Moving Windows workloads, particularly SharePoint, onto Azure, is one of the most important Microsoft Cloud strategies. More and more customers and partners have started to evaluate Microsoft Azure as their extended data center to run SharePoint services.
SharePoint has evolved a great deal in the last decade, and security problems have also changed. As SharePoint is migrated to Azure, security problems become even more critical (see below).
PortalProtect is a Trend Micro SharePoint security solution that provides a dedicated layer of protection against a variety of threats. It has been tested and fully supported in SharePoint Azure deployments. In addition, through recent Azure VM Extension framework integration, PortalProtect can be deployed as part of the SharePoint Azure provisioning process (PortalProtect Azure VM extension). The Microsoft Azure team announced this integration process during TechEd 2014.
Currently, this integration is available by the Azure PowerShell Command and will be supported by the Azure Portal (GUI) in 2015. Below are the details on how this integration can streamline PortalProtect deployment on Azure SharePoint environments.
User Scenario One: Deploy PortalProtect Extension During VM Creation Stage
Step 1: Type the PowerShell command (see figure below) to retrieve the PortalProtect Extension.
Step 2: Type the Powershell Command (see figure below) to create a SharePoint VM, download and extract the PortalProtect Extension in the newly created SharePoint VM.
Step 3: A new SharePoint VM is created, and the PortalProtect package is downloaded at “C:\Packages\Plugins\TrendMicro.PortalProtect.PortalProtectExtension\2.1”.
After configuring the new SharePoint instance, run setup.exe from the PortalProtect downloaded directory to deploy PortalProtect.
User Scenario Two: Deploy PortalProtect Extension on a Running SharePoint VM
Step 1: Type the PowerShell Command (see figure below) to retrieve the PortalProtect Extension.
Step 2: Use Set-AzureVMExtension and Update-AzureVM cmdlet to install PortalProtect extension.
Microsoft enables third-party access to the Azure ecosystem through Azure VM extension framework. Currently, PortalProtect is the only third-party security solution to protect SharePoint Azure deployment.