• Azure Traffic Manager is an Azure service that provides a load balancing for your applications at the DNS level. It offers a highly efficient approach to traffic routing that combines end-to-end application health checks, intelligent DNS, and global load balancing into a single platform.

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  • To manage Azure virtual machines (VMs) and install and configure the applications within them, you can connect via either PowerShell or RDP. In this article, I'm going to demonstrate how to access Windows VMs using PowerShell

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  • Last week in Ignite Microsoft announced the general availability of Azure SQL Database Managed Instance. This service allows you run SQL Server with all the features of Microsoft SQL Server Enterprise in the cloud without needing to manage Windows virtual machines (VMs).

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  • At last year's Ignite, Microsoft announced the Azure File Sync (AFS) service that lets you sync your on-premises file shares with Microsoft's cloud. In this post you will learn how to install AFS.

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  • In this article, I'm going to discuss a PowerShell script that retrieves the users with the admin role on Azure subscriptions and exports the information to a CSV file. An Azure subscription is like a wallet you use to pay for the services you use in Microsoft's cloud. Thus, managing and maintaining these subscriptions is an important task.

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  • This is called a service usage charges.  The product itself is free and that is what I meant.

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  • In a previous article, I explained how to install Microsoft Azure Backup Server (MABS). Today, I'll describe the post-installation tasks and show you how to back up and restore data with MABS v2.

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  • Microsoft Azure Backup Server (MABS) is good backup solution that can protect your data for short-term retention on local disks and long-term retention in the cloud. In this post you will learn how to install Azure Backup Server, and in my next article I will explain how to configure Microsoft's cloud backup tool.

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  • If forgot the admin account of an Azure VM, you can use the Set-AzureRmVMCustomScriptExtension cmdlet to add a new administrator account. In this post I will discuss a PowerShell script that allows you to add a new user to your Azure VM and add it to the administrator group without having an admin account.

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  • Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS) is a cloud solution that provide seamless monitoring to the environment whether it is on premises or born in the cloud. System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) is also a great monitoring solution that has been around for a while. It has witnessed many enhancements, making it mature enough to monitor whatever you want with detailed insights.

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  • In that case, you might want to try to PowerShell script I've stated in the article:

    $RegPath = "HKLM:SOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesSystemCredSSPParameters"
    New-ItemProperty -Path $RegPath -Name AllowEncryptionOracle -Value 2 -PropertyType DWORD -Force

    If it displayed an error that CredSSP does not exist, then you need to create it and the CredSSP and Paramerters containers before running the previous script by running the following Cmdlets:
    New-Item HKLM:SOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesSystemCredSSP
    and
    New-Item HKLM:SOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesSystemCredSSPParameters

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  • Mohamed A. Waly liked comment of Ahmad Amin on Integrate OMS with SCCM. (So far, Ahmad Amin has 1 likes for this comment.) 2 years ago

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  • Azure Operations Management Suite (OMS) is one of Microsoft's cloud solutions that provides seamless monitoring for your environment whether it is on-premises or born in the cloud.

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  • If you want to know the NICs assigned to a specific VM, the subnet a NIC belongs to, or the Network Security Groups (NSG) applied to the NIC, you have to jump through a few hoops because the corresponding values cannot be accessed directly.

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  • No official way exists to migrate virtual machines (VMs) from Amazon Web Services (AWS) to Azure. However, with the help of the Disk2VHD tool, you can convert the VM to a virtual hard disk (VHD) and then upload the VHD to Azure Storage. After uploading it, you can create a VM from the VHD. In this post, I show you how to automate this task using PowerShell.

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  • If the patch is applied for the client and the server, you need to do nothing, but in case you cannot or you are patching your server in phases, you need to consider this workaround.

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  • Hello Rory,

    When you apply the workaround that makes the RDP session exposed for attacks, even when you apply the update, it will not change the protection level automatically. So, you will have to apply a higher protection level again either via registry or group policy.

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  • Hello Paolo,
    Thank you so much for sharing such  a brilliant idea with me. However, we need to consider that many IT admins do not prefer to apply updates on their servers and clients one shot. They regularly do it in phases to avoid any unexpected behaviors from the update. That's why the first thing you would do would be either changing the group policy or the registry in order to workaround the issue and proceed with your operations. Also, when I tested that either in test labs or in customers sites', it did not require a reboot.

    Finally, when the company decides to update all the clients and servers, it would be better to change the group policy from the DC to avoid repeating the tasks on the all clients/servers they have changed the policy for it earlier.

    In production you cannot just check/scan updates using PowerShell. Commonly, they are using SCCM or WSUS or any third party tool.
    However, your way of thinking about it is very brilliant for Workgroup computers.

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