Author: Roy Apalnes

  • Azure Virtual Desktop Sign-in without access to ADFS
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    Azure Virtual Desktop Sign-in without access to ADFS

    Azure Virtual Desktop supports Azure AD Join and the option to enable Single Sign-On, when starting a remote session to a desktop or application. This would usually require access to ADFS when your users domain is federated with ADFS. But did you know this works without AVD having access to ADFS? The Case AVD is […]

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  • Azure AD Conditional access rules, how I design the secure way.

    Azure AD Conditional access rules, how I design the secure way.

    Azure Active Directory with Conditional Access Rules have been available for a several years, and every customer have activated some kind of rule during these years. We see multiple ways customer have started this journey, and if not done right you might not be as secure as you thought. And recent years, conditional access have […]

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  • Windows 365 Cloud PC as Privileged Access Workstation for Azure

    Windows 365 Cloud PC as Privileged Access Workstation for Azure

    Using Windows 365 Cloud-PCs as Privileged Access Workstations (PAW) to a your Azure Infrastructure? Much like a Jump Host (terminal server). When talking to sysadmins about Windows 365, we often discuss Windows 365 as a jump host for privileged users. And it does increase security to have strict configured desktop, when you access services with […]

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  • Azure Virtual Desktop Black Screen Fixed
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    Azure Virtual Desktop Black Screen Fixed

    You attempt to open an Azure Virtual Desktop and after normal login activities, you just receive a black screen. There is no start menu, but maybe Teams automatically starts. Doesn’t sign-in though. You can also attempt to open an Azure Virtual Application, but it returns a black screen and closes the tab automatically. AVD Setup […]

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  • Azure Virtual Desktop – Deployment Error 0x80072efd Azure AD Join

    Azure Virtual Desktop – Deployment Error 0x80072efd Azure AD Join

    Azure Virtual Desktop supports virtual machines in a host pool to be Azure AD Joined and Intune Enrolled for management, and recently I came across an error message that I couldn’t find much about. Deployment failure During deployment I received this message, saying the extension used to Azure AD Join the VM failed. Event log […]

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  • Microsoft 365 Secure Score 100% Good or bad?

    Microsoft 365 Secure Score 100% Good or bad?

    How many % should you achieve? 50%? 70%? 90%? 100%? What is the Microsoft 365 secure score? But first, the Secure Score is measured in percent calculated by Microsoft after searching through you Microsoft 365 setup. The Secure Score is divided into four categories; Identity, Apps, Data and Devices, so we got a secure score […]

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  • How I started learning KQL for Sentinel

    How I started learning KQL for Sentinel

    I recently made it through the Microsoft Cloud Skill Challenge: Microsoft Ignite: Protect Everything Challenge and it is a lot of information in this challenge. Oh my lord, how Microsoft Security portfolio have grown! But this chapter on Kusto Query Language (KQL) statements for Sentinel stood out for me, and gave me a much better […]

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  • IaC Journey Pit-stop (Declarative vs Imperative)

    IaC Journey Pit-stop (Declarative vs Imperative)

    Because everyone kept saying <insert code language> is declarative. Might not even be self explanatory for a native English speaker either, so I went searching to really understand what everyone mean by all the focus on code being declarative. Compared to imperative. Here are two quotes trying to describe the difference in declarative and imperative […]

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  • Change directory or transfer billing ownership?

    Change directory or transfer billing ownership?

    Visual Studio Subscription, aka MSDN, gives upwards of 125$ of monthly Azure credit, but I also need access to different type of Microsoft 365 subscriptions and in the earlier days I just created new trials. Think I am around 150 trial tenants these days, which means I have to move my Azure Credit to the […]

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  • Windows 365 freezes mouse and keyboard

    Windows 365 freezes mouse and keyboard

    Who doesn’t like a new and shiny toy, just look at it 🙂 And new remote application for Windows 365 (Public Preview) from Microsoft Store. Search for Windows 365 Preview. But I have another reason for wanting to try this new remote application for Windows 365. I have had issues with Windows 365, but one […]

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I am Roy Apalnes, a Microsoft Cloud Evangelist working av Sopra Steria. Main focus in Microsoft Security and Endpoint Management, with a bigger picture in mind.

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