Configuring an Azure Active Directory Domain Services instance and joining Virtual Machine to domain

What is Azure Active Directory Domain Services (Azure AD DS)? Azure AD DS provides domain services without the need to deploy and manage actual domain domain controllers, services include group policy, domain join and even Kerberos/NTLM authentication. The AD DS instance also integrates with your existing Azure AD tenant, allowing you to include existing AD…

Microsoft Azure Exam AZ-500 Study Guide

AZ-500 is the latest Microsoft Azure Exam I have sat and passed, have received a number of messages asking when I would create a study guide for it, here it is! A security focused exam by Azure measuring your ability to complete the following tasks:- manage identity and access, implement platform protection, manage security operations…

Azure Monitor – Taking the Logging and alerting deployment from ARM To PowerShell

Azure Monitor, an all in one comprehensive solution for collecting, analyzing and acting on your cloud and/or on-premises environment. Along with this, we use both Log Analytics & Application Insights for collecting and analyzing telemetry data that allows us to view real-time metrics of how the application/environment is currently being handled. Application Insights also helps…

Azure Datacenter IP ranges from PowerShell to XML

Azure recently released an update to inform that the Weekly publication of Azure datacenter IP ranges (also known as XML files) for Azure Public, China, and Germany will be deprecated by June 30, 2020. Below is the update that was sent out:- Instead, you can now download the updated weekly publications (also known as JSON files) or programmatically retrieve this…

Enabling Alerting for Azure Recovery Services Vault

Azure Recovery Services Vault is a backup resource within Azure, primarily used for Virtual Machine backups and Azure Site Recovery. Both of which are critical to the successful running of an environment in Azure, whether it be backing up the data on the Virtual Machine or the requirement to have Site Recovery enabled to allow…

Creating Azure Service Health Alerts in PowerShell

Azure Service Health provides you with an interactive dashboard that primarily tracks the health of your Azure Services in the regions that you have deployed to. There are three types of health events that are tracked: Health Advisories:- Changes in Azure Services that require your attention, such as quota usage being exceeded or Azure resources…

Azure Automation Runbook – Stop/Start Azure Firewall

Azure Automation runbooks can be used for numerous scheduled tasks throughout your Azure subscription, in this blog I will show how it can be used to stop & start Azure Firewall in both a schedule and invoking using a webhook. What types of runbooks are available? Type Description Graphical Based on Windows PowerShell that uses…

Azure Bastion – First thoughts on Preview

A preview I have been waiting on, Azure Bastion – a PaaS service provided by Azure that will allow you to seamlessly and securely RDP/SSH to your virtual machines within a Virtual Network, the connections are completed in the Azure Portal over SSL. When a Bastion is configured, no additional Public IP addresses are required…

Logic Apps – RSS Feeds to Twitter

What are Logic Apps? A little resource with a big outcome, Logic Apps assist you with automated workflow; scheduling, automating, coposing a task or even rewiting a task. Sounds good? Lets continue! Examples of Logic Apps include:- Auto tier Azure Blobs based on last modified time Receive emails about new Tweets with certain key words…

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