Configuring Internal Load Balancing in Microsoft Azure

Configuring Internal Load Balancing in Microsoft AzureHave I mentioned I love using Microsoft Azure Infrastructure-as-a-Service? Perhaps once or twice. :) Azure IaaS allows me to extend my on-premises test lab to the cloud and provide tremendous flexibility for some of the projects I’m working on. Occasionally I’ll have a need to create a load-balanced cluster of servers for testing, which on-premises can often easily be accomplished using the native Windows Network Load Balancing (NLB) feature. However, NLB isn’t supported in the cloud. Thankfully Microsoft recently added a load balancing feature in Azure to address this need. Read my latest article on CloudComputingAdmin.com to learn more!

Remote SQL Logging for Forefront TMG 2010 with Microsoft Azure

Microsoft Forefront TMG 2010I’m a big fan of configuring remote SQL server logging with Microsoft Forefront TMG 2010. I’m also a big fan of Azure, and combining the two just seemed natural! As you can spin up a SQL server in Azure in short order with relatively unlimited resources, I thought I’d explore the configuration of a SQL server hosted in Azure for use with Forefront TMG 2010 logging. Read my latest article on ISAserver.org to learn more!

Implementing a CNG HTTPS Inspection Certificate for Forefront TMG 2010 – Part 1

Microsoft Forefront TMG 2010The venerable Microsoft Forefront TMG 2010 firewall has served capably for many years now, but it is beginning to show its age. For example, many web sites are now using modern SSL certificates with stronger cipher suites and hashing algorithms. When HTTPS inspection is enabled on the TMG firewall in its default configuration, some web sites that use these new certificates may not be accessible. To address this issue, some additional advanced configuration will be required. Be sure to read my latest article on ISAserver.org to learn how to implement this workaround.

WindowSecurity.com Monthly Newsletter – February 2015

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The WindowSecurity.com monthly newsletter is out! The main topic of this month’s newsletter is…passwords. Boring, right? I know, it’s been hashed over thoroughly and anyone even remotely concerned with security understands the problems passwords pose. However, I chose the topic this month based on recent information that indicates, in spite of the fact that we all know how bad passwords really are, that we don’t seem to be making any progress making them better! Read this month’s newsletter to learn more.

Controlling Network Traffic Distribution with Microsoft Azure Traffic Manager

Controlling Network Traffic Distribution with Microsoft Azure Traffic Manager
I love Azure! There are so many great features included with the service it’s amazing. One of them I discovered recently is the Azure Traffic Manager. It provides intelligent and granular network traffic distribution using DNS. Essentially it is a cloud-based virtual Global Server Load Balancing (GSLB) solution. Easy to take advantage of and works for on-premises workloads too! Read my latest article on CloudComputingAdmin.com to learn more.

TechMentor 2015 DirectAccess Deep Dive Training Session

I’m excited to announce that I’ll once again be participating in this year’s TechMentor conference in Redmond, WA! The event takes place August 3-7, 2015 and will be held on the Microsoft campus in building 33. This is a great event at an incredible venue! I’ll be delivering a 3 hour Windows Server 2012 R2 DirectAccess deep drive technical training session on Thursday, August 6. The conference covers a wide range of topics from many noted industry experts like Don Jones, Greg Shields, Jeff Hicks, Orin Thomas, and many more. Don’t miss out. Register today and use priority code TMRSK05 to save $500!

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WindowSecurity.com Monthly Newsletter – December 2014

The WindowSecurity.com monthly newsletter is out! In this month’s edition I take a look back at security happenings in 2014. It certainly was an interesting year! Microsoft finally ended support for Windows XP, there were serious security vulnerabilities in open source platforms announced, and data breaches galore. Never a dull moment! As always, news and current events are covered too. Check it out!

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