How to use SharePoint Migration Tool

Last few weeks I’ve been busy with migrating file servers to SharePoint and OneDrive. For this I’ve used the SharePoint Migration tool from Microsoft. Download: LinkWith just a few easy steps you are able to migrate your data to SharePoint or OneDrive. In this manual we will focus on...

Azure Ultra Disk performance storage now available!

For very high demanding workloads, storage wise, Azure has released Ultra Disk performance tier for production use. I’ve already written about it in a previous post ( Slow IOPS in Azure VM’s? not anymore!) But now is the time to take a deeper look. Which disk types do we...

Azure SQL configure Azure AD user authentication (Manual)

When moving your applications to the cloud, it makes sense to start using Azure Services to get the best service, highest availability (SLA) and worry free maintenance provided by Azure. The next step is to use Azure AD identities with Azure SQL Database. Within a few steps you will...

Azure SQL, create users and assign permissions (Manual)

This simple manual has been created to create an user in Azure SQL and assign appropriate permissions. First connect to your SQL server. Either use and AAD admin account or the SQL Admin account. Once connected, open a New Query window and run the following command on the Master...

Deploy Azure Application Gateway (v1) with http to https redirect

Azure Application Gateway is an advance type of load-balancer. Where an Azure Load-balancer routes traffic on the transport layer (OSI Layer 4 | TCP + UDP) the Application Gateway is a way more advanced load-balancer. It can route based on URL as well on path’s. On top of that...

Azure heatmap highlights

Last week I came across another post about Azure Heatmap. Every time when I need to find out what’s new on a specific feature in Azure, I will use Azure Heatmap. Awesome tool, I would recommend it to everybody! Also, check out the new region lookup function to find...

Masterclass: Azure Basics

Tonight I was honored to give a masterclass in Azure Basics. By going over the Azure Basics using lab exercises everybody learned how to: Manage Azure subscriptions and resources Configure and manage virtual networks Manage identities  Deploy and manage virtual machines (VMs)  Implement and manage storage Special thanks to...

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...

Office 365 Set mailbox default language

When you do large migrations, it might be convenient to change the default mailbox language settings for all your end users. By default each user needs to set the default language and time zone at first login to OWA in Office 365. With the following PowerShell Script you should...

Autopilot with white glove deployment

Microsoft has released an updated autopilot version called white glove! With the traditional autopilot version there was one big disadvantage on delivering a laptop directly from the OEM to the end user, and that was the waiting time for the end user to complete the installation of all applications,...

Set up Office 365 ATP anti-phishing policies

We all know that phishing is going on all the time. But how to defend your organization against these criminals that want to get your login information! The answer is simple, Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection, or short: ATP. So lets get started and start implementing anti-phishing policies. First...

Office 365 Cloud app security

If you want to improve your security in Office 365 it is recommended to add the EM+S E3 or E5 security suits. This gives you more information about what is happening with your users, but you can configure alerting and actions as well. So if you have the EM+S...

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...

New Azure service: Azure Lighthouse, Azure management for service providers

Last week Microsoft announced Azure Lighthouse. It is now possible to manage and administrate your customer tenants from your own management portal. How it works? watch the video below for more information. I have created a manual how to implement Azure Lighthouse in this post: https://www.2azure.nl/2019/07/18/how-to-setup-azure-lighthouse-manual/...

Azure Data Share in Preview

Microsoft has announced a new service: Azure Data Share. It is a new data service for sharing data across organizations. This can be used to easily share big files and data with external organisations instead of using FTP or other data sharing services. Read the Microsoft official announcement for...

Convert federated domain to managed domain

If you have a ADFS server for your user authentication in Office 365 / Azure AD, and you want to use Pass Through Authentication and/or password Hash Synchronization we will need to change a few things and run a few Powershell commands. So before we can change the domain...