Building Real World Labs in Azure Volume 1
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Building Real World Labs in Azure Volume 1

About the Book

Are you interested in build lab, proof of concept, or development environments in Microsoft Azure. If so, this book is for you. You will start by setting up your first Microsoft Azure Subscription. Then, configure a Virtual Machine that will be used as a Nested Hyper-V Host.  Further advanced configurations will see you enable external NAT Configurations and multiple real-world scenarios.  

About the Authors

Dave Kawula
Dave Kawula

Dave is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) with over 20 years of experience in the IT industry. His background includes data communications networks within multi-server environments, and he has led architecture teams for virtualization, System Center, Exchange, Active Directory, and Internet gateways. Very active within the Microsoft technical and consulting teams, Dave has provided deep-dive technical knowledge and subject matter expertise on various System Center and operating system topics.

Dave is well-known in the community as an evangelist for Microsoft, 1E, and Veeam technologies. Locating Dave is easy as he speaks at several conferences and sessions each year, including TechEd, Ignite, MVP Days Community Roadshow, and VeeamOn. 

Recently Dave has been honored to take on the role of Conference Co-Chair of TechMentor with fellow MVP Sami Laiho.  The lineup of speakers and attendees that have been to this conference over the past 20 years is really amazing. Come down to Redmond or Orlando in 2018 and you can meet him in person.

As the founder and Managing Principal Consultant at TriCon Elite Consulting, Dave is a leading technology expert for both local customers and large international enterprises, providing optimal guidance and methodologies to achieve and maintain an efficient infrastructure.


Twitter: @DaveKawula

Dave Kawula

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Cristal Kawula
Cristal Kawula

Cristal Kawula is the co-founder of MVPDays Community Roadshow and #MVPHour live Twitter Chat.   She is the President of TriCon Elite Consulting where she manages the day to day operations of the field consulting and sales teams.

Cristal is also only the 2nd Woman in the world to receive the prestigious Veeam Vanguard Community excellence award.  In July of 2017 she was awarded the designation of Microsoft MVP.  

Early in her career Cristal worked as a consultant with Microsoft authoring content for internal SMSGR and GTR teams.   This content was used to train internal support engineers and global escalation engineering teams.  

Cristal can be found speaking at Microsoft Ignite, MVPDays, and other local user groups.   She is extremely active in the community and has recently helped publish a book for other Women MVP’s called Voices from the Data Platform.  



Twitter: @supercristal1

Cary Sun
Cary Sun

Cary Sun has a wealth of knowledge and expertise in data center and deployment solutions. As a Principal Consultant, he likely works closely with clients to help them design, implement, and manage their data center infrastructure and deployment strategies.

With his background in data center solutions, Cary Sun may have experience in server and storage virtualization, network design and optimization, backup and disaster recovery planning, and security and compliance management. He holds CISCO CERTIFIED INTERNETWORK EXPERT (CCIE No.4531) from 1999. Cary is also a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP), Microsoft Azure MVP, Veeam Vanguard and Cisco Champion. He is a published author with several titles, including blogs on, and the author of many books.

Cary is a very active blogger at and is permanently available online for questions from the community. His passion for technology is contagious, improving everyone around him at what they do.

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Twitter: @SifuSun


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Emile Cabot
Emile Cabot

Émile is a six-time Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) who started in the industry during the mid-90s working at an ISP and designing web sites for celebrities. He has a strong background specializing in datacenter and deployment solutions, and has spent many years performing infrastructure analyses and solution implementations for organizations around the world.

Émile organizes the Calgary Microsoft User Group, blogs on, and has presented at several conferences, including Ignite, VeeamOn, TechMentor, TechReady, and MVPDays. 


Angus is the youngest Son (11) of Cary Sun and is a kid who loves coding.  He manages his own blog and is excited to learn as much as he can about Microsoft and other technologies.   He works hard in school and always tries to do his best in all of his subjects.  The one thing he likes is computer programming and technical writing.  He also likes playing video games whenever he has spare time.   Otherwise, he is just a kid who's just chilling and writing blogs.   For this book, Angus helped write some of the content for automating Routing and Remote Access with PowerShell.  



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Table of Contents

Foreword by Vinícius Apolinário iii

Acknowledgments iv

From Dave iv

About the Authors v

Dave Kawula – Microsoft MVP v

Cristal Kawula – Microsoft MVP vi

Emile Cabot – Microsoft MVP vii

Cary Sun – Microsoft MVP viii

Angus Sun – Special Guest Author ix

Contents x

Introduction 13

North American MVPDays Community Roadshow 13

Sample Files 14

Additional Resources 14

Chapter 1 16

Setting up your Azure Subscription from Scratch 16

Chapter 2 23

Building a Hyper-V Nested VM with Multiple Public IP Addresses in Azure 23

Building a Windows Server 2016 Virtual Machine 23

Creating Multiple Internal and External IP’s for the Lab 34

Enable Hyper-V in the LAB Virtual Machine 41

Configuring NAT Networking with one Public IP Address 49

Configuring NAT Networking with Multiple Public IP Address 52

Adding the IP Addreses to the lab Host (VM) 52

Configuring Routing and Remote Access on the Azure Nested Virtual Machine 56

Configure NAT Rules in RRAS for the Lab 64

Disable Windows Firewall 71

Create a NAT Rule in the Azure NSG for the Lab 73

Testing the NAT Rules in the lab 79

Using PowerShell to automate RRAS NAT Rule Configurations 84

Chapter 3 87

Configuring a Sophos XG Firewall in your Lab 87

Build a Virtual Machine for the Router 88

Install the Sophos XG Appliance 101

Configuring the Sophos XG Firewall Appliance 112

Chapter 4 124

Scenario 1 – Using BigDemo to Build your Lab 124

Lab Server Names 124

Building the Lab with BigDemo_Insider.PS1 126

Chapter 5 131

Scenario 2 – Testing Storage Spaces Direct with Windows Server Labs 131

Chapter 6 132

Scenario 3 – Testing Kemp Load Balancer in your Lab 132

Chapter 7 133

Scenario 4 – Building a Highly Available RDSH Farm with PowerShell 133

Chapter 8 134

Scenario 5 – Testing Veeam Backup and Replication in your Lab 134

Chapter 16 135

Join us at MVPDays and meet great MVP’s like this in person 135

Live Presentations 135

Video Training 135

Live Instructor-led Classes 136

Consulting Services 136

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