Tag: Azure

Bring your own IP (BYOIP) to Azure with Custom IP Prefix

When you want to move to Azure, but you want to retain your current public IP addresses, because of IP whitelisting, or te preserve your established IP reputation, you can now move your Public IPv4 Addresses to Azure. Once onboarded, these IPs can be associated with Azure resources, interact...

Automatically assign license(s) to groups in Office 365 (Manual)

When you want to align license assignments in Office 365 it might be helpful to automatically assign licenses to users by adding them to groups. This way you can make sure that everybody gets the right license and avoid mistakes. The problem with medium or large companies is that...

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....

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...

Convert AD domain users to Azure AD users (Manual)

With the move to the cloud there might be a time where you would like to remove the Active Directory link (AD Connect) and go for a cloud only strategy. With a few simple steps you can disconnect the AD connect sync from Azure AD. When you look in...

Improved Azure Portal design

Today I noticed that the Azure Portal had a new appearance. By default the menu from the left is now hidden, giving you a cleaner view of all the blades, and as well on your dashboards. But what I really like, is the Auto Refresh button on the dashboard....

Enforce (Azure) MFA with Conditional Access policies

Multi Factor Authentication (MFA) is an added security feature from Azure which I believe that should be enabled by default for everybody in Office 365 and Azure. There for this manual how to enforce (Azure) MFA for all users using Azure Multi Factor Authentication MFA can prevent unauthorized access...

Azure Private Link now available in Preview!

With an increased security and privacy in mind Microsoft has been working on private links to Azure resources. Azure Private Link is a secure way to consume Azure Services like Azure SQL and Azure Storage using a private connection in your own VNet. This will replace the need for...

Create a drive mapping using Intune on Azure AD joined devices (Manual)

With the transition to Azure AD, you might want to connect your AAD joined devices to the traditional file server as explained in this article: Go Azure AD Joined with on-prem DC and fileserver The next step is to map some network drives with Intune! Step 1: The first...

New Azure region: Switzerland

Microsoft has announced the availability of the new Azure data-centers in Switzerland. With 2 data-centers in Switzerland, Zurich and Geneva, Azure has created a full region (West and North) Microsoft worked together with several Swiss companies as early adopters to improve cloud adoption in Switzerland. As this region is...

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 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...

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....

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...

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/...

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...

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...