Compliance Report using Azure Policy
Azure Policy is a powerful tool for Azure Governance. With Azure Policy we can define rules for all Azure Subscriptions the we manage. We can use this rules for simple limitation actions, like permitting only specific VM Series and Sizes that can be created and also more complex rule sets that helps you standardize the whole Azure deployment. At my previous posts, we learned How to limit the Azure VM Sizes and How to enforce tags for resources creation
Excited to be speaking at Microsoft Ignite The Tour in Milan on Jan 27-28. Join me to learn how to use Azure Platform As A Service (PaaS) to design your apps with Elasticity, Resiliency & High Availability and how to Accelerate your web applications with the Azure Front Door Service.
IT industry-leading conference is going to Milan. Don’t miss the very latest in cloud technologies and developer tools with guest speakers, industry experts, and more.
I will deliver two sessions:
A 45 minute
Global AI Bootcamp, Athens 2019
December 14, 2019 we proudly carried out the Global AI Bootcamp, Athens 2019! IT was a day full of AI and Microsoft Azure. The Global AI Bootcamp is a free one-day event organized across the world by local communities that are passionate about artificial intelligence on Microsoft Azure.
After all preparations with the assistance of Stoiximan.gr, our sponsor, the day begun at Athinais Cultural Center, at Athens, Greece. From early morning our sponsor was there wi
Spin up Azure HDInsight clusters on demand
This is my Global AI Bootcamp, Athens 2019 Presentation with title:
Spin up HDInsight clusters on demand for ETL, IoT, Data Science & Machine Learning
At my presentation I explained with a hands-on demo, how to use Azure Data Factory to spin up on-demand Azure HDInsight clusters to make a process and automatically delete them once they provide the result.
Download the PowerPoint Presentation: download link
And watch the Demo:
The post Spin
At the previous post we created an Azure Front Door to scale our web apps across Azure Regions and also publish them only through the Front Door’s URL. At this post we will create Web Application Firewall (WAF) rules, to protect our web apps. To add WAF functionality to the Front Door we need first to create WAF rules and then attach them to the Front Door
Create the WAF Rule
From the Azure Marketplace search for WAF and create a Web Application Firewall
At the “Create a WAF poli
Securely scale your Web Apps with Azure Front Door
There is a big buzz out there about Azure Front Door. Is it a Load Balancer? A CDN? A Traffic Manager? A Web Application Firewall ? A Reverse Proxy? An Application Gateway?
So, what is Azure Front Door?
Azure Front Door actually is all the above and more. It is a global service, that routes web traffic based on performance and availability. A Layer 7 multi-region load balancer with Web Application Firewall (WAF) capabilities, DDoS protection
<h1 style="text-align: justify;">Azure Portal | Playing with Disk Snapshot</h1> <p style="text-align: justify;">Disk Snapshot is a powerful tool to manage Azure VMs. It’s simple to create and can help the administrators in various tasks. It’s a fast and efficient way to have a crash-consistent Disk of a Virtual Machine, before performing tasks, updates, configuration changes, application installations, etc. Of course the last line of defence is the Azure Backup, but using the S
<p>Happy Friday! My blog post is featured at this week’s Friday Five!</p> <p>Check out this week’s <a href="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Microsoft-MVP-Award-Program-Blog/Friday-Five-Azure-free-SMTP-relay-using-Sendgrid-Power-Platform/ba-p/894274">FridayFive section of the Microsoft MVP Award Program Blog!</a> My blog post about <a href="https://www.e-apostolidis.gr/microsoft/azure-free-smtp-relay-using-sendgrid/">using SendGrid for free SMTP relay fr
<h1>Azure Security Center</h1> <h2>Remediate security recommendations in 1 click</h2> <p>Azure Security Center provides unified security management and advanced threat protection across hybrid cloud workloads. Using advanced analytics, it helps you detect potentially malicious activity across your hybrid cloud workloads, and recommends potential remediation steps, which you can then evaluate, and take the necessary action.</p> <p id="DLQOMZB"><img cla
<h1>Azure Private Link | Private connection to Azure PaaS</h1> <p> </p> <p>Azure Private Link is a new service, currently in Preview, that provides private connectivity from a virtual network or an on-premises network with Site-2-Site VPN to Azure platform as a service (PaaS) Microsoft services. Azure Private Link makes the networking a lot more simple improving the security and eliminating the need for public access.</p> <p id="nAIxogs"><img class="a
<p style="text-align: justify;">ExpressRoute is a Microsoft Azure service that provides a private connection between an organization’s on-premises infrastructure and Microsoft Cloud services, such as Microsoft Azure, Office 365, and Dynamics 365.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute was general available back on 2014. To connect to Azure ExpressRoute you need a direct line with an ExpressRoute provider. Now Microsoft announced that Microsoft cloud se
<h1 style="text-align: left;">Azure Policy | Enforce tags for resource creation</h1> <h2 style="text-align: justify;">Azure Governance</h2> <p style="text-align: justify;">After the previous post about <a href="https://www.e-apostolidis.gr/microsoft/azure-policy-limit-the-azure-vm-sizes/"target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">how to use Azure Policy to limit the Azure VM sizes</a>, I continue the series of posts about Azure Governance with a video gui
<p>Σήμερα δημοσιεύτηκε η συνέντευξή μου με τίτλο “<span data-offset-key="900n3-0-0">Το Azure εξελίσσεται”</span> στο NetFax τεύχος #4230, <span data-offset-key="900n3-0-0"> όπου συζητάω για τις τάσεις που θα μας απασχολήσουν στο Microsoft Azure & το Cloud! </span></p> <p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-2796" src="https://www.e-apostolidis.gr/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/netfax4.jpg"alt="νετφαχ" width="568" height="1075" /></p> <
<h1>Govern your Azure environment</h1> <p>It was a day full of Microsoft Azure and technology, from both IT Pro & Dev perspective. A sunny day at Athens, with a lot of fun. For sure we had a great time!</p> <p>You can download my Athens Azure Bootcamp 2019 presentation, Govern your Azure environment, from this <a href="https://papostolidisgr-my.sharepoint.com/:p:/g/personal/pantelis_e-apostolidis_gr/EUS8pnejNdNEhrm0GVe4qaYBkFH2s_ZZKqGh9AaDY0NTFw?e=nQaNSD">
<h1>Azure Bastion – Jump Server as a Service</h1> <p>Azure Bastion is a new Azure Platform (PaaS) service, at this time is still in Preview, that allows to have RDP and SSH access to Virtual Machines inside a Virtual Network directly from the Azure Portal. This eliminates the need to expose the Virtual Machines RDP and SSH ports to the internet.</p> <p>The logic comes from the Jump Servers, but you don’t need to deploy any VMs and you don’t have to worry about the h
Validate Azure Resource Move with Postman At this post we will see how easily we can move azure resources to new resource groups or subscriptions and how we can validate if the azure resources are eligible to move without initiate the move. Move Azure Resources to new resource groups or subscriptions Azure Resource Manager allow you to easily move resources to new resource groups or subscriptions. It is a pretty simple process. From the Azure Portal, open a Resource Group, and from the top optio
Azure VM CMD & PowerShell from the Portal Today I was trying to troubleshoot an Azure VM. This VM is behind a Network Virtual Appliance (NVA) and at the subnet it has User Defined Routes (UDR) that routes the traffic to the NVA. We was troubleshooting the NVA and it was not possible to connect with RDP to the VM. Serial Console This is an excellent scenario to use the Serial Console. From the Azure Portal, portal.azure.com, navigate to the Azure VMs blade, scroll down to the Support + Troubl
Azure Policy | Limit the Azure VM Sizes Azure Governance This post, Azure Policy, is the first of a series of posts about Azure Governance. The idea is to explain through examples and how-to-guides, the tools that Microsoft Azure provides to help the administrators to enforce rules to all subscriptions. Some examples of those rules are, to help the organizations to stay compliant with their corporate standards, to standardize the resources creation and management, to manage the permissions and a
One of the improvements in Exchange 2019 is that that the client configuration became more easier. This is caused because of several improvements in Autodiscover.
The clients that connect via EWS usually are connected to the EWS Endpoint using Autodiscover. It is known that Autodiscover provides also information for other protocol connections also and it support also multiforest configurations.
When Exchange server is installed a virtual directory called Autodiscover is created. After the app
Hello to all!!
Today Exchange Product Group announced a long-expected addition on Office 365. The ability to migrate G-Suite calendars and contacts to Office 365 with nothing more than Office 365 native tools.
Currently there is a 2GB migration limit per day. This is a great step forward but there are many more things to come. Migration currently does not support
Mail: Vacation Settings or Automatic reply settings as well as Filters or Rules
Meeting Rooms: Room bookings
Today Exchange Team announced the new and updated site for the Exchange Deployment Assistant – https://assistants.microsoft.com! . This is a expected move since all the assistants are moved under assistants.microsoft.com site, following the Microsoft move to docs.microsoft.com . The new assistant focus solely on on-premises deployments. For online and hybrid scenarios, there are two different resources offering guidance: the EDA, and the Office 365 mail migration advisors.
When you go to the n
Today Exchange Team announce the quarterly servicing updates, cumulative and update rollups, for all supported versions of Exchange Server. There are some important changes.
What changes in Exchange Web Services Push Notifications
The update to EWS Push Notifications is considered a critical security update and customers should deploy the update as soon as they understand and accept any potential impact. The change in Push Notification authentication is a permanent change to the product and n
Get real insights about your Windows and Linux VMs & VMSSs performance and their dependencies with Azure Monitor. Integrate with Log Analytics for even more in depth analysis and retain the data over time. Health, Performance & Service Map of your VM in a dashboard. Deploy to Single VM For a single VM, go to the VMs blade, scroll down to the “Monitoring” section, select “Insights” and press “Try now” The Azure Monitor Insights Onboarding wizard will open. If your VM is already onboard