Create and Attach Azure VM Disks in PowerShell

This article is a quick overview of the commands used to create and add disks through PowerShell.  This can be especially helpful when adding many disks to the same VM.  The Azure web portal can take 1-2 minutes per disk to complete an add operation. Your PowerShell environment should be set up with the necessary permissions to your Azure account.  See this Microsoft Article for Azure cmdlets...

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Activate Windows SMB Signing for PCI Compliance

Internal PCI scans are now reporting that file transfer protocols must be digitally signed. This is an automatic failing condition. A server is affected if it is included in your internal PCI scope and serves Windows File Shares.

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Add Office 365 SRV DNS Records to AWS Route 53

Adding SRV records can be tricky as each name server host varies how to input name and value. AWS Route 53 administrators must include both service and protocol in the SRV name. Priority, weight, port, and target are added to the value field.

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Microsoft Windows Server Disable SSL3

The registry values are manually set by running regedit as administrator, then checking these values

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Microsoft Windows Find Disk Allocation Unit Size

When configuring disks for specific performance, especially in SQL and Exchange, it is important to set NTFS disk allocation unit size correctly.  Foe example, The size of files and IO operations call for 64K unit size   run the following command from an elevated command prompt: fsutil fsinfo ntfsinfo <Disk Letter:> Bytes per Cluster shows the allocation unit size.  Divide by 1024...

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