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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Announcing Windows 365!

AVD

Microsoft announced Windows 365 this week at Inspire.  With this announcement comes a new way to deliver remote desktops as a Software as a Service (SaaS) platform built on Azure Virtual Desktop and is a significant addition to virtual desktop options in Azure.  There is a limited amount of information available about windows 365; in this post and accompanying video, we’ll break down what it is and how it differs from Azure Virtual Desktop.  Keep in mind that this is a new service, the information available may not be complete and change once Windows 365 is available.

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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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Azure AD Domain Services Forest Type, User or Resource?

Azure AD Domain Servcies

Azure Active Directory Domain Services (Azure AD DS) now supports two forest types: User and Resource.  In this video, we go over what each Azure AD DS forest type, User and Resource, does and when to use one over the other.

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Azure AD Connect Sync and Cloud Sync, What’s the Difference?

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Many organizations use Azure AD Connect Sync to synchronize hybrid identities from Windows AD to Azure AD DS.  Microsoft recently announces a new service, Azure AD Connect Cloud Sync, that also synchronizes Windows AD identities to Azure AD.  In this video, we go over how they are similar, features that are different, and when to use one or the other.

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Starting Lab Computers with Stream Deck, a Webhook, and an Azure PowerShell Function

This video is a step-by-step introduction for using an Elgato Stream Deck to send a Webhook that starts or stops computers in Azure based on their tag settings.  We go over creating the Azure Function App, setting up system assigned identities and creating a custom RBAC role in Azure to grant the identity permissions to the subscription.  Then we configure the start stop function to use values passed in from the web hook to start or stop the computers.  Finally, we configure the Elgato Stream Deck with start and stop buttons that control the lab.

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