Azure Networking, User Defined Routes, and Network Virtual Appliances

This video was intended to show User Defined Routes (UDRs) and a few items were added on to demonstrate how they work.  It starts with some Azure Networking Basics and then we review a hub and spoke network.  From there, A Windows Server with Routing and Remote Access Services (RRAS) is configured as a Network Virtual Appliance (NVA) to route traffic between the spokes in the network.  UDRs are configured on the spoke subnets that send inter-spoke traffic to the NVA.  After that, we add a firewall into the network and direct internet traffic to the firewall with a default route in the UDR.

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SFTP with Azure Storage is now Generally Availability

Azure Storage SFTP

SSH File Transfer protocol (SFTP), sometimes called Secure FTP, provides the ability to transfer files between autonomous systems.  Azure Storage standard V2 and Premium now supports SFPT access to blob containers.  This video goes over how to enable SFTP on a new storage account, then we add local users and connect with SFTP and the WinSCP client. 

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Save Money with an Azure Savings Plan for Compute

Microsoft provide a few options to save money in Azure.  Reserved Instances, Hybrid Benefits, Spot Instances and now Azure Savings Plan for Compute.  This video goes over Azure Savings Plan for Compute, what it is and how it compares to existing cost reduction options.  Then we review details of the Savings Plan and some considerations you should know before implementing Azure Savings Plan for Compute.

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Azure Hub and Spoke Virtual Network (VNet) with a VPN Gateway

In this video, we create a hub and spoke network in Azure by peering our spoke VNet’s to a centralized, Hub Virtual Network.  Then we use a VPN Virtual Network Gateway to enable gateway transit connectivity between the spokes.  Next, we configure routing with Azure Route Tables and User Defined Routes (UDR) to send traffic going to other spokes to the hub.  Then we log into a virtual machine and verify connectivity.

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Azure NAT Gateway

Azure Virtual Machines have access to the internet by default.  We can control the public IP address used for internet access with private IP’s, load balancers, and firewalls.  This video looks at another option, an Azure NAT Gateway.  An Azure NAT Gateway attaches to a subnet and once attached, all VM’s on that subnet use the NAT Gateway for internet access.

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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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Networking Basics, the OSI Model

This is the first of a series of videos on Computer Networking Basics.  In this video, we go over the OSI model and how it aligns with TCP/IP.  This is the basic fundamental to understanding a computer network.

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Azure Point-to-Site VPN with Azure AD Authentication and MFA

This video goes over how to deploy an Azure VNet Gateway on an existing VNet and enable Point-to-Site (P2S) VPN connections using Azure AD to authenticate the client.  A P2S connection allows clients to connect securely to an Azure Gateway and access resources on the private VNet.  The video goes on to demonstrate how enable Multi-Factor Authentication with a Conditional Access policy or enforcing MFA per-user.

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