Network Security Groups: 10 suggestions for best practice!

As mentioned in a previous blog – NSG’s control access by permitting or denying network traffic in a number of ways, whether it be:- Communication between different workloads on a vNET Network connectivity from on-site environment into Azure Direct internet connection 1. One NSG to rule them all Do you really need a NSG per subnet? Or…

Microsoft FutureDecoded 2018

I had the pleasure of attending this two day event “Microsoft FutureDecoded” in London Excel, thanks to @kainossoftware for sending me. The two days consisted of multiple Keynotes and numerous breakout sessions, infact over 100 of these! Day1 opened with a keynote consisting off: Michael Wignall – Microsoft UK CTO Cindy Rose – Microsoft UK…

Azure Virtual Machine:- Cost saving!

Azure Virtual Machine cost saving – 10 ways to save! 1. Virtual Machine Up-Time A simple procedure to implement that can have a big impact on your monthly cost! Have a review of your virtual machines, do they need to be on 24/7? A quick sum:- Virtual Machine D11v2  Region: UK South per hour cost:…

Azure Gateway VPN & Custom Routing via Third-Party Firewall Appliance

Within your Azure Virtual Network (vNET) you may require connectivity from an additional source, options available include:- vNET Peer VPN Gateway ExpressRoute Gateway vNET Peer Common connection method for theoretically peering onto another Azure vNET, routing is done via the the Microsoft backbone and to the end user it will look like an extension of…

Azure Automation Account Logging to Log Analytics using AzureRM

There may be a need to log the activity of an Azure Automation Account to Log Analytics, this can of course be done via the Portal but, if deploying in true automated fashion – it would be preferable to implemented via code. These log categories will be configured along with All Metrics:- JobLogs JobStreams DSCNodeStatus…

NPS Server Configuration To Integrate with Azure MFA:- Part3 (PowerShell)

Last of the NPS integration with Azure MFA blogs, this will include using PowerShell for installation of the Radius Configuration from a backup along with additional snippets of PowerShell to potentially help you to automate your own NPS server build. Installation of NPS Server Role Install-WindowsFeature NPAS -IncludeManagementTools Configure and add RadiusClients The below Password…

NPS Server Configuration To Integrate with Azure MFA:- Part2 (Troubleshooting)

In my previous blog, I detailed the process of how a Network Policy Server (NPS) is used to integrate with an Azure VPN gateway using RADIUS to provide Multi-Factor Authentication (Azure MFA) for point-to-site connections to your Azure environment. This is a follow-up to that, some additional troubleshooting for the NPS configuration. Firewall Network Policy…

NPS Server Configuration To Integrate with Azure MFA

The story I have created this blog to detail and describe how a Network Policy Server (NPS) is used to integrate with an Azure VPN gateway using RADIUS to provide Multi-Factor Authentication (Azure MFA) for point-to-site connections to your Azure environment. The process that will be documented in this blog:- Image Reference: docs.microsoft.com Prerequisites Azure…

Microsoft Azure:- NSGs & ASGs Simplified

NSG’s (Network Security Group) & ASG’s (Application Security Group) are the main Azure Resources that are used to administrate and control network traffic within a virtual network (vNET). The difference Network Security Group is the Azure Resource that you will use to enforce and control the network traffic with, whereas Application Security Group is an…

Microsoft PowerBI:- A useful tool for Azure NSGs data flows

Microsoft PowerBI is a suite of business analytic tools developed by Microsoft that works together to turn unrelated sources of data into coherent, visually immersive, and interactive insights – in theory, taking a dump of data and making it rather colourful and useful? How could I say no! Go from data to insights in minutes.…

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