Azure Updates – Number 6 – March 13, 2021

A summary update on Azure news that includes updates released from Microsoft Azure related to Azure, Architecture, Compute, and Sentinel topics. Save time digging around to find recent releases and changes. Released March 13th. Great updates and sunny days on the way!

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Azure Cloud Shell

Video – Setting up for a Demo with Azure CLI

Join me for a start to finish Azure CLI walk-through of creating resources to use for testing or doing a demonstration in Azure. I create a Debian and Windows Server VM in about 5 minutes then we clean everything up when we’re done. Let’s build some Azure resources together and see just how easy and fast this really is!

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Azure Cloud Shell

Setting up for a Demo with Azure CLI

I’ve been asked a few times to share how I setup for doing a demo using different Azure resources. So, I’ll share my first way of setting up — Azure CLI. Today, we’ll walk through some of the steps I run and how to save it to do it all again next time. This is one of the ways that I get setup with storage accounts, Windows servers, Linux servers, and even App Gateways and Load Balancers…so buckle up for a little code run-through!

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Microsoft Identity – What’s the Difference with AD on Premises to Azure AD?

In this installment of Microsoft Identity tidbits, Ryan of @MSCQF and I speak about Azure Active Directory and how it’s different from Windows Server Active Directory. We look at some of the confusion around hosting a virtual machine in Azure that is running Windows Server Active Directory and using Azure AD Connect to extend that into Azure Active Directory. Join us for a few minutes of fun and discovery as we explore the differences in Active Directory types.

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Adding Layers of Azure – Azure Arc – Manage Hybrid and Multi-Cloud

Azure Arc extends Azure management across your hybrid and on-premises environments, extends to multi-cloud, helps to manage deployment to nearly any infrastructure, and simplifies complex infrastructure environments. In short, Azure Arc allows you to use Azure services and management tools to manage your complex distributed infra…

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Azure Monitor – Virtual Machines

Today I wanted to talk about Azure Monitor and one of the new functionalities the Azure Team has added – Virtual Machine Monitoring. This is a perfect example of a continuous improvement and basing new features on user feedback, great job Azure! Now, to get started monitoring your virtual machines we will need to check a few items off the list.

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Microsoft Azure

How Can you Manage Multiple Providers in Azure?

If you are running Azure infrastructure and have multiple providers that reach into your tenant, you know how difficult it is to log, audit, and monitor what your providers are actually changing inside your subscriptions. From the opposite view, if you’re a solution provider and you have to reach into multiple clients Azure subscriptions to complete your work, you know how challenging it is to keep everything segregated and organized. Never-mind if you need to pull auditing logs to show what changes you completed inside a specific subscription.Azure Lighthouse provides…

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Windows Server on Azure - SMBv1

Can you Enable SMBv1 on Azure VMs?

Occasionally an enterprise environment will have a requirement to retain legacy authentication systems that may need to use SMBv1. What are the options when you move your services and infrastructure to Azure…

When first looking at this challenge we really (really!) need to acknowledge the dangers and risks that when dealing with SMBv1…

Read the full article at the link below.

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Virtual Machine Scale Sets

Virtual Machine Scale Sets – What are they for anyways?

Today we’re going to talk a little bit about Azure Virtual Machine Scale Sets. What they do for us and why we would want to deploy VMs using scale sets. I’ve encountered a few situations where a business has deployed multiple systems to try and handle the growth of their systems during peak demand times…

Read the full article at the link below.

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