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AZURE STACK DEVELOPMENT KIT – INSTALLER (Creating the ISO)

In my previous post I mentioned the way to create a USB/ISO for booting / installing the ASDK system. Now I’ve automated the creation of the ISO image (so you don’t have to) and with Microsoft buying GitHub, I also pushed all the code onto GitHub as well.  In there you will find the following […]

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Azure Stack Development Kit – Rebooting ADFS mode

When you have deployed your ASDK in ADFS mode and you want to shutdown/reboot the host, you might notice that the service never comes up again.. while a shutdown through the host directly is not-supported you are able to shutdown the ASDK using the AzS-ERCS01 privileged endpoint. To shutdown your ASDK do the following from […]

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Azure Stack Development Kit – Custom AD

(Not supported by Microsoft alert!) Azure Stack uses Active Directory technologies for identity management and authentication. By default, Azure Stack has 2 modes in can operate in. It can be used in a AAD mode utilizing Azure Active Directory for identity permission assignment as well as federated authentication or it can be setup in the […]

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Enable/Disable Accelerated Networking on Azure VM’s

Microsoft Azure has the option to enable Accelerated Networking on VM’s. More information on the feature can be found here but this post is not to tell you about what good it does nor how it works.. no, this post is to introduce a new script that will enable/disable the function for you! The script […]

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Azure Stack Development Kit – Installer (on USB)

If you want to deploy the Azure Stack Development Kit, the deployment guide instructs you to install a clean Windows 2012R2 or 2016 server OS on the physical host to then configure it to boot from the CloudBuilder VHDX on the C drive. In this blogpost the initial installation of Windows 2012R2 / 2016 is […]

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Even strong passwords are… stupid

While this blog is mostly focused around passwords and how to ensure people can login, the new direction within Microsoft is to get rid of passwords. I can already feel the shock from many security officers reading this post, but hear us (eeuh Microsoft) out on this one. Passwords are by default unsecure, they require […]

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Azure Active Directory Pass-through Authentication part 2

In the initial post, we looked at PTA from a high-level perspective. This post goes into the actuals and internals of the PTA to ensure you can convince your security department on why PtA is a very good idea. Inside Azure AD there are multiple components that work together to ensure the safety of your […]

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ImmutableID – mS-DS-ConsistencyGuid – ADConnect – final part

One of the most looked at topics on this blogpost is the ImmutableID series for Azure AD Connect and AADSync. And I wanted to give an update to this, given the latest versions of Azure AD Connect seemed to have adopted the idea to use the ms-ds-ConsistencyGuid (or any other value) to replace the ImmutableID used for synchronization. Don’t worry, please keep reading the other posts, as they clearly explain the how behind the idea of using the alternative ImmutableID.. and this post is just to tell you.. Microsoft has made the implementation a lot easier!

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Azure Stack Development Kit – Connecting to subscription networks through the host

I know that many of my posts are about networking icw a Juniper SRX… as I happen to have one. But what if you don’t have such a “sophisticated” device that can handle multiple virtual routers, BGP and all the other stuff. Well I could say, buy one from e-bay.. but let’s see if I […]

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Azure Stack Development Kit – Connecting to subscription networks

When you have Azure Stack Development Kit deployed and in Routing mode (see earlier post). You can now also create S2S VPN connections to the tenants deployed inside Azure Stack. In my configuration I used BGP for the BGPNAT to advertise the newly assigned “external” IP addresses to my Juniper so that I don’t have […]

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