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Azure Lighthouse - A service provider perspective

Azure Lighthouse – A service provider perspective

Hello folks I partnered with the product group and actual IT professionals outside of Microsoft to create a video series where we look at Azure Lighthouse and its benefits from a variety of different perspectives. Have you thought about how ... continue reading
Getting started with Azure Bicep

Getting started with Azure Bicep

As technology has evolved, so have the tools we can use to build (or rebuild!) standard, repeatable system configurations. I remember building my first Windows-based computer systems using an "answer file" to populate and bypass the "out of the box" ... continue reading
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Windows 10 or Windows 11 GPO ADMX – Which one to use for your central store?

Hi community, My name is Helmut Wagensonner. I’m a Customer Engineer at Microsoft and this blog should help you to understand, which Administrative Templates (admx) to choose for your Windows 11 / Windows 10 mixed environment. Remember how it was ... continue reading
Top 20 most visited blog posts for IT Pros in 2021

Top 20 most visited blog posts for IT Pros in 2021

From our first post on the 17th of September 2018, where Rick Claus introduced Microsoft's "Cloud Ops Advocate" team, we've published nearly 600 articles on this ITOps Talk blog! To end the year, we wanted to highlight some of our ... continue reading
How to configure automatic key rotation (preview) in Azure Key Vault

How to configure automatic key rotation (preview) in Azure Key Vault

With the news that automated rotation of keys is now available in preview in Azure Key Vault, I tested the configuration and notification options. Key rotation used to require a manual process, an API call, or an automation script using ... continue reading
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Forward On-Premises Windows Security Event Logs to Microsoft Sentinel

Hello, It has been a while since Raven, and I have blogged on security. My little buddy Raven (miniature Schnauzer) has been dealing with genetic back problems that have made it difficult to run or jump, so her days of ... continue reading
How to update Azure Policy parameters in Azure Blueprints

How to update Azure Policy parameters in Azure Blueprints

With Azure Blueprints (preview) you can add things to a Blueprint definition and apply them to your subscription - including required Azure Policies, role based access control, resource groups and Azure Resource Manager templates. But with some Azure Policies, you ... continue reading
Deploy Bicep files by using GitHub Actions

Deploy Bicep files by using GitHub Actions

Recently, I did a live streaming session for the New York City Microsoft Reactor in which I took concepts from the Quickstart: Deploy Bicep files by using GitHub Actions doc and put them into action. In this session I create ... continue reading
Diagram showing components of Qakbot campaigns as building blocks

A closer look at Qakbot’s latest building blocks (and how to knock them down)

Multiple Qakbot campaigns that are active at any given time prove that the decade-old malware continues to be many attackers’ tool of choice, a customizable chameleon that adapts to suit the needs of the multiple threat actor groups that utilize ... continue reading
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Using Azure Bicep to Deploy SQL MI into an Existing Virtual Network

Recently, I was working with a customer who wanted to deploy SQL Managed Instance (MI) into an existing virtual network with Infrastructure as Code (IaC). Having some experience with Azure Resource Manager (ARM) templates, I decided to fulfill their request ... continue reading