Category Archives: Microsoft

Sysprep DscCore.dll error on Windows 10 Multi-session Build 2004

I was testing out the new Azure Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) ARM deployment model with Windows 10 Enterprise multi-session 2004 build. Part of the deployment involves running sysprep to prepare a new gold image for Windows 10. However, when running sysprep from Windows Run command line, it fails without displaying any errors. Looking through the […]

Replacing Windows AD with Azure AD Domain Services?

Recently, I have received several questions regarding Azure Active Directory Domain Services; the main question being “Can I replace my domain controller VMs with Azure ADDS in Azure?” The answer as with most other queries is “it depends.. what do you currently use your domain controllers for?” Azure ADDS is like a middle-ground between a […]

Duplicating Azure Application Gateway via ARM Template for DR

I’ve been working with a customer to design a DR solution in Azure for a small environment in Australia East consisting of database servers, web servers and an application gateway and requires a cost effective DR solution into Australia Southeast. NOTE: This solution may not be suitable for everybody as it depends on the RPO/RTO […]

Azure Virtual WAN P2S (User VPN) Review

Azure virtual WAN is one of the new enhancements to the networking portfolio for Azure this year. The value proposition is to provide path optimisation for customers connecting to Azure or Office 365 by enabling the closest hop into the Microsoft network backbone from whatever region your office may be located. This fills the gap […]

Testing Azure DDoS Protection Basic

Azure DDoS Protection Basic is provided for free for each IPv4 and IPv6 Public IP Address that is purchased. However, unlike the DDoS Standard product, there are no alerting or metrics provided. Same goes with any DDoS mitigation reports. Being a free product, having DDoS protection provide excellent value especially when these type of services […]

Azure AD Connect stopped syncing

Today, I received this email regarding my Azure AD Connect health status saying that it hasn’t replicated for 24 hours. Logging into the Azure Portal and checking the Azure AD Connect shows the same information. By default the AD Connect scheduler is set to sync once a day as a minimum so something was wrong. […]

Azure Tags – Automatically tag the Creator of a resource

Tags are one of the most useful features in Azure which allows for the grouping of resources using tags for various purposes including billing, charge-back, identifying resources of an application, grouping resources by department, identifying production/test/staging environments, etc. One useful feature would be to use tags to identify who created a resource. This could be […]

Deploying SQL Server on Azure VM with smaller data disk instead of the 1TB minimum

I thought I’d publish this little nugget of information as this seems to be a popular question and I have not seen many answers to this. When you deploy an SQL server on a virtual machine in Azure using any of the published disk images on the Azure website, you are required to provision a […]

Azure Migrate Overview

Azure Migrate is free for 180-days and can be used to right-size on-premise VMware vCenter VMs for migration to Azure. This is not used to perform actual migrations but rather a right-sizing and planning tool only. Use Azure Site Recovery to migrate VMs to Azure. Azure Migrate has quite a few good features especially the […]

Migrating my WordPress blog to Azure PaaS

After hosting my blog site on GCP for the past year, I decided that it was time to move the site to Azure and utilize its PaaS features. I could have just migrated the site to a single VM running Linux and mySQL but that would have been just “boring”. I decided it’s time to […]