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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Syncing on prem to office 365 via adconnect and migrating mailboxes to exchange online in the cloud.  I have a couple of questions:

1.  If I migrate a users mailbox, and the user does not have a license in Office 365, will the user still migrate and have full functionality with the migrated mailbox for 30 days?  After 30 days, would this go to the recycle bin and need to be restored?

2.  I am assigning licenses through msol by using a on premises group, then have a script that reads the group and if a member set's license sku's in O365.  On some occasions (small amount), the license is added to the group, and the script goes to set a license sku but this fails.  I think this is due to giving a license to the user at some point, then taking it away.  Does giving a license set any attributes in msol which would cause this?

3.  I set a SIP address for skype for business for on prem mailboxes and accounts that are syncing to O365.  I've noticed when some accounts were migrated, that skype connection was lost and I had to re-license the user.  Any explanation why this would happen.

Really appreciate any knowledge on this.

Thanks
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Hi,
I currently have Excel importing data from an Access db, however, the database is moving to a Virtual Machine that we have with MS Azure.
I am unsure what I need to do to connect to the db once it's moved.  The Excel will still be on my local machine.
We currently login to the VM via Remote Desktop Connection.  Within the VBA, what do I need?  Do I need to enter the password (as I do when I connect via RDC)?

thanks in advance
Kerry
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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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In know in Azure you can scope a storage account to replicate globally or to a specific. This may not be possible but wanted to confirm in o365 I do not believe you can restricted that o365 mailbox data and Onedrive date only replicate to a specific region i.e N.A only for compliance reason correct?
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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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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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Hi experts,

I would say my technical level as far as servers is about a 5 to 6 out of 10. The IT person setting up the server would be a 12. He makes sure I have good quality hardware and software, but he also doesn't always recommend the most expensive. For this reason, he has no issues using WSB, but I don't want something that bare bones, no matter how well it works. Plus, I am more willing to spend money. As a physician, I see myself working another seven years (which I know is bordering on too long for the server -- I guess I am misguided by the fact my Dell Edge 2900 lasted that long).

Just to give my setup, I am setting up a Dell T430 server with Windows Server Standard 2016 as the host, with two VM guests. One will run my SQL databases and the other will contains Essentials for Active Directory and will be the DC. I have only eight clients all Lenovos running Win 7 Pro. They are all identical. Modem is Arris by Spectrum with 70 down and 6 up. pfSense router (awesome, but I am glad he set it up) and a Cisco 26 port switch. I know this is more info than you need. My old server (Dell Edge 2900) will temporarily be the fax server, but it can be converted to something else -- maybe a replication machine? I can also get Azure for the cloud much cheaper than AWS.

So, now to my question. And, these are frustrating I know, because it is more about opinion. I generally end up splitting the points as there is no right or wrong answer. But, I am trying to decide among …
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Anyone can point out to the right resource for Azure AD deployment?  Got experience in Domain migrations but never worked with Azure.  
Currently using Open LDAP.  
Need to decide how sub-domains should be used, site parameters, etc.   Thanks.
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1.      Can we upgrade the SQL performance level from P4 to P6 easily or does this require a migration?

2.      Do we have full control over the SQL config?  For example; changing compatibility mode on a SQL 2014 instance to SQL 2012.

3.      To place the SQL TempDB on premium disk (SSD), how is this component added using the online pricing calculator?

Kind regards.  Thanks for your help, experts.
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This is for windows server 2016 guys
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Hello.

I have a question about my Forest and Child domains infrastructure and the DNS configuration.
First, the infrastructure is a split DNS configuration.
Example : mydomain.com with an external DNS zone hosted by a third party provider and the internal DNS AD integrated.

Now I don't know if a conditional forwarder is needed for the child domain controllers to route the request internally for the parent domain and never by the external hosted dns zone.

Here's my detailed configuration :

Parent Domain Controller
Domain : mydomain.com
Forwarder : 8.8.8.8
DNS IPconfig : 127.0.0.1
Delegation existing in the DNS zone for the child domain ("child").

Child Domain Controller
Domain : child.mydomain.com
Forwarder : 8.8.8.8
DNS IPconfig : 127.0.0.1
No conditional forwarder to request the parent domain.

Note that the configuration works. If I create an host entry (A) in the external DNS with an IP defined at 20.20.20.20 and the same host entry in the parent domain with an IP value of 10.10.10.10, and nslookup from a client in the child domain will return the value 10.10.10.10.  If someone could explain me this and if I need a conditional forwarder.

Thanks.
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Hi All,

we are migration VMs from Hyper V to azure and after migration we need install a few agents, like montoring agent, vm agent, etc on the virtual machines.

What is the best way to achieve this? should we use powershell dsc?

Thank you in advance,
kelly
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OK, I totally get how the cores of a host computer must be "fully" licensed before you can spin up any VM's.  If you have Windows Server 2016 Standard and you have 2 procs of 8 cores each, you need one copy of 2016 Standard and you get two VM's.  If you have a computer with 2 procs and 10 cores each, you have to get a copy of 2016 Standard and enough core packs then you get your two VM's.  If you want two more VM's, you have to get a copy of 2016 Standard and core packs again.  

Sounds awesome.  

Now for my question:  How many virtual vCPUS's can I assign to my Windows Server 2016 Standard guests?

Every licensing scenario I see talks all day about licensing the host's cores.  But how many vCPU's can I assign to the guests when I open up the Hyper-V management tool settings for a VM and it shows that field where I can type in a number for processors?

James
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Hi

I have built and manage a SQL database in Microsoft Azure.  Mining data is loaded to this from several sites around the country.
One of the mines now want to be able to read the data at the end of each day.
I have never done this before so am not sure whether a data push from our side or a data pull from their side is best.
The SQL data includes other mines so we don't want to give them access to all our data.

What is the best way to handle this?

Thanks
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Does Box.com have a recycle bin?

What is the retention policy for going back in time to past file revisions? Like for example a Microsoft Word or Excel file that has been modified several times over the last few months?
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My Azure backup has failed on one of my Servers - Main File Server

Microsoft Azure Recovery Services Agent was unable to create a snapshot of the selected volume. Please try the operation again. If the issue persists, please contact Microsoft support. (0x186C2)      

I am able to manually create a Volume Shadow Copy
Volume Shadow Copies are working automatically and correctly
Shadow Copies are set to "No Limit"
The Server has had a couple of reboots
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I am trying to import a bacpac files (Azure backup) into MS SQL using SSMS latest version (17)
I have done this with other backups before with no issues, but when I try to import this one I get the error attached.
Any ideas on how to resolve this?

I get here by using "import data tier application', then selecting the file from my hard drive.
Some steps complete successfully but the import fails.
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every email I type in I get this error , I am not sure why

thanks !

not a verified domain name
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HI All,

We are implementing an azure backup server (DPM) on windows server 2016. the setup has two options for SQL "Install new Instance of SQL Server with this Setup" or "Use and Existing Instance SQL Server"

Is the Use and Existing Instance SQL Server an external SQL server, is that recommended practice?

Regards,
Kelly
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Need a bit direction here

My client has started a project to apply 2-factor authentication to all of their systems that house PHI using the SSO feature of Azure AD. They are already in the testing phase for their cloud-based apps but need help with internal network shares. Client was advised by his Azure support contact that the network shares can be set up with 2 factor authentication using a combination of Azure Information Protection Services and RMS on the local servers. Ideally, they want it so that only the specific Network Shares that contain PHI would have this extra layer of security, and then lock down those shares to about five users. If that level of granularity is not possible or practical, then having 2fa when logging into Windows locally would suffice as well. They are also open to third-party options if they are better suited to tackle the on-prem Server environment.  

Can someone advise of a good approach to this scenario

Thank you so much
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Hi All,

How do I change the throttling on a Microsoft DPM server  (Azure Backup Server)?

Regards,
kay
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If I were to install two network interfaces in a Windows Server box, how could I direct traffic from specific applications to each respective NIC?
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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.