In this post and accompanying video, we go over the benefits and considerations of using ephemeral disks with Azure Windows Virtual Desktop Session Hosts. We review the performance improvements as well as limitations that come with ephemeral disks, including the inability to deallocate Session Hosts. Next, we examine Azure Reserved Instances and how they can be used to keep the cost of Session Hosts down without using an auto scale solution.Continue reading “High Performance at a Low Price for WVD”
In this video I go over the benefits of using Azure Proximity Placement Groups and Accelerated networking with Azure IaaS VM’s. I start by explaining what Proximity Placement Groups are and how they work, then go over the basics of Accelerated Networking. After that, I deploy a Proximity Placement Group and accelerated networking and compare results with and without the features enabled.Continue reading “Proximity Placement Groups and Accelerated Networking”
Azure Spot Virtual Machines are an IaaS server option offered at a deep discount compared to pay-as-you-go and Reserved Instance pricing. This video walks through deploying the new Azure Spot VM’s with the Azure Portal. The video also gives an overview of what Azure Spot VM instances are and some considerations to using them.Continue reading “New! Azure Spot Virtual Machine”
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.Continue reading “Redeploy an Azure VM”
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.Continue reading “Reserved Instances in Azure”
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.Continue reading “Azure Bastion Preview Setup Walk Through”
I have another article published at 4Sysops.com. This one covers a multi-site VM failover using Custom Script Extensions to change OS level settings during failover.Continue reading “4Sysops.com – Azure Recovery Plans: Failover Multiple Azure VMs”
I am back from a week at Microsoft Ignite. This was my first time going, and I’m coming back with a dizzying amount of new information and a suitcase full of swag. I can’t pass the swag along but will do my best with the information.
One item that stood out was from the session I attended on Azure IaaS Server Network Performance. Microsoft Azure Networking now offers up to 30 Gbps depending on the server size. Continue reading “Azure IaaS Server Network Performance”