Tagged: Windows Server

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Unable to RDP into Azure VMs

After patching all the Windows Server in Azure, a colleague calls me in panic, because their users, could not access their VMs through RDP. They were getting a CredSSP error (picture bellow).  So, after reading the link bellow, it seems it could be related with the March update. https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4093492/credssp-updates-for-cve-2018-0886-march-13-2018 Rebooting the VM didn’t sort the issue, there’s a few mitigations listed in this post https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/mckittrick/unable-to-rdp-to-virtual-machine-credssp-encryption-oracle-remediation/ Then I realize that was...

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Azure Cloud Shell vs Azure CLI

At a local community event, after my presentation I was answering some questions and one of the attendee ask me if Azure Cloud Shell is the same tool as Azure CLI. So here is, Azure Cloud Shell is a containerized based shell running in the Azure Portal (or in the browser), using either a Linux (Bash) or Windows (PowerShell) base containers. Both containers are supported by Azure CLI, as well...

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Create AzureRM VM from existing VHD

While I was helping a costumer creating a Azure RM virtual machine from an existing VHD, I adapt one of my existing scripts, with some search on internet, to improve my script, that I normally used to create Azure RM virtual machines. In this case, I need to create the VM from an existing VHD on a Storage Account. Usually when you create a new VM, you have to setup...

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New version of Azure Backup Server introduces Modern Backup Storage technology

WOW! What a day for me! Microsoft Azure just announces new and improved features on the new version Azure Backup Server. Let’s start! They announce with Azure Backup Server v2 (MABSv2) you can protect your VMWARE and Windows Server 2016 environment. That is really important feature (in my opinion). Now I don’t need to rely on third party backup software vendors to backup the workloads into Azure, special if the...

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Containers on Azure – Part 2

On the previous post (see here), I talked about the concept of Containers, Azure Container Service and Azure Service Fabric. Now that you know the concept and have an idea how to implement it, let see how can you deploy containers in Azure. Azure offers several ways to provision Azure virtual machines that support Docker containers: Install the Docker virtual machine extension. You can either add the extension to an...

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Containers on Azure – Part 1

In the last decade, hardware virtualization has drastically changed the IT landscape. One of many consequences of this trend is the emergence of cloud computing. However, a more recent virtualization approach promises to bring even more significant changes to the way you develop, deploy, and manage compute workloads. This approach is based on the concept of containers. These series of posts explain containers and the ways you can implement them...

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How to extend Azure Service Fabric to on-premise?

You can deploy a Service Fabric cluster on any physical or virtual machine running the Windows Server operating system, including ones residing in your on-premises datacenters. You use the standalone Windows Server package available for download from the Azure online documentation website (see here). To deploy an on-premises Service Fabric cluster, perform the following steps: Plan for your cluster infrastructure. You must consider the resiliency of the hardware and network...

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Azure Site Recovery

Azure Site Recovery (ASR) is by far one of the Azure features that I always like to play with. The improvement along the time is above extraordinaire! When I’m talking about Azure and Cloud to costumers I always ask what is their disaster recovery plan. I got a lot of different options. So far, as my best knowledge, I didn’t find any compelling solution then ASR. So what is ASR?...

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How to secure your Azure Virtual Machine

We know that Microsoft Azure offers several technologies that help to keep your data secure in use, in transit, and at rest. But what additional security measures can we implement to increase the security of my virtual machine? One of the way is by leveraging encryption capabilities provided by Azure Key Vault and that apply to Azure VM disk files at rest. What is the Azure Key Vault? Key Vault...

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Using PowerShell to create VMs in Azure

There are several methods to deploy virtual machines on Azure. One of my favorite is using PowerShell. Using PowerShell to deploy VMs, gives you the ability to automate the process and be more efficient. Usually I like to create the master PowerShell template where the variables will do all the work. By using this methodology, I found that I can use that PS code over and over, even in occasions...