Monthly Archives: November 2014


Chef and DSC – A peek into the kitchen

Chef and DSC - A peek into the kitchen

Don’t miss this very informative and entertaining session.  I love it when people speak passionately about the things that move them.

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Too many Chefs spoil the broth

Too many Chefs spoil the broth

I’ve recently deiced that it was time to assess my knowledge and skills when it comes to Chef, and a couple of other stuff as well, but focusing on Chef for now. After reading many articles, blog post, documentation and setup small environments, I just wanted to know what my level of understanding is and identify possible knowledge gaps.

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Azure VM Reset admin account

JS Code Coverage Part 2

Recently discovered the option to reset the username and password for the local administrator account for Azure VMs. I found this in Michael Washam’s, Automating Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Services, which is a pretty interesting book, however more on that later.

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Automatically remove Azure RDP Endpoints

JS Code Coverage Part 2

With great power comes great responsibility, which is definitely true when it comes to RDP access.

I’m not referring to the fact that enabling RDP also enables the possibility for unknown individuals to access the system. Configuring ACL’s on your Endpoints, Login/password Policies, patching and monitoring should keep everything pretty secure. I’m talking about point-and-click administration.

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Azure Resource Manager – Helpful Resources

Azure Resource Manager - Helpful Resources

I’ve gathered some useful resources regarding Azure Resource Manager which i’m sharing below. If you have something interesting to add, please leave a comment.

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Azure Resource Manager Tools for VS 2013

Azure Resource Manager Tools for VS 2013

In case you’re looking for the Azure Resource Manager Tools for Visual Studio download, this is now part of the Azure SDK 2.5. More info can be found here:http://azure.microsoft.com/…g-azure-sdk-2-5-for-net-and-visual-studio-2015-preview/

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Azure Resource Groups

Azure Resource Groups

The new Azure portal, well it’s not that new anymore given that it’s up for some time now, is… somewhat different. I must admit that I wasn’t a big fan of the new format initially. It’s looking somewhat clunky and not very efficient when it comes to screen real state at first. However, over time I started to like the new portal more and more. You just have to spend some time exploring it.

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