ in conjunction with a professional services automation (PSA) tool such as ConnectWise to create a seamless and efficient workflow.

Using Windows Intune with Autotask

This document shows how Managed Services Providers (MSP) can use Windows Intune™ in conjunction with a professional services automation (PSA) tool such as the Autotask platform to create a seamless and efficient workflow.

Enterprise Mobility Hero Demo Guide

This demo guide contains 3 key scenarios – each demonstrating different value propositions of the Enterprise Mobility Suite. Each scenario can be performed independently. Prior to running through these demo scenarios, please ensure the one-time demo environment and device requirements are met.

Using Azure Site Recovery (ASR) to protect Hyper-V workloads managed by System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SC-VMM)

This document is a step by step guide to configuring Azure Site Recovery Services (ASR) for Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) partners. The purpose is to help service provider administrators become familiar with the process required to setup and configure the Microsoft Azure, System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM), and Hyper-V (HV) environment to utilize the capabilities found within the ASR service.

Cloud Platform Integration Framework (CPIF) Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Planning Framework

The Cloud Platform Integration Framework (CPIF) provides workload integration guidance for onboarding applications into a Microsoft Cloud Solution. CPIF describes how organizations, Microsoft Partners and Solution Integrators should design and deploy Cloud-targeted workloads utilizing the hybrid cloud platform and management capabilities of Azure, System Center and Windows Server.

SQL Server 2014 High Availability & Disaster Recovery in Azure Guidance for Cloud Solution Provider Program (CSP) Partners

This document outlines the recommended guidance that partners can leverage to successfully set up High Availability and Disaster Recovery scenarios using either SQL Server 2014 Enterprise or SQL Server 2014 Standard editions in an Azure subscription being managed via the CSP Program.

Azure SQL DB - Technical deployment

This document is a step by step guide to creating an Azure SQL DB within the context of an Azure Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) subscription for a customer by the CSP reseller. The purpose is to help service provider administrators become familiar with the process (and the variety of mechanisms available) to create an Azure SQL DB.

Azure Dev/Test Lab Automation – Technical Guide

This solution helps customers take advantage of Microsoft Azure’s scale, elasticity, and per-minute billing to provide more agile and cost effective dev and test labs. In it, Microsoft helps you design a lab solution that lets you balance developer self-service and productivity with standardization and operational control.

Azure Security Center helps Microsoft IT take control of cloud security

Microsoft IT uses Microsoft Azure Security Center to assess and help protect our Azure resources. It gives us prioritized, analytics-based alerts about malicious and suspicious activity, and tips to help us prevent and respond to incidents in real time. This intelligence gives us visibility into our security state, and it gives our DevOps teams that manage cloud deployments deep security know-how.

Deploying Cloud Services for IoT - Quick Start

This paper provides an overview of how Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) program partners can utilize various capabilities of Azure IoT Services to provide high value managed services like monitoring and analyzing the usage, performance, and uptime of customer devices in the field.

Business Guidance of Analytics Managed Practices for CSP partners

This document provides business guidance on how Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) program partners can integrate various capabilities of Microsoft Data Platform to build end-to-end solutions to enable various industry vertical scenarios.

Whitepaper for Azure SQL Database in CSP leveraging Analytics Solutions

This paper provides an overview of how Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) program partners can utilize various capabilities of Azure SQL database to provide high value managed services like deploying and managing high scale Azure Web Applications with SQL Database as the data tier.

Technical Guidance for Analytics managed services for CSP partners

This document provides technical guidance on how Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) program partners can integrate various capabilities of Microsoft Data Platform to build end-to-end solutions to enable various industry vertical scenarios. This document is an addendum to the “Business Guidance” document that highlights business opportunities and enlists scenarios around various industry sectors for creating effective sales offers.

Get Started With Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider Integration

The purpose of this document is to provide guidance for assisting Microsoft Cloud Solution Providers to get started for integrating their business processes and backend systems with Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider program related services and processes.

Azure Reference Architecture

The goal of the Azure Reference Architecture is to help organizations quickly develop and implement Microsoft Azure-based solutions while reducing complexity and risk. The Azure Reference Architecture combines Microsoft software and recommended compute, network, and storage guidance to support the extension of their datacenter environment through the use of Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) constructs.

Create Azure VM - Step by Step Guide for CSP

This document covers the steps for creating a basic Virtual machine in Azure for a customer by a CSP reseller.

Automating cloud infrastructure management with Azure Resource Manager

Microsoft IT used Microsoft Azure Resource Manager to build modular templates, scripts, and interfaces that automate cloud infrastructure. It helped us ensure consistent deployment and configuration operations and reduced error-prone manual processes.

System Center Management Packs

System Center SCOM/SCSM Management Pack Catalog