Nicolas Prigent
Nicolas Prigent
Nicolas Prigent works as an IT Production Manager, based in Paris, with a primary focus on Microsoft technologies. Nicolas is a three-time Microsoft MVP in Cloud and Datacenter Management with 10 years experience in administering Windows products. He also received the "PowerShell Heroes 2016" Award.

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Posted by Nicolas Prigent on August 7, 2019
Protecting Azure Virtual Machines using Just in time VM access

One of the primary benefits of operating in a virtualized environment is granting remote access to distant users. However, in the age of digital crime being on the rise, it is not as safe as we would want it to be. Luckily, Azure users don’t have to lose sleep over security issue anymore. With Just in Time VM Access, you can automatize configuring the NSGs to allow inbound traffic to the requested port.

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Posted by Nicolas Prigent on July 2, 2019
Deploying Azure Bastion

A botnet, DDOS attacks, phishing scam are entering the real world with the fast path, carrying a real threat to your data. How to make yourself secure? Azure Bastion is one way to protect your
strategic and critical assets from cyber risks. It allows you to have private and fully managed RDP and SSH access to your Azure Virtual Machines (VMs). How to deploy it in your environment?
Read the article by Nicolas Prigent, a System Engineer, to find out how to create an Azure Bastion host at the following link

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Posted by Nicolas Prigent on June 5, 2019
Azure Lab Services Overview

Microsoft released in February 2019 a new service called Azure Lab service. With Azure Lab Services, you can easily set up and provide on-demand access to preconfigured virtual machines. Thanks to a dashboard, you can also keep your budget in check by controlling exactly how many hours your lab users can use the virtual machines.

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Posted by Nicolas Prigent on March 19, 2019
Deploy and Configure Azure Firewall

Azure Firewall is a security service designed for Azure virtual network protection. Presented in 2018, the Firewall, as its name implies, helps to control inbound and outbound network traffic. With a feature-rich service like that, keeping your Azure network this secure has never been that easy!

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Posted by Nicolas Prigent on March 12, 2019
Working with Azure VM Extensions

Azure Virtual Machine Extensions are small applications that provide post-deployment configuration and simplify the management of VMs. This feature uses Windows and Linux Azure agents that are automatically installed during the provisioning process. If your VM requires the installation of software, anti-virus protection or running a script inside of it, feel free to use VM extensions. Configure your VMs quickly and easily, automate your critical tasks, and save time with Azure VM extensions!.

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Posted by Nicolas Prigent on February 12, 2019
An Overview of Azure Traffic Manager

Traffic in the network is similar to the movement of cars on the roads. If there are no traffic lights and a traffic controller or the number of cars is too large, a traffic jam will arise. How about user traffic incoming to your website? The situation is similar. To ensure high availability and high performance, you need an efficient traffic manager. Azure Traffic Manager (ATM) is a DNS-based traffic load balancing subsystem that allows you to distribute traffic between services in all Azure regions optimally, ensuring a high level of availability and responsiveness. Productivity, priority, balance, multitasking – these characteristics fully describe Azure Traffic Manager. Are you still losing valuable time in information packets traffic jams?

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Posted by Nicolas Prigent on December 4, 2018
Configuring Hyper-V Replica on Azure – PART 2

In order to build your own Hyper-V lab in Azure, you need two Hyper-V instances. But, hey, why do we need Hyper-V Replica here? This technology allows you to shift a virtual machine from a server on-prem to Microsoft Azure for maxing out your services uptime. With Hyper-V Replica, returning your services back to the normal functioning becomes a matter of only a few seconds… Looks like a must-have for your Hyper-V environment, doesn’t it?

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Posted by Nicolas Prigent on November 29, 2018
Configuring Hyper-V Replica on Azure – PART 1

If you work with Azure close enough, you’ve probably have heard of Nested Virtualization. Yes, it is the feature allowing you to run Hyper-V inside an Azure VM. Why does one need that thing? Well, to build a perfect lab for demos, development, testing, whatever… without buying any extra hardware!

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Posted by Nicolas Prigent on November 8, 2018
Configuring Azure Point-to-Site VPN with Windows 10

VPN connections provide remote access to the necessary data and you can get information about your company’s assets at any time. The connection to Azure virtual networks is possible by configuring two types of VPN, namely Site-To-Site (S2S) and Point-To-Site (P2S). S2S VPN allows you to connect two networks and constantly maintain communication between them. P2S VPN is effective for connecting to a virtual network from a remote location if you have a small number of clients for whom such an access is needed. You’re asking how to establish a secure connection of individual clients running Windows 10 to the Azure Virtual Network?

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Posted by Nicolas Prigent on September 13, 2018
Creating Custom Hyper-V Gallery

In Windows 10 Fall Creator Update, Microsoft introduced a new feature called the “Hyper-V Quick Create Wizard” which is very useful because you can create a Virtual Machine with the default settings and save time. Using this feature, you can create a VM with a single ISO file located on your system, or you can create a VM from the Online Gallery. By default, Quick Create will list a Windows 10 Developer Environment but you can easily add your own Virtual Machine Images from your local/online repository.

In this article, I will describe how to use this feature and how to add a custom VM Image into your own Gallery.

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