Azure Automation, Azure Functions, Teams, and Event Grid

Azure Functions Azure Automation

Well, I did it.  I finally started working with Azure Functions.  I toyed around with PowerShell based Azure Functions for a while, but couldn’t find a good example to get started.  A couple of weeks ago I started preparing a video that uses Event Grid and Azure Automation to send a message to Teams when a new Resource Group is created in Azure.  This is based on information Microsoft has posted on using PowerShell to post to Teams.  The video is listed below.

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Azure Backup, Overview and Implementation

Azure Backup

This video starts with an introduction of Azure Backup.  This is useful for anyone interested in Azure Backup or studying for the AZ-103 or other Microsoft Certification.  It goes on to cover the difference between RTP, RPO and the importance of understanding data retention requirements for a solid backup strategy.  After that, it outlines the difference between Azure Backup and Azure Site Recovery and gives an overview of what VSS is and how it solves some common backup problems. 

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Copy Blob Files Local with Event Grid and Azure Automation

This video demonstrates how to automatically sync Blob files in Azure Storage to a local file system.  I show how to configure Event Grid to trigger a webhook that starts a runbook in Azure Automation when a new file is added to Azure Blob Storage.  The Runbook runs on a Hybrid Worker and downloads the file from Azure Storage to a local file system. 

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Redeploy an Azure VM

Redeploy

In this video I reviews the Redeploy tool for Azure IaaS VM’s.  I give an overview of what the tool is used for and then a demo on how to run Redeploy against Windows and Linux VM’s through the Portal and using PowerShell and the Azure Cloud Shell.  This Video is for anyone who administrates Azure VM’s or interested in taking the AZ-103 certification exam.

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Channel Update and Azure Exam Study Tips

I recently started an Azure 101 playlist.  The idea was to occasionally post videos for people new to Azure.  I think the content was pretty good, but the video didn’t get much traction.  Recently I was reviewing requirements for Azure Certifications and realized that there was a lot of parallels to the Azure 101 playlist and the AZ-103 Microsoft Azure Administrator Exam. 

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Troubleshooting and reporting VM performance data in Azure with PerfInsights

In this video, I walk through Azure Perfinsights, a performance reporting and troubleshooting tool for Windows and Linux Virtual Machines.

Active Directory Domain Service, Azure Active Directory and Azure Active Directory Domain Service Explained

Active Directory Domain Service, Azure Active Directory and Azure Active Directory Domain Service

Microsoft has a couple of options available for identity and authentication services including Active Directory Domain Services, Azure Active Directory, and Azure Active Directory Domain Services.  This can lead to confusion, especially considering three of the options have “Active Directory” in the name.  It also leads to the question “do we still need domain controllers?”  This post reviews these three different options, outlining the functionality and comparing how they work together in Microsoft and Azure.

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Reserved Instances in Azure

Azure Reserved Instance

Reserved Instances offer significant savings for IaaS Servers, SQL Databases, Cosmos DB and other Azure and third party services.  I have mentioned Reserved Instance in a couple other videos and posts. One on Saving money in Azure and once on Azure Cost Management.  LINKS. This article and the accompanying video go into details on how Azure Reserved Instances worth.

Video version, including a demo can be found below.

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