(Cloud) Tip of the Day: Microsoft Azure Storage Performance and Scalability Checklist

Today’s Tip… One of the most common issues encountered in deploying resources to the cloud is storage performance.  Correctly architecting the storage your applications and services will use from the beginning goes a long way in ensuring consistent and reliable performance. To that end, Microsoft has developed a number of proven practices for using these…


(Cloud) Tip of the Day: Check domain availability for Office 365 and Azure

Today’s Tip… Here is a quick way to check if a onmicrosoft.com domain is available for Office 365 or Azure services… You don’t even have to create the tenant yet. Go to https://account.windowsazure.com/organization Type a domain and click check availability… If a domain is not available you’ll see a exclamation point. If a domain is…


(Cloud) Tip of the Day: Office 365 and Azure IP Addresses

Today’s Tip… Extending on a tip I provided earlier, Evan created a PoC REST API for pulling a list if IP addresses and URLS for Office 365 and Azure services.   Landing page and requisite disclaimer: http://mscloudips.azurewebsites.net/ The timestamp of the last time the site updated the IPs: http://mscloudips.azurewebsites.net/api/office365ips/operation/update http://mscloudips.azurewebsites.net/api/azureips/operation/update List all the O365 services:…


(RDS) Tip of the Day: Host desktops and apps in Remote Desktop Services on Azure

Today’s Tip… Remote Desktop Services in Windows Server 2016 lets users access computers, apps, and resources remotely. You can use Remote Desktop Services plus Azure services to create hosting solutions. Use the following information to get started with desktop hosting in Remote Desktop Services in Windows Server. Microsoft Azure Desktop Hosting Reference Architecture Create a…


(RDS) Tip of the Day: Azure Resource Manager Templates for RDS Deployment

Today’s Tip… Create Remote Desktop Session Collection deployment – (Creates AD) The template will deploy DC, join all virtual machines (VMs) to the domain and configure RDS roles in the deployment. This template deploys the following resources: storage account; vnet, public IP, load balancer; domain controller VM; RD Gateway/RD Web Access VM; RD Connection Broker/RD…


(RDS) Tip of the Day: Azure N-Series Virtual Machines, the fastest GPUs in the public cloud, are now available in preview

Today’s Tip… N-Series instances are enabled with NVIDIA’s cutting edge GPUs to allow you to run GPU-accelerated workloads and visualize them. These powerful sizes come with the agility you have come to expect from Azure, paying per-minute of usage. Our N-Series VMs are split into two categories. The NC-Series (compute-focused GPUs) With the NC Series…


(Cloud) Tip of the Day: Assign DC for AAD Connect Password Writeback/Sync

Today’s Tip… You can configure Azure AD Connect to use a specific Domain Controller for password sync and password writeback. To do this, perform the following steps… On the machine where Azure AD Connect is installed: Go to Start, look for and open “synchronization service”. Go to “Connectors” and look for AD. Select it and…


(Cloud) Tip of the Day: Pragmatically apply Azure AD Connect permissions

Today’s Tip… I ran across this article that describes how you can pragmatically apply Azure AD Connect permissions for the following scenarios… Exchange Hybrid Deployment Password Synchronization Password Write-back Read more about it here… https://blog.kloud.com.au/2014/12/18/aadsync-ad-service-account-delegated-permissions/


(Cloud) Tip of the Day: Azure AD Connect Health for Windows Server AD

Today’s Tip… Azure AD Connect Health for Windows Server AD has just been recently released. Azure AD Connect Health for Windows Server AD monitors your on-premises Active Directory and bubbles up critical issues to you in a easy to view dashboard. Read more about it in the official announcement here… https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/enterprisemobility/2016/07/19/introducing-azuread-connect-health-for-windows-server-ad/


(Cloud) Tip of the Day: Default claims sent by AAD for integrated apps

Today’s Tip… I ran across this article which describes the default claims sent by Azure AD for apps that are integrated with Azure AD and how you can edit those claims or create additional claims. Check out the details here… https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/active-directory-saml-claims-customization/