Calendar automation using Microsoft Power Automate

During this pandemic and the lockdowns associated with it everyone has begun creating their own way of working. Some people have children, some have a partner who needs to work from home as well and others are sitting at home by themselves. I started automating my work calendar because of my own work from home situation. I think you know the days where you hop from meeting to meeting without time to really get productive and I was looking forward to having the time to concentrate consecutively. Besides the concentration part, I’m off work on Wednesday afternoons and I didn’t want to deny meetings in that period manually. So I decided to try something new as an experiment and see if it works out: Use Microsoft Power Automate for calendar automation to deny all meeting invites for Wednesday afternoons and all meeting invites for my soon-to-be meeting-free Friday.

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[Feature Highlight] Adaptive Network Hardening

Network Security Groups (NSG’s) allow you to filter and secure network traffic for internet-facing Virtual Machines. They allow you to specify destination, source, protocol, direction, port range and priority. This however can still allow certain unwanted traffic subsets to go through the NSG. That’s where Adaptive Network Hardening and thus machine learning comes in play. It will give you alerts and recommendations for hardening NSG’s.

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Using the Virtual Machine Serial Console a.k.a. SAC

While running Virtual Machines in Azure it may be hard to troubleshoot the more difficult issues since boot menu options etc. aren’t visible. That’s where the Virtual Machine Serial Console comes in use. It’s a command line that uses the COM1 Serial Interface of your VM, both for Linux and Windows . This allows you to operate and troubleshoot the Virtual Machine via the Azure portal regardless of its state.

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