Azure OMI Vulnerability

Microsoft has released multiple security updates in last Patch Tuesday. One off them fixes a high risk vulnerability (CVE-2021-38647) Also know as OMIGOD. This vulnerability can be used remotely, so exploitation is expected soon. This flaw doesn’t directly affect Windows at all, because it’s a bug in Microsoft’s open...

Renewed my Azure Solutions Architect Expert certification

Today I had to renew my Azure Solutions Expert certification. This was a first time I had to do that. By going to your certification profile you can do a online exam with just 26 questions with numerous things that have been changed in the past year. I have...

New fluent Azure icon

Some people might have noticed it, but Microsoft has released a new Azure Icon in its portal. By changing the icon Microsoft wants to match the style with their Fluent Design System making it more familiar for their customers. Source: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/a-fluent-new-look-for-the-azure-icon/...

Automate Azure SQL Size using Azure Automation (Manual)

Recently a customer asked me how to save cost on their Azure SQL database without moving away from DTU based subscription model. In this case this customer knows exactly at what time their database is heavily utilized, and when it’s idling. So with a script its easy to automate....

Azure Automation: Run SQL command on Azure SQL (Manual)

How cool would it be to automate your daily SQL tasks using Azure Automation? Well, really cool off course! Lets start using Azure Automation! Go ahead, if you don’t have an automation account yet, create one by going to Automation Accounts. Give your automation account a name, choose a...

Microsoft announces Endpoint Data Loss Prevention (DLP) available in Preview

Microsoft has released its Data Loss Prevention tools for endpoint clients. Customers with Microsoft 365 subscriptions can now protect data on physical devices next to online services and apps. This new feature it is possible to enable Microsoft 365 policies that have been configured for apps, to be active...

Retrieve hybrid Azure Active Directory join status

With the modern workplace getting more and more into the businesses, you might want to verify if your devices have been joined to both your local on-premises AD and Azure AD. Just one simple command is all you need to verify the status. On the (hybrid) domain joined device...

How to use Azure Automation to maintain SQL indexes and statistics

When you migrate to Azure SQL, you might think that Azure does all SQL maintenance, including the maintenance of your database… But the truth is, you will need to setup some maintenance yourself for your databases. Microsoft doesn’t know what is best for your application or database. With this...

Setup Azure File Share with AD authentication (Manual)

With the traditional file server coming to a end, it is time to move along with Azure File Share and AD authentication. Pre-requisites: Office 365 Tenant with an Office 365 Admin account Active Directory on-premise environment AD Connect PowerShell AzFilesHybrid: https://github.com/Azure-Samples/azure-files-samples/releases STEP 1: First, let’s create a new storage...

How to install and setup AD Connect (Manual)

In this manual I am going to explain how to install and setup a connection between on-premise Active Directory and Azure AD. Pre-requisites: Office 365 Tenant with an Office 365 Admin account Active Directory Server with AD Enterprise administrator permissions AD Connect tool, download link: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=47594 STEP 1: First...

Azure Shared disks now in Preview!

Microsoft had announced the limited preview of Azure Shared disks. With these announcement it will be possible to migrate clustered environments running Windows Server to Azure. This capability is designed to support SQL Server, Scale-Out File servers, RDS User Profile Disk and SAP ASCS/SCS servers running on Windows. Also...

Ethical hacking training at HBO Drechtsteden

Today I had the honors to do another workshop Ethical hacking together with Erik Loef. It is always good to share your knowledge, and help other people with their work, now and in the future. I hope that these students will embrace what they have learned, and that they...

OneDrive ADMX files (download)

When you want to migrate an older environment to Office 365 and OneDrive, you might miss the OneDrive GPO settings. Unfortunately Microsoft hasn’t release the download of the ADMX files. You will need to grab them manually from a recent Windows 10 machine, and import them in the right...

Microsoft adds IPv6 support for Azure VNets (Preview)

Today I noticed a new checkbox in the Azure Portal. Microsoft has released IPv6 in the Public preview for Azure VNets. Virtual machines will be equipped with a dual-stack IP connectivity. Meaning both will be available. With the ending of IPv4 addresses it makes IPv6 mandatory for everybody. From...

How to automatically assign Office 365 licenses to users based on groups

If you have a large on premise environment, you might want to automate the assignment of Office 365 licenses by using (dynamic) security groups in Azure AD. With this simple manual you should be able to setup automatic license assignment based on a security group....

Lock down Microsoft Team creation (Manual)

By default everyone may create a new team in Microsoft Teams. As an organisation admin you might want to control this, or release it a some point. With this manual you should be able to lock down team creation to users that are member of a Azure AD Security...

Find inactive mailboxes in Exchange Online

So you want to clean up unused (shared) mailboxes in your Exchange (Online) environment. How to find out which mailboxes have been inactive for a long time? The answer is yet simple again, with a cool Power Shell script. First we will connect to Exchange Online...

Performance enhancement on Azure Premium SSD Disks

Microsoft has announced SSD bursting capabilities. This means that Premium SSD disks can achieve higher peak loads than the maximum IOPS with a new maximum of 3500 IOPS and a bandwidth up to 170 MiB/s. Together with this announcement Microsoft also announced new disk sizes (4, 8 & 16...