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Learn about Azure VMware Solution migrations

Learn about Azure VMware Solution migrations

In the early 2000s, before the arrival of Hyper-V, I learned how to run multiple servers on one piece of hardware using VMware Workstation. This gave our small organisation a level of local redundancy, running two internal clustered Lotus Domino ... continue reading
How to display Azure Monitor alerts with smart lights and no code

How to display Azure Monitor alerts with smart lights and no code

Ever since IT Pros started building servers, we’ve been monitoring them – Are they operational? Are they responsive? Are they running out of disk space? The challenge is ... who is monitoring the monitoring? While it’s common to send notifications ... continue reading
Am I billed for an Azure Virtual Machine if it's shut down?

Am I billed for an Azure Virtual Machine if it's shut down?

Come to the cloud, it has consumption-based billing! But what does that mean, exactly? Is my virtual machine free if it is shut down? Let's explore the billing components of an Azure Virtual Machine. Resources in Azure all have particular ... continue reading
Deep dive: Logging on to Windows

Deep dive: Logging on to Windows

Logging on to your computer is certainly faster than it used to be, yet there are a bunch of technical steps that happen in the background. At our ITOps Talk: All things hybrid event, senior developer Steve Syfuhs took us ... continue reading
VPN access to Azure from macOS with Azure Active Directory authentication

VPN access to Azure from macOS with Azure Active Directory authentication

Whether you are using Microsoft Azure for development, for production workloads, or for both, it's important to consider the security of the connections to those cloud systems. Virtual private networks are often used to encrypt traffic between a device and ... continue reading
Find the team at Microsoft Build

Find the team at Microsoft Build

Learn. Connect. Code. That's Microsoft Build! But if your role is less "developer" and more "IT Pro", you'll be pleased to know you can catch a glimpse of some of our Modern Infrastructure team participating in Microsoft Build, May 25-27 ... continue reading
What's the difference between Azure roles and Azure AD roles?

What's the difference between Azure roles and Azure AD roles?

If you peek inside your Microsoft Azure environment, you’ll see two different kinds of roles – Azure roles and Azure AD roles. Lets see how Tailwind Traders matches these roles to maintain their “least privilege” security principle. Understanding the Microsoft ... continue reading
Understanding Microsoft Azure Virtual Machine sizes

Understanding Microsoft Azure Virtual Machine sizes

Having an on-premises infrastructure background, I’m used to scoping hardware by defining the specifications (CPU, memory etc) we’ll need to run the applications and expected concurrent users and allowing for some growth. Then we’d often buy a box that would ... continue reading
Using Managed Identities in Azure Automation Accounts (preview)

Using Managed Identities in Azure Automation Accounts (preview)

Whether it's to repeat common tasks or to automatically respond to a trigger, IT Pros look to automation to help streamline their work and improve their response times. In Azure, runbooks stored in Azure Automation accounts need to use credentials ... continue reading
Adding a dynamic membership rule to a group in the Azure Portal

Dynamic Groups in Azure AD and Microsoft 365

When I first started in IT, my large organization had an entirely separate "Data Security" team who were responsible for user management - adds/moves/deletes and password resets. They were a small but busy team, handling both calls from users via ... continue reading