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

Azure AD – Bulk Add Users from CSV

Azure AD

Overview I like many things about Azure AD, however one part of it that has proved extremely useful is the ability to add Guest Users using Azure AD B2B.  Being able to grant users access to hosted services, without having to provide another set of credentials, saves on  administration and support.  Plus, it saves another username and password for the consumer. With Azure AD B2B, your partner company uses their own.. Read More

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

Microsoft Azure – Securing Accounts with Access to the EA Portal

Authenticator

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

System Center Universe 2016 – Europe

Berlin

This post I have written while sitting in Berlin Tegel airport waiting for my flight home after another great System Center Universe conference.   It was another three days of great informative technical sessions, all presented by experts who didn’t just know the subject matter in theory, they all have masses of real world experience.   Whether you are moving to the cloud, or still on-premises, or somewhere in between, there were sessions.. Read More

Azure Automation – Hybrid Runbook Workers in Proxy Environments

AzureAutomation

Azure Automation has been out for a while now, and is a very powerful tool that can automate the manual, long-running, error-prone, and common tasks that are regularly performed in the cloud and on premises.  To provide automation within your own data centre, hybrid runbook workers can be deployed within your environment that will communicate with Azure Automation for it’s configuration and runbooks. For more information on what hybrid runbook workers can do and what.. Read More

SCU Europe – Day 1

SCU at Congress Center

Today was the first day of SCU Europe, and it was a great day all round.  All the sessions I attended were informative, the keynote was fun and the people were great! First up we had the keynote by Marcel Zehner who really got all the attendees excited for the event, and injected a bit of fun with getting us to use our glow sticks… “Scream for country and wave your.. Read More