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  • Blog Post: Connecting Azure App Service to VNet using Point to Site VPN using PowerShell

    It is possible to connect Azure App Services that are on Standard and Premium plans to a virtual network using a point to site VPN. Unfortunately although it is reasonably straightforward in the portal there isn’t much documentation around on how to do this using PowerShell. In response to a forum...
  • Blog Post: Azure Automation – Schedule the shutdown of Azure VMs with PowerShell

    If you are running Virtual Machines on Microsoft Azure and want to save some cash (or make your MSDN allowance last longer) it is possible to use Azure Automation to schedule the shutdown (and start-up) of Virtual Machines. This is great if you are carrying out testing on Azure and like me often forget...
  • Blog Post: Azure PowerShell error: The subscription is not entitled to use the resource

    This is an error I’ve seen quite a few times. Every time I see the error it takes me a while to remember what the issue is, hopefully this post will help me remember one of the causes. I had successfully authenticated to my Azure Subscription using Add-AzureAccount and  ran the following to create...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Ignite: The beginning of the end for Windows Server?

    When I visit conferences such as Microsoft Ignite I often choose sessions because of the speakers. However I also ensure I attend a number of sessions covering new and updated technology, the things I see as game changers. The technologies I focused on were Azure, in particular Azure Active Directory...
  • Blog Post: Creating a Point to Site VPN connection to an Azure Resource Manager Virtual Network

    I have been helping out on the MSDN forums and came across a post where a user was struggling to create a Point to Site (P2S) VPN connection to an Azure Resource Manager (ARM) Virtual Network – https://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/azure/en-US/567b968e-aa50-4ee4-b554-af09c54a40e0/routing-in...
  • Blog Post: Starting your PowerShell journey

    By Richard Siddaway , PowerShell MVP and author on a number of books on PowerShell, Active Directory and Windows Administration. He is a regular speaker at the PowerShell Summit and user groups, and blogs regularly on his PowerShell blog . One of the questions I’ve been asked many times is “How...
  • Blog Post: Devops Practices – Infrastructure as Code

    This post is provided by PowerShell MVP Richard Siddaway One of the biggest issues in IT is the apparent split between development teams and operations teams. I deliberately say apparent because as with many things in IT the hype doesn’t always match reality. DevOps is the new IT ‘wunderkind’...
  • Blog Post: Demystifying DevOps Behaviours

    In an effort to demystify the new and exciting world of DevOps and DevOps culture, I am hosting a series of guest posts on this blog over the next few months. Firstly we need to have a look at just what those behaviours are. To do this, I have enlisted the help of a number of Microsoft Most Valuable...
  • Blog Post: Why you need to learn PowerShell

    By Richard Siddaway , PowerShell MVP and author on a number of books on PowerShell, Active Directory and Windows Administration. He is a regular speaker at the PowerShell Summit and user groups, and blogs regularly on his PowerShell blog . PowerShell is nine years old. So why write an article explaining...
  • Blog Post: The UK IT Camp Roadshow is on its way to Cardiff and Birmingham

    In December we travel to Cardiff and Birmingham to deliver the next phase in our IT Innovation series of IT Camps. We have four UK IT Camp events in December. 1 st December – Radisson Blu hotel Cardiff – Azure (Cloud Infrastructure) 2 nd December – Radisson Blu hotel Cardiff...
  • Blog Post: DevOps – a word or a Brave New World?

    DevOps – A Journey into Open Source Tools Once a year the team of Evangelists I work with gather together and spend two days engaged in a variety of different pursuits. This year we made our way to the Microsoft Research Labs in Cambridge. Whenever I make the journey to this lab I do so with...
  • Blog Post: There’s no ‘I’ in team: DevOps done right

    I have always been a firm believer in multi-disciplinary teams, possibly something that stems from the work I used to do to fight fraud at the Serious Fraud Office. At the SFO, a case team led by a lawyer had police, accountancy, and IT expertise all coming together to get the job done. In other disciplines...
  • Blog Post: 10 of the Best PowerShell Cmdlets for Microsoft Azure

    By Thomas Lee, ImageFrame ( v-tholee@microsoft.com ) Overview PowerShell is Microsoft’s strategic task automation platform for IT Pros and enables you to automate your IT infrastructure. Azure is Microsoft’s cloud offering that provides IAAS and PAAS facilities (plus Azure is the...
  • Blog Post: Azure RemoteApp – the Final Part (3) ….. at last

    And Finally….. Not my final post but the final part in my Azure RemoteApp series. First, many apologies for the delay, the day job is getting hectic. I have been evangelizing, demonstrating and using Azure RemoteApp for almost a year now and like most Azure services this one has developed and...
  • Blog Post: A busy year ahead with nano server.

    I have spent the last two weeks doing my normal day job(s) and also pretty much working double shifts by watching along with our /Build and Ignite conferences. The several Keynote sessions were as polished, impressive and exciting as we have come to expect. What has surprised me is just how many of our...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Azure – Learn it, Love it, Certify in it!

    Part of my role as a Technical Evangelist within Microsoft UK is to assist all and sundry to understand and engage with the whole range of Microsoft Solutions. This includes our Cloud offering – Microsoft Azure . What exactly is Azure and what can we do with this service? Well Wikipedia...
  • Blog Post: UK IT Camps – Enterprise Mobility – Sign up now.

    Life during my first year at Microsoft has been almost exactly as I imagined it might be, but as I always do at Christmas I reflected on the year past and particularly this year on my first 9 months as a Microsoft Employee. Whilst doing so I remembered exactly what prompted me to sign up to this fun...
  • Blog Post: Roll up, roll up get your FREE Microsoft Azure BETA Exam code here.

    Within the last month, I have taken all three Microsoft Azure Certification Exams, two of them have been BETA tests. Read on and you can get you own code to take a FREE Azure BETA Exam (only 500 codes available – first come – first served) So, I post quite often about certification and...
  • Blog Post: Lab Ops Part 13 - MDT 2013 for VDI

    The core of any VDI deployment is the Virtual Desktop Template (VDT) which is the blueprint from which all the virtual desktop VMs are created. It occurred to me that there must be a way to create and maintain this using the deployment tools used to create real desktops rather than the way I hack the...
  • Blog Post: Lab Ops – PowerShell 4 and PKI

    In a Remote Desktop Services lab setup involving a gateway to allow connections to our virtual desktops over the internet we are going to need to use an SSL certificate to secure traffic between the remote devices and the gateway. Typically in the past we would have gone into a server running IIS and...
  • Blog Post: What are the best IT Pro Tools for automation – and why?

    Each month here in the @TechnetUk #ITPro office there is a mad scramble (bunfight / race / polite debate) to bid for the best blog topics for the month. Each quarter has a theme, this quarter it is ‘the right tools for the job’. I was lucky enough to see the email early and our editor Charlotte...
  • Blog Post: Lab Ops – Working with Azure VMs

    A couple of months ago I had a very interesting chat with Andy a Data Centre admin at CP Ltd about using PowerShell to manage Azure as Andy is partially sighted, and his team mate Lewis is blind (For more on this please read Andy’s post on the TechNet UK blog ) . I wanted to go into some of the...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server Technical Preview – My Favourite Features – Part 1

    Microsoft released the first Technical Preview of Windows 10 to much acclaim back in October. There have been three releases so far and we currently sit on the ‘last release of the Calendar year’ – Build 9879. The Technical Preview is intended primarily for the enterprise to evaluate...
  • Blog Post: Sample of custom PowerShell cmdlets to manage Azure ServiceBus queues

    Yossi Dahan has over 15 years experience as a professional enterprise software developer and technology consultant. A customer I’m working with these days is investing in automating the provisioning and de-provisioning a fairly complex solution on Azure using PowerShell and Azure Automation...