Azure Network Security

Once we start running workloads in Azure, there will always be the question of security. Azure provides methods for the customer to manage security on the vNets and other resources. By default VM’s when created are locked down to block all incoming traffic. Let’s look at how this is done. Network security groups Virtual networks …

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Azure Networking

Welcome back to the rabbit hole! Today we are looking at how networking is handled in Azure. Come join me as we explain how traffic is flowing. https://youtu.be/1vtw8JoI458 Check out the documentation from the video Routing preference in Azure | Microsoft DocsAzure Virtual Network peering | Microsoft DocsMicrosoft global network - Azure | Microsoft DocsDiagram …

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Device Management in the new normal

Since we have seen a massive change in the number of people that are working remotely in today's world, let's look at how we are going to deal with that. Since Covid-19 has pushed more and more people into a remote working situation a lot of companies have had to scramble to find a way …

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Power Tools for the System Admin

Microsoft has really changed the way we do business with some of the services available in Azure. I am in the Azure platform more than is probably healthy, but with that, I start to connect some of the services with tasks that I see done all the time. The power platform available on Azure really …

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Securing your Office 365 Tenant with Advanced Threat Protection

One of the most overlooked features in Office 365 seems to be Advanced Threat Protection. I am often confronted with environments that have it and do not use it or do not see the value in having it. This gets changed very quickly when something happens that could have been prevented with ATP. I think our …

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Deploying Azure Files

Now that we have gone through the due diligence and planned out our Azure files deployment, we can get started on the deployment phase. Before we do that, let’s summarize what we are going to do 1.      Setup Azure files (SMB) to replace an existing file server Sounds simple but remember we have already gone through …

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Group Policy Explained

Group Policy Object’s or GPO’s are a great way to control what can or cannot happen on a computer. They are really designed for an active directory environment. Although, there are local policies you can use if you are on a workgroup. They must be set on each machine though. For our purposes here we …

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