04 November 2015 on group policy, Azure

This week I wanted to disable Shutdown/Restart of our VMs in Azure. Come to find out, this is a user setting, not a machine setting.

Here’s how to setup a Group Policy so that it all works.

Our situation: User in domain ABC…


01 July 2015

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Originally published at todddeland.com on July 1, 2015.


11 June 2015

Trying to resize a DS virtual machine (VM) in Azure wasn’t immediately intuitive to me. Turns out you can only do this in the new Preview portal. And it’s pretty easy.

  1. Go to your preview portal, in the Virtual Machines section and view the blade for the VM.
  2. Click on the Pricing Tier tile under Usage.
  3. Select and save. This will definitely reboot the machine. Be careful!

Later dudes.

Originally published at todddeland.com on June 11, 2015.


This proved to be difficult to find information on, so here’s a step-by-step guide to load balancing an Azure File SMB share across two IaaS web servers, in IIS.

Storage Account Setup

  • Be sure to sign up for Azure Files preview in the EA portal, it isn’t available by default as of this…

Todd DeLand

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