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Azure Advisor recommendations

Azure Advisor is your free, personalized guide to Azure best practices. It analyzes your Azure usage and configurations and helps you optimize your resources for high availability, security, performance, and cost. We’re constantly adding more to Advisor and are excited to share a bundle of new recommendations and integrations so you can get more out of Azure.

Azure Advisor has 4 different type of advisory

1- High Availability recommendations

2- Security recommendations

3- Performance recommendations

4- Cost recommendations

 

You have also the ability to download these recommendations as PDF and Excel

Now, Lets deep dive into each of the advisory Types:

1- High Availability

Some recommendations like availability set, Enable backup for VMs and Health alerts

2- Security 

The security recommendation center will guide you to browse to the security center recommendations

Some recommendations like adding a web application firewall, Disk encryption, endpoint protection and NSG

3- Performance

Some recommendations like migrating to ARM , or reduce VM size

4- Cost

Azure cost recommendation will show how you can save money, by reducing VM sized (based on the resources usage), or use reserved instances……

How to exclude Domains or Senders from ATP Safe Attachments/Links rules

If you have Office 365 E5 plan or ATP subscription as an add on on your E3 subscription, and you are facing many false positives, so you need to learn how you exclude.

There is now direct way to exclude senders or domains from ATP rules, else we will have to create a mail flow rule following the below steps:

Exclude from ATP Safe Links:

1- Open Exchange Admin Center (EAC)

2- Browse to “Mail Flow” then Choose “Rules” as below

3- Create a new rule as below

4- Once the page of the new rule opened, choose “More Options”

5- Name the rule as “Exclude ATP Safe Links”

6- No choose the condition, Apply this rule if “The Sender” and choose “is this person” and then add the sender you need to exclude

7- For the action , Do the following “Modify the message properties” then “Set a message header” as below

8- Then add the following

  • Set the message header –> X-MS-Exchange-Organization-SkipSafeLinksProcessing
  • To this value –> 1

9- So the below Rule will look like the below, click on “Save” to save the new rule

 

Exclude from ATP Safe Attachments:

1- Open Exchange Admin Center (EAC)

2- Browse to “Mail Flow” then Choose “Rules”

3- Create a new rule

4- Once the page of the new rule opened, choose “More Options”

5- Name the rule as “Exclude ATP Safe Attachments”

6- No choose the condition, Apply this rule if “The Sender” and choose “is this person” and then add the sender you need to exclude

7- For the action , Do the following “Modify the message properties” then “Set a message header”

8- Then add the following

  • Set the message header –> X-MS-Exchange-Organization-SkipSafeAttachmentProcessing
  • To this value –> 1

9- So the below Rule will look like the below, click on “Save” to save the new rule

 

 

Source: Office 365 User Voice 

OneDrive for Business Files Restore feature

Finally Microsoft has added the Restore feature capability to OneDrive for Business.

This feature allows to restore files from any point of time during the last 30 days. If you are an administrator or end user you will be able to use this feature and restore your files to a specific point of time.

Check the below steps to be able to restore your data:

1- Log in to your OneDrive for Business as below and choose settings

2- Choose “Restore Your OneDrive” as below

3- Then choose the period you want to restore your file, you can choose either “One week ago” or “Three weeks ago” or “Custom date and time”

 

4- Choose “Custom date and time” and choose the period of days and files to restored as below, then click on “Restore”

5- You will get the below confirmation, just confirm by clicking on “Restore”

6- It will start the restore process and you will get confirmation once the restore finish as below

 

Now, Click on “Return to my OneDrive” and you will find your files restored

This great feature will save cost, effort and worrying about what will happen if i have lost my OneDrive data, and the better thing is it is free of cost

Resources: Microsoft Tech Community

 

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