Creating Azure Activity Log Alerts with PowerShell

Want to create alerts from the Azure Activity Log? I will be showing how to do this with the PowerShell cmdlet Set-AzActivityLogAlert using conditions taken from a json output of the Activity Log. For the example I will be looking at alerting when a change has been made to a Network Security Group (NSG) I…

Creating automated reports using Logic Apps for Log Analytics queries

From time to time, you may want an automated report to be emailed which displays a specific Log Analytics query, in this blog I will detail how this can be done via using a Logic App. What are Logic Apps? A little resource with a big outcome, Logic Apps assist you with automated workflow; scheduling,…

Azure Datacenter IP ranges from PowerShell to XML

Azure recently released an update to inform that the Weekly publication of Azure datacenter IP ranges (also known as XML files) for Azure Public, China, and Germany will be deprecated by June 30, 2020. Below is the update that was sent out:- Instead, you can now download the updated weekly publications (also known as JSON files) or programmatically retrieve this…

Enabling Alerting for Azure Recovery Services Vault

Azure Recovery Services Vault is a backup resource within Azure, primarily used for Virtual Machine backups and Azure Site Recovery. Both of which are critical to the successful running of an environment in Azure, whether it be backing up the data on the Virtual Machine or the requirement to have Site Recovery enabled to allow…

Creating Azure Service Health Alerts in PowerShell

Azure Service Health provides you with an interactive dashboard that primarily tracks the health of your Azure Services in the regions that you have deployed to. There are three types of health events that are tracked: Health Advisories:- Changes in Azure Services that require your attention, such as quota usage being exceeded or Azure resources…

Azure Automation Runbook – Stop/Start Azure Firewall

Azure Automation runbooks can be used for numerous scheduled tasks throughout your Azure subscription, in this blog I will show how it can be used to stop & start Azure Firewall in both a schedule and invoking using a webhook. What types of runbooks are available? Type Description Graphical Based on Windows PowerShell that uses…

Logic Apps – RSS Feeds to Twitter

What are Logic Apps? A little resource with a big outcome, Logic Apps assist you with automated workflow; scheduling, automating, coposing a task or even rewiting a task. Sounds good? Lets continue! Examples of Logic Apps include:- Auto tier Azure Blobs based on last modified time Receive emails about new Tweets with certain key words…

Azure Functions:- Creating a PowerShell Function v2 using Azure CLI

Previously I had blogged about creating a PowerShell functions using v1 of Azure Functions but in recent updates; PowerShell Core 6 (Preview) is now supported in v2. Want to run small snippets of code in the cloud? Without the need to deploy adequate infrastructure to do so? Azure Functions allow you to do so, with…

Azure Dashboards

Centralise your queried data graphs/charts etc with Azure Dashboards – such a powerful resource within Microsoft Azure! A fully customisable user interface within a dashboard type environment, this should be configured for a “first-stop” for your team(s) to keep an eye on:- metrics, graphs and data within these dashboards. Why Azure Dashboards? Simple to create…

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