AD heavy changes – Powershell 2 the rescue

Recently I have been assigned a task to populate/change AD users attribute called ProxyAddresses. Generally, that’s not so hard – a few clicks and a bit of writing. But this time, it had to be done for a couple of hundreds of users. It was time to spend some time and create a PowerShell script that…

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Hyper-V and Powershell to save the day

If you are managing Virtualized infrastructure by using Hyper-V, this small script may come in handy (and save you from getting a headache). Few clients have a procedure to create VM Snapshot before making some big changes to the VM (I know, that’s not a backup solution but I can’t win all the battles). The problem…

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Azure VM Availability Set

Hi fellows, One really important things related to Azure VMs, especially if you have plan to deploy more than one VM with the same functionality, is Availability Set. Availability Set is a logical grouping capability for isolating VM resources from each other when they’re deployed. Once you deploy Availability Set, Azure guarantee that the VMs…

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How to find available VM sizes?

Hello all, In this post, I will show you how to find available VM sizes in Azure for your subscription and location. Basically, if you deploy virtual machines using Azure portal, you will be able to see only available VM sizes and you cannot make a mistake. But, if you want to automate VMs deployment…

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Extend AlwaysOn SQL cluster in Azure – Step by step

Hi fellows, Over the past few days, I dealt with a client request to configure SQL AlwaysOn cluster in a hybrid environment. At the first look, that should have been a simple task, especially because I have configured AlwaysOn in dozens of projects. Unfortunately, project brought me a lot of problems during configuration, but I…

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How to create Azure Load Balancer

Hi everyone, In this post, I will show you how to create and configure Azure Load Balancer. Load Balancer is a service in Azure that provides you traffic balancing between few VMs that have same function, like a web server. Although you can provision many different virtual network appliances, such as Barracuda, F5, Kemp, Azure…

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How to configure Azure Site-to-site VPN

Hi fellows, If you want to implement hybrid environment between Azure and your on premise datacenter, you need to establish site-to-site VPN connection between these locations. Although you can use one of various virtual network appliances, such as Cisco ASA or Barracuda, in most of the cases the best option is to configure VPN Gateway…

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How to create Azure vNetwork

Hi fellows, Virtual Network in Azure is core of Infrastructure-as-a-Service. Without virtual network, you cannot do anything with Azure virtual machines and if you haven’t created virtual network and subnets, virtual machine creating process wizard will create virtual network for virtual machine. But in the most of the cases, you should create virtual network and…

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How to install CA in two-tier hierarchy

Hello all, In this post, I will show you how to install Certification Authority in Windows Server 2016 in two-tier hierarchy. Based on hierarchy, you need to install offline root CA and least one subordinate CA and configure it. Although offline CA can be domain member, installing on a server that is a domain member…

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How to configure Windows Server Failover Cluster

Hi everyone, Failover clustering is technology that provides you with an ability to implement services in highly available manner. Many organizations that have business critical services rely on failover clustering technology in order to achieve better availability and service stability. Before you implement failover clustering, you need to identify services or application that you want…

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