Creating VMs in Azure for

In my monthly column for I look at creating a VM in Azure. First the next-next-next wizard to get a basic VM up and running, then we break that down and approach it in a better way, creating a resource group to house networking, diagnostics storage, backup storage and a network security group (NSG) for security before we create one or more VMs. Read it here.

This article is also laying the foundation for the next few columns where I’m going to explore Azure more in-depth with step by step articles and the why behind the how-to.

Enjoy! And thanks for reading.

Azure Advanced Threat Protection for 4Sysops

My post on Azure Advanced Threat Protection is now live on 4sysops. AATP is the same tool as Advanced Threat Analytics (ATA) that Microsoft has had in market for a few years, except it’s a cloud service and there’s no on-premises infrastructure except for agents that collect events and network data from your Domain Controllers. There’s no better way to protect yourself from Pass The Hash and all the related attacks than AATP/ ATP. Read it here.

Enjoy! And thanks for reading.

Column for – What Microsoft Azure Stack Is and Isn’t

My April 2018 column on Azure Stack is now live at I sat the 70-537 exam on Azure Stack some weeks ago and in studying for that I realised that Azure Stack was a very different solution than the previous version, Azure Pack.

This article explains those differences, as well as the differences between Azure Public and Azure Stack – read it here.

Enjoy! And thanks for reading.

What’s new in Azure networking for 4sysops

Following on from my post on the very useful service endpoints in Azure my new post about networking in Azure and what’s new from Ignite 2017 and since then is now online at 4sysops. I cover virtual network (vNet) peering, distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack protection, network security groups (NSGs), Accelerated Networking, and point-to-site (P2S) VPN enhancements. Read it here.

Enjoy! And thanks for reading.