Killer Home Lab Series – Update

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Domain Joining Servers to Azure AD Domain Services (Office 365 Tenant)

Office 365 offers 2 well known options for logging onto your workstation using your Office 365 credentials. These options are Workplace Join and Azure AD Join. Workplace join is mostly used for devices such as Windows Phone, IOS or Andriod devices while Azure AD Join is used more for Windows 10 Workstations. These options are…


Home Lab Secrets: Using RemoteApps

One cool feature with Windows 2012 R2 is the Remote Desktop Gateway feature. RD Gateway uses the Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) over HTTPS to establish a secure, encrypted connection between remote users on the Internet and internal network resources. RD Gateway is a well know feature, but another feature which is just as cool is RemoteApps. This…


Assigning Static IP’s to Azure VM’s

One of the challenges of deploying an VM within Azure is the fact that it’s IP Address is DHCP issued.  Obviously this can be an issue for VM’s that hold Services that require a static IP address (Domain Controller, DNS Server, Exchange Server, etc.)  Although setting an Azure VM’s IP Address to to Static is…


Using Smartcards/CACs to Manage Windows Azure via Powershell

Even though Windows Azure VM's can be managed from either the Azure Portal or Microsoft Azure PowerShell, some tasks can only be performed using Microsoft Azure PowerShell.  In order to Manage windows Azure using PowerShell you must first prepare your workstation by completing the following: Installing Microsoft Azure PowerShell Importing the Azure Subscription Publish Settings…