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Technical articles about deploying and managing a data center using Microsoft cloud technologies. Articles include best practices and tools such as System Center, Operations Management Suite, System Center Orchestrator, and Virtual Machine Manager for deploying an Azure hybrid or private cloud.

Azure Portal collapsed service menus #azure #portal #ui #ux

Recently the menu structure in Azure is changed into a collapsed and expanded menu, Don’t know who thought it was the best option to have all the blades in collapsed mode. one word #annoying for me Collapsing menus, also known as accordion menus, are a popular design choice in many web applications, including Microsoft Azure. […]

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Windows Server 2025 vs 2022: Detailed Overview

Windows Server 2025 represents the next evolution of Microsoft’s server operating system, aiming to enhance security, performance, scalability, and IT infrastructure management. This blog post will provide a detailed comparison of Windows Server 2025 and its predecessor, Windows Server 2022. Windows Server 2022: A Recap Windows Server 2022 is built on the strong foundation of

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Azure Firewall: Comprehensive Comparison & Best Practices

Azure Firewall, a managed, cloud-based network security service, is an essential component of Azure’s security offerings. It comes in three different versions – Basic, Standard, and Premium – each designed to cater to a wide range of customer use cases and preferences. This blog post will provide a comprehensive comparison of these versions, discuss best

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Windows Server Advanced Auditing Policies

Security auditing is a methodical examination and review of activities that may affect the security of a system. In the Windows Server and Active Directory environments, security auditing is the features and services that log and review events for specified security-related activities. Hundreds of events occur as the Windows operating system and the applications that

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Lightbits for Azure VMware Solution

As users of Azure VMware Solution, we most likely will come across a time where we need to add storage and not necessarily need more compute from an additional host.  Lightbits is another option in the Azure Marketplace to add storage that will scale and run storage intensive apps. What is Lightbits? Lightbits is storage

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Firewall considerations for gMSA on Azure Kubernetes Service

This week I spent some time helping a customer with a gMSA environment on which they were finding some issues in deploying their app. The issues started when they were trying to figure out why the Kerberos ticket was not being issues for the Window pod with gMSA configured in AKS. I decided to write

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Auto Rollout of Conditional Access Policies in Microsoft Entra ID

In November 2023 at Microsoft Ignite, we announced Microsoft-managed policies and the auto-rollout of multifactor authentication (MFA)-related Conditional Access policies in customer tenants. Since then, we’ve rolled out report-only policies for over 500,000 tenants. These policies are part of our Secure Future Initiative, which includes key engineering advances to improve security for customers against cyberthreats that we

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Introducing Windows Server 2025 running in Azure #Winsrv #Azure #Security #Windowsinsiders

Microsoft’s newest iteration, Windows Server 2025, signifies a major advancement in server technology. This release is brimming with novel features and improvements, specifically designed to enhance performance in virtual settings like Hyper-V. A notable inclusion is the extension of hotpatching capabilities to servers outside of Azure, a pioneering step aimed at minimizing downtime and optimizing

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Why Azure Image Builder – Getting Started

You might be familiar with building golden images or templates for use on-premises.  Back in the olden days we used to “ghost” machines and now you may use a VM template with sysprep.  Azure offers the managed service Azure Image Builder so you can configure your image as a template for reuse within your cloud. 

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Introducing More Granular Certificate-Based Authentication Configuration in Conditional Access

I’m thrilled to announce the public preview of advanced certificate-based authentication (CBA) options in Conditional Access, which provides the ability to allow access to specific resources based on the certificate Issuer or Policy Object Identifiers (OIDs) properties.  Our customers, particularly those in highly regulated industries and government, have expressed the need for more flexibility in

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