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Understanding The Azure Stack Operator Toolset

As you might know, Azure Stack is bringing Azure services to your datacenter, or a location closer to you. It is delivered as an integrated system, meaning that it comes predesigned and preinstalled, so customers have a faster go to production and can focus on what really matters. However, Azure Stack is not managed by

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Hardening Windows Server 101: Understanding Third Party Security Configuration Baselines

Windows Server 2016 comes reasonably secure “out of the box”. But it’s important to remember that while the server is reasonably secure, not every security control that is can be configured for Windows Server 2016 (and the more recently released Windows Server 2019) is enabled on the operating system when you deploy it using default

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Secure Credentials with Self-Signed Certificates for PowerShell Scripts

Hello everyone, I’m Preston K. Parsard, specializing in Platforms, Azure Infrastructure and Automation topics, and I’d like to share some insights for securing PowerShell credentials using certificates. This post is based on a recent customer project, but we’ll also wrap a story around it on behalf of our made-up friends at our fictitious company Adatum.com. Adatum.com

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Connect Azure Data Explorer to Power BI for visual depiction of data

Do you want to analyze vast amounts of data, create Power BI dashboards and reports to help you visualize your data, and share insights across your organization? Azure Data Explorer (ADX), a lightning-fast indexing and querying service helps you build near real-time and complex analytics solutions for vast amounts of data. ADX can connect to

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How to migrate from AzureRM to Az in Azure PowerShell

On December 18, 2018, the Azure PowerShell team released the first stable version of “Az,” a new cross-platform PowerShell module that will replace AzureRM. You can install this module by running “Install-Module Az” in an elevated PowerShell prompt. Since January 2018, PowerShell has been a cross-platform product with the introduction of PowerShell Core. Therefore, it

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RSAT on Windows 10 1809 in Disconnected Environments

Hello everyone, Ty McPherson here, along with some fellow engineers Andreas Pacius and Edwin Gaitan, and we wanted to put together and share some information to help you setup Remote Server Administration Tools with Windows 10 1809. Starting with Windows 10 v1809 the Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) is now a Feature on Demand (FoD).

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Managing and Working with #Azure Network Security Groups (NSG) #Security #IaC #AzureDevOps

Microsoft Azure Network Security Group (NSG) When you are implementing your Microsoft Azure Design like a HUB-Spoke model you have to deal with security of your Azure environment (Virtual Datacenter). One of them are Network Security Groups to protect your Virtual networks and make communication between Azure subnets possible in a Secure Azure Virtual Datacenter.

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Extracting insights from IoT data using the warm path data flow

This blog continues our coverage of the solution guide published by Microsoft’s Industry Experiences team. The guide includes the following components: Ingesting data Hot path processing Cold path processing Analytics clients We already covered the recommendation for processing data for an IoT application in the solution guide and suggested using Lambda architecture for data flow.

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Best practices for naming your Microsoft Azure resources

When talking about Cloud infrastructure, you might have come across the phrase “Pets versus cattle.” It appeared around 2012 when Bill Baker used it to differentiate between servers that can never be down and servers that are easily replaceable (e.g. part of a cluster, built with automated tools etc). Traditionally, we’ve know our “pet” servers

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