In Azure Token Lifetime, Common Controls Hub and TIBCO DataSynapse GridServer Engine

Lifetimes of tokens issued to users in Azure AD in public preview. New compliance tool Common Controls Hub, and TIBCO DataSynapse GridServer Engine now available.

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The public preview of the token lifetime configuration in Azure Active Directory is available as on October 11, makes it possible to dictate the lifetimes of the various tokens issued to your users by Azure AD.

This powerful tool gives you more influence when users are prompted to re-enter credentials and more control in how to configure Azure Active Directory for your company's security and usability goals.

The feature is open for everyone to try during the pubic preview. However, wben the Generally Availability reaches, some of these capabilities may require an Azure AD Premium subscription, writes azure team.

With configure token lifetimes in Azure AD you can:

  • This feature will allow you to create token lifetime policies.
  • These policies define how long tokens issued by Azure AD are considered valid.
  • This influences how often users have to enter their credentials.
  • These policies can be set as defaults that apply to all applications in a tenant.
  • Additionally, these policies can be linked to applications or service principals.
  • These policies are managed through PowerShell, team added.

A new compliance tool available through the Microsoft Trust Center for Azure called "Common Controls Hub" powered by Unified Compliance launches today—making it easier to check out laws and regulations, create custom compliance documents, set role definitions, and more.

With the new customized Microsoft portal, "customers can compare control frameworks across a number of compliance mandates and privacy regimes including ISO 27001, SOC 1 and 2, PCI, FedRAMP, EU Model Clauses, hundreds of geographic-specific requirements, and many others," team stated.

The hub is available for free for anyone who wants to go and make a free account to access a Microsoft-curated library of complete standards guidance. It's available for any Microsoft customer (Azure, Office 365, CRM, or others).

In the video below, you can learn exactly how to use Common Controls Hub:

Microsoft Trust Center Common Controls Hub

TIBCO DataSynapse GridServer Engine in the Azure Marketplace is available.

TIBCO DataSynapse GridServer is a service execution platform for dynamically scaling any application at any time across grid infrastructure. With DataSynapse GridServer Engine 6.2.0 in Azure, Microsoft is providing infrastructure flexibility, increased scalability and cost control.

With pay-as-you-go Marketplace image, customers with an existing GridServer DataSynapse installation on-premises, can easily extend "the environment beyond its current capacity into Azure."

"Microsoft notes, that this solution provides one or more virtual machines in Azure which are configured to "connect to the director, IP and FQDN" that are provided at the time the Marketplace offering is purchased.," Adding "The solution assumes that the customer is either running one or more on-premises managers and has a VPN connection between their Azure account and their managers already set up, or they're running their grid in Azure and already have a virtual network to which they intend to add the engine VM," Microsoft explained.

TIBCO DataSynapse comes to the Azure Marketplace

Further information can be found here.

In other news today, Microsoft introduces the Team Data Science Process, a methodology and set of practices for collaborative data science.

TDSP is designed to help make a data science team productive, address concerns over lack of collaboration or consistent processes and automate routine data science tasks.

TDSP includes:

  • "A data science lifecycle definition.
  • A standard project structure, including a well-defined directory hierarchy and a list of output artifacts in a standard document template structure that are stored in a versioned repository.
  • A shared and distributed analytics infrastructure.
  • Productivity tools and utilities for data scientists. These simplify adherence to the process by automatically producing project artifacts and providing scripts for common tasks such as the creation and management of repositories and shared analytics resources," writes Data Platform team.

Microsoft Team Data Science Process

Microsoft has moved the System Center Configuration Manager documentation from TechNet to new documentation platform, now offering technical information, including how to use Configuration Manager with Intune.

However, documentation for the 2012 and 2007 versions of Configuration Manager will remain on TechNet.

Check out the new site here.

Another site that gets a makeover, is a new completely redesigned Windows IT Center (formerly referred to as the Windows TechCenter).

The new home page and navigation design provides quick access to new resources, information on "top of mind" concerns for Windows IT pros, and the latest news, microsoft said.

You can access new Winows IT Center at https://it.windows.com.

Windows IT Center Redesigned