Proximity Placement Groups and Accelerated Networking

Proximity Placement Group

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.

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New! Azure Spot Virtual Machine

Azure Spot VM
Azure Spot VM

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. 

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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.

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 

Commands used in this video are:

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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 Connectivity Check in Preview

Microsoft announced a new Azure Connectivity Check as part of the Network Watcher service.  Below is the announcement from Microsoft:
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/azure-network-watcher-introduces-connectivity-check-preview/

A couple things to note before you use it:

First, you have to enable your subscription for Network Watcher.  Do this by going into Network Watcher  and selecting your subscription in the Overview blade.  Go to the three dots on the right and enable your subscription.

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Static IP and Azure Resource Manager

If you deployed a VM using the new Resource Manager mode in Azure and need to find the IP and if it is static you may have ran across the “Get-AzureVM” command as an option to retrieve IP information.  This command is for “Clasic” mode and won’t work in Resource Manager mode.

To get IP information including the internal IP and if it is set dynamic or static, use this command:

Get-AzureRmNetworkInterface -name <NIC_Name> -ResourceGroupName <NIC_ResourceGroup>

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Notice that this does not specify the VM Name, it specifies the NIC attached to the VM.  The output will give you the IP address and indicate if it is static or dynamic.