Category: 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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How to enable RDS license on an Azure VM

In some organization, it’s common practice to have a jump server in Azure to be used, specially when you have several tools that need to run “locally” on the server. Usually this machine is on a segregated network and not domain join. Although, if you enable RDS licenses to have more than the 2 normal RDP sessions that a Windows Server 2016 give to us, you probably will see some...

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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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Deploying virtual machine in Azure using templates

You can also create Azure VMs by using Azure Resource Manager templates. This option relies on the capability to describe an Azure Resource Manager deployment by using an appropriately formatted text file, referred to as an Azure Resource Manager template. Such a text file follows the JSON syntax and includes definitions of all the Azure Resource Manager resources that are part of the deployment. Templates typically contain several parameters, which...

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Classic Virtual Machines in Azure Resource Manager

You can create still classic virtual machines from the Azure portal or by using Azure PowerShell. Although, Microsoft doesn’t recommend because it’s an old platform that they want to move away from it. Deploying classic virtual machines by using the Azure portal To create an Azure Resource Manager virtual machine from the Azure portal, perform the following steps: Sign in to the Azure portal at portal.azure.com. On the Hub menu,...

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Transform the Datacenter – Part 4 – Extend to the cloud

This post is a continuation of series of posts about Transform your datacenter. You can see the previous post: Transform the Datacenter – Part 1 Transform the Datacenter – Part 2 – Software-defined Datacenter Transform the Datacenter – Part 3 – Automate and Secure Extend into the cloud to scale on demand while keeping costs low and the complexity of the solution simple is the major challenge when you think...

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Transform the Datacenter – Part 3 – Automate and Secure

I’ve talked about the infrastructure fabric, and how there are enhancements available in Windows Server 2012 R2 on the previous blog post (see here). But how do you think about the services that run on top of that infrastructure? How do you ensure that you’re managing effectively and building security into your processes? Build and operate Building the right platform is only half of what you need to do to...