Category: Azure

How to get the license key for SQL Server Reporting Services in Azure

Last week I received the question from a customer where to get the SQL license key… By default you will see the key during SQL installation, but with an Azure deployed SQL virtual machine you will never get to see the key, as its deployed from the Azure Portal....

Azure Dedicated Host (now in preview)

If you still have doubts about moving to Azure because of compliance and regulatory requirements, they will now be gone with Azure Dedicated hosts. Still in preview but ready for testing. Azure dedicated hosts are physical machines that are single-tenant configured where you can run your Linux and Windows...

Completed Azure Solutions Architect certification

Last 2 months I’ve been working on renewing my Office 365 and Azure certifications. 4 years ago I already passed the “old” exams: 533, 534, 345, 346 and 347. This saved me a few exams. I was able to upgrade to Azure Administrator and Messaging administrator by passing the...

Disable Windows Firewall on a virtual machine from the Azure Portal

When you accidentally locked your self out from a Virtual Machine in Azure, there is no console access to login and help your self back in to the system. In the last year I’ve seen a few cases where somebody accidentally locked himself out of a VM by wrongly...

How to setup Azure Lighthouse (Manual)

Microsoft released Lighthouse last weekend, and since this is a great feature, I wanted to implement it as soon as possible, but the Microsoft docs might be a bit confusing, so I wanted to simplify the manual, so here it is! We will be using PowerShell, as this makes...

Azure Heatmap, know what’s new in Azure!

Did you ever wonder what’s new in Azure, or what is updated recently? Azure keeps all its updates to Azure in a cool overview, the Azure Heatmap! Check it out using the following url: https://azureheatmap.azurewebsites.net/...

Use PRTG to monitor Azure Backup status (updated 07-2022)

Recently I received the question if it is possible to monitor Azure Backup with PRTG. Now this might seem to be a bit weird, as we could use Azure monitoring. But in this case, it was a service provider that needed a single solution for all their services, including...

Azure File Sync Agent v7 Released

Microsoft is working hard on improving Azure File sync. They just announced the new release of the v7 agent. For now only current installed agents get the update. Once all current clients have been updated, the update will be available on Microsoft Update and Microsoft Download Center Improvements and...

Azure Bastion in Public Preview!

Today Microsoft has announced Azure Bastion. With this new service you will get improved security features and simplified IT managemend with a single click from your webbrowser using the HTML5 web client. This will eliminate the need for a jump server. I am looking forward in using this service...

Office 365 MFA is free of charge!

Where Azure MFA is only included in the paid Azure Active Directory Premium subscriptions (P1/P2 and EM+S suites), there is a free version for the Office 365 apps. It is always a good idea to enable multi factor authentication, in case your credentials get stolen, the thief will not...

How to deploy Azure File Sync

You still have your old network drives? Still need to setup a VPN to access your file shares? Or have you migrated all your files to Azure file share but you need a higher performance for your Autocad files? Wait no longer, Azure File Sync to the rescue! Where...

What is Microsoft Enterprise Mobility + Security (EM+S)?

Enterprise Mobility + Security is a Microsoft solution specially developed for management and securing users, company data and applications. This gives you and your users always secured access to your company information without ever worrying about security! With EM+S we are moving from a managed device to data management...

Azure MFA NPS extension replacing MFA Server

Within Azure there are multiple ways to setup MFA. Where you would install MFA server in the past, there is a new extension. Microsoft is going to leave the MFA server behind in the near future (security updates will remain being published for now). Besides the NPS extension and...

Azure virtual machines SLA explained

Recently I received an comparison from Azure with competitors. In the comparison there was stated that by default Azure provides an SLA of 99.95%. However, this is not entirely correct. By default a single basic virtual machine has no SLA at all! I hear you thinking, what??? let me...

Microsoft Advanced Threat Protecion

Microsoft bied op verschillende diensten Advanced Threat protection aan. Helaas zit er marketing technisch nog steeds hier en daar de naam Defender aan vast, waar het onder water een compleet ander product is. Het is inmiddels geen simpel antivirus pakket meer, maar een all-in-one oplossing tegen aanvallen van buitenaf...

Azure monitoring

Monitoring is het allerbelangrijkste wat er is. Dit is het fundamenteel punt in de hele keten, al dan niet het belangrijkste punt. Wat is er nu uiteindelijk belangrijk als je gaat monitoren? Bekijk alles vanuit de eindgebruiker, houd dat altijd als start punt! Uiteindelijk draait het niet om een...

Infrastructure as code

Als we kijken naar de traditionele manier van beheren van systemen, dan zien we daar vaak de volgende manieren van werken terugkomen: Ticket gebaseerd NOCs (Network Operations Centers) Gescheiden rollen (Operations en ontwikkelaars) Op grafische schil gebaseerd beheer Grote wijzigingen per keer (Waterval principe) Moeilijk schaalbaar (alles moet handmatig...

Modernizeer je identiteits en toegangs beheer met Azure AD

Door Azure AD als je centrale Identiteit opslag te gebruiken word beheer een stuk makkelijker en veiliger. Door Azure AD te gebruiken kan je voortaan makkelijk samen werken met andere bedrijven. Door gebruikers van een andere organisatie uit te nodigen, is het niet meer noodzakelijk om deze ook nog...

Automatiseer je Builds & Deployments met Azure DevOps

Wat is er gaver dan al je ontwikkelingen automatisch te laten uitrollen naar Azure? Door gebruik te maken van Azure DevOps (voorheen VSTS of TFS on-premise) kan je al je builds en deployments volledig automatiseren. Azure DevOps is niet alleen geschikt voor ontwikkelaars, maar ook voor IT Systeem beheerder/specialisten....