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IT Blog by Marius Sandbu

IT Blog by Marius Sandbu

Marius Sandbu (@msandbu on Twitter), works as an Cloud Architect at Exclusive Networks/BigTec in Norway. Primary focusing on Software defined datacenter solution and how they integrate with end-user computing technology and also works alot with cloud solutions like Microsoft Azure. Marius is also an Microsoft MVP, Veeam Vanguard, VMware vExpert and is also the author of many Citrix NetScaler books and shares his thought and ideas about technolgy on his blog.

Cloud Wars IBM vs Microsoft vs Amazon vs Google – Part 1 Overview

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Looking back and 2017 there has not been as much activity as I’ve planned on my blog and one of the main reasons for this is because I have been quite caught up in work. Again one of the main reasons is because my work takes me back and forth between multiple products, platforms and […]

Review – Goliath Application Availability Monitor

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One of the issues with a RDS/Citrix/Horizon enviroment is actually capturing how the experience feels like for an end-user and being able to detect and see how the end-user sees the logon process. Most monitoring tools today focus on the performance on the terminal servers looking at CPU/Memory and storage available or looking at services […]

Accessing Azure Advisor using REST API

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One of the cool still faily new services in Azure is the Azure Advisor feature. Azure Advisor is a service which provides insight into your subscription based upon high-availability, cost, performance or security (which is using Azure Security Center) Using the UI (Portal) You can also download recommendations either using Excel or using PDF as […]

Microsoft Azure and VMware? Not so fast!

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In August this year, VMware and Amazon announced that VMware Cloud on AWS was available! (Atleast from Oregon) Which essentially means VMware based infrastructure running on AWS hardware. And this was the highest attending session on VMworld this year, so the interest is quite huge! And the path to cloud for many buisnesses need to […]

Cisco Umbrella – What is it?

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I’ve just been introduced to Cisco Umbrella now even though I’ve heard the name before, I haven’t actually tried it yet until now.  Umbrella comes from the OpenDNS Business purchase that Cisco did a while back, and is essentially a service to secure traffic trough proxying DNS requests. So in essence it is to setup […]

Microsoft Azure Reserved instances and pitfalls

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Microosft recently released Reserved Instances back to Microsoft Azure (Yes it was the before, but was pulled and is now back) which can provide a huge discount on running virtual machines in Azure which are static in nature. With Reserved instances you commit for a certain amount of compute capacity either 1 year or 3 […]

Comparison between Horizon Cloud and Citrix Cloud on Azure

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The last couple of weeks I have been working with VMware Horizon Cloud for Microsoft Azure, and tesing the bits and pieces about the platform, and especially I’ve been looking at how it compares against Citrix Cloud in general. Therefore I decided to write this blog post to maybe enlighten how it differs in terms […]

More info on VMware HCX

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After looking into the blog post announcements on VMware HCX after VMworld I decided to get a bit more info what HCX actually is. This blog post will try to summarize what it is and what it can do. HCX is not a single product, but a combination of multiple VMware products which will be […]

What is Microsoft security story?

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Looking back at 2017 so far is has been alot of development from Microsoft when it comes to security products. Just by looking at the Microsoft Ignite which was a couple of weeks back most announcements were security focused with new products such as Azure ATP, improved version of Windows Defender ATP as well and […]

Shared Computer support Office365 and Citrix with AD PTA

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One of the issues that has been with delivering Office 365 on a non-persistent Citrix environment is how to manage licensing and activation. Previously we needed to have a ADFS infrastructure in place with Group Policy to allow “Automatic Activation with federated credentials” to allow for seamless activation without the end-user to need to do […]

Just in time Access for Virtual Machines in Azure

The issue with sometimes having a virtual machine on Microsoft Azure is that if it is publicly accessible that the IP is uses is on a known IP range (Microsoft publishes the IP ranges here – –> https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=41653 which will make those IP addresses quite popular by hackers using different brute force mechanisms. (Having a […]

Why Azure Container Instances is a such a cool feature!

For those who haven’t seen it yet, Microsoft this week announced Azure Container Instances which is a new way of delivering Container instances on Azure. Up until now Microsoft has had the ability to deliver Containers on Azure using Azure Container Service, where we specify which kind of orchestration engine we would like to use […]

Creating Azure ARM template with Veeam Agent unattended setup

One of the things that you need to remember to have when moving to the public cloud is to do backup of your stateful virtual machines since this is not something that is included as part of the basic service that cloud platforms provide (Azure, Google and Amazon) for instance. NB: Azure has an Backup […]

Microsoft Azure Stack – Secure by Design

Previously I have blogged about the underlying architecture and features which is going to be part of Azure Stack → http://msandbu.org/what-is-azure-stack-and-want-is-the-architecture/ Microsoft recently announced the launch of Azure Stack as well → https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/microsoft-azure-stack-is-ready-to-order-now/ Responsibility model in Cloud Now I want to focus a bit on one aspect that was not included in the previous blogpost, […]

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