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 […]

vCloud Director 9.1 Tenant HTML5 Portal Blank or Datacenter Not Found

One of the long awaited new features of vCloud Director 9.1 is the HTML5 portal. Note that in vCD 9.1, only the tenant HTML5 portal is fully “functional”. The provider HTML5 portal is severely lacking in functionality and is only complete in vCD 9.5. One of the things that you would want to test after […]

vCloud Director 9.5 Hands On

vCloud Director 9.5 was released a few weeks back and it’s now time to look into upgrading as well as testing it’s new features such as the new Photon 2.0 appliance, NSX-T integration as well as the new HTML5 UI. vCloud Director lists one of the new features being feature parity of the HTML5 UI […]

“A problem occurred while getting data from the source vCenter Server” error when upgrading to vCenter Server Appliance 6.7 U1

Seeing that vSphere 6.7U1 was recently released, I decided to upgrade my VCSA 6.5 appliance to 6.7U1. Downloaded the installer ISO, extracted the ISO to a temp folder then ran the installer wizard. I then launched the installer, select the “upgrade” option and put in the details of my existing vCenter credentials and ESXi host […]

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