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.…

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…

Creating automated reports using Logic Apps for Log Analytics queries

From time to time, you may want an automated report to be emailed which displays a specific Log Analytics query, in this blog I will detail how this can be done via using a Logic App. What are Logic Apps? A little resource with a big outcome, Logic Apps assist you with automated workflow; scheduling,…

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…

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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