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For Sale – MSI Z97 Gaming 5 Motherboard with Intel i7-4790K, 16GB Crucial Ballistix RAM and Cooler

Hey @Roan thanks for the offer. To be honest the cooler has little value any more, and even less so when sold alone, it was only £17 when I bought it new, so there’s not much point in me taking it out of the bundle really, even if I gave it no value as part of the bundle price.

Looking at another sale on here a couple of months ago, a set with the same motherboard and CPU, with some slightly faster RAM and an aftermarket cooler sold for £230 including delivery, so I’ll drop to £215inc and leave the cooler in there?

Let me know what you think.

EDIT – Postage would be via Hermes at this price, as insured Royal Mail delivery comes to £26.

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What is Azure Bastion?

In this post, you’ll get a short introduction into Azure Bastion Host. To be honest, I still don’t know if I should pronounce it as [basˈti̯oːn] (German), /bæstʃən/ (US engl.) or [basˈt̪jõn] (french) but that shouldn’t stop us from learning more about Azure Bastion Host, what is it, and when it’s useful.

So let’s start.

What is Azure Bastion Host?

Azure Bastion Host is a Jump-server as a Service within an Azure vNet (note that this service is currently in preview). What does that mean exactly? Well, a jump server is a fixed point on a network that is the sole place for you to remote in, get to other servers and services, and manage the environment. Now some will say, but I build my own jump server VM myself! While you’re certainly free to do that yourself, there are some key differences between the self-built VM option and a Bastion Host.

A regular Jump-server VM must either be reachable via VPN or needs to have a public IP with RDP and/or SSH open to the Internet. Option one, in some environments, is rather complex. Option two is a security nightmare. With Azure Bastion Host, you can solve this access issue. Azure Bastion enables you to use RDP and SSH via the Internet or (if available) via a VPN using the Azure Portal. The VM does not need a public IP, which GREATLY increases security for the target machine.

NOTE: Looking for more great content on security? Watch our webinar on Azure Security Center On-Demand.

After the deployment (which we’ll talk about in a second), Bastion becomes the 3rd option when connecting to a VM through the Azure Portal, as shown below.

Bastion

Virtual Machine Bastion

After you hit connect, an HTTPs browser Window will open and your session will open within an SSL encrypted Window.

Bastion in browser

Azure Bastion Use Cases

Now let’s list some possible use-cases. Azure Bastion can be very useful (but not limited) to these scenarios:

  1. Your Azure-based VMs are running in a subscription where you’re unable to connect via VPN, and for security reasons, you cannot set up a dedicated Jump-host within that vNet.
  2. The usage of a Jump-host or Terminal Server in Azure would be more cost-intensive than using a Bastion Host within the VNet (e.g. when you have more than one admin or user working on the host at the same time.)
  3. You want to give developers access to a single VM without giving them access to additional services like a VPN or other things running within the VNet.
  4. You want to implement Just in Time (JIT) Administration in Azure. You can deploy and enable Bastion Host on the fly and as you need it. This allows you yo implement it as part of your Operating System Runbook when you need to maintain the OS of an Azure-based VM. Azure Bastion allows you to do this without setting up permanent access to the VM.

The way you deploy Azure Bastion Host within a VNet is pretty straightforward. Let’s go through the steps together.

  1. Open the Azure Preview Portal through the following link.
  2. Search for the feature in the Azure Marketplace and walk through the deployment wizard by filling out the fields shown below.

create a bastion

Again, the deployment is quite simple and most options are fairly well explained within the UI. However, if you want further details, you can find them in the official feature documentation here.

Also, be aware that a Bastion Host must be implemented in every vNet where you want to connect to a VM. Currently, Bastion does not support vNet Peering.

How Much Does Azure Bastion Cost?

Pricing for Bastion is pretty easy to understand. As all Microsoft VM Services, you pay for the time the Bastion hast is deployed and for any Bastion service you have deployed. You can easily calculate the costs for the Bastions Hosts you need via Azure Price Calculator.

I made my example for one Bastion Host in West Europe, with the assumption it would be needed all month long.

Azure Bastion Price Calculator

Bastion Roadmap Items

Being in preview there are still a number of things that Microsoft is adding to Bastion’s feature set. This includes things like:

  1. Single-Sign-On with Azure AD
  2. Multi-Factor Auth
  3. vNet Peering (Not confirmed, but being HEAVILY requested by the community right now)

vNet Peering support would make it so that only a single Bastion Host in a Hub or Security vNet is needed.

You can see additional feature request or submit your own via the Microsoft Feedback Forum.

If you like a feature request or want to push your own request, keep an eye on the votes. The more votes a piece of feedback has, the more likely Microsoft will work on the feature. 

Additional Documentation and Wrap-Up

Additional documentation can be found on the Azure Bastion Sales Page.

Finally, I’d like to wrap up by finding out what you think of Azure Bastion. Do you think this is a worthy feature? Is this something that you’ll be putting into production once the feature is out of preview? Any issues you currently see with it today? Let us know in the comments section below!

Finally, if you’re interested in learning more about Azure security issues why not watch our webinar session on Azure Security Center? Presented by Thomas Maurer from the Azure Engineering Team, you will learn all about this important security package and how you should be using it to ensure your Azure ecosystem is fully protected!

Azure Security Center Webinar

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Thanks for reading!

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Author: Florian Klaffenbach

For Sale – MSI 1080Ti gaming X 11GB

Selling my MSI 1080Ti Gaming X 11GB. Immaculate as new condition. Barely even used it to be honest, so it’s sitting totally under utilised in my system. Just don’t have the time for gaming these days.

Comes with original box and accessories. Warranty good until 2020.

£650 delivered. PPG or BT.

If you’re on the south coast I’m happy for you to collect or I can deliver if you’re not too far from PO10 postcode.

Price and currency: £650
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: PPG or BT
Location: Emsworth, Hants
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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For Sale – iMac 27″ 5k Retina

My son is selling his iMac which to be honest has had very little use and is in cracking condition, well looked after.
It was bought from Apple Store in the MetroCentre about October 2016.

The specs are (taken from the box)

27 inch iMac with 5K Display
3.1GHz quad core i5 with 6MB L3 Cache (Turbo Boost to 3.6GHz)
8GB of Ram
1TB Hard Drive
Magic Keyboard 2 and Magic Mouse 2
Fully boxed with all that comes with it.

Full specs can be found
HERE

due to the delicate nature of this item it will not be posted, pick up is welcome from Washington, Tyne & Wear or I could deliver / meet up within a suitable distance.

Price and currency: 1000
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: BACS, PPG, or hard cash
Location: Washington, Tyne & Wear
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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  • Landline telephone number. Make a call to check out the area code and number are correct, too
  • Name and address including postcode
  • Valid e-mail address

DO NOT proceed with a deal until you are completely satisfied with all details being correct. It’s in your best interest to check out these details yourself.

For Sale – iMac 27″ 5k Retina

My son is selling his iMac which to be honest has had very little use and is in cracking condition, well looked after.
It was bought from Apple Store in the MetroCentre about October 2016.

The specs are (taken from the box)

27 inch iMac with 5K Display
3.1GHz quad core i5 with 6MB L3 Cache (Turbo Boost to 3.6GHz)
8GB of Ram
1TB Hard Drive
Magic Keyboard 2 and Magic Mouse 2
Fully boxed with all that comes with it.

Full specs can be found
HERE

due to the delicate nature of this item it will not be posted, pick up is welcome from Washington, Tyne & Wear or I could deliver / meet up within a suitable distance.

Price and currency: 1000
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: BACS, PPG, or hard cash
Location: Washington, Tyne & Wear
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

______________________________________________________
This message is automatically inserted in all classifieds forum threads.
By replying to this thread you agree to abide by the trading rules detailed here.
Please be advised, all buyers and sellers should satisfy themselves that the other party is genuine by providing the following via private conversation to each other after negotiations are complete and prior to dispatching goods and making payment:

  • Landline telephone number. Make a call to check out the area code and number are correct, too
  • Name and address including postcode
  • Valid e-mail address

DO NOT proceed with a deal until you are completely satisfied with all details being correct. It’s in your best interest to check out these details yourself.

For Sale – iMac 27″ 5k Retina

My son is selling his iMac which to be honest has had very little use and is in cracking condition, well looked after.
It was bought from Apple Store in the MetroCentre about October 2016.

The specs are (taken from the box)

27 inch iMac with 5K Display
3.1GHz quad core i5 with 6MB L3 Cache (Turbo Boost to 3.6GHz)
8GB of Ram
1TB Hard Drive
Magic Keyboard 2 and Magic Mouse 2
Fully boxed with all that comes with it.

Full specs can be found
HERE

due to the delicate nature of this item it will not be posted, pick up is welcome from Washington, Tyne & Wear or I could deliver / meet up within a suitable distance.

Price and currency: 1000
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: BACS, PPG, or hard cash
Location: Washington, Tyne & Wear
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

______________________________________________________
This message is automatically inserted in all classifieds forum threads.
By replying to this thread you agree to abide by the trading rules detailed here.
Please be advised, all buyers and sellers should satisfy themselves that the other party is genuine by providing the following via private conversation to each other after negotiations are complete and prior to dispatching goods and making payment:

  • Landline telephone number. Make a call to check out the area code and number are correct, too
  • Name and address including postcode
  • Valid e-mail address

DO NOT proceed with a deal until you are completely satisfied with all details being correct. It’s in your best interest to check out these details yourself.

Gigabyte Xtreme Gaming GTX980TI

For sale is my 980TI. Decided to upgrade but to be honest its played everthing spot on that I have tried thus far. Just have the upgrade bug so up for sale.

Cracking card, very quiet and I have not picked up any coil whine when in use.

Used for occasional gaming only and will come in its original box etc.

Currently in use (still hunting around for a 1080ti so open to trades plus cash your way for the right card) and will be sent out within 24hours of payment.

Original purchased Sept 2016…

Gigabyte Xtreme Gaming GTX980TI

Gigabyte Xtreme Gaming GTX980TI

For sale is my 980TI. Decided to upgrade but to be honest its played everthing spot on that I have tried thus far. Just have the upgrade bug so up for sale.

Cracking card, very quiet and I have not picked up any coil whine when in use.

Used for occasional gaming only and will come in its original box etc.

Currently in use (still hunting around for a 1080ti so open to trades plus cash your way for the right card) and will be sent out within 24hours of payment.

Original purchased Sept 2016…

Gigabyte Xtreme Gaming GTX980TI

Gigabyte Xtreme Gaming GTX980TI

For sale is my 980TI. Decided to upgrade but to be honest its played everthing spot on that I have tried thus far. Just have the upgrade bug so up for sale.

Cracking card, very quiet and I have not picked up any coil whine when in use.

Used for occasional gaming only and will come in its original box etc.

Currently in use (still hunting around for a 1080ti so open to trades plus cash your way for the right card) and will be sent out within 24hours of payment.

Original purchased Sept 2016…

Gigabyte Xtreme Gaming GTX980TI

Gigabyte Xtreme Gaming GTX980TI

For sale is my 980TI. Decided to upgrade but to be honest its played everthing spot on that I have tried thus far. Just have the upgrade bug so up for sale.

Cracking card, very quiet and I have not picked up any coil whine when in use.

Used for occasional gaming only and will come in its original box etc.

Currently in use (still hunting around for a 1080ti so open to trades plus cash your way for the right card) and will be sent out within 24hours of payment.

Original purchased Sept 2016…

Gigabyte Xtreme Gaming GTX980TI