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…

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…

Microsoft Azure Exam AZ-500 Study Guide

AZ-500 is the latest Microsoft Azure Exam I have sat and passed, have received a number of messages asking when I would create a study guide for it, here it is! A security focused exam by Azure measuring your ability to complete the following tasks:- manage identity and access, implement platform protection, manage security operations…

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…

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…

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