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Network Security Group Monitoring

Intro Brad Watts here to explore monitoring of your Network Security Groups (NSGs). I was approached recently by a customer wanting to better understand changes being made to the many NSGs in their environment. Working with them, we came up ... continue reading
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Configuring Azure virtual network subnets with CIDR notation

For people new to networking, creating Azure Virtual Network subnets can be tricky. Learn how CIDR notation works to segment ranges of IP addresses. When you create an Azure virtual network, you'll get default IP addresses that look something like ... continue reading
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Troubleshooting log on errors to an Azure AD DS domain joined Windows Server VM

If you've created a Windows Server virtual machine in Azure and are joining it to an Azure AD Domain Services managed domain or logging onto it via RDP, there are a couple of errors you can hit. Let's look at ... continue reading
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Best practices for defending Azure Virtual Machines

One of the things that our Detection and Response Team (DART) and Customer Service and Support (CSS) security teams see frequently during investigation of customer incidents are attacks on virtual machines from the internet. This is one area in the ... continue reading
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How to Setup Nested Virtualization for Azure VM/VHD

Lots of documents and blogs out there about setting up nested virtualization using an Azure Virtual Machine(VM), most of them confusing others do not setup nested virtualization correctly for Azure VMs. This article is meant to simplify the process and ... continue reading
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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Integrate Microsoft cloud services with your Azure SQL Database managed instance

When you migrate your SQL Server data estate to Azure SQL Database managed instance, what you get is not just a good old SQL Server, secured and enriched with the newest features, and without a burden of managing backups, patching, ... continue reading
Step-By-Step: Building a Hyper-V Lab in Azure with Windows Server 2019

Step-By-Step: Building a Hyper-V Lab in Azure with Windows Server 2019

I was recently challenged with having to create technical demos for a Microsoft Ignite the tour session called “Migrating to Windows Server 2019” (watch the recording here - awesome session). The demos for this talk centered around taking a bunch ... continue reading

FedRAMP Moderate Blueprints helps automate US federal agency compliance

We’ve just released our newest Azure Blueprints for the important US Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) certification at the moderate level. FedRAMP is a key certification because cloud providers seeking to sell services to US federal government agencies ... continue reading
Use PowerShell to Identify Unassociated Azure Resources

Use PowerShell to Identify Unassociated Azure Resources

Summary: Save costs by Identifying Unassociated Resources left behind after deletions in Azure Q: Hey, Scripting Guy! How can I quickly identify un-associated resources in my Azure subscription? A: Hi SH! At least you know that’s a question to ask! ... continue reading