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 logs on to computer in domain XYZ. I wanted user specific policies to be applied only in domain XYZ. The specific policy was to disable the shutdown/restart ability. Obviously don’t want this to apply to computers in domain ABC (the users PC).

I created a new GPO in XYZ with…


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 writing. Also, do it before creating the storage account, or it won’t be available.

Once you have access to Azure Files, in your storage account you’ll see it listed like in this screenshot.

Hop on over to the Preview Portal to create the ‘share’, clicking on the storage account you’ll…

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