One of the characteristics of cloud computing is agility. Agility means how rapidly you can provision cloud resources and how quickly you can change to meet a scale need. In the context of infrastructure provisioning, you sometimes choose a wrong VM size for your application. Another case when the changing need exists is to scale down the infrastructure when you want to release resources. Saying your e-commerce only needs to be boosted during a specific marketing campaign. After the campaign ends, you need to change the size back to origin to save cost.
One of my Azure security related articles provided step-by-step guidance on how to use Azure Automation with Desired State Configuration (DSC) to deploy security policy on multiple Azure VMs. Instead of clear explanation, the article was just written in a format of step-by-step. Hence, I’ve received some requests to elaborate more about this article so it is fully useful to readers. If you haven’t had a chance to read the article, here you go.
I’ve been involved in coaching a few SharePoint teams to install SharePoint for government agencies where offline installation is mandatory due to security policy. Previously I wrote an article covering comprehensive checklist for SharePoint 2016 offline installation but it didn’t cover step-by-step guidance.
From the end of 2017 moving ahead, I will put my efforts with serious focus on Microsoft Azure. That said, last month I delivered my presentation at Vietnam Japan Cloud Developer 2017. With a commendable effort, Noro-san – the organizer and also Microsoft Japanese MVP made a recorded video of my presentation and published it over YouTube.
If you have ever set up SharePoint farm without Internet, you probably know how challenging it is. Because you don’t have Internet connection, Microsoft SharePoint Products Preparation Tool cannot connect directly to Microsoft Download center to download all prerequisites and help you automatically install and configure each of prerequisite.
Planning for SharePoint Server 2016 can be challenging due to lack of Microsoft documentation. If the purpose is experiment with SharePoint 2016 deployment on Azure IaaS, you can grab PowerShell with some of my notes down here. This post is going to share my real-world experience when planning for SharePoint 2016 farm on Microsoft Azure.
During my time working with the Government Cloud, I recognized that every on-boarding virtual machine after successfully provisioned needed to apply a script called hardening. Digging into this script, I realized that it contained many security configuration policies. When running this script, Windows will automatically configure Local Security Policy and built-in advanced firewall (for Windows Server).
I was humbly delighted to be a guest speaker at the very first event named Vietnam Japan Cloud Developer 2017 organized by a Japanese MVP – Seiji Noro-san. The event has gone successfully with people from software outsourcing companies whose market is Japan.