A few months back I started using Azure Tables as a quick, cheap, and simple database for a project at work. I was recently re-factoring my main Powershell script which spits data out into an Azure Table for later PowerBI reporting. Thankfully, even though it was close to midnight, my years of “ops management brain” […]

Halloween is over but the the world is still a scary place. In a continuation of a thought from an article I wrote a few weeks back for Auditing AzureSQL Firewall Policies, I thought I would also include a short function for auditing azure storage accounts that are currently configured for “public” access. Why are […]

Let me start by saying, I really love Microsoft Azure and my brain is currently flooded with plenty of Azure goodness after earning my Azure Admin certification. Therefore I was surprised to find myself working on the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) platform less than a week after passing the AZ-104. I find that my professional […]

I periodically review Azure PaaS resource edge security. As a part of that process I examine and cleanup AzureSQL firewall rules. Once you have more than a handful of subscriptions and AzureSQL databases, doing this manually starts becoming unfeasible. To that end, Azure Powershell is your friend… As is typical, you need to install the […]

When your business hinges upon remote workers and remote offices, secure connections, and lots of data manipulation… how do you deal with some of your folks being extra remote? Granted the internet in 2020 is very different from the internet in say 2008 and the world has grown ever smaller as a result… but distance […]

The current state of the world has caused some unique stresses on IT infrastructure. For IT departments servicing internal teams, remote access infrastructure in particular has felt the brunt of the blow. To that end, I spent a couple of weeks testing out enterprise VPN solutions.

Continuing on my journey up the Azure Automation mountain, I recently completed a simple AZ PowerShell script that takes several input parameters and scales UP or scales DOWN a given AzureSQL database instance depending on what time of day it is. Before I go any further, if you are just getting started in Azure Automation, […]

I have been using Powershell to manage pieces of Azure on and off for about a year and half now. I had heard tell of Azure Automation but never really had a good reason to justify spending the time climbing that particular mountain (hill really…). Then the request came through… let’s scale AzureSQL databases up […]

I recently ran into a frustrating issue where I setup a new subscription in Azure and when I went to manage with Powershell I couldn’t see on the list that gets output from the following command: Get-AzSubscription

A colleague of mine recently solved one of the biggest pain points I have dealt with regarding Office365 – that is, Microsoft’s seemingly hit-or-miss modern authentication. Symptoms look like this: 1. Outlook client can’t connect and/or authenticate for end-users 2. Turning on Azure MFA for an end-user ruins their life (and yours) because all office […]

Got into the office this morning and immediately started the scramble because of reports from several users that Microsoft Office365 TEAMS was not working (a key communication app for us and many other businesses). Microsoft officially had no outages reported when I looked ~8:50 AM EST. So I think this is very fresh. Teams is […]

FIRST – I am stealing code here and re-sharing (with very little modification). All credit goes the fine gentleman that wrote these two articles, I would urge you to read them: Bulk Add IP Access Restrictions to Azure App Service Using AZ Powershell Bulk Add Cloudflares IPs to Azure App Service Access Restrictions Using AZ […]

I had a recent requirement from one of our clients that took a little bit of tinkering to figure out… we will call our client Contoso LLC. and our project that we host for them we will call the “Cool Widget Project.” We built a really neat widget of an application for Contoso to use […]

Apparently a handful of customers using Cloudflare for DNS, and specifically CNAME records experienced a brief outage of name resolution services on New Year’s. I found the reason why to be rather interesting. Devs at cloudflare assumed time can’t move backwards… An understandable assumption but actually faulty because of leap seconds… Anyhow, if you do […]

Currently I am looking into a couple of different cloud platforms for new infrastructure projects. Microsoft Azure is creeping up rather highly on the list. A few years ago the concepts of “security” and “cloud hosting” were diametrically opposed in many people’s minds. Security is an ironic field of IT in that technology, vulnerabilities and […]