Use PowerShell to Create a Snapshot Based Image of an Azure Virtual Machine

PowerShell Image Snapshot

This video goes of using the SnapImage.ps1 PowerShell script.  This script automates the process of creating an image from an Azure VM without destroying it during the capture process.  At a high-level, the following steps are taken:

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Private Endpoints and DNS Part Deux: Azure Private DNS Zones

This is a second video on Azure Private Endpoints and DNS.  Previously, we reviewed options for DNS name resolution with Private Endpoint that included a forward lookup zone for the privatelink.file.windows.core.net zone. However, that option required manually adding hosts to the DNS zone.  This video reviews a hub-and-spoke configuration leveraging a forwarder server in Azure and conditional forwarding in Windows DNS.  Although slightly more complicated, this option does not require manually adding hosts to the DNS lookup zone.

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Private Endpoints with Azure Storage File Shares

Azure services are publicly available over the internet by default.  That works for many services, but sometimes we need to limit access to internal networks only.  Private Endpoints provide a local, internal connection to resources in Azure.  It does this by adding a virtual NIC to a subnet.  From there, the NIC gets a private IP address where it can be accessed from the internal network.  This video goes over the configuration options to create a new storage account with an Azure File Share Private Endpoint as well as update an existing storage account with a private endpoint.

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Private Endpoints and DNS in Azure

Private Endpoint

Private Endpoints in Azure provide a secure way to access resources over the private, internal network.  But the options for configuring DNS for Private Endpoints is not as straight forward.  This video goes over the options available for DNS with Private Endpoints.  We start by crating a storage account with a Private Endpoint, the review the default DNS configuration.  We look at The WireServer and how it can be used with a Conditional Forwarder as well as using Forward Lookup Zones for name resolution.

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Windows Virtual Desktop Email Discovery

In this video, I show you how to configure Email Feed Discovery for Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD).  Email Feed Discovery allows users to setup the Remote Desktop Client with their email address instead of the WVD Feed URL.

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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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Azure Point-to-Site VPN with Certificate Based Authentication

This video goes over how to deploy an Azure VNet Gateway on an existing VNet and enable Point-to-Site (P2S) VPN connections.  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 to create a root certificate and client certificates to use for authentication.  After that, configuring the client is demonstrated as well as blocking a client by revoking a certificate.

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