Introduction into Azure Bastion

Hi everyone,

you maybe hear about Azure Bastion right now. With Azure Bastion you can directly open an HTTPs Session via the Azure Portal and RDP/SSH into a Azure VM without using a public IP for the VM. So there is no need for public IP at a VM or VPN within the VNet.

Basicly Azure Bastion is a Jump Server or Bastard Server as a Service within an Azure Network.

The following videos gives you a short introduction into Azure Bastion.

If you want to enable Azure Bastion into your subscription you will find a great resource with the Azure documentation following the below link.

Currently Bastion has a very limited feature set and only provides the service per VNet. Later down the roadmap Microsoft will add more Features like Multi Factor Authentaction and Azure AD support as well as support for VNet Peering.

My new article with @AltaroSoftware – How to Boost Network Performance Inside China’s Great Firewall

Together with Altaro, I wrote a new article about how to improve the performance for users inside of china using services and cloud services outside of china.

I hope you enjoy reading.

Maximize free subscription days when upgrading to XBox Game Pass Ultimate

Hi everyone,

during a sleepless night I discovered and browsing the XBox Store, I discovered an interesting offer which hides a lot of free fun for gamers. πŸ™‚

Microsoft XBox has currently a really great offer when changing from XBOX Gold and Game Pass to Game Pass Ultimate.

First, you get the first month for 1€.

That is already nice but there is an additional thing you should know. As you might have already discovered, the new Game Pass Ultimate combines XBox Gold and Game Pass into one subscription.

To help players who paid more for both subscriptions and have them currently running, adds all prepaid subscriptions days from Gold and Game Pass and combines them into Ultimate. That means following:

1 month XBox Gold + 1 month XBox Game Pass = 2 months Game Pass Ultimate πŸ™‚

Thats really nice, I tried that with my account yesterday with following Resultat.

Where I started:

Where I ended:

yes, I don’t need any new Game Pass for 2 years now.

But … one moment! Every prepaid is eligable to be converted for 1€ right?

Yes it is and now here comes the magic and an awesome offer Microsoft makes to their gaming community.

Microsoft XBox trial licences you get with and nex XBox, some games, events etc. are also prepaid.

So I tried it with another account. I added some free trials which had at home. As you know, you can add trials more than one time per account.

At the end I did following:

  1. Added two passes for XBox Gold (1 Month)
  2. enabled the automatic payment to get another free month
  3. Added two passes for XBox Game Pass (1 Mpnth)
  4. enabled the automatic payment to get another free month
  5. Upgraded to Ultimate for 1€

Resultat: I ended up with 5 months XBox live for 1€. πŸ™‚

Afterwards you can cancel automatic payment in your XBox account.

I hope the blogs helps and happy to here from you.



What happens when a Certification Junkie lifes to near to a Testcenter? – Certification Overload!

Hi everyone,

since 10 months I life in a walking distance from about 20 minutes to a Microsoft Testcenter.

As resultate, I’m taking exams everytime my calender allows it. Currently I’m going for one exam per month, mainly without any preperation.

I only want to test my current knowledge which I gained by my job and personal interest.

As a resultate, I ended up with gaining following certifications in the last 12 months.

  • Microsoft Certified: Azure Security Engineer Associate
  • Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert: Core Infrastructure
    • Implementing a Software-Defined Datacenter
  • Microsoft Certified: Azure Fundamentals
  • Microsoft Certified: Azure Solutions Architect Expert
  • Microsoft Certified: Azure Administrator Associate
  • Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate: Cloud Platform
    • Configuring and Operating a Hybrid Cloud with Microsoft Azure Stack
  • Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure

Next to go, will be the new Modern Workplace Certifications and maybe the Microsoft DevOps Certfications. πŸ™‚

Currently I save some money for the certified ethnical hacker certification. πŸ™‚ Donations are welcome :p

If you have any question regarding the exams, just drop me a comment or mail.


Storage Spaces Direct Series Part 2 & 3 via Altaro Blog

Hi everyone,

I want to inform you about my two new blogpots about Storage Spaces Direct that I wrote for Altaro.

In the second post I write about the technologies in focus of S2D

You can find the post by following the link below.

In the third post you will learn the following things:

  • Where Did S2D Come From?
  • Converged vs. Hyper-Converged Infrastructure
  • How to License Storage Spaces Direct

You can find the post by following the link below.

You can post feedback and questions in the comment sections of the Altaro Blogs. πŸ™‚