Getting started with Terraform and Azure: Overview and Setup

If you landed here, I assume you know what Terraform is and why to use it.  If that’s not the case, check out the monolog on my video below that covers those topics.  This post, however, is dedicated to the steps required to prepare a Windows 10 computer for Terraform.  The steps are similar if using Windows 11.  The most significant difference is the start menu is in the center bottom of your screen.

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Autoscale with Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD) Scaling Plans

AVD

Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD) now has an integrated session host scaling solution built into the portal.  This video goes over how to configure the custom role required for autoscale, then create a scaling plan and schedule and assign it to a host pool.

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SMB Multichannel with Azure File Shares

Azure File Shares Premium support SMB multichannel, a way to improve throughput for applications and services.  This video goes over what it is and how it works.  It also goes over performance, network, and Azure VM considerations to help make the best of Azure Files premium.

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MFA Without the Authenticator App for Azure AD and Microsoft 365

Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) adds an important layer of security to Azure AD or Microsoft 365 accounts.  For many, the Microsoft Authenticator app provides the needed second-factor for MFA.  But that depends on a mobile device.  In some cases, an employer may want to use an alternative to a cell phone or mobile device for MFA.  This video looks at a Yubico Yubikey hardware token as an alternative to the Microsoft Authenticator app on a cell phone for Azure MFA.

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Schedule On-Demand Azure File Share Snapshots with an Azure Function

Azure Function

Azure Recovery Vault policies can only schedule one back a day.  This may not be frequently enough for some organizations.  On-demand backups can be initiated with PowerShell.  In this video, we use an Azure Function to schedule on-demand backup recovery points throughout the day.

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Windows 365 Enterprise: Requirements and Walkthrough

This post and video we cover requirements and an overview of how to configure and provision a Cloud PC with Windows 365 Enterprise.

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Azure Virtual Machine, Gen 1 or Gen 2?

Ever wonder why there are two virtual hardware versions for Azure VM’s, Generation 1 and Generation 2?  This video goes over the difference between them and when to us one over the other.  It goes on to demonstrate the differences when provisioning and changing the OS disk size on a VM.

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Getting Started with Azure AD App Proxy

Azure AD App Proxy

Azure AD Application Proxy provides a simple, secure, and cost-effective way for remote access to on-premises websites and web-based applications.  This video starts with an overview of how App Proxy works and then provides a tutorial on configuring the service with basic Azure AD authentication.

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