Azure Quickstart Templates

Those in charge of Azure implementations for their company get nervous a bit about the work behind creating and deploying a tenant full of resources, services, and dependencies. Utilizing the Azure console alone to do the work can be intimidating and time consuming. Consider utilizing JSON templates instead. Microsoft has a wealth of JSON templates available for generating almost everything. If a company needs to create it, there’s almost assuredly a template available already. As of this writing there’s almost 800 templates available. Where to get the templates: More about Azure Quickstart Templates and Azure Resource Manager: Also: Azure Resource Manager overview

PowerShell Script to Create a Virtual Machine Scale Set

Use the following Azure PowerShell script to create a Virtual Machine Scale Set and includes the resource group, virtual network, and load balancer. New-AzVmss ` -ResourceGroupName “myResourceGroupScaleSet” ` -Location “EastUS” ` -VMScaleSetName “myScaleSet” ` -VirtualNetworkName “myVnet” ` -SubnetName “mySubnet” ` -PublicIpAddressName “myPublicIPAddress” ` -LoadBalancerName “myLoadBalancer” ` -UpgradePolicyMode “Automatic”

Azure security expert series: Cloud security with Ann Johnson

Welcome to the Azure Security Expert Series! Watch Ann Johnson, Corporate VP of Cybersecurity at Microsoft, lead a discussion on cloud security best practices and the latest Azure innovations. Then access our on-demand sessions, all led by Microsoft security product experts, to gain practical knowledge from Azure security services including: Azure Sentinel, Azure Security Center, Azure Network Security and Azure IoT security.

Sneak Peek at a new Windows Virtual Desktop Win32 Client

Corey Sanders, Corporate VP of Microsoft Solutions sits down with Scott Manchester, Principal Group PM on the Silicon, Graphics and Media team to talk about what new things are available in the current preview of Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) being offered in Azure. Scott has brought along a Surface GO to demonstrate the new signed Win32 app which allows you to install and use it – even when the device is in Windows S mode. Scott shows off what kind of performance you can get from an 8 GB of memory Surface Go using an LTE network, connecting to a 16 core NVidia GPU powerhouse VM in Azure. Sign up for the preview today –

On July 1 On-premises MFA Server will No Longer Be Offered for New Deployments

Good to know. Per Microsoft: As of July 1, 2019, Microsoft will no longer offer MFA Server for new deployments. New customers who would like to require multi-factor authentication from their users should use cloud-based Azure Multi-Factor Authentication. Existing customers who have activated MFA Server prior to July 1 will be able to download the latest version, future updates and generate activation credentials as usual. The on-premises version is available for download here:Azure Multi-Factor Authentication Server To setup and use Multi-Factor Authentication in Azure, see:Planning a cloud-based Azure Multi-Factor Authentication deployment

Microsoft and Oracle Announce Partnership to Connect Their Clouds

Microsoft and Oracle today have announced a plan that will allow Azure and Oracle customers to utilize cross-cloud capabilities seamlessly. For example, Azure customers will be able to run Oracle applications on Microsoft’s platform while maintaining the backend database structure on Oracle’s OCI cloud platform. Some benefits of this partnership: Connect Azure and Oracle Cloud seamlessly, allowing customers to extend their on-premises datacenters to both clouds. This direct interconnect is available starting today in Ashburn (North America) and Azure US East, with plans to expand additional regions in the future. Unified identity and access management, via a unified single sign-on experience and automated user provisioning, to manage resources across Azure and Oracle Cloud. Als...

How to build your own Azure CLI Extensions

In this edition of Azure Tips and Tricks, learn how you can create Azure CLI extensions to add additional functionalities to your Azure CLI. For more tips and tricks, visit:  

Tip: Keeping Tabs of What’s New with Azure

Listed below are several resources customers can use to identify new Azure features or products. Additionally, some can be used to build community through questions, answers, and suggestions. Products available by region MSDN Forums UserVoice Roadmap (RSS feed) Azure Blog

Microsoft Putting Focus on a New Operating System with an Azure Backend

At Computex, Microsoft has used the announcements of its partners to launch a new path toward device management that is heavily based on Azure services. In a blog post, the company has outlined its efforts to move beyond Windows 10 and focus on its new Modern OS for the future of computing. According to the company’s vision, the future operating system will get seamless updates, will be secure by default, will be always connected, well performing, cloud-connected, utilize AI, will offer the fullest range of input options, and will be able to transform into multiple form factors. In the near term, Windows 10 will help push Microsoft’s customers toward an IoT future with the following core components: Windows 10 IoT Core enables manufacturers to get to market quickly with small-f...

Understand your bill for Microsoft Azure

This video will help you understand your Azure bill with step by step instructions on comparing your invoice with the detailed daily usage file and the cost management reports in the Azure portal.

Microsoft Delivers Generation 2 Virtual Machines to Azure Public Preview

Microsoft has now delivered its next generation of virtual machines into public preview for Azure customers. This update brings the ability to… Build large virtual machines (up to 12TB) Provision OS disks sizes that exceed 2TB, and Leverage advanced security capabilities like SecureBoot and Virtual Trusted Platform Module (vTPM) to secure their Virtual Machines. To build the update virtual machines, you can now use the normal methods including Azure Marketplace images, Managed Image/Disk, and Virtual Machine Scale Set in the Azure Portal and from the command-line.

Addressing the Disclosed MDS Vulnerability for Azure VMs

A recently disclosed vulnerability affects many modern processors and operating systems including Intel, AMD, and ARM. Referred to as “speculative execution side-channel attacks,” this serious vulnerability can allow attackers to read privileged data across trust boundaries. Microsoft Azure platforms are fully protected and mitigation has already been deployed. However, customers managing their own VMs and virtual environments in Azure need to be aware that actions may need to be performed. Microsoft has supplied guidance for this scenario: Guidance for mitigating speculative execution side-channel vulnerabilities in Azure Customers that are running untrusted code within their VM need to take action to protect against these vulnerabilities by reading below for additional guidan...