Management Groups, Policies and Blueprints, Oh My!

My head is still swimming from all the information at Microsoft Ignite this year.  In this post I’m going over three reoccurring topics that makes managing and compliance of an Azure environment easier.  These are Management Groups, Policies and Blueprints.

 

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No Data in Network Overview Tile

This week I noticed an issue with no data showing in the Azure Network (Total), Network Out (Sum) and Network In (Sum) tile in the Azure Virtual Machine Overview.  I recall noticing this before but couldn’t remember how long ago that was.  Looking at other VM’s, most of my them were missing the Network Total information.  The only servers that were showing data are virtual firewall appliances.   Continue reading “No Data in Network Overview Tile”

Azure Service Health

Service HealthI recently returned from Microsoft Ignite with a lot of information to share.  Top of the list is Azure Service Health.  If you are not familiar with Azure Service Health, keep reading.  It’s a simple service that is incredibly important to managing your Azure Environment.

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Alerts Based on Rolling Averages in Log Analytics

This post will go over how to create an alert for Log Analytics that evaluates two recent time periods for comparison. It’s a little, let’s say, “in depth” as far as Log Analytics queries go. The alert is intended to trigger when a variable threshold is met based on the recent baseline as opposed to a static metric. Used with my PingTimeLog tool found here, alerts can be triggered if recent response time goes over a rolling average value. I also include a disk free space alert to identify when a large amount of data is added to a disk.

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Azure Global VNet Peering

This video that goes over how to enable and use Microsoft’s newly announced Global VNet Peering. This feature expands on existing VNet peering, allowing for connectivity between VNets in two different regions. More information can be found here 

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Azure AD Application Proxy and IIS

I had the pleasure of spending a significant amount of time elbows deep in a Remote Desktop Services deployment this week.  As part of the effort, I published the RDS RDWeb IIS page with the Azure AD Application Proxy so MFA can be leveraged for remote desktop services.

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Azure Desired State Configuration Pricing Change

AzureAutomationMicrosoft announced a change in the pricing model for Azure Desired State Configuration from a per-node to a per-transaction pricing structure.  With the standard 15 minute refresh, the cost is about the same as per-node.  However, it’s possible to get the monthly price to under $1 US by setting the refresh rate to once or twice a  day.  Microsoft’s announcement can be found here.

My other posts on Azure DSC can be found here.

Recover Encrypted Windows Azure VM

Disk EncryptionThe number one rule in disaster recovery is to keep a copy of your resume off site.  Number two is test backups and recovery.  An unrecoverable backup is useless and a disaster is no time to find out something went wrong.  This is a second part of a previous post on encrypting Windows hard drive in Azure.  The first part is available here.  In this post I will go over how to backup and recover encrypted Windows Azure VM using Recovery Services Vault. Continue reading “Recover Encrypted Windows Azure VM”