Azure Bastion: Connect to an Azure VM without accessing the Azure portal by using a shareable link
Wim Matthyssen
by wmatthyssen
2w ago
This blog post will demonstrate how to use the Bastion Shareable Link feature* to connect to one of your Azure virtual machines (VMs) without using the Azure Portal.  * The Bastion Shareable Link feature is currently in public preview, so you should not use it to connect to any of your production VMs. Furthermore, during the preview, connecting to VMs in peer virtual networks (VNets) that are not deployed in the same subscription or region is not supported.  Like most of you will probably already know, Azure Bastion is an Azure PaaS service that you provision inside ..read more
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Festive Tech Calendar 2022: How the Newly Rebranded Microsoft Learn Can Help You Pass Your Next Exam!
Wim Matthyssen
by wmatthyssen
1M ago
The Festive Tech Calendar, is a great community initiative, setup by Gregor Suttie (aka Azure Greg), Richard Hooper (aka Pixel Robots), Keith Atherton, Simon Lee and Lisa Hoving. It’s all about sharing knowledge and helping people to learn new things and improve their skillset throughout the festive month of December 2022. Each day of December, different content, ranging from video contributions and blog posts to live streams and hand-on-labs, will be shared by community people from all over the world. This is rea ..read more
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Festive Tech Calendar 2022: mTLS with Azure AppGateway & AppService
Wim Matthyssen
by wmatthyssen
1M ago
The Festive Tech Calendar, is a great community initiative, setup by Gregor Suttie (aka Azure Greg), Richard Hooper (aka Pixel Robots), Keith Atherton, Simon Lee and Lisa Hoving. It’s all about sharing knowledge and helping people to learn new things and improve their skillset throughout the festive month of December 2022. Each day of December, different content, ranging from video contributions and blog posts to live streams and hand-on-labs, will be shared by community people from all over the world. This is really what community is all ..read more
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Azure Tip: Quickly find out if an Azure VM is Domain Joined or not via the Azure Portal
Wim Matthyssen
by wmatthyssen
1M ago
These days you can not only run Windows Azure virtual machines (VMs) which are Domain Joined or run as a stand-alone (Non-Domain Joined) server in a workgroup, but also run Azure VMs which are Azure AD Joined. When you are performing management tasks or when you are troubleshooting one of these VMs, it can be useful to know in what join state a specific VM (Device State) is running at this exact moment. In this blog post I show you how you can quickly find this out via the use of the Azure Portal. Azure Portal Logon to the Azure Portal, type in “vm” in the Global sea ..read more
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Securely connect to your Azure VMs with JIT and a P2S VPN
Wim Matthyssen
by wmatthyssen
2M ago
In this blog post I will show you how you can use JIT in combination with a Point-to-Site (P2S) VPN to securely connect to your Azure virtual machines (VMs). These days there are different ways you can use to securely connect to your Azure resources, one of those is through the use of a Point-to-Site (P2S) VPN connection. Such a P2S VPN connection allows you to securely connect to resources in a virtual network (VNet) or any of its peered VNets from a client device. This can be quite handy if you are working from home or from a customer’s site on your own or corporate Wind ..read more
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Azure Bastion: Combine JIT with Azure Bastion
Wim Matthyssen
by wmatthyssen
2M ago
This blog post will show how you can configure just-in-time (JIT) VM access and how you can use it in combination with Azure Bastion to securely connect to your Azure virtual machines (VMs). Azure Bastion is an Azure PaaS service that you provision inside a virtual network (VNet), recommendable the HUB VNet. It allows you to securely connect to your Azure virtual machines (VMs) via RDP or SSH and this directly from the Azure portal over SSL. When you use Azure Bastion, your VMs do not need a Public IP Address (PIP), ag ..read more
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Azure Tip: View or disconnect current P2S VPN sessions
Wim Matthyssen
by wmatthyssen
5M ago
These days there are different ways you can use to securely connect to your Azure resources, one of those is through the use of a Point-to-Site (P2S) VPN connection. Such a P2S VPN connection allows you to securely connect to resources in a virtual network (VNet) or any of its peered VNets from a client device. This can be quite handy if you are working from home or from a customer’s site on your own or corporate Windows 10 or 11 device. Next to that you can also use it instead of a Site-to-Site (S2S) VPN, when you only need to connect a few client devices to resources in ..read more
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Azure Networking: Configure NSG Flow Logs for all NSGs in an Azure Subscription with an Azure PowerShell script
Wim Matthyssen
by wmatthyssen
5M ago
This blog post shows how you can configure NSG Flow Logs for all network security groups (NSGs) in an Azure Subscription with the use of an Azure PowerShell script. NSG flow logs is a feature of Network Watcher which enables you to capture information about IP traffic flowing in and out of NSGs. Afterwards you can use those logs to check for anomalies or to get more insight into suspected breaches. If you want to read some more about NSG flow logs, you can do so via the following Microsoft Docs link: NSG flow logs documentation To automate the configuration ..read more
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Azure Bastion: Set the minimum required roles to access a virtual machine
Wim Matthyssen
by wmatthyssen
7M ago
This blog post will show you which minimum Azure Role-Based Access Control (Azure RBAC) roles are required to access a virtual machine (VM) with the use of Azure Bastion. Azure Bastion is an Azure PaaS service that you provision inside a virtual network (VNet), recommendable the HUB VNet. It allows you to securely connect to your Azure virtual machines (VMs) via RDP or SSH and this directly from the Azure portal over SSL. When you use Azure Bastion, your VMs do not need a Public IP Address (PIP), agent or spe ..read more
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Microsoft MVP 2022-2023 Microsoft Azure
Wim Matthyssen
by wmatthyssen
7M ago
Last week I was very honored and proud to be renewed by Microsoft, with the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award in the Microsoft Azure category for the third time. Who are MVPs? Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals, or MVPs, are technology experts who passionately share their knowledge with the community. They are always on the “bleeding edge” and have an unstoppable urge to get their hands on new, exciting technologies. They have very deep knowledge of Microsoft products and services, while also being able to bring together diverse platforms, products and s ..read more
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