PowerShell Script to Retrieve Name, CPU, RAM size, and OS Disk Size for Azure VMs

Use this PowerShell script to retrieve VM Name, CPU, RAM size, and OS Disk Size. foreach($VM in (Get-AzVM)){ $size = Get-AzVMSize -Location $VM.Location | Where { $_.Name -eq $VM.HardwareProfile.VmSize} [PSCustomObject]@{ “Name”=$VM.Name; “CPU”=$size.NumberOfCores; “RAM”=$size.MemoryInMB; “OSDiskSize” = $size.OSDiskSizeInMB; } }

Workflow Automation in Azure Security Center

Security Center Secure Score to drive the enhancement of your cloud security posture, you will have to monitor the security recommendations in ASC and remediate them accordingly. One feedback that we received was: it would be great if once a new recommendation arrive, I could receive a notification (an email for example). This feature is here and does way more than just email.

How to migrate Active Directory Domain Controllers to Microsoft Azure Stack

In this video, you will find out how you can migrate Active Directory Domain Controllers to Microsoft Azure Stack.

Windows Virtual Desktop Essentials Intro and full tour

If your organization is looking for a more efficient, productive, and secure approach to desktop virtualization, this series will walk you through the full solution. WVD offers a fully managed desktop virtualization solution in the cloud and it works with all your apps and devices as you can expect.

Resetting the Azure AD Connect Credentials

If you ever want to update the account password that Azure AD Connect uses for its service account, you can do this by running a PowerShell cmdlet. Additionally, you will want to keep this handy in the event you receive the notorious “Error validating credentials” error message. To do this, on the Azure AD Connect computer, open a PowerShell window with the administrator context and run the following: Add-ADSyncAADServiceAccount You’ll need to supply the Azure AD Global admin credentials, but this will effectively change the password for both Azure AD and the sync engine.

Resources to Learn Azure Sentinel

On Tuesday, Microsoft officially released Azure Sentinel from preview. Azure Sentinel is a cloud-native SIEM that provides intelligent security analytics for your entire enterprise at cloud scale. Get limitless cloud speed and scale to help focus on what really matters. Easily collect data from all your cloud or on-premises assets, Office 365, Azure resources, and other clouds. Effectively detect threats with built-in machine learning from Microsoft’s security analytics experts. Automate threat response, using built-in orchestration and automation playbooks. Here’s some resources to get started with Azure Sentinel: Onboard Azure Sentinel Get started with Azure Sentinel Detect threats with Azure Sentinel Set up automated threat responses Introduction to Security in Azure  

Azure Sentinel Comes Out of Preview

Microsoft today has taken the wraps off its threat assessment and reaction Azure tool, Sentinel. Microsoft Azure Sentinel is a new Cloud native SIEM service with built-in AI for analytics that removes the cost and complexity of achieving a central and focused near real-time view of the active threats in your environment. Product page:

Tip: Maintaining Azure AD On-premises Components

Does your IT processes include methods to review and update the on-premises components for Azure-connected tools? It should. The components are regularly updated for performance improvements and feature additions, but more importantly, they are sometimes updated to for better security. The following Azure AD components should be upgraded as new versions are released: Azure AD Connect Azure AD Application Proxy Connectors Azure AD Pass-through authentication agents Azure AD Connect Health Agents Most components have an auto-update setting which will automate the upgrade process, but some don’t. Be aware of those that need manual intervention, but also make sure that the auto-update component is working. Resources: Azure AD Connect Health: Version Release History Required Updates for A...

New Book: The Ultimate Guide to Microsoft Certification

The founder of has written a book covering Microsoft’s cloud certification path. The book is intended to answer the following questions: Which Microsoft certification is right for me? What are the Microsoft role-based certifications? What’s the structure of Microsoft exams? Do Microsoft certifications expire? What happens if I fail the exam? Can I retake it? Where do I get started on my personal Microsoft certification journey? If you’re a Kindle Unlimited customer, you can read the book for free, otherwise, it the price for the book is $9.99.

Windows Virtual Desktop Headed to General Availability

Scott Manchester (@RDS4U) Group Manager, WVD and RDS at Microsoft made the following announcement on Twitter…   We are feature complete with #WVD and will be moving to the final phase for GA. Spin up your VMs and start testing your scenarios. Got issues? Engage our community: #WVD #Azure #Microsoft — Scott Manchester (@RDS4U) August 13, 2019 Windows Virtual Desktop is a comprehensive desktop and app virtualization service running in the cloud. It’s the only virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) that delivers simplified management, multi-session Windows 10, optimizations for Office 365 ProPlus, and support for Remote Desktop Services (RDS) environments. Deploy and scale your Windows desktops and apps on Azure in minutes, and get built-in security and compli...

Granting Local Admin Rights for Users Using Intune Devices that are Azure AD Joined

If you’d like to assign local administrator rights to specific people in the organization, you do it through the Azure Active Directory blade in the Azure portal. 1. In go to Azure Active Directory. 2. Select Devices 3. Select Device Settings 4. Under Additional local administrators on Azure AD Joined devices, you can add the admins here.

New Tools Released for Azure Cloud Shell

New and updated tools are now available for Azure Cloud Shell. The new tools include: Azure Functions CLI—The Azure Functions CLI gives you the ability to create, test, run, and debug Azure Functions. Create and run your first Azure Function using these steps. Bolt—Puppet Bolt is an open source tool to automate the management of your infrastructure. Use it to automate tasks that are part of your day-to-day workflows, or to automate your as-needed tasks. Packer—HashiCorp Packer is a tool to automate the creation of a machine image, whether it’s a VM, a container, or more from a single configuration source. Updated tools: Java Development Kit: Version Azure PowerShell Azure CLI