Azure

Microsoft Azure is a cloud computing platform and infrastructure for building, deploying and managing applications and services through datacenters. It provides both platform-as-a-service (PaaS) and infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) services and supports many different programming languages, tools and frameworks, including both Microsoft-specific and third-party software and systems. Cloud Services is a PaaS environment and can be used to create scalable applications and services; there are specific software development kits (SDKs) provided by Microsoft for Python, Java, Node.js and .NET. Azure also has file and storage services, data management, analytics and DNS services.

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We are planning to upgrade to Microsoft Windows Server 2016 and currently analysis the hardening procedures and guidelines. Our management and security team would like to follow the recommendation from the Security baseline for Windows 10 v1607  and Windows Server 2016 with URL link:
https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/secguide/2016/10/17/security-baseline-for-windows-10-v1607-anniversary-edition-and-windows-server-2016/

After gone through the the recommendation documentation (In Excel format), we notice that high percentage of the "Policy Items" are "Blank" or "Not configured". Would anyone has any experience does it mean Microsoft has no recommendation on those area/items or kind give us further direction what can we do to due with those items ?

We are new to Windows Server security hardening exercise and your kind advice is much appreciated.

Thanks & Regards
Patrick
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We have a large AD environment and already in the process of moving to Office 365 and have a dedicated circuit in place just to handle all MS traffic. We would like to AD to VM in AZure that are running AD to extend our infrastructure to the cloud for DR purposes. I konw we have to plan out the Azure Network environment and also ensure all data stay within N.A geolocations but was wondering what other items we should consider. I am interest to hear freed back from others who are already doing this.
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What is the process to change the Server 2016 policy to allow users to logon even when domain controller can't be contacted?

All computers within this organization are attached to the domain and we need to make sure that the users are able to logon with their domain accounts even when the domain controller can't be contacted.
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We are currently upgrading a network to a 2016 Terminal services environment. There are some legacy applications that is not compatible with 2012 or 2016 and needing to keep some applications on a 2008 R2 machine.

We've attempted to add the session host from the 2016 wizard as the server does appear to be discovered. There is a compatibility message mentioning that it must be running at least Windows Server 2016.

Wondering if anyone has been able to get a 2008 server added and running in a 2016 farm so the apps can be published? Or have some alternative solutions?

Thanks,
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Hello everyone

Our company is merging with another company very soon and i need to put together a plan to migrate everything into one IT infrastructure. The management priority is to have New agency email address ready for all employees as soon as possible. So I was trying to find a best way to merge everything into one.

here is some information about both company.

Company A
Windows server 2012 AD domain :  ABC.com
Uses office 365 with Azure AD connect to sync password and users between on site AD and Office 365.
Approximate 150 employees.


Company B
Windows server 2012 AD domain :  XYZ.com
Uses office 365 with Azure AD connect to sync password and users between on site AD and Office 365. Also have Exchange 2010 to manage users with Office 365.  (I am not 100% sure if they use Azure AD connect or not, but will know soon.)
Approximate 90 employees.

Company A will be surviving organization after merger.  Once both company merges, merged company will have new name and new email address.

New Company after merger:  123.com

Management wants both agency staff to have new email at 123.com as soon as possible.  

Currently I am working on putting VPN between both companies and to setup Forest level trust between both forest. This should be done within one week or so. But I am having little hard time in putting together plan to merge both forest and both Office 365 tenants.

Should i start with creating brand new Forest with 123.com and then create 3 …
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I do not have any it experience.  I had to using active directory on windows server 2016. Although I did research on the internet, I did not get a proper result. How do I enable the users to log out when the Ethernet cable remove ? Sorry for English.
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We have a hybrid Exchange environment, Exchange 2016.

I need to be able to relay messages to external recipients, but I do not want an open relay.

I have a receive connector setup as
Frontend
port 25
TLS, Basic Auth, Exchange auth
permissions to Exchange servers and anonymous user (for testing)
Allow mail from all servers (0-255) (for testing)

I have a send connection setup as
Proxy through client server
route mail to MX record (or smarthost for filtering)
Address space SMTP *

I am still receiving the error
550 5.7.54 SMTP; Unable to relay recipient in non-accepted domain

Please help me find what I am missing and get the relay working.
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What would be a good tool/solution to export users and groups from authoritative source G-Suite over OpenLDAP and import into Active Directory under one OU in Azure?  Moving from on-premises onto Azure.
What are the options?
Thanks.
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I am looking for options for training and certification in Microsoft Azure. I have been looking on the internet for different courses and training programs and have come up short handed. Microsoft itself doesn't have a structured course/training program (that I could find), even within the partner network.

My goal is to find a structured course that starts with no knowledge and builds to the certification at the end. Preferably something I can do at night either on location or from home.

Can you guys give me some recommendations?
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Installed the PS-AutoLab, ran TEST-SingleServer and worked OK, then needed to run  POC-MultiRole
and CLi1 and Nano server finish OK but the DC1 and S1 are stuck on the black screen with the circle dots spinning for over 24 hours. I tried twice after a full reboot. No errors in the event log. I'm using Surface Pro 4 with 16gb or RAM and over 100GB of free space. Any idea where to look?
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I have several VMs deployed in Azure.  We would like to add the Azure backup service.  Looking at the pricing calculator for the backup offering, you are presented with
# of INSTANCES
and
# of GB

Do we specify number of VMs, or can we select 1 instance with the total number of GB our VMs use?  Does that make sense?

Thanks.
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I can ping both directions between hosts and VMs. RDP works fine in both directions as well. My Host can get to shares on the VMs

However, my VMs cannot get to network shares on the host. Thoughts at what i'm missing here?

Host is Windows Server 2016 Datacenter, VMs are a mix of 2008R2, 2012R2, and 2016
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We are migrating from Windows Small Business Server 2008 (SBS) to Windows Server 2016.  The DHCP Server has been migrated to the new server.  Both domain controllers now have the DNS and Active Directory roles.  I am moving the file server role to a third server, and DFS Replication is not running on either server.

I ran DCDIAG to see if there are any issues and discovered that the new DC does not have the NETLOGON and SYSVOL shares.  After doing a google search I have found a bunch of reasons this could be happening.  I see something about DFSR, but the shares are present on the old 2008 DC.

Where do I start?  I would rather not make any more changes than necessary on either server.
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Hello experts.  We have a web app that will be deployed in Azure, dev/qa/prod, on Windows VMs.  Does it make sense to install a domain controller on the network, for DNS and user management?  What are best practices around hosting a Windows web application in the cloud, with no on-premise integration?

Regards.
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Hi experts.  Does MS Azure offer any sort of Intrusion Detection/Intrusion Prevention System capability?

Regards.
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1.      Each VM size comes with an associated disk.  For Windows Server is this C:\ or can it be partitioned into two drives?  If it cannot be partitioned, how do we add an additional disk to a VM using the online pricing calculator?

2.      The web application requires a filestore that is shared with a UNC path to all VMs.  Can this be achieved with ‘File’ storage type, or is a ‘S series Managed Disk’ recommended?

3.      The web app filestore will be 1 TB to begin, and requires the ability to grow over time.  Can storage be easily increased for both storage types in question 5?

Kind regards.  Thanks for your help, experts.
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Hi All,

We are migrating a load of machines to Azure, after we migrate each machine we need to
1.Run SAN Disk Policy cmdlet - Set-StorageSetting –NewDiskPolicy OnlineAll  
2.install the VM agent,
3.OMS agent,
4. ad bginfo extension
5.etc

Is this achievable via powershell DSC?

thank you in advance,
Kelly
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Hi Guys,

I have a transaction server which we would like to mirror,  (IBM x3650, Windows Server 2016 O/S)
Thus if the server fails, we should be able to switch immediately to another server, all transactions up to date.

What are the best options available ?

* We currently use Symantec System Recovery, which will not give us a last-minute restore of the latest transactions.
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Hi All,

I've restored a virtual hard disk for hyper v and now I cannot open the  Virtual Hard Disk Folder. it don't give me an error, it just wont open. thank you in advance for your help.

the disk was recovered from Microsoft Azure Backup server which is running on Microsoft Azure.

Regards,
Kelly
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Hi,

problem:

we have following server setup: 1 DC Controller, 1 RDP Server & 1 File Server. All servers are running Windows Server 2016

On the RDP server there are 20 users connected on daily work basis. The RDP server has also Office installed, printers, and some invoice software.

Now we get complaints that users hang on the RDP server. Random users and random actions... suddenly some user hangs, only mouse works.

collegues on the same network can work normal. We do a logoff for the user and he can reconnect and work again.

few hours later, another user....

what do i have done of find out so far:

checked all updates, checked lan en network connectivity.

The 3 servers are virtualized on 3 different host servers. All running ESX. We see that there is a problem with the Host running the DC server. ESX says sometimes that the host is disconnected and then connected again.

can this be the issue? is the DC not only needed to logon to the server? can the instability cause the users to hang during the day? even after logged on few hours ago?

the RDP and file server does not have connecting problems.
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I am trying to export an Azure DB to a bacpac file and save it locally.
When I try to do this I get an error, and on top of that it only allows me to export the tables.

This is what I do:
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sql/relational-databases/data-tier-applications/export-a-data-tier-application

Is there any software out there that can make this process more user friendly?
How can I export the entire DB ?  Stored procedures, views, etc.
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Hi All,

Is it a good practice to build the azure backup server directly on azure and then backup on premises servers to the disk that is on the cloud connected to the azure backup server?

thank you in advance,
Kelly
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That's right, I have a client who wants to deliberately delay emails to their Gmail.

They would like their emails to be delivered every 4 hours instead of it coming down as they get them.

Any suggestions on how to do this?  Or does anyone know if there is a service that does this?

We're currently looking into doing it with Azure Queues but thought I'd put it out there to see if anyone knows of any other way.  Or if there is a way of doing this native to Gmail.

Thank you in advance.
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Hi,

We are using shared computer activation for office365 as described here: https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Overview-of-shared-computer-activation-for-Office-365-ProPlus-836f882c-8ff6-4f19-8b24-0212e0111c94

We have found that if users do not login regularly enough to their accounts the activation expires and rather than just silently reactivating when they login it shows a pop-up and requires them to sign in with an office365 account to reactivate.

Is this intended behavior? Is there any way we can stop this? Can we script the activation on logon time so it activates silently when they sign in to their user account?

Relevant quote from above article:
Licensing token renewal: The licensing token that is stored on the shared computer is valid only for a few days. As the expiration date for the licensing token nears, Office 365 ProPlus automatically attempts to renew the licensing token when the user is logged on to the computer and using Office 365 ProPlus.
If the user doesn’t log on to the shared computer for several days, the licensing token can expire. The next time that the user tries to use Office 365 ProPlus, Office 365 ProPlus contacts the Office Licensing Service on the Internet to get a new licensing token.

Thanks,
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We're having a heckuva time getting a Cloudberry image backup to restore as a virtual image to either EC2 or Azure because they both tell us they are not compatible with that.

We've turned off UEFI in our CMOS, but then our Windows 10 computer will no longer even boot;  it gives us an error about checking the boot sequence.

Is it correct that neither of those services can restore an image we create if our computer is using UEFI?  Got a workaround?
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Azure

Microsoft Azure is a cloud computing platform and infrastructure for building, deploying and managing applications and services through datacenters. It provides both platform-as-a-service (PaaS) and infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) services and supports many different programming languages, tools and frameworks, including both Microsoft-specific and third-party software and systems. Cloud Services is a PaaS environment and can be used to create scalable applications and services; there are specific software development kits (SDKs) provided by Microsoft for Python, Java, Node.js and .NET. Azure also has file and storage services, data management, analytics and DNS services.