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Azure AD has always been a little bit confusing to new users of Azure, the name implies it's a cloud version of AD, but it quickly becomes clear to most that it very much is not. However, to add more confusion to this mix an additional product, Azure Active Directory Domain Services (AAD DS) has recently gone GA, which does bring some of the functionality of on premises domain controllers to Azure as a PaaS

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Deleting an Azure AD Tenant

Earlier last week I had a need to delete an Azure AD tenant, and this turned out to be a much more difficult task than I had originally anticipated so I thought I would document the steps I went through in case others encounter the same problems.

1. Disable AD Sync

If your syncing your on-prem AD up to Azure AD you need to disable this from inside the Azure Portal so that it disconnects

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Ignite VM Update

At this weeks Ignite conference we've seen a number of new VM sizes either be announced or hinted at during the sessions. Here's a quick update on the new machine types:

H Series

Designed for High Performance Computing (HPC), the H series VM's are available in public preview in the South Central US region today and will be rolled out to other regions soon. The H series contain the fastest processers of all Azure VM

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I've been doing a lot of working lately with running Remote Desktop Service (RDS) in Azure and have been fairly frequent errors relating to Excel, one of the applications we are publishing. This error would manifest as an error when launching Excel which seemed to indicate that Excel had run out of memory or disk space.

Microsoft Excel cannot open or save any more documents because there is not enough available memory or disk space

After investigating memory and disk usage to no avail, all looked fine, I stumbled upon the answer, user profile

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The PowerShell DSC Package resource can be used to install (and uninstall) software from a machine using DSC. This is a great resource to get software installed, but it does have a slight complication, in that it requires a product ID for the package you are installing. It's understandable why, it uses this to confirm that the particular version of the software is present, but it can be a pain to get this ID.

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