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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Azure Cost Management and Billing

Azure Cost Management

In this video, I walk through Azure Cost Management and Billing.  I give a tutorial on setting up a budget and spending alerts once certain spending thresholds are reached on a subscription.  Next, I review and manage past alerts.  After that is a walkthrough analyzing subscription spending trends.  Lastly, I give an example of Azure Advisor Recommendations on my subscription.

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Azure Bastion Preview Setup Walk Through

In this video, I walk through the prerequisites and setup of the new Azure Bastion Service for IaaS servers.  Azure Bastion provides RDP and SSH access to Windows and Linux servers without the need for public IP’s or VPN connections.  Access is enabled through the Azure portal with an HTML5 client.

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