(Hopefully) Useful Information on Microsoft Azure, System Center & Hyper-V

Doesn’t Time Fly When You’re Having Fun!

Azure

The 27th October is always a memorable day for me, as once per year on this date I become just a little bit wiser (or, just older 🙂 ) Another reason it is a memorable date for a geek like me, is that Azure was launched on the 27th October back in 2008. Here is the announcement where Windows Azure (as it was called then) was announced 10 years ago….. Read More

Azure Virtual Machines – Blocking Internet Access using an NSG

By default, all machines provisioned in Azure have direct access to the internet, whether the VM has a public IP address or not. While this might be fine for some companies, not all will be be happy with this and will see it a big security risk. In my experience, most companies now control internet access using a proxy server to provide protection from the internet. The issue with providing.. Read More

Azure Stack – Development Kit (Single Node)

Azure Stack

Azure Stack provides cloud computing to your on-premises environment allowing many Azure services to run from your own data centre.  With a portal consistent to Azure, and with many of the same Azure services available, Azure Stack not only allows for running applications on premises, but can also act as a gateway to moving to cloud computing. The key use case scenarios for Azure Stack are: Disconnected and Edge environments.. Read More

Microsoft Azure – Securing Accounts with Access to the EA Portal

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When using/managing/administering Azure, or whatever else you may be doing with it, there are a few different sites that you may have access to.  There is the Azure portal, the Classic portal, the EA site, and potential other portals too. If, in your company, you have access to the EA portal (https://ea.azure.com) though, you have access to the root of everything running in Azure for your organization.  If your account details were.. Read More

Azure – UK Data Centres

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A little while back now, Microsoft announced two new Microsoft Azure data centres in the UK… UK South in London and UK West in Cardiff.  This is great news for many companies that have been waiting to use Azure but needed their infrastructure and data to stay in the UK. While great news, take two moments before planning anything to check the services you need are actually available from the.. Read More