Archive for the ‘Cloud’ Category

Enable Azure Accelerated Networking

Azure Accelerated Networking is a new option for Azure Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) Virtual Machine (VM) on the NIC level providing several benefits by enabling single root I/O virtualization (SR-IOV) to a VM, greatly improving its networking performance. This high-performance path bypasses the host from the datapath, reducing latency, jitter, and CPU utilization, for use with the most demanding network workloads on supported VM types. You would typically use this feature with heavy workloads that need to send or receive data at high speed with reliable streaming and lower CPU utilization. It will enable speeds of up to 25Gbps per Virtual Machine. Best of all, it’s free!

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How to Enable Accelerated Networking:

You can enable this feature during initial creation of the VM, on the networking tab, you will see “Enable Accelerated Networking”. If you are unable to enable, then it is not compatible on your chosen Azure VM size. If you need to enable this feature after VM creation you will require to do so through powershell as it is not yet supported in the portal. You can do this simply with the below commands after deallocating the Virtual Machine.


Login-AzureRmAccount
$nic = Get-AzureRmNetworkInterface -ResourceGroupName “YourResourceGroupName” -Name “YourNicName”
$nic.EnableAcceleratedNetworking = $true
$nic | Set-AzureRmNetworkInterface

Then proceed to start the Virtual Machine and Accelerated Networking will be enabled.

FREE eBook – The SysAdmin Guide to Azure Infrastructure as a Service

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Many system administrators have been working with on-premises infrastructure for their whole careers so moving to a cloud-based environment can feel like a leap of faith. However, making the leap to Azure doesn’t have to be daunting. With the right preparation it can be a smooth transition, consistent with your current on-premises configuration.

This free eBook written by veteran IT consultant and Microsoft Certified trainer Paul Schnakenberg covers all aspects of setting up and maintaining a high-performing Azure IaaS environment. It starts from the very basics, introducing key terms and features you need to get started, including migration, and goes on to explain everyday maintenance and best practices before covering more advanced features.

To get the best results from this eBook, it is recommended to follow along with the step-by-step tutorials using your own Azure subscription. If you don’t currently have access, the eBook explains how to set up a free 30-day trial alongside $200 worth of Azure resources to use and 12 months of additional free resources!

Altaro consistently delivers high-quality eBooks that are packed full of valuable guidance for system administrators and this latest eBook is no exception. If you currently use Azure IaaS or are planning to use it, this is an awesome free resource that you definitely should not miss.

Download your free eBook today

Free e-book ‘Inside Azure Management’

Download the free e-book about ‘Inside Azure Management’ right now. The Preview release of Inside Azure Management is now available, with more than 500 pages covering many of the latest monitoring and management features in Microsoft Azure!

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Microsoft Ignite The Tour Amsterdam

Last week I’ve visited Microsoft Ignite The Tour in Amsterdam. Two realy great days with a lot of new information, presentations and knowledge. There also where a couple of new announcements from Microsoft.

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My focus was Azure IaaS, security, governance and cost control within Azure. Of course there was a lot more to see, but this event was only 2 days, so I’ve had to make choices!

Microsoft has published the slide decks online, so you can download these now! (click)

Hoppefully I’ll be present the next year at this great event!!

Restricting RDP access to Azure virtual machines

By default, every VM you’v e created within Azure has RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol) on port 3389 enabled. You can access you VM from anywhere in the world.

You can restrict RDP access on just that IP addresses you want, so you can limit the access. So for example, you can limit your company IP address and maybe you home address to access the specific VM in Azure.

To restrict access, I’ve created a NSG (Network Seciruty Group) with the following configuration:

1.) Create a new Inbound security rule with a priority of 4095 (every digit below the default of 65000 is fine!!)
2.) Configure the following rule:

Priority: 4096
Name: Deny-RDP-Access
Source: Service Tag
Source service tag: Internet
Source port ranges: *
Destination: VirtualNetwork
Destination port ranges: 3389
Protocol: TCP
Action: Deny

3.) Configure a second rule:

Priority: 4095
Name: Allow-RDP-Access
Source: IP Addressess
Source IP Addressess/CIDR ranges: YOUR IP ADDRESSESS
Source port ranges: *
Destination: Any
Destination port ranges: 3389
Protocol: TCP
Action: Allow

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Now you can test your new configuration. RDP access is only allowed from your custom IP addressess!!

Altaro Dojo forums

Altaro has kicked off the Altaro Dojo forums. The forum brings fellow IT pros together, connect the community and enable members to learn and share their knowledge with one another.

Some info on how people can use the forum can be found here.

Please register on the forum and share your knowledge with other IP pros! Let’s make some community!

I want to become a ‘Ninja’. Let’s go!!!

Live Demo Webinar: Windows Server 2019 in Action

So you’ve heard all about Windows Server 2019 – now you can see it in action in a live demo
webinar on November 8th!

The last WS2019 webinar by Altaro was hugely popular with over 4,500 IT pros registering for
the event. Feedback gathered from that webinar and the most popular features will now be
discussed and tested live by Microsoft MVP Andy Syrewicze. And you’re invited!

This deep-dive webinar will focus on:
• Windows Admin Center
• Containers on Windows Server
• Storage Migration Service
• Windows Subsystem for Linux
• And more!

Demo webinars are a really great way to see a product in action before you decide to take the
plunge yourself. It enables you to see the strengths and weaknesses first-hand and also ask
questions that might relate specifically to your own environment.

With the demand so high, the webinar is presented live twice on November 8th to help as
many people benefit as possible. The first session is at 2pm CET/8am EST/5am PST and the
second is at 7pm CET/1pm EST/10am PST.

With the record number of attendees for the last webinar, some people were unable to attend
the sessions which were maxed out. It is advised you save your seat early for this webinar to
keep informed and ensure you don’t miss the live event.

Save your seat!!

Microsoft Ignite 2018 – Book of News

Ignite Book of News: Your Guide to All the News at Microsoft Ignite

This document contains information on all the announcements made at Microsoft Ignite 2018, including:

  • Microsoft 365;
  • Microsoft Azure IaaS;
  • Azure SQL;
  • SQL Server 2019;
  • Security;
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI);
  • SQL Server 2019;
  • Internet of Things (IoT);
  • Windows Server 2019;
  • Windows Virtual Desktops;
  • Windows Admin Center;
  • Hyper-V;
  • Storage Space Direct (S2D);
  • And many, many, many more……

Download the full document here (or click the big picture below).