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Completing your automated VM deployments with the DSC VM extension

Azure Resource Manager (ARM) templates are a great resource for deploying Azure infrastructure, including virtual machines, in a declarative manner. However, using an ARM template to deploy a VM will only get you as far as having a VM deployed and the operating system installed and running. The next step is to get any applications and supporting software installed on those machines. Of course you...

Disaster Recovery for Azure VMS with Site Recovery

Disaster recovery is, or should be, a must for for many production applications. Having the ability to recover your application in a separate geographic location should a major incident occur is vital to the continued availability of your service. Microsoft have offered a DR service called Azure Site Recovery (ASR) for some time now, but this has been focused on taking on-premises applications...

Conditions in ARM Templates – The Right Way!

At this months Build conference there where lot’s of new Azure announcements and in particular lots of new features for Azure Resource Manager (ARM) templates. Ryan Jones. PM on ARM templates, did a breakout session talking about all this new functionality which is available now on channel 9. I want to focus on one of the big improvements, at least from perspective, and that is we now have...

ARM Template Deployments for MYSQL and PostgreSQl

Last week at build Microsoft announced a preview of MYSQL and PostgreSQL databases as a PaaS service running in Azure. Since then, we’ve not yet seen full documentation of the ARM templates required to deploy these, however some example templates did appear on Github a few days ago that provide enough information to begin creating templates that use these two database services. Both...

Azure App for iOS and Android

Today at the Build Conference, Microsoft announced the Azure Mobile app for iOS and Android (with a UWP app to come soon). I’ve had access to this app for a while during the preview and whilst it’s never going to replace the web portal for the majority of Azure work and has fairly limited functionality at the minute, it does provide a handy tool for times you need to make a change on...

Using Linked Templates and Conditional Logic in ARM

Microsoft have now added first class conditions to the language so this workaround is no longer required. See this article on how to use this feature. ARM Templates are a great tool for deploying complex sets of resources in Azure, however as it currently stands there is no concept of an “If” statement in a template. This can make it much more difficult to support the re-use of code...

Protecting Azure Resources with Resource Manager Locks

Resource Manager Locks provide a way for administrators to lock down Azure resources to prevent deletion or changing of a resource. These locks sit outside of the Role Based Access Controls (RBAC) hierarchy and when applied will place the restriction on the resource for all users. These are very useful when you have an important resource in your subscription which users should not be able to...

Azure Instance Metadata and Scheduled Events

Earlier last week Microsoft announced the public preview of the VM Instance Metadata service. This service allows you to query information about a VM, from inside the VM itself, it’s something that has been available on AWS for a long time and has some really interesting uses for users or code running inside your virtual machines. In this post we’ll dig a bit deeper into the service...

Azure AD Directory Service – New Features

Back in November I published an article on Azure Active Directory Domain Services (AAD DS), detailing some of the limitations of the service and what it is and isn’t intended for. If you’ve not read that I recommend going back and reading through that first so this article makes sense. Since this article was published there have been some big updates to the service that mean some of...

Collect Log Analytics/OMS Data Across Subscriptions

Microsoft’s Log Analytics platform, part of the OMS Suite, allows you to pull in and analyse data from a wide variety of source for your operational needs. One of these sources of data is from Azure Monitor, the monitoring solution built into the Azure platform. Azure Monitor is great on it’s own when you want to look at performance or log data for a specific resource, but when you...

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