Florent Appointaire
Florent Appointaire
Florent Appointaire is Microsoft Engineer with 5 years of experience, specialized in Cloud Technologies (Public/Hybrid/Private). He is a freelance consultant in Belgium from the beginning of 2017. He is MVP Cloud and Datacentre Management. He is MCSE Private Cloud and Hyper-V certified. His favorite products are SCVMM, SCOM, Windows Azure pack/Azure Stack and Microsoft Azure.

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Posted by Florent Appointaire on June 2, 2020
Azure AD Protection to enhance your password policy

These days, you can never be too sure when it comes to cybersecurity. Updating your policies is key to avoid unnecessary exposure. Checking up your old passwords, on-premises and in the cloud, is crucial as well. To enforce that, Azure AD password protection uses both the global and custom banned-password lists.

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Posted by Florent Appointaire on May 21, 2020
[WVD] Discover the New Interface

Just earlier this April, Microsoft released an update for their Windows Virtual Desktop. Among others, the novelty includes a new graphical interface directly in the Azure port. Unfortunately, it seems like this is just a teaser though: the feature is currently available in Preview, only US regions are available through this portal. You can’t migrate there yet.

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Posted by Florent Appointaire on May 19, 2020
[Azure] Update your Azure Automation modules

All good things come to an end, and so, sadly, has the previous way of updating your Azure Automation modules. Previously, you’d just click on the respective button to update and that would be it. Microsoft deprecated that option and now you may be seeing a weird message with instructions on how to proceed with the issue today.

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Posted by Florent Appointaire on May 5, 2020
Windows Defender ATP: Where to start

Securing servers and workstations and managing them directly from the cloud is a must-have during the current “stay-at-home.” Windows Defender ATP is a Microsoft security product to monitor and protect your servers without excessive effort. ATP constitutes a preventative, reactive, and investigative feature of the said product.

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Posted by Florent Appointaire on April 28, 2020
[Azure] OMS Gateway Error

You’re not the only one struggling with ERROR GatewayLogic while trying to deploy OMS Gateway for Windows Defender ATP. The problem lies with the OMS Gateway having issues with communicating via the URL that’s provided. Looking into inbound connections on the OMS and authorizing URLs manually should do the trick.

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Posted by Florent Appointaire on April 2, 2020
[Azure] Dedicated Hosts

With Azure Dedicated Host, you get the ability to isolate your compliance-related workload VMs, so that capacity isn’t shared to VMs catering to customers. You get a dedicated Hyper-V host that provides control over the mentioned workload separately, allowing to set the maintenance policies of the host. The service comes as a SaaS.

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Posted by Florent Appointaire on March 24, 2020
Azure Cost Management

Having credits in Azure in advance is a great option that you choose how to unfold. You can invest in credits, allocate them to necessary features and tools, and set the billing. And to do that conveniently, Azure Cost Management is there to help. You can plan your finances, redistribute the billing, and see how cost-effective your choices are.

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Posted by Florent Appointaire on February 25, 2020
Azure CDN to increase the user experience

Content delivery networks (CDN) cover a set of network servers distributed across farther areas. The idea is to have point-of-presence (POP) servers in edge locations. That way, you can cache your web application content in designated servers to have your users enjoy it at high bandwidth. Azure CDN is one such tool that can help you with that.

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Posted by Florent Appointaire on February 20, 2020
AKS, where to start?

Using containers to host software processes or applications is starting to become more of a thing. They have the necessary binary code, executables, configuration files, and libraries but without the OS images. They’re lightweight, portable, have a more consistent operation. One has to start somewhere, and AZK is a great container orchestrator to help you with that.

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Posted by Florent Appointaire on January 16, 2020
Change the Windows Admin Center certificate

We all can get too wrapped up in our daily work, chores, and thoughts. Often times, it results in us forgetting to renew stuff, like the Windows Admin Center certificate, for example. Luckily, renewing it and updating it in the WAC itself takes just a few moments.

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