Azure Virtual Machine & Associated Storage Cost Saving Tips

My blog entry for the Azure Advent Calendar, you may be asking what this is? Azure Advent Calendar is running through the month of December, consisting of 75 Videos and blog posts all relating to Microsoft Azure, ran my Gregor Suttie & Richard Hooper Thank you for letting me part of this great community event,…

Microsoft Ignite – Day 3 Roundup

Took a different approach today, spent the morning speaking to vendors and some Microsoft staff on various resources within Azure. This followed by a couple of Microsoft Mechanic sessions, the first focusing on Azure data warehousing and how the newly announced Azure Synapse Analytics service can benefit this even further Azure Synapse, combining data analytics…

Microsoft Ignite – Day 2 Roundup

After a very exciting first day, back for another fast paced day in the world of Microsoft Ignite with again, quite a number of new additions/announcements to Azure. Session: Architecting and implementing Governance across your subscriptions Speakers: Joseph Chan Governance is a requirement in any project, especially more and more sought after in today’s cloud world.…

Microsoft Ignite – Day 1 Roundup

This is my first year, attending Microsoft Ignite – what an event. The sheer size of the venue and scale of sessions available to various events happening throughout the day – mind blowing! I’ve blogged a roundup of sessions I attended today, including links and updates from various Azure Resources that I will find useful.…

Tweeting a random blog post from Rss feed using PowerShell Azure Function

Previously I blogged “Using PowerShell to automatically Tweet a random Blog Post from Table Storage” which resulted in a couple of Azure PowerShell Functions, this is a complex setup and possibly not required if all you are looking to do is Tweet a random blog post at a scheduled time. In this blog, I will…

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…

Azure Files Authentication with Azure Active Directory Domain Services

Azure Files as of recent times supports authentication with Azure Active Directory Domain Services using identity-based authentication. Virtual Machines joined to Azure AD DS can authenticate to Azure Files using Azure AD credentials rather than the generic username/password Azure Files provides. As a prerequisite, you will require an Azure Active Directory Domain Services (Azure AD…

Configuring an Azure Active Directory Domain Services instance and joining Virtual Machine to domain

What is Azure Active Directory Domain Services (Azure AD DS)? Azure AD DS provides domain services without the need to deploy and manage actual domain domain controllers, services include group policy, domain join and even Kerberos/NTLM authentication. The AD DS instance also integrates with your existing Azure AD tenant, allowing you to include existing AD…

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