Just like every Microsoft Ignite, the book of news is announced! It is your digital guide to all the new announcements Microsoft is making, including all the details. It presents news about Microsoft Azure, Security, Microsoft 365, Power Platform and more.
Free ebook ‘Azure for Architects’
Do you want to know all the ins and outs about cloud computing. What is the cloud? What is Azure? What kind of functionalities and concepts are available within this cloud?
You’ll find all the answers in this great free ebook ‘Azure for Architecs’.
Improvements to Azure VM backups are now available
Azure Backup now has even greater support and functionality for Azure VM backups:
- Azure Backup is introducing restoring Unmanaged VMs/Disks as Managed VMs/Disks to provide the benefit of Managed disks for customers who are currently backing up their unmanaged disks.
For more details, please read our documentation
- Azure Backup now supports Replace existing disks as an option for VMs that have Managed Service Identities (MSI) Both User assigned Identities and System assigned Identities.
- Azure Backup now supports backup & restore of Virtual Machine Scale Sets in the orchestration mode prescribed here.
For more details, please read our documentation.
All the above features are generally available in all Azure regions.
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!
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.
$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
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’
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.
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:
Source: Service Tag
Source service tag: Internet
Source port ranges: *
Destination port ranges: 3389
3.) Configure a second rule:
Source: IP Addressess
Source IP Addressess/CIDR ranges: YOUR IP ADDRESSESS
Source port ranges: *
Destination port ranges: 3389
Now you can test your new configuration. RDP access is only allowed from your custom IP addressess!!