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,…

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 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…

Creating alerts within specified hours with Log Analytics

From time to time, creating alerts using data in Log Analytics may have an additional requirement only to be alerted on specified time frames, usually within business hours or outside of core hours, examples of this may include:- RDP Login in office hours CPU Spike outside office hours Part of the Log Analytics query will…

Availability Sets v Availability Zones in IaaS

Deploying your Production IaaS VMs within Azure you will be wanting to consider redundancy and ensuring your environment is highly available in both the Application itself along with the infrastructure it will be using within Azure. Looking at this from a high-level, you will be deploying each part of the application that you want to…

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…

Azure Key Vault:- 5 ways to secure

Using Azure Key Vault to store your secrets , encryption keys or even certificate data? Have a read of this blog, I will be discussing 5 ways on how to secure your Key Vault from network restriction to key rotation. As mentioned by Microsoft, access to a key vault is controlled via two types of…

Azure Functions:– Using PowerShell to automatically Tweet a random Blog Post from Table Storage

I have now got 30+ Blog posts, all of which I would want to share via Twitter on a repetitive basis, say for example 3 times a week. Yes, I could use TweetDeck or potentially another third-party tool but this is manual configuration as to what Tweet to send and when, I just want to…

Microsoft Ignite:- UK Tour

I recently attend the Microsoft Ignite UK Tour, which was a two day event in the London Excel arena. An event focused on Microsoft’s Azure and Office 365 offerings, consisting of 100+ deep-dive sessions and workshops along with 350+ experts! Sessions attended: Deploying your application faster and safer Protecting Apps and data on Azure Selecting…

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