Certificate-based Point to Site Azure VPN through Intune

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As the business world becomes increasingly mobile, cloud services are becoming even more attractive. But what if, as is often the case, there are still dependencies on an enterprise network - on Azure, for example? The solution is obvious: a point-to-site VPN ensures communication for mobile workers. In this how-to post, I discuss how a certificate-based point-to-site VPN to an Azure VPN gateway can be automatically rolled out to mobile clients through Intune. I also discuss how certificates can be automatically issued and renewed by a Certificate Authority in combination with Intune.

Windows 365 - your computer from the Azure Cloud

As many have suspected for years, Microsoft now offers Windows 365, a computer from the Azure Cloud. Microsoft officially announced the product at Inspire 2021 and officially launched it on the second of August 2021. Windows 365 - your computer from the Azure Cloud - has been GA and available to everyone since then. In the following, you will learn more about important aspects of Windows 365.

Free SSL Certificate for your Azure App Service

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As is generally known, all services on the Internet must be encrypted. The SSL certificates of your trusted provider serve this purpose. Such certificates are often not inexpensive and / or associated with recurring administrative effort due to their renewal. However, Microsoft offers a free SSL Certificate for your Azure App Service. In this article, I go into more detail about the advantages and disadvantages. In addition, you can find a HowTo video on how to get a free App Service Certificate yourself or read about it directly at Microsoft Docs.

Restore Azure App Service MySQL In-App Database

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The Azure App Service offers the possibility to have backups created automatically by Azure. This backup also includes the MySQL in-app database, which is often used for a simple WordPress site. But when testing the restore, the surprise that WordPress needs to be reinstalled. This is because the database is not restored during the restore, only the backed up file structure. But more about that later. The following tutorial shows how you can test what problem occurs and how restoring the Azure App Service MySQL in-app database works anyway.

Automatically audit and deploy Azure Resource Locks with Azure Policies

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You can create resources very easily on the Azure platform. This is great, but it also provides a few risks. For example, you can delete resources or entire environments just as easily. What is very helpful for tests and demos can be very dangerous for integration and production environments. So you don't have to manage this manually, I wrote an Azure Policy code. This defines the automatic auditing and provisioning of Azure Resource Locks with Azure Policies.

ARM template deployment – Hub and Spoke with Bastion

ARM Template Hub and Spoke with Bastion

With an Azure Resource Manager (ARM) template, you can create a specific infrastructure on Azure with the click of a button. The template defines the infrastructure as code and Azure is thereby told the target state of the resources. I have created such a template and published it via Github. The ARM template deployment includes a hub and spoke network topology with a central Azure bastion for secure access to VMs. This post shows you step by step how to use the template for yourself.

Use Azure Bastion with VNet peering

Azure Bastion with VNet peering

The Microsoft PaaS "Azure Bastion" is a popular service to make your Azure networks more secure. However, until now there was a drastic limit. Azure Bastion could only be used in the same VNet. VMs in a peered network could not be accessed via Bastion. This circumstance pushes up the costs, because with a hub-and-spoke topology you have to place a bastion in each VNet. But these times are over. Use Azure Bastion with VNet peering (since 05.11.2020 in preview).

Azure Bastion Planning and Implementation

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Azure Bastion is an Azure service that allows you to access your Azure VMs securely and centrally via the web portal. This allows you to enable your system administrators and system specialists to "work anywhere" without any security concerns. In this article I will not focus on the service itself, but rather on the steps necessary to plan and implement Azure Bastion.

Azure Subscription Migration of Multi - Resourcegroups

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The cloud offers many new possibilities and is available at the push of a button. And this is exactly what holds various dangers. You start your cloud adventure, start the first services and then soon realize that you made a mistake, for example choosing the wrong type of subscription. Usually you have also spread your services over different resource groups. I have therefore often been confronted with the question "How can I migrate the existing Azure Services distributed in multi resource groups to a new Azure Subscription? With this article I try to answer this question as comprehensively as possible.

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