Microsoft Azure Now Running OpenBSD

New Intune and Conditional Access capabilities generally available in Azure portal, Plus Azure Storage Service Encryption with Customer Managed Keys in limited preview.

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Microsoft, since 2014, already officially supported FreeBSD virtual machine (VM) on Azure, now on Thursday, the company has announced FreeBSD 11 is available as a ready-made VM image in the Azure Marketplace, along with pfsense offering.

Today we are happy to share you that Azure supports OpenBSD 6.1 with the collaboration effort from Esdenera and Microsoft. Meanwhile Esdenera brings their firewall product based on OpenBSD on board Azure Marketplace now.

Those not aware, OpenBSD project produces a freely available, multi-platform 4.4BSD-based UNIX-like operating system.

  • OpenBSD is thought of as the most secure UNIX-like operating system by many security professionals, as a result of the never-ending comprehensive source code audit.
  • OpenBSD is a full-featured UNIX-like operating system available in source and binary form at no charge.
  • OpenBSD integrates cutting-edge security technology suitable for building firewalls and private network services in a distributed environment.
  • OpenBSD benefits from strong ongoing development in many areas, offering opportunities to work with emerging technologies and an international community of developers and end users.

Managing Microsoft Intune and Conditional Access with Azure Active Directory just got easier with new administrative experiences are now generally available in the Azure portal.

Intune, a cloud-based enterprise mobility management service, has moved to Azure portal, allowing users to manage all Intune capabilities and leverage all of Azure Active Directory seamlessly in one consolidated, simplified experience. Additionally, a new Conditional Access administrative experience in Azure is also generally available.

The functionality allows information technology teams to ensure that only appropriately authenticated and validated users — from compliant devices and approved apps, and under the right conditions — have access to companies' data.

Intune and Conditional Access Admin Consoles in Azure Portal
Intune and Conditional Access Admin Consoles

Microsoft Azure Storage Service Encryption with Customer Managed Keys integrated with Azure Key Vault for Azure Blob Storage hits limited preview on Thursday, enable enterprise customers looking to protect sensitive data as part of their regulatory or compliance needs.

"Storage Service Encryption with Customer Managed Keys uses Azure Key Vault that provides highly available and scalable secure storage for RSA cryptographic keys backed by FIPS 140-2 Level 2 validated HSMs (Hardware Security Modules)," writes Azure team.

Azure customers already benefit from Storage Service Encryption for Azure Blob and File Storage using Microsoft managed keys.

When enabled this feature on any Azure Resource Manager storage account let customers:

  • Customers can generate/import their RSA key to Azure Key Vault and enable Storage Service Encryption.
  • Customers can rotate their key in Azure Key Vault as per their compliance policies.
  • Customers can also revoke access to the storage account by revoking access on their key in Azure Key Vault.
  • Customers can enable this feature on all available redundancy types of Azure Blob storage including premium storage and can toggle from using Microsoft managed to using customer managed keys. There is no additional charge for enabling this feature.
Azure Storage Service Encryption with Customer Managed Keys
Azure Storage Service Encryption with Customer Managed Keys

A new white paper published on Thursday, details the benefits of running the Windows Server 2016 server operating system in hybrid environments — from built-in security to more efficient app development.

Additionally, the white paper also provides an overview of capabilities that become available when you run your workloads on Windows Server 2016 on Azure.

Learn more about the benefits of running Windows Server 2016, download the whitepaper over here.