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Determining the public IP address of your CloudShell session

Determining the public IP address of your CloudShell session

CloudShell is a great tool for performing command line work against resources in Azure. One of the challenges around using CloudShell to remotely SSH or use PowerShell Remoting into IaaS VM resources, especially when you have a locked down configuration ... continue reading
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How to Manage DHCP using PowerShell

Most organizations are already going to have DHCP deployed on their servers. If you have a new server on which you want to deploy DHCP, just run the PowerShell command: [crayon-5ed8ce34df215127115482/] Once you’ve installed a DHCP server on a computer ... continue reading
How to Manage Local Users and Groups using PowerShell

How to Manage Local Users and Groups using PowerShell

Managing local users and groups can be a bit of a chore, especially on a computer running the Server Core version of Windows Server. The LocalAccounts module of PowerShell, included in Windows Server 2016 and Windows Server 2019 by default, ... continue reading
How To Create a Self Signed Certificate in Azure using Cloud Shell

How To Create a Self Signed Certificate in Azure using Cloud Shell

Often we need self signed certificates when spinning up test apps or other workload in Azure. Rather than mucking about with makecert.exe and uploading the relevant certificate files to Azure or configuring a temporary certificate from a CA that you ... continue reading
Does Your Organization Have Plans to Upgrade from Windows Server 2008 R2?

Does Your Organization Have Plans to Upgrade from Windows Server 2008 R2?

Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 reach end of support on January 14 2020. This means that unless you have a custom support agreement with Microsoft, or unless you’ve migrated VMs running these operating systems to Azure, you ... continue reading
Windows Server 101: Configuring Split-Brain DNS on Windows Server

Windows Server 101: Configuring Split-Brain DNS on Windows Server

Organizations that use a public DNS zone name, such as tailwindtraders.net, for their organization’s internal host names, perhaps even using it with their organization’s Active Directory instance, generally have to configure what is known as split-brain DNS. Split-Brain or Split-Horizon ... continue reading
Windows Server 101: Hardening IIS via Security Control Configuration

Windows Server 101: Hardening IIS via Security Control Configuration

IIS, the web server that’s available as a role in Windows Server, is also one of the most used web server platforms on the internet. Hardening IIS involves applying a certain configuration steps above and beyond the default settings. The ... continue reading
Windows Server 101: Understanding Third Party Security Configuration Baselines

Windows Server 101: Understanding Third Party Security Configuration Baselines

Windows Server 2016 comes reasonably secure “out of the box”. But it’s important to remember that while the server is reasonably secure, not every security control that is can be configured for Windows Server 2016 (and the more recently released ... continue reading

Hardening Windows Server 101: Understanding Third Party Security Configuration Baselines

Windows Server 2016 comes reasonably secure “out of the box”. But it’s important to remember that while the server is reasonably secure, not every security control that is can be configured for Windows Server 2016 (and the more recently released ... continue reading
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Installing and Configuring OpenSSH on Windows Server 2019

While I’ve never had a problem with PowerShell remoting for remote command line interaction with Windows Server, I’ve often found that it isn’t something that many systems administrators, especially those that work in heterogeneous environments, are entirely at ease with ... continue reading