Relaxing in the cloud

You CAD! Cloud App Discovery–Part 2

As I had blogged about previously, Microsoft’s Cloud App Discovery tool is an interesting way of collecting great telemetry data from your environment with a minimal investment of time and no on-prem infrastructure. As I mentioned in my prior article:

Cloud App Discovery–Cool tool, but is it ready for Primetime?, CAD was incredibly problematic, causing network connection issues and even BSODs. Last week, Microsoft released a new version of CAD claiming significant stability enhancements as well as better privacy notifications. To put it to the test, I installed it on my production desktop, where it had previously had issues with both OneDrive for Business and CrashPlan.

After installing the app and rebooting, I updated a single file in OneDrive for Business and kept an eye on CrashPlan over the next two days. After 48 hours, OneDrive for Business still had not synchronized the text file I updated.

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CrashPlan fared no better, being unable to connect to cloud storage since the install.

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After uninstalling the app, the situation immediately resolved itself, no reboot required:

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Testing on two other systems shows no changes in stability from the prior release. On the plus side, I do have better terms and agreement controls for privacy concerns, but disabling line of business applications is a complete show stopper.

Summary: As I mentioned before, I really wanted to like CAD. It would solve a large number of issues my clients have, but for the time being, test carefully.

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