Defender Advanced Threat Protection for Server 2019
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Defender Advanced Threat Protection for Server 2019

About the Book

Are you ready to start deploying Windows Server 2019?  If so, you must read this book as the built-in Windows Defender Anti-Virus is not enough for protection.  It is like downloading a free version of Anti-Virus and running it on your servers.  With Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection you get all of the robust features you would expect out of an enterprise Anti-Virus / Malware / and Security Product.  These do not come pre-installed and require configuration via  This book will walk you through how to setup, configure, and test Defender Advanced Threat Protection.  

About the Authors

Dave Kawula
Dave Kawula

Dave is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) with over 20 years of experience in the IT industry. His background includes data communications networks within multi-server environments, and he has led architecture teams for virtualization, System Center, Exchange, Active Directory, and Internet gateways. Very active within the Microsoft technical and consulting teams, Dave has provided deep-dive technical knowledge and subject matter expertise on various System Center and operating system topics.

Dave is well-known in the community as an evangelist for Microsoft, 1E, and Veeam technologies. Locating Dave is easy as he speaks at several conferences and sessions each year, including TechEd, Ignite, MVP Days Community Roadshow, and VeeamOn. 

Recently Dave has been honored to take on the role of Conference Co-Chair of TechMentor with fellow MVP Sami Laiho.  The lineup of speakers and attendees that have been to this conference over the past 20 years is really amazing. Come down to Redmond or Orlando in 2018 and you can meet him in person.

As the founder and Managing Principal Consultant at TriCon Elite Consulting, Dave is a leading technology expert for both local customers and large international enterprises, providing optimal guidance and methodologies to achieve and maintain an efficient infrastructure.


Twitter: @DaveKawula

Dave Kawula

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Cristal Kawula
Cristal Kawula

Cristal Kawula is the co-founder of MVPDays Community Roadshow and #MVPHour live Twitter Chat.   She is the President of TriCon Elite Consulting where she manages the day to day operations of the field consulting and sales teams.

Cristal is also only the 2nd Woman in the world to receive the prestigious Veeam Vanguard Community excellence award.  In July of 2017 she was awarded the designation of Microsoft MVP.  

Early in her career Cristal worked as a consultant with Microsoft authoring content for internal SMSGR and GTR teams.   This content was used to train internal support engineers and global escalation engineering teams.  

Cristal can be found speaking at Microsoft Ignite, MVPDays, and other local user groups.   She is extremely active in the community and has recently helped publish a book for other Women MVP’s called Voices from the Data Platform.  



Twitter: @supercristal1

John O'Neill Sr.
John O'Neill Sr.

John’s professional IT career began as a teenager, taking him on many wonderful adventures over the past 30 years. John’s IT path started with programming, but branched out quickly. Opportunities from the Help Desk to the Corner Office shape his IT journey. Specializing in Systems and Infrastructure technologies, John’s broad skillset includes Desktop and Server OS, Identity Management, Networking Services, Network Architecture, IP Telephony, and Security.

Passionate about giving back to the IT community, John develops relevant, timely content IT Pros take advantage of immediately. Part of the MVPDays team, he develops both online and in-print content. In addition, John authored material as a contributing editor for the online community as well as senior contributor to Tom’s IT Pro, Redmond Magazine, Netwrix, and both Thomson-Reuters' Aspatore Books and Exec Blueprints publications.

Helping others succeed and advance in IT drives John to share knowledge. Speaking at conferences worldwide, developing technology training courses for Pluralsight’s online training library, and leading webinars are all regular investments by John in the current and next generation of IT professionals.

John is proud to be honored by industry organizations, leaders, and peers. John is a four-time recipient of Microsoft’s MVP Award. John received NEOSA’s CIO of the Year Award in 2012.

Cary Sun
Cary Sun

Cary Sun has a wealth of knowledge and expertise in data center and deployment solutions. As a Principal Consultant, he likely works closely with clients to help them design, implement, and manage their data center infrastructure and deployment strategies.

With his background in data center solutions, Cary Sun may have experience in server and storage virtualization, network design and optimization, backup and disaster recovery planning, and security and compliance management. He holds CISCO CERTIFIED INTERNETWORK EXPERT (CCIE No.4531) from 1999. Cary is also a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP), Microsoft Azure MVP, Veeam Vanguard and Cisco Champion. He is a published author with several titles, including blogs on, and the author of many books.

Cary is a very active blogger at and is permanently available online for questions from the community. His passion for technology is contagious, improving everyone around him at what they do.

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Twitter: @SifuSun


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Emile Cabot
Emile Cabot

Émile is a six-time Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) who started in the industry during the mid-90s working at an ISP and designing web sites for celebrities. He has a strong background specializing in datacenter and deployment solutions, and has spent many years performing infrastructure analyses and solution implementations for organizations around the world.

Émile organizes the Calgary Microsoft User Group, blogs on, and has presented at several conferences, including Ignite, VeeamOn, TechMentor, TechReady, and MVPDays. 

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Table of Contents

Foreword by iii

Acknowledgments iii

From Dave iii

About the Authors iv

Dave Kawula – Microsoft MVP iv

Cristal Kawula – Microsoft MVP v

Emile Cabot – Microsoft MVP vi

Cary Sun – Microsoft MVP vii

John O’Neill Sr – Re-Connect Microsoft MVP viii

Contents ix

Introduction 14

MVPDays Online 14

Sample Files 15

Additional Resources 15

Chapter 1 17

Setting up your Azure Subscription from Scratch 17

Chapter 2 24

Building a Hyper-V Nested VM with Multiple Public IP Addresses in Azure 24

Building a Windows Server 2016 Virtual Machine 24

Creating Multiple Internal and External IP’s for the Lab 35

Enable Hyper-V in the LAB Virtual Machine 42

Configuring NAT Networking with one Public IP Address 50

Configuring NAT Networking with Multiple Public IP Address 53

Adding an IP Address to the lab Host (VM) 53

Configuring Routing and Remote Access on the Azure Nested Virtual Machine 57

Configure NAT Rules in RRAS for the Lab 65

Disable Windows Firewall 72

Create a NAT Rule in the Azure NSG for the Lab 74

Testing the NAT Rules in the lab 80

Using PowerShell to automate RRAS NAT Rule Configurations 85

Chapter 3 88

Using BigDemo to Build your Lab 88

Lab Server Names 88

Building the Lab with BigDemo_DefenderATP_Server2019.PS1 91

Chapter 4 95

Configuring Windows Admin Center 95

Install Google Chrome and Mozilla FireFox 96

Configure Windows Admin Center 97

Configure Azure Integration 99

Configure Azure Backup 104

Verifying Backups locally with the Backup Microsoft Azure Backup Agent 110

Configuring Windows Azure Update Management 112

Configure Azure Site Recovery 119

Upgrade to Security Center Standard in Azure 125

Chapter 5 127

Defender Advanced Threat Protection ATP 127

Onboarding a Server with Windows Defender ATP 128

Reviewing an Incident with Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection 130

Chapter 6 133

Simulating a Ransomware Attack 133

KnowBe4 Ransomware Simulator on Windows Server 2019 133

Enabling Ransomware Protection on Windows Server 2019 141

Executing a Ransomware Attack with PowerShell 145

Chapter 7 152

Attack Simulation – Document Drops Back Door 152

Attempting the Attack with Defender Enabled 153

Chapter 8 165

Attack Simulation – PowerShell Fileless Attack 165

Attempting the Attack with Defender Enabled and Exploit Protection at Default Settings 166

Configure Exploit Protection 170

Attempting the Attack with Defender Enabled and Exploit Protection configured for Notepad.exe 171

Chapter 9 176

Attack Simulation – Live Response 176

Enabling Live Response in Defender Security Center 177

Chapter 10 179

Attack Remediation – Chat with Threat Experts at Microsoft 179

Contacting Microsoft Threat Experts 179

Chapter 11 182

Recovering from Ransomware using Azure Site Recovery 182

Notes from the Field 182

Why Airgapped Replicas are the only choice 182

Why Planned Failover is no longer an option 182

Failover Now is the only Option 183

Watch you Six (Clock) 183

Do not connect your Azure Site Recovery Virtual Machines to a live Site-to-Site VPN 184

When can I get back into my data? 184

Ok, so I didn’t listen and lost everything now what? 185

Don’t forget to tune your Replication Policy 186

Testing Failover can be a quick Ransomware Fix 186

Reset Settings for your Azure Site Recovery Hyper-V Host 187

Enable Diagnostic Logging for Azure Site Recovery 192

Zero Day time to Failover 193

Assuming an Admin Level breach Failing over 100 % to Azure 193

Executing a PowerShell based Ransomware Attack on Domain Controllers. 193

Encrypting the Sysvol Folder 195

Taking Down Production Killing Domain Controllers with Ransomware 201

Encrypting the Active Directory Database 201

Survival Mode Recovering to Azure 208

Tick Tock time to make a decision – We are Recovering to Azure 209

Performing the Double Swing Recovery 210

Chapter 12 219

Join us at MVPDays and meet great MVP’s like this in person 219

Live Presentations 219

Video Training 219

Live Instructor-led Classes 220

Consulting Services 220

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