Azure Virtual Machine Change Tracking

Lets have a look at the Azure Virtual Change Tracking extension/solution that allows you to view guest-related OS changes within your Virtual Machine from Azure. This data can be used to alert-on if required various changes within your Virtual Machine environment. What can be tracked? Currently, the following change-types can be tracked within the Change…

Copy Azure Virtual Machine Snapshots to another region and create Managed disks using PowerShell

In my previous blog, I detailed how to create Virtual Machine (VM) snapshots of all disks and restore in Azure using PowerShell, this is a follow-on blog detailing how you can copy the Virtual Machine disk snapshots to another region, for additional backup purposes for those VMs that cannot be backedup using Azure-related backup resources,…

Azure Virtual Machine Boot Diagnostics

This little feature has assisted me many times! Azure Virtual Machine boot diagnostics gives you a log view and screenshot of your Virtual Machine (VM) from the hypervisor level. VM not accessible? This feature may just help you! Checking this feature can confirm if your VM is having issues stopping you from connecting successfully. Enabling…

Monitor connection to a Virtual Machine using Connection Monitor

Monitor connection to a Virtual Machine using Connection Monitor

Network Watcher Connection Monitor is a pretty cool service in Azure, ever need to monitor a Virtual machine but third-party extensions cannot be configured? Connection Monitor allows you to monitor Virtual Machines ports to ensure they’re still listening and reachable. How does it work? The connection is created from a Source Virtual Machine to your…

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,…

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…

Securing your secrets using Azure Key Vault and Virtual Machine Managed Identity

In my previous blog I gave an overview of Azure Managed Identity, specifically around virtual machines and managed identities. In this, I will be detailing the process of implementing a secure use of Key Vault with this virtual machine and how Identity Management can be used to retrieve secrets. There are two types of managed…

Enabling Microsoft Antimalware User Interface in Azure

Installed the IaaSAntimalware “Microsoft Antimalware” extension and trying to access the User Interface within your RDP session and getting this restriction error? Run the below PowerShell snippet: You can now open System Centre Endpoint Protection

Azure Managed Identities

Keeping credentials safe and secure has always been a priority, even more so when in the cloud – quite a potential challenge this can be within your application, virtual machine or requirements to authenticate to additional cloud services Within Microsoft Azure, using managed identities is one of the security precautions can assist you with the…

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