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Month: January 2017

Configuring Zone Transfers using DNSCMD

Configuring Zone Transfers using DNSCMD

While setting up a lab within Azure I’ve done some work on DNS and how to script parts of during setup and apply changes after setup. Although DNSCMD is marked as a something Microsoft might remove in future versions of Windows I’ve been using it to make some changes within my environment. In my examples below I’ve used “azurelab.com” as my zone name, please replace accordingly for your use. The following command will allow zone transfers to happen to any…

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Readership Survey

Readership Survey

I’ve created a small 10 readership survey using Survey Monkey to try and understand who you guys and gals are.  The survey is completely anonymous and should only take a few minutes to complete. The questions should help me to understand what works and what doesn’t work in terms of this blog.  Using this information I will tailor the content that I write and when I write that content. Your continued support and help is appreciated: Complete my readership survey…

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Where to start with documentation

Where to start with documentation

Everyone knows that to a techie the word “documentation” is a dirty word.  It’s the task on the to-do list that always gets bumped for something more exciting or interesting.  Keeping everything stored in your head isn’t a great idea unfortunately as it not only creates a single point of failure for the IT department, it means that your hit for fixing things when they go wrong and can’t rely on anyone else. What form? And how much? Documentation can…

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Display Zone Information within Internet Explorer

Display Zone Information within Internet Explorer

When Microsoft released Internet Explorer 4.0 they introduced a feature called security zones.  Security zones are like invisible fences that helps prevent web-based applications from performing unauthorized actions within your web browser. During a web browser’s operation it checks the websites that you browse to see what security zone it is a member of.   If a site you’ve visited is a member of one of the zones, then your browser will apply that zone’s security permissions to the interactions with…

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Connecting to Azure with PowerShell and controlling your VMs

Connecting to Azure with PowerShell and controlling your VMs

I have a small lab setup within Azure and over the past week I have been working quite a bit within that lab perfecting a couple of PowerShell scripts.  As I have limited credits available to me within Azure I am always careful to ensure that my Virtual Machines (VMs) are only running when I need them and de-allocated when I am not using them.  Having to sign in to the Azure Portal to start the VMs and then do…

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