Snapshots of Elastic Block Store (EBS) volumes can now be easily configured and automated to provide regular backups using the Data Lifecycle Manager.
Using tags on EBS volumes, you can define backup and retention schedules for snapshots by creating lifecycle policies. This guide shows you how to create the tags on the volumes then create a simple 7 day backup and retention policy using the Data Lifecycle Manager.
A Point-to-Site (P2S) VPN gateway lets you create a secure connection to your Azure virtual network from an individual client computer, Point-to-Site VPN connections are useful when you want to connect to your Azure VNet from remote locations such as your home or hotel. This is very similar to a traditional VPN client but rather than connecting to your office which normally has some sort of single points of failure (such as a single internet connection or 1 firewall) you are utilising the highly available Azure configuration. This guide shows you how to set up a Client VPN connection with certificates to your Azure environment using the portal.
The virtual machine serial console in the Azure portal provides access to a text-based console for Windows virtual machines. This serial connection connects to the COM1 serial port of the VM providing access to it, independent of the virtual machine's network or operating system state. Access to the serial console for the VM can be done only by using the Azure portal.
AWS has recently launched AWS Transfer for SFTP enabling you to easily move your file transfer workloads that use the Secure Shell File Transfer Protocol (SFTP) to AWS without needing to modify your applications or manage any SFTP servers. Traditionally an EC2 with decent storage would have to be configured, regularly updated and maintained or an EC2 Storage gateway implemented to accommodate SFTP transfers. This guide shows you how to create an SFTP server and map your domain to the server endpoint, select authentication for your SFTP clients using service-managed identities (or alternatively you can integrate your own identity provider) and select your Amazon S3 buckets to store the transferred data.
Traditionally when working with voice and data vlans you normally have to either have DHCP voice options set up in your data scope or you manually untag the voice ports onto the voice vlan both of these come with their own disadvantages, this guide utilises Link Layer Discovery Protocol (LLDP) which is a vendor independent link layer protocol used by network devices for advertising their identity and capabilities to neighbors on a LAN segment. This guide shows you how to configure LLDP on Extreme EXOS switching to detect IP phones when plugged in and move them to the correct VLAN before reaching the initial DHCP stage.
For on-demand EC2's that are not required during certain hours that are essentially wasting money running when not in use it is worth setting up a Lambda function that can stop and start the EC2's as per your requirements. This guide configures an IAM policy/role then uses a Lambda function to start/stop the EC2 during the business hours of 9am to 5pm.
For EC2's that are started up infrequently it can be time consuming to go through the AWS Management login with MFA just to start them up, this powershell script uses the AWSPowerShell module along with API keys to startup the specified EC2 instance.
SNMPv3 is the most advanced and secure version of SNMP yet, with features like user authentication and encryption greatly enhancing the protocol.
The following instructions will guide you through configuring SNMP v3 with authentication and privacy on Cisco switching using MD5 and DES;
When a user is deleted from Office 365 the account is moved into a recycle bin where it is held for 30 days before being purged, this is very useful should users be accidentally deleted and can be easily recovered however this can still cause issues with Azure Active Directory Connect (AADC - used for syncing users from on-premise to Office365) when you have duplicated users/errors when trying to link up accounts for the first time when the first sync may have been done incorrectly, this guide shows you how to permanently delete the problematic deleted item therefore allowing you to redo the AADC sync as if for the first time.