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 hoursCPU Spike outside office hours Part of the Log Analytics query will be … Continue reading Creating alerts within specified hours with Log Analytics

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 … Continue reading Availability Sets v Availability Zones in IaaS

Microsoft Azure Exam AZ-103 Study Notes

AZ-103 is the newest Azure administrator exam, consisting of both the previous exams AZ-100 and AZ-101. The exam measures your ability in a number of areas including:- Azure Storage, virtual machines, virtual networks and managed identities. Exam topics covered:- Manage Azure subscriptions and resources (15-20%)Implement and manage storage (15-20%)Deploy and manage virtual machines (VMs) (15-20%)Configure … Continue reading Microsoft Azure Exam AZ-103 Study Notes

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 createFull … Continue reading Azure Dashboards

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 … Continue reading Azure Key Vault:- 5 ways to secure

Microsoft OpenHack DevOps Paris

I had the pleasure of attending a 3 day Microsoft OpenHack in Paris, primarily based on Kubernetes and focusing on DevOps practices to achieve Zero Downtime deployments, this includes from the initial build of the container into Azure Container Registry to a successful release - Building a complete CI/CD pipeline. This was a rather tense … Continue reading Microsoft OpenHack DevOps Paris

Azure Certification Journey

A comprehensive blog detailing the current available Azure Certifications and the pathway that leads to them. Are you new to Azure? If you have answered yes to the above, I do not recommend attempting any Microsoft Azure exams just yet, they are tough! Don’t pressure yourself and enjoy what Azure has to offer before you … Continue reading Azure Certification Journey