In this video I go over creating a Grafana Dashboard with data from Azure Application Insights and Log Analytics including subscription cost information. I configure Grafana to allow anonymous, read only access and then configure a Raspberry Pi with FullPage OS to display the data in kiosk mode. This video draws on a lot of other information I have published as well as information available from the community. Links to relevant information below.Continue reading “Grafana Dashboard powered with Raspberry Pi Displaying Log Analytics and Application Insights Data”
In this post and accompanying video I outline six ways to save money when using Azure VM’s.Continue reading “Six Ways to Save with Azure IaaS Servers”
Adding 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”
ARM Templates are written with JSON and are at the core of Azure Resource Manager deployments. I have used and developed templates for months. Although successful, I ran into issues with formatting and syntax this week and decided to take a step back and get a better understanding of the underlying JSON used in these templates. In this post, I start from the beginning, exploring JSON as it relates to ARM templates. Continue reading “JSON and ARM Templates”
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”
The only constant is change. I noticed some new information came out this month while working on a project that requires encrypting disks. This information significantly changes how Azure Disk Encryption can be applied to Windows and Linux VM’s. This is an update to my previous article on Azure Disk Encryption with the intention of outlining the new, easier method of encrypting Azure disks. Continue reading “Azure Disk Encryption, V2”
The 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”
If you’ve landed here, odds are you are trying to find the SKUs or images available for your Microsoft Azure subscription and have already hit multiple pages referencing the outdated Get-AzureVMImage command. Things change quickly in the cloud and old data seems to linger for a while.
But have no fear. The information below outlines the commands to get the details on the Azure publisher, offer name, SKU Name and list all the VM images available based on location and subscription.
To find the needed information, first set the location; Central US in this example. Use the command below to find the location name if needed.
Get-AzureRmLocation | Select Location,DisplayName $locName = "centralus"