This video shows how I created a VPN connection between my home lab and Azure Subscription. I used a Routing and Remote Access role on a Windows Server 2019 as the local endpoint. This provides the ability to setup a VPN connection without special firewall hardware. This is useful for home labs and small offices that need connectivity to an Azure subscription. It also is helpful to walk through the setup to prepare for Azure certifications such as the AZ-103.Continue reading “Site-to-Site Azure VPN with a Windows RRAS Server”
Microsoft has a couple of options available for identity and authentication services including Active Directory Domain Services, Azure Active Directory, and Azure Active Directory Domain Services. This can lead to confusion, especially considering three of the options have “Active Directory” in the name. It also leads to the question “do we still need domain controllers?” This post reviews these three different options, outlining the functionality and comparing how they work together in Microsoft and Azure.Continue reading “Active Directory Domain Service, Azure Active Directory and Azure Active Directory Domain Service Explained”
Reserved Instances offer significant savings for IaaS Servers, SQL Databases, Cosmos DB and other Azure and third party services. I have mentioned Reserved Instance in a couple other videos and posts. One on Saving money in Azure and once on Azure Cost Management. LINKS. This article and the accompanying video go into details on how Azure Reserved Instances worth.
Video version, including a demo can be found below.Continue reading “Reserved Instances in Azure”
This is the first video in a 101, Introductory to Microsoft Azure series. The video starts by reviewing the current Azure geographies and regions, and works through tutorial of different options of leveraging Azure Regions for high availability. Topics include Azure Regions, Availability Sets, Availability Zones and Paired regions.