Azure Functions:- Creating a PowerShell Function v2 using Azure CLI

Previously I had blogged about creating a PowerShell functions using v1 of Azure Functions but in recent updates; PowerShell Core 6 (Preview) is now supported in v2. Want to run small snippets of code in the cloud? Without the need to deploy adequate infrastructure to do so? Azure Functions allow you to do so, with … Continue reading Azure Functions:- Creating a PowerShell Function v2 using Azure CLI

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

Azure Automation:- PowerShell DSC

Using PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC) within your Azure environment? I recommend looking at using Azure Automation to assist you with this! The Azure Automation account which will hold DSC configurations and compiled configs along with imported modules acts as the DSC "pull server". Along with this, has a great User Interface to check if … Continue reading Azure Automation:- PowerShell DSC

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