PowerShell Basics: Azure AD Management Commands

Now that we’ve covered the basics in my previous post, Step-By-Step: Intro to Managing Azure AD via PowerShell, we’ll take a look at the commands available to further manage you Azure AD deployment. Some of the commands currently used for on-premises Active Directory Management will also work for Azure Active Directory or differ very little….


Step-by-Step: First steps with Azure Container Instances

Hello Folks, It’s been a while since I last posted but it’s not because there has not been developments in the Microsoft Azure world. One in particular I wanted to talk about is Azure Container Instances or ACI for short. That capability was announced on July 26, 2017. An Azure Container Instance is a single…

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Step-By-Step: Configuring a site-to-site VPN Gateway between Azure and On-Premise

Using site-to-site VPN gateway can provide better continuity for your workloads in hybrid cloud setup with Azure. This post will demonstrate how to set up site-to-site VPN Gateway to enable this. Requirements  Before start make sure you have following in place. 1) VPN device: A VPN device is needed on-premise to create the VPN connection with…


DevOps Basics: Harnessing Continuous Integration and Infrastructure As Code

Hello folks, A little while ago, Vancouver based start-up Roomsy and Microsoft collaborated in a Hackfest to explore how Azure Web App services and DevOps best practices could address their needs. Roomsy is a cloud-based Property Management System. It provides its customer a platform to manage their rental property, take reservations that are created through…


Understanding Azure Managed Disks

Hello Folks, Lately I’ve had a lot of questions about this new item in the Azure portal. Namely managed disks that became generally available on February 8, 2017. Azure Managed Disks is a way to simplifies disk management for VMs by managing the storage accounts associated with the VM disks. You only need to specify…

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Step-By-Step: Securing a Xamarin app with Azure AD’s Multi-factor Authentication

In a recent collaboration between PCL and Microsoft, the team came together to digitally transform a manual onboarding process for contractors at local jobsites. The current paper-based process, with its triplicate impact forms, meant high costs for PCL in both form printing and the manual input hours clocked by the PCL Human Resources team.  Plans…

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Step-by-Step: Setup Multiple Public IPs on a VM in Azure

Hello Folks, I’m currently working with a customer who’s migrating some workloads to Azure.  Servers in Azure that will host their web sites will be hosting several sites per servers.  For this deployment, the customer needed to have multiple public IP addresses assigned to each server.  So, we started looking at what we could do….

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Step-by-Step: Enable Network Monitoring in Azure.

Hello folks, When building network infrastructures in the cloud live VNets, ExpressRoute, Application Gateways, Load balancers, and more… You need tools and processes to monitor and troubleshoot any issues that may arise. We have just released two of those tools to the preview program. Network Watcher – Provides scenario-based monitoring including packet capture, next hop,…

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Step-by-Step: Azure Storage Encryption at Rest

Hello Folks, Ever since I started covering Azure I always get asked about encryption. How do I keep data from prying eyes? How do I ensure that the data is ALWAYS encrypted? Encryption at rest was not an option before, but now it is…. Azure Storage Service Encryption (SSE) for Data at Rest allows you…

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Step-By-Step: Assigning a Reserved IP Address to an Azure VM

IP address assignments in Azure are dynamic by default and can possibly change when a VM is restarted. Azure VMs can also be assigned static IPs. So why would you need to assign a static IP addresses to an Azure VM? 1) Application requirements – sometime applications need to connect with fixed IP address. For example, if it’s a…