Avoid these Mistakes with Azure Availability Zones and Availability Sets!

In this video we review Availability Sets including fault domains and update domains.  Then we look at Availability Zones.  After that we review Azure SLA’s for VMs deployed with Availability Sets and Availability Zones.  Once we understand these concepts, we look at two mistakes to avoid when deploying highly available solutions with Availability Sets and Availability Zones.

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Getting Started with Public Load Balancers in Azure

Load balancers provide performance and high availability for applications and services.  In this video, we review Azure public load balancers including inbound connectivity from the internet.  We also review how to use the load balancer public IP address or IP prefix to support outbound internet access from the backend hosts.  Then we walk through steps to deploy a public load balancer in Azure.

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Getting Started with Azure Internal Load Balancers

Load balancers provide performance and high availability for applications and services.  In this video, we review Azure internal load balancers including features of each SKU, or type of load balancer, load balancing algorithm and distribution modes and health probes.  Then we walk through steps to deploy an internal load balancer in Azure.

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What you need to know about Azure Network Security Groups and Application Security Groups

This video covers what you need to know about Azure Network Security Groups and Application Security Groups.  I started with the idea of a quick video on Network Security groups.  Things snowballed from there, and it ended up being a comprehensive review of Network Security Groups (NSG) and application Security Groups (ASG).  I also added some bonus content on verifying IP flow with Network Watcher.  This video is intended as an introduction to NSG’s.  However, stick around even if you’ve used NSG’s for a while.  There may be some new information here for you.

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Azure Automation Hybrid Workers with PowerShell Remoting and Credential Resources

This video is a follow-up to a previous one on Azure Automation with Arc-enabled Hybrid Workers.  Hybrid Workers extend runbooks to a private network, but not every computer needs to be a Hybrid Worker.  In this video, we review using PowerShell Remoting with Hybrid Workers to build idempotent runbooks that target computers inside a private network.  Then we use a shared credential resource to authenticate the runbook in the local environment.  Multiple examples showing how to target other systems with PowerShell from the Hybrid Worker are provided.

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Azure Networking, User Defined Routes, and Network Virtual Appliances

This video was intended to show User Defined Routes (UDRs) and a few items were added on to demonstrate how they work.  It starts with some Azure Networking Basics and then we review a hub and spoke network.  From there, A Windows Server with Routing and Remote Access Services (RRAS) is configured as a Network Virtual Appliance (NVA) to route traffic between the spokes in the network.  UDRs are configured on the spoke subnets that send inter-spoke traffic to the NVA.  After that, we add a firewall into the network and direct internet traffic to the firewall with a default route in the UDR.

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Azure Automation Hybrid Worker with Azure Arc Enabled Servers

Azure Arc Automation Hybrid Worker

Azure Automation is not just for Azure!  We can extend it to an on-premises or multi-cloud environment with Hybrid Workers.  This video starts with an introduction to Hybrid Workers and then moves on to installing an Azure Automation Hybrid Worker on Azure Arc enabled severs.  We then test the implementation with a simple runbook.

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SFTP with Azure Storage is now Generally Availability

Azure Storage SFTP

SSH File Transfer protocol (SFTP), sometimes called Secure FTP, provides the ability to transfer files between autonomous systems.  Azure Storage standard V2 and Premium now supports SFPT access to blob containers.  This video goes over how to enable SFTP on a new storage account, then we add local users and connect with SFTP and the WinSCP client. 

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