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Desired State Configuration (DSC) Planning Update

Desired State Configuration (DSC) Planning Update – August 2023 Hey DSC enthusiasts! We’re bursting with excitement to share new information about the plans for Desired State Configuration (DSC). First off, we’d like to extend a massive thank you to our ... continue reading
The care and feeding of Azure Arc for Servers

The care and feeding of Azure Arc for Servers

Microsoft Azure has a great set of capabilities for managing non-Azure based servers, including monitoring, policy evaluation, inventory and change tracking, and security tools. Access to those services for non-Azure servers may be via Azure Arc – specifically installation of ... continue reading

PowerShell/OpenSSH Team Investments for 2023

For , the team had set out lots of objectives and I’m happy to say we accomplished most of them! This year, we’re continuing on improving quality and also adding new features across our portfolio based on feedback from the ... continue reading
Arc Hybrid Worker Setup Diagram

How To Automate The Hybrid World Part One Of Two

Hi, Jonas here! Or as we say in the north of Germany: "Moin Moin!"I’m a Microsoft Senior Cloud Solution Architect – Engineering (or short Sr. CSA-E) and in this article I want to talk about how to automate the hybrid world. Over ... continue reading

Software Installation Using Machine Configuration and Azure Policy

I did a post a while ago on installing software onto virtual machines using policy state change events as the trigger. Now with the general availability of Azure Automanage Machine Configuration (formerly Azure Policy Guest Configuration) it’s time for a ... continue reading

Azure Update Management Windows Update Desired State Configuration

Introduction Even though the Azure Update Center is already in preview many of our customers are still using Azure Update Management (the solution that uses Automation Account and Log Analytics workspace) to patch their servers. During one of these engagements, ... continue reading

Azure Update Management: Log Analytics Agents & Automation Accounts

Introduction Many of our customers would like to start patching servers as soon as possible using a single Update Management Solution deployed on a single Log Analytics Workspace. To achieve this goal you need to deploy the Azure Monitor Agent (newer ... continue reading

Azure Policy Guest Configuration – Using Tags for Configuration of Features

The preview for being able to audit and correct settings inside of a virtual machine using Azure Policy Guest Configuration is available now, this post explores deploying settings into the virtual machine. Recently on a POC with a customer we ... continue reading

Azure Monitor – OMI Vulnerabilities Rapid Check Workbook

Hi folks, As you have heard for sure, Microsoft found, and released fixes for, serious vulnerabilities, which allow for Elevation of Privilege (EoP) and unauthenticated Remote Code Execution (RCE) attacks in the Open Management Infrastructure (OMI). These vulnerabilities are deeply ... continue reading

Azure & Desired State Configuration Part 4/4

Index Part 1 : Focus on Desired State Configuration in PowerShell Part 2 : Focus on Deploying with DevOps Pipeline Part 3 : Focus on Azure Automation Account Part 4 : Focus on DSC in Automation Account Scenario Until now ... continue reading