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Azure DNS Load Balanced Solution
Azure Cloud

DNS Load Balancing in Azure

Reading Time: 3 minutes This post won’t be too long, but I wanted to expand a bit on the recent repo that I published to Github for Azure Load Balanced DNS Servers. I’ve been working in Azure the better part of a decade and the way we’ve typically approached DNS is in one of two ways. Either use (a […]

Matt Hansen 
Azure Cloud Networking Security

Azure Web Apps with Cost Effective, Private and Hybrid Connectivity (The ASE Killer!)

Reading Time: 10 minutes Caution: this blog post may save you significant time and money, and has been affectionately dubbed “The ASE Killer!”. Note: If you prefer a video walk-through, you can now view my video building this solution on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aeYwTLd_zB8 With the advent of the cloud came the ever so attractive PaaS service model. The first time […]

Matt Hansen 
Azure Cloud Networking

Azure Site-to-Site VPN with PFSense

Reading Time: 5 minutes (Edit: I’ve also now posted about how to do this with a Palo Alto Firewall as well, you can see that post here: https://hansencloud.com/2020/11/18/azure-site-to-site-vpn-with-palo-alto-firewall/  ) If you’re like me, you like to have a little bit more control over your network (home or business) than is available with the ISP-provided router – enter PFSense. The Netgate […]

Matt Hansen 
Azure Cloud Security

Isolated Virtual Machines in Azure

Reading Time: 2 minutes In a recent design session, I had someone mention how they wish that Azure had dedicated and/or isolated IaaS VMs like some of the other cloud providers. They were shocked with I said – they do! Azure has a number of isolated VM types that you can provision and leverage just the same as any […]

Matt Hansen 
Cloud Networking

Azure Point-to-Site VPN with RADIUS Authentication

Reading Time: 4 minutes For the money, it’s hard to beat the Azure VPN Gateway. Until recently though, Point-to-Site VPNs were a bit clunky because they needed mutual certificate authentication. It wasn’t bad, but it certainly wasn’t good. Thankfully, Microsoft now allows RADIUS backed authentication. This post is how you impliment said configuration.   To start off, here is my […]

Matt Hansen 
Cloud Storage

Configure Azure Blob Archive Storage

Reading Time: 4 minutes Azure storage is great. Good thought to open on right? Of course! This year Azure graced us with the ability to (preview) the new Azure Archive Storage. Obviously this is enticing, especially at it’s  (current) $0.0018/GB price point. For more cost informaiton on Azure Archive Storage you can visit the link below. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/pricing/details/storage/blobs/ Now this […]

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