Azure Managed Disk snapshot and restore using PowerShell

Using Virtual Machines in Azure from time-to-time you may want to have a copy of the current point-in-time of your Virtual Machine, rather than taking a full backup of this using Recovery Services, can you create a snapshot of the Virtual Machine disk(s) using an Azure Snapshot Snapshots are in theory, a simple read-only copy…

Azure Hub-Spoke Network Configuration with Azure Firewall DNAT using PowerShell

I am going to show you how to create a Hub-Spoke network configuration with Azure Firewall using PowerShell. What is a Hub-Spoke network? Think of the Hub-Spoke as two different networks, network1 is hub, network2 is spoke. Network1 acts as the central point of connectivity and perimeter for your network where all traffic has to…

Azure Virtual Machine Boot Diagnostics

This little feature has assisted me many times! Azure Virtual Machine boot diagnostics gives you a log view and screenshot of your Virtual Machine (VM) from the hypervisor level. VM not accessible? This feature may just help you! Checking this feature can confirm if your VM is having issues stopping you from connecting successfully. Enabling…

Monitor connection to a Virtual Machine using Connection Monitor

Monitor connection to a Virtual Machine using Connection Monitor

Network Watcher Connection Monitor is a pretty cool service in Azure, ever need to monitor a Virtual machine but third-party extensions cannot be configured? Connection Monitor allows you to monitor Virtual Machines ports to ensure they’re still listening and reachable. How does it work? The connection is created from a Source Virtual Machine to your…

Availability Sets v Availability Zones in IaaS

Deploying your Production IaaS VMs within Azure you will be wanting to consider redundancy and ensuring your environment is highly available in both the Application itself along with the infrastructure it will be using within Azure. Looking at this from a high-level, you will be deploying each part of the application that you want to…

Securing your secrets using Azure Key Vault and Virtual Machine Managed Identity

In my previous blog I gave an overview of Azure Managed Identity, specifically around virtual machines and managed identities. In this, I will be detailing the process of implementing a secure use of Key Vault with this virtual machine and how Identity Management can be used to retrieve secrets. There are two types of managed…

Enabling Microsoft Antimalware User Interface in Azure

Installed the IaaSAntimalware “Microsoft Antimalware” extension and trying to access the User Interface within your RDP session and getting this restriction error? Run the below PowerShell snippet: You can now open System Centre Endpoint Protection

Azure Managed Identities

Keeping credentials safe and secure has always been a priority, even more so when in the cloud – quite a potential challenge this can be within your application, virtual machine or requirements to authenticate to additional cloud services Within Microsoft Azure, using managed identities is one of the security precautions can assist you with the…

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