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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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I am using VS2017 to publish a C# function app to Azure. Within that function, I have the nuget module Renci ssh.net that I use to retrieve and delete files from an SFTP server. This process works fine when executed from my local machine in debug. When I publish to Azure and run, I get...

C# Timer trigger function executed at: 1/15/2018 5:00:00 PM
Exception while executing function: GetCSVImportOrders
Microsoft.Azure.WebJobs.Host.FunctionInvocationException : Exception while executing function: GetCSVImportOrders
  ---> System.Net.WebException : The underlying connection was closed: An unexpected error occurred on a send.
  ---> System.IO.IOException : Unable to read data from the transport connection: An existing connection was forcibly closed by the remote host.
  ---> System.Net.Sockets.SocketException : An existing connection was forcibly closed by the remote host
   at System.Net.Sockets.NetworkStream.Read(Byte[] buffer,Int32 offset,Int32 size)
   End of inner exception

...how can I get my Azure FunctionApp to utilize this module or otherwise communicate with my SFTP server? There are no firewall rules between them as the SFTP server does the authentication and the credentials are the same as my local pc. The SFTP server is not even showing a connection attempt so something is preventing the Azure Function App from communicating. I have had no problem with a similar app in the same container talking to a SQL Server on the same server that hosts the SFTP …
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i was wondering is someone has any info if this is possible, without first joining Win 7 machine to local domain.
Workplace Join app requires that Win 7 is joined to local domain to be able to join that machine to Azure AD.

So, can Win 7, which is in Workgroup be joined to Azure AD?

PS> Just to be clear when i say Azure AD, I am not talking about VM in Azure running ADDS or something like that, but just simple Azure AD.


I am trying to create a cluster in 2016 where i am getting the error "You don't have administrator privileges on the server." I am using domain admin account to configure the cluster.

Can you please suggest me on this.
We have a WIndows 2016 server core RODC in our DMZ. The RODC restricted on which DC is can replicate with. REplication is working between the R/W DC and RODC. The event logs on the DC are flood with KCC errors. Some of which are for Site the RODC does not have access to. We have manual connection define but is there any way to stop these warning message like

Event ID 2847 or 2904
We have a local non-routable domain mycompany.local environment and all the AD users has additional mycompany.com.au suffix. AD Sync with Office365 is working via Azure AD connector currently.
We own the mycompany.com.au domain. I am planning to user adfs.mycompany.com.au as Federation Service Name
Is there any step by step guide for this scenario? I couldn't find much around the internet.

I have few questions that I couldn't find the answer yet.

Q1. Can I install ADFS on the non-routable server ADFS01.mycompany.local?  if yes, what would be necessary steps to follow?
Q2. Can I install Web Application proxy on the non-routable server ADFS02.mycompany.local and use port forwarding to route traffic from adfs.mycompany.com.au to internal IP address of ADFS02.mycompany.local?
Q3. Can I use domain CA to generate the certification for ADFS to use?  Do I just put both adfs.mycompany.com.au and ADFS01.mycompany.local on the certification?

Any recommendation would be much appreciated.

We are planning to setup a complete new domain enviroment and had a On-Premises 2016 DC. For 365 services we plan to use M365 (not o365). WLAN and Hardware VPN Firewall authentication should come from On-Premises 2016 DC (AD-integrated) and usually this has worked fine for us.

Now since M365 is relative new product I wonder is there some problems lurking behind the corner due to M365? For example we noticed this from M365 FAQ:

"Customers that wish to experience the complete capabilities of Microsoft 365 Business must be running Windows 7, 8.1 or 10 Pro2 on their existing desktops. Customers who use on-premises Active Directory to enable login to PCs will switch devices over cloud identity and management as part of their deployment. Existing Windows 10 Pro PCs should be running Creators Update if they have not already done so"

Frankly I don't understand what this means. Can you please explain is this a consern and further more is our scneario bad?
I am trying to follow some instructions on how to send an email with sendgrid but I cant get it to work.

I have setup an azure account and got an api key. Then I cant get it to work to send the mail.  This is the code where it should be include the right stuff.

In my web.config I have added the api key. SO what should go into the

 public class EmailService : IIdentityMessageService
        public Task SendAsync(IdentityMessage message)

        // Plug in your email service here to send an email.
        return Task.FromResult(0);

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Good Morning Experts,

We have built a new RDS server in Azure.  We would like to properly license it to allow more than 2 users to connect to it at the same time.  We will eventually need to add more users and possibly turn it into a farm.

We have already purchased 40 Cals for our environment but I am reading that we need SALs to allow the users to connect.

Can anyone provide some insight and/or pricing or where to go to get it for what we need?

I do have a open ticket with Azure because I found on google that you can order or soon will be able to order then through the portal but I cannot confirm if this is possible as of yet.  I do not see that option in my portal.

Thank you,

Running Hyper V host on a Win 2016 server with 2 VMs that are allowed with the licensing. I need to 'replace' one of my VMs temporarily, as part of my move from 2008 SBS to Exchange 2016 & wonder if it's possible to remove one of my VMs, add another for the hop to exchange 2013, then remove that one when finished & restore (or import) the original one back in?
I will be installing a Windows Server 2016 Essentials server to replace an existing SBS2011 server.  They will use Exchange Plan I and II and Outlook 2010/2013/2016 clients.  When I install W2K16 Essentials I will need to configure DNS entries to so Outlook can successfully authenticate, etc.  Exchange autodiscovery needs to be setup correctly so that each Outlook client successfully authenticates and maintains a connection to their hosted mailbox.  I am looking for the steps necessary to setup the local DNS entries.  Your feedback is appreciated.
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I have configured Azure AD Connect with my ADFS farm. The Exchange is configured as hybrid.

step 1:  I have Opened a office 365 login page.

step 2: Then enter the federated domain user, office 365 redirects to ADFS page.

step3: as soon as I enter the credentials of user ADFS redirected again to office 365 login page.

After it should login me to office 365 but it shows again credentials page and due to this problem I am not able to login office 365.

Can you please guide me how I can resolve thsi case?
We are deploying Web application proxy server in AD FS environment. We will use this ADFS to configure Azure AD Connect for Exchange Hybrid Environment.

Question:   For above mentioned environment, Web Application server should be part of domain or can we keep it as stand alone server?

If it should be part of domain then what ports should we need to open to allow its access to DMZ domain controller servers ( active directory)?
We have an application that is suppose to connect to our Azure Blob to dump data. I can view the block without issue using Azure Storage Explorer as a global admin. On the Storage Account it is set to public. My question what is the difference between the role permissions on the Storage Account view the Access Control entries? I
Hi I'm just testing a syslog server from kiwi and I'm having difficulties to install the log forwarder.
Is there any other way how this can be setup natively in windows server 2016 without using a forwarder  ?
Hi expert

We are having issue to login to office 365.

This is the first time configuration and please note we have set up the Azure connect to office 365.

One of the account was able to login to office 365, but other two accounts unable to login by using our AD password.
We are using MS SQL 2012 (Azure). When our web application saves text into an nvarchar field (Max) if the user has a Korean keyboard the Korean characters are replaced by question marks.   ???

Any idea how to prevent this in order to accept Korean characters?
I am running a Windows 10 virtual machine on Azure.   I have deployed my application using  simple copy file approach (not MSI).   After which, i am successfully creating the service using SC.exe as follows:

sc create "VNCServer.Service" binPath="C:\server\VNCServer.exe"

net start "VNCServer.Service"

sc config "VNCServer.Service" start= auto  

Everything works as expected for weeks (including many reboots) until the next Windows update is taken.  After taking the Windows update, the service appears to have been deleted.  I need to rerun the script above to create the service each time a windows update occurs.

What is happening here?  What can I do?

Trying to connect to the IIS to a site hosted in Azure PaaS but I have recently started getting the error which I have attached.

Any help will be appreciated as I cannot access IIS anymore and only make changes via portal and webconfig level.


I have a finance package being hosted on Windows Server 2016 that can send quotes etc direct to clients by email.
My email account is set up using outlook365 (online) and I also have Outlook 2016 install on this server.

The Outlook 2016 client runs fine on the server, I can send and receive email via my online outlook 365 account.
However, I am having trouble sending email from the finance package. When I use the server settings I found online for outlook 365 I keep getting a "Host Not Found" error from the software.

What do I need to do to be able to connect with the outlook email server? Do I need to enter something else that uses a localhost type address that outlook client must be using or do I need to install some form of smtp server on the Windows server machine to be able to send?

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I found a health alert on our small S2D cluster saying there was not enough reserve capacity on the Cluster.  We have a two node storage spaces direct cluster with 4 1.6TB SSD's per server for a total of  about 11gigs total when I set up the cluster for mirrored pool there was only about 6gig usable which I split between the two servers I have two 2.7gig CSV's one has 915GB free the other has 1.95TB free. Does anyone know what I am missing here?

Hello All,

Please help me what little awkward issue .
On newly build windows server 2016  , I am unable to browse any site properly.
Like i tried to download google chrome , after click on download button many time  download not started .
Note : Security setting of IE permitted file download.
2nd my corporate URL was getting open but it was little gray-out so i can not entry my user name/password
URL seems to little freeze /gray-out  
I have applied the security patches & rebooted the machine but still same issue.

Please help me on this issue.

Looking for a script to open all needed ports on a domain controller: (Windows Advanced Firewall)

(Windows Server 2016 DC)

The Health Agent(s) running on one or more servers is not connected to the Health Service and the Health Service is not receiving the latest data from this server. The last data processed by the Health Service is older than 2 Hours.
Hello Experts,

We're currently doing some research on Azure AD Connect with a view to synchronize user accounts, passwords etc.

Can someone please let me know if Azure AD Connect is widely used in the industry? If there are any use cases that you're aware of that would also be great.


While trying to export my SQL 2012R2 Database to Azure I keep getting this error while in the process of the export.
I am not sure how to proceed from here.


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.