Azure Virtual Machine Change Tracking

Lets have a look at the Azure Virtual Change Tracking extension/solution that allows you to view guest-related OS changes within your Virtual Machine from Azure. This data can be used to alert-on if required various changes within your Virtual Machine environment. What can be tracked? Currently, the following change-types can be tracked within the Change…

cloud-init does not appear to be running error after installing WALinuxAgent fix

After a recent migration of a Linux VM (Ubuntu 16.04) from a data centre to Azure using Azure Migrate, it didn’t include the installation of WALinuxAgent Why is this needed? This agent is how the Virtual Machine communicates with Azure, it manages the Linux provisioning and VM interaction with the Azure Fabric Controller, pretty much…

Azure Virtual Machine Boot Diagnostics

This little feature has assisted me many times! Azure Virtual Machine boot diagnostics gives you a log view and screenshot of your Virtual Machine (VM) from the hypervisor level. VM not accessible? This feature may just help you! Checking this feature can confirm if your VM is having issues stopping you from connecting successfully. Enabling…

Monitor connection to a Virtual Machine using Connection Monitor

Monitor connection to a Virtual Machine using Connection Monitor

Network Watcher Connection Monitor is a pretty cool service in Azure, ever need to monitor a Virtual machine but third-party extensions cannot be configured? Connection Monitor allows you to monitor Virtual Machines ports to ensure they’re still listening and reachable. How does it work? The connection is created from a Source Virtual Machine to your…

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 Monitor – Taking the Logging and alerting deployment from ARM To PowerShell

Azure Monitor, an all in one comprehensive solution for collecting, analyzing and acting on your cloud and/or on-premises environment. Along with this, we use both Log Analytics & Application Insights for collecting and analyzing telemetry data that allows us to view real-time metrics of how the application/environment is currently being handled. Application Insights also helps…

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