Romain Serre
Romain Serre
Romain Serre works in Lyon as a Senior Consultant. He is focused on Microsoft Technology, especially on Hyper-V, System Center, Storage, networking and Cloud OS technology as Microsoft Azure or Azure Stack. He is a MVP and he is certified Microsoft Certified Solution Expert (MCSE Server Infrastructure & Private Cloud), on Hyper-V and on Microsoft Azure (Implementing a Microsoft Azure Solution).

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Posted by Romain Serre on March 18, 2020
Implement a file server in Azure without using a single VM

It’s usually quite a chore to manage file servers by using VMs. Migrating between file servers in the cloud, enacting replication with DFS-R, and such would require using redundancy mechanisms. All this makes the implementation of file servers in Azure unnecessarily complex. Well, that ship has finally sailed!

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Posted by Romain Serre on March 10, 2020
Backup your NAS with Veeam Backup & Replication 10

Veeam Backup and Replication 10 has just recently been released, and one of its more exciting features is the ability to back up a NAS. The latter is frequently used for diverse workloads, which include huge amounts of unstructured data. It’s often served chaotically, and it’s in a risk of being lost if there’s no specific fast redundancy mechanism in place.

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Posted by Romain Serre on January 30, 2020
Schedule the Start and Stop of Your Windows Virtual Desktop VMs

Nothing in life comes for free and, certainly, not all the little things used in Azure. Such components as RD Broker or RD Web Access, for example, are “hidden.” You won’t see their apparent activity in Azure Portal, unlike the RD Host Session or Windows 10 VMs. As a result, your Azure credit will be spent without you actually using the productivity of such VMs.

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Posted by Romain Serre on January 21, 2020
Getting started with Azure AD Connect

Keeping your credentials and online behavior safe is key to upholding corporate cybersecurity. But the number of applications that are used on-premises and in the Web grow every day. Such conditions require employees to have various access identities with different credentials. Consequently, it causes unnecessary work complexity and potential online threats. Read the article by Romain Serre about using Azure AD Connect to synchronize identities across your on-premises and web application directories to enhance your cybersecurity.

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Posted by Romain Serre on December 26, 2019
Deploy Windows Virtual Desktop

Managing various operations in a virtualized environment usually calls for multiple tabs, each conforming to separate activities. Simplifying these operations and integrating them into a single GUI saves much time and effort to deal with other pressing matters. Windows Virtual Desktop can help you achieve just that from any host OS via Microsoft Azure.

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Posted by Romain Serre on December 10, 2019
Overview of Microsoft Azure Bastion

We all know that connecting production VMs directly to the Internet via a public IP is a huge concern from a cybersecurity standpoint. Therefore, usually, all critical VMs don’t have public IPs, and they are managed either from a site-to-site VPN or a console VM that holds a public IP. In both cases, managing your Azure VMs is not easy since cybersecurity is a concern.

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Posted by Romain Serre on November 21, 2019
Restore a VM to Azure from Veeam

Veeam enables to restore a VM to Azure from the latest recovery point. The main goal of this feature is disaster recovery. In case of failure, you can restart VMs in Azure. This feature can also be used to migrate the workload from On-Prem to Microsoft Azure. You can also restore a VM in Amazon EC2. In this topic, we’ll see how to restore a VM from Veeam to Microsoft Azure.

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Posted by Romain Serre on October 24, 2019
Enable Azure Monitor from Windows Admin Center

Azure Monitor is a feature in Windows Admin Center that is still in preview, but you can make good use of it already. So why wait? Unfortunately, some people have issues with configuring alerts in Azure Monitor and rightfully so: it has to be done through Azure Portal. But don’t fret — it’s going to take you just a few minutes to get into it and set up whatever rules you need.
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Posted by Romain Serre on October 10, 2019
Migrate resource groups to a new subscription

At the beginning of the week, a customer asks me how he can migrate resource group from one subscription to another. He had a CSP contract and he needed to deploy “Bring-your-own-Licenses” products that were not available in CSP. So, he subscribed to an EA contract. Then he wanted to move resources from CSP to EA. However, he had a lot of dependent resources inside several resource groups. This topic shows you how to make this migration.

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Posted by Romain Serre on October 1, 2019
Centralize Microsoft Azure activity logs in log analytics

Tracing your Azure’s health can be quite a challenge. Tons of daily entries delete, update, or create resources in the cloud, and some of these changes may result in a crash. For administrators, identifying which entry caused the error amidst the usual chaotic activity logs can be a problem, which may lead to severe downtime. Luckily, Log Analytics can help you solve such issues in no time.

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