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The Case of Expanding a Full – Azure Stack HCI Nested Resilient Volume – #AzureStackHCI #S2D

Hey Checkyourlogs Fans, Today, I had a call from a customer that had a full volume on one of their AzureStack HCI 2-Node Clusters. They have a few volumes created CSV01,02,03, and they are all set up to use Nested Relisiency. I found that the documentation out there didn’t have a perfect example of how to do this for this scenario so here you go. As you can see, CSV03 is down to 1 MB free, and this is causing our problem. With the few steps below, you can see how I expanded this volume using existing pool free...

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Azure Security Center Threat Protection: Visibility for Storage Account Access

Azure Security Center provides additional visibility into many Azure services. In this post, Rickatron takes a look at how to handle Alerts.

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How to: Set network access for storage accounts in Azure

Setting network access (Internet and Azure VNET) for storage accounts is a good idea. In this post, the Rickatron outlines the how-to.

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Microsoft Renews Calls for Password-less Authentication

Microsoft recently released a whitepaper on password-less authentication, and it presents a good overview of Microsoft’s motivations and methodology for more secure and nearly frictionless authentication in modern computing.  The renewed emphasis on eliminating passwords and replacing them with device-dependent, multi-factor authentication technologies resurfaces the fact that passwords aren’t helping eliminate existing and new attack vectors as they remain vulnerable to bad actors and have become an endless source of pain both for IT and end-users.  Microsoft wants to get the word out that it’s working on the hardware and software necessary to enable password-less authentication across its ecosystem...

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Use Azure Storage Metrics to get Answers

Metrics are a great way to have quantification for Azure storage accounts. Rick Vanover tours this capability.

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The Case of Failing Veeam Replicas – The RPC Function Call failed Function Name [InvokeTestConnection]

A quick post for you here tonight. I have been having some issues with some of my Replica jobs failing over the past few weeks with the following error message.

Failed to process task Error: The RPC server is unavailable.
RPC Function call failed. Function Name [InvokerTestConnection]

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Enable Azure Security Center for Storage Accounts

If you saw the post last week about the Azure Blueprints and some others, you will know I’ve been focused a lot on modern Azure administration and security. One of the cornerstone pieces of content that Microsoft produces to aid security efforts in Azure is the Azure Security Best Practices PDF. It is linked in this Docs file that will provide a virtual springboard to many security resources. In many of the resources, a consistent theme is to consider Azure Security Center. I have decided to enable this for my storage accounts and will share here with you the...

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Thinking About Upgrading Azure Storage Account Configuration Options? Read This.

Azure releases new services all the time. Sometimes, individual services have new versions and upgrades. Let’s have Rick walk through an upgrade from v1 to v2 of general purpose storage account.

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Tips to correctly delete Azure resource groups

Be sure when you are deleting a resource group – you are doing the right thing. It’s better to be sure than have unused resource groups in the Azure console.

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Why, How and Where to use Azure Tags

Azure tags can be a construct to organize your resources.

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Using Azure Blueprints: Implementation best practices to put security first

Azure Blueprints can help you implement Azure solutions confidently.

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Creating an Azure Budget: A must for test-dev!

One of the brightest people I know likes to say that “the cloud is not a charity” and that is true. While I will add that many businesses go to the cloud because it is the right platform for their technology needs, the economics have to part of the process of managing this IT footprint

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Restoring your Azure Virtual Machine to an Alternate Location – #MVPHour #AzureBackup

Hey Checkyourlogs Fans, Today, we are going to see how easy it is to clone my LAB Virtual Machine in my Azure Tenant to another VM. I wanted to do this because I have some upcoming presentations and a single Virtual Machine with Nested Hyper-V just wasn’t enough. Step 1 – Open your Azure Portal and Enable Backups     (I’ve had mine running for a while so here is what the source looks like.) Step 2 – Click Restore VM Step 3 – Choose your Recovery Point Step 4 – Choose to restore to an Alternate VM – In my...

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Azure Mobile App – Should you use it?

In a previous post when I highlighted the Azure Advisor, a message that came up on login. The message for Azure Advisor was actually only one of the things that caught my eye on login. The other was an invitation (?) or note to try the Azure mobile app.

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What is Azure Blob Soft Delete and Should I use it?

In my last post about using the Azure Advisor for a review of services and their configuration used in Azure, I immediately went to address the high impact (or red) recommendations. Naturally, I then was to look at the medium recommendations and one of them caught my eye for one of my storage accounts: “Enable Soft Delete to protect blob data.” This had me thinking, what is soft delete? How and where should it be used. Here is the medium impact recommendation:

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Is Azure Advisor Advice Worthwhile? Let’s see…

Today when logging in, I had a message about trying Azure Advisor recommendations. Normally, I dismiss login messages, but one thing caught my eye: free. Azure Advisor is a free set of recommendations the provide personalized, best practice information.

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Azure File Share Remote Connection Checklist

Today I had a situation where I wanted to connect my Azure file share to my Windows PC. This is a very important step in putting a practical use case around the Azure file share from outside of the Azure cloud. I had a few questions and required steps to get there, so I decided to share them with some consideration so you can easily do this when the time comes for you.

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How to Convert Windows SSL certificate PFX Format to PEM Format #WINDOWSSERVER #MVPHOUR @Digicert

Today, I am going to show you how to convert Windows SSL certificate PFX format to PEM format via free DigiCert GUI too

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MFA for Azure Portal, You’ve Done That Right?

From the last two posts I made related to the Azure Key Vault (one on encrypting with your own key and the other on how to generate a key), I’ll admit I’m getting started with security in Azure.

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Generating Keys in Azure Key Vault

In my last post, I indicated how easy it was to tell a storage account (particularly the Azure Shell storage account) to use an encryption key. In that example, I brought my own key. That key was an 2048-bit RSA key that Azure Key Vault was happy to use and apply to my storage account. The figure below shows my 2048-bit key:

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Using Azure Shell and want to encrypt with your own key? It’s easy.

I recently had a situation where I started using Azure Shell. The way I look at Azure, and really any cloud service, security should be the first part of the process.

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Clear Display Cache using Registry Hack

Hey checkyourlogs.net fans! I’m a prolific Surface guy, having used them daily from the release of the original, much maligned Surface RT to my current daily driver, the Surface Book 2. I love these devices, but occasionally, particularly after firmware updates, they like to torment me with odd issues. Today’s gremlin was my SB2 not detecting my external monitor, the very same external monitor I’ve used with this SB2 and it’s Surface Dock since day one. After trying all the usual easy remedies, i.e. disconnect/reconnect the dock, power cycle everything, update the SB2 and the dock, etc… I concluded...

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INSTALL Veeam BACKUP & REPLICATION 9.5 UPDATE 4b #Azure #VEEAM #WINDOWSSERVER #MVPHOUR

Veeam released the Backup & Replication 9.5 service pack 4b yesterday, Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 Update 4b is a cumulative hotfix rollup that addresses issues reported by customers on the original build of Update 4 and Update 4a, as well as add some new feature and platform support enhancements –
Microsoft Windows 10 May 2019 Update and Microsoft Windows Server version 1903, Microsoft Windows 10 May 2019 Update and Microsoft Windows Server version 1903, Linux Kernel version 5.0, Ubuntu 19.04, SLES 15 SP1, RHEL 8, CentOS 8 and openSUSE Leap 15.1, VMware vCloud Director 9.7, VMware vSphere 6.5 U3 readiness, VMware vSphere 6.7 U3 readiness.
In addition, Update 4b addresses over 100 minor bugs reported by customers and found during the internal testing.

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The Case of the Missing Control Panel Mail Settings App

Hey checkyourlogs.net fans! I stumbled across an issue yesterday where the Mail settings app in Control Panel on my Windows 10 1903 PC wouldn’t open. In expected style, it provided a very non-helpful error “Application not found.” What do you mean, not found? This is the Control Panel for goodness sake! Best guess is that an Office 365 App Update sometime previous “broke” my settings. Especially problematic since my Outlook O365 wouldn’t open because I needed to delete a corrupt profile using, you guessed it, my Control Panel Mail settings app. Oh well, enough ranting and raving, let’s get...

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Troubleshooting Storage Spaces Direct Failover Manager with Get-ClusterLog – #StorageSpacesDirect

Hey Checkyourlogs Fans, Today, I just wanted to share with you a super easy way to get detailed information about what is happening inside of your Storage Spaces Direct Clusters. We are facing an issue with one of our clusters where the “Network is Partitioned” for the Management Network. We would run a command Get-ClusterLog to generate the cluster.log file and review it for diagnostics. Unfortunately, this generates a rather large file with extra data we don’t need. For us, if we can reproduce the error message or problem and run the following: Get-ClusterLog –Node Node2 –TimeSpan 15 -UseLocalTime...

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