Nano Server Image Builder

Hello folks, I was looking at some questions i got in my last user group sessions where we were discussing Microsoft Windows Server 2016.  i was going to answer one of them in this post. “how do you hardcode an IP address in Nano server?”. BUT,  i decided at the last minutes to switch my…


Step-by-Step: Setup Docker on your Windows 2016 Server

  Hello Folks a couple weeks ago i was delivering a session on Windows Server 2016.  During that session i covered the Container support in Windows Server 2016. I see huge possibilities with containers.  I’m far from a Docker expert but I’m diving head first in that pool.   Anyway,  like i was saying i…


Step-By-Step: Creating a DNS zone in Azure

Hello Folks, We all know that DNS is responsible for resolving a website or service name to its IP address.  Now, you can use Azure DNS.  It’s a hosting service for DNS domains using Microsoft Azure infrastructure. By hosting your domains in Azure, you can manage your cloud environments AND your DNS zones using the…


Step-by-Step: Deploy a new Linux VM from a captured image

Hello folks, in my last post we discussed who to capture an existing Linux machine in Azure in order to be able to deploy new instances of that machine.  In effect turning that machine into a template. Now, we’ll use that image, Azure CLI and the and the JSON template the last process generated to…

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Step-by-Step: Capture a linux VM Image from a running VM

Hello folks, I was talking with a customer last week and the conversation turned towards using an existing VM as a template from which he could deploy other VMs.  and we are not talking about creating a custom Linux VM image and uploading it to Azure. So, in this post we’ll look at how we…


Step-By-Step: Azure Virtual Network Peering

Hello Folks, It feels like I’ve been covering this topic over and over.  Well, I have…  Step-By-Step: Multi-Site Azure VPN Revisited Step-By-Step: Multi-Site Azure VPN in the Resource Manager Model However, the engineering team has been doing a tremendous job at enhancing the capabilities of virtual networking in Azure.  Today we’ll look at vnet peering….

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Step-by-Step: Migrate your classic Cloud Services to ARM

Hello Folks, Ever since we came up with the Azure Resource Manager model one question that keeps coming back is “how do i migrate my running Cloud Services based environment to the ARM model?” Great question.  So far we did not have a great answer.  Now, we have.  Take a look at this video that…

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Step-By-Step: Multi-Site Azure VPN Revisited

Hello Folks, A while back I wrote about Multi-Site VPNs in Azure in the Resource Manager Model. Since then I’ve been reconsidering my design for a number of reasons: a fully meshed VPN configuration grows in complexity with each added site\virtual network the Basic and Standard Dynamic Routing gateways only support a maximum of 10…

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Step-by-Step: Enable Diagnostics on an Azure Virtual Machine

Hello folks, Last week I was talkin g with a customer about a VM that was having some issues.  We did not know exactly what was going on with this machine but something the portal kept providing us with some errors. (the particulars of this machine are blurred since this is production).  We’re still troubleshooting…


Step-by-Step: Prevent, Detect, and Respond to Threats in an Azure Environment

Hello Folks, Almost every conversations i have with ITPROs regarding cloud adoption includes a discussion about their security concerns. How do I ensure that my cloud infrastructure is secure? How do I get visibility in regards to the threats against my environment.   Well, we have made available a dashboard that will help you prevent,…