Azure 101 – Azure Locations, Regions and High Availability

This is the first video in a 101, Introductory to Microsoft Azure series. The video starts by reviewing the current Azure geographies and regions, and works through tutorial of different options of leveraging Azure Regions for high availability. Topics include Azure Regions, Availability Sets, Availability Zones and Paired regions.

How to use a Free GitHub Account to Manage Azure Automation Runbooks

Azure Automation

Controlling source code is important for good code management, especially when multiple people are working on a project.  In this video, I’m going to show you how to connect an Azure Automation account with a free or paid GitHub account.

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Grafana Dashboard with Log Analytics Data

Log Analytics

This post covers creating a dashboard in Grafana and displaying data from Log Analytics.  My previous post covered connecting a Grafana installation to a Log Analytics workspace.  That post can be found here.  The examples below are intended to give the reader an overview of options to help get started with Grafana.

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Connect Grafana to Azure Log Analytics

Log Analytics

In this post I demonstrate how to connect Grafana to Azure Log Analytics using the Azure Monitor data source plugin. Grafana is an open source, data visualization and monitoring platform.  Or, as the website states “The open platform for beautiful analytics and monitoring”.  Grafana can run on Windows, Linux, ARM, as well as Docker.  There is a hosted option for those who prefer to have someone else host the environment.

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WordPress Migration with FixMySite.com

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I consider myself the DIY type, both at home and in my profession.  I would rather fix a leaky pipe or deploy a server farm myself. However, with experience comes the knowledge of when it makes sense to do it yourself and when it’s best to pay someone else.  That’s what I faced when trying to move my WordPress site.

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Webhooks and Azure Automation Runbooks

Azure Automation

Overview

Azure Automation is Microsoft’s cloud-hosted automation solution.  It uses Python or PowerShell based scripts, referred to as runbooks, to launch automation jobs in Azure or on-premises.  These runbooks are started in multiple ways.  The information below details starting automation jobs with a webhook.

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Collect Custom Windows Event Logs in Log Analytics

Log AnalyticsAdding most Windows Event Logs to Log Analytics is a straightforward process.  Simply go to the Advanced properties in the Workspace > Windows Event Logs and start typing the name.  A pre-populated list will appear as shown below.  Selected the log and add it for collection.  But what if the log you are looking for is not listed in Log Analytics? Continue reading “Collect Custom Windows Event Logs in Log Analytics”