Azure RM VM Connect Button Greyed Out

The below is a repro of a customer issue where they were unable to RDP to an Azure RM VM from the Internet.  Previously this was not something they had setup as connecting to VMs was provided by a site to site VPN.  There was no requirement to provide RDP access from the Internet, until…

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Load Balancing AD FS Services In Azure RM

As mentioned in this blog’s previous posts on deploying AD FS, one option is to deploy all or part of the AD FS solution in Azure.  This is very valuable if there is insufficient capacity on-premises or if you only have a single datacentre and wish to increase resiliency. Deploying the AD FS solution or…

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Migrating IaaS Resources to Azure Resource Manager

Like many other customers, the Tailspintoys Canada organization are leveraging Azure as part of their IT solution, and have done so for years.  Because of this they have Azure resources in the old Azure model, and wish to transition to the new deployment methodology.  In short they need to move from Azure Service Manager to…

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Quick Tip: Is There A Shortcut URL To Download Online Sign In Assistant

For those wondering what the download page is for the Microsoft Online Services Sign In Assistant, using your favourite search engine in your favourite browser is one choice. Alternatively you can use the handy dandy shortcut URL: https://aka.ms/SIA   This will take you to the latest version of the Sign In Assistant download page.  …

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How To Get Azure RM VM IP Addresses Using PowerShell

This is a follow-up to the initial post on the topic which was based on the original Azure Service Manager (Azure SM) model.  Azure Resource Manager (Azure RM) changes the deployment methodology.  Take a look at Azure Resource Manager vs. classic deployment: Understand deployment models and the state of your resources for more details. We…

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Create Azure RM VM Using Existing VHD

TailspinToys Canada have been busy upgrading their on-premises, Azure and Office 365 infrastructure.  Previously Azure resources were moved from classic (Azure Service Manager) to the new Azure Resource Manager (Azure RM).   The VMs, storage accounts and VHDs were migrated.   One of the migration blockers was that multiple availability sets were previously present in one of the cloud…

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Slow Exchange Server Boot In Azure VM

One of the great uses of Azure is to host VMs which can address a number of business requirements.  While we can install Exchange 2013 on an Azure VM, this is generally not the most cost effect way to have mailboxes running in a cloud.  Office 365 is the recommended option to leverage cloud mailboxes…

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Azure AD Connect Express Install Upgrade – Build 1.1.105.0

In February 2016 a new build of the Azure AD Connect tool was released.  This is build 1.1.105.0.  Multiple features and enhancements were added, and some significant changes were made to Azure AD Connect. The release history of Azure AD Sync and Azure AD Connect is available on azure.microsoft.com.  DirSync is grounded in the years…

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Azure AD Connect Express Install Upgrade – Build 1.0.9131.0

The directory synchronization program managers have been hard at work adding more and more documentation to the Azure repository.  The content is currently being published to azure.microsoft.com.  For example Introducing Azure AD Connect takes us through the identity management steps when connecting to Azure AD. Please note that this post is based on the upgrade…

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