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How to use PowerShell & Azure Policy to check settings inside a VM

How to use PowerShell & Azure Policy to check settings inside a VM

You might have explored Azure Policy to enforce the configuration of Azure resources, but did you know it can also investigate inside virtual machines too? This is really helpful for being alerted of “configuration drift” – when you need visibility ... continue reading
How to use Azure Policy to check settings inside a VM

How to use Azure Policy to check settings inside a VM

You might have explored Azure Policy to enforce the configuration of Azure resources, but did you know it can also investigate inside virtual machines too? This is really helpful for being alerted of “configuration drift” – when you need visibility ... continue reading
Azure Bastion - Access your Azure virtual servers without a public open RDP port

Azure Bastion – Access your Azure virtual servers without a public open RDP port

There may be a valid reason why you need Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) or Secure Shell (SSH) access to a virtual machine hosted in Microsoft Azure. Unfortunately, this means you either need to have ports like 3389 open on a ... continue reading
Step-by-Step: Finding and Analyzing Microsoft Azure Cloud Usage Costs

Step-by-Step: Finding and Analyzing Microsoft Azure Cloud Usage Costs

Have you just seen last months’ bill, or received an alert because you had Azure Budgets configured? If your Cloud spend is different than what you were expecting it to be, you’ll want to do some detective work to isolate ... continue reading
Exam review: AZ-900 Microsoft Azure Fundamentals

Exam review: AZ-900 Microsoft Azure Fundamentals

When did you last sit an official industry exam? For me, it's been more years than I care to count! But recently, a group of staff at my local Microsoft office planned to sit the AZ-900 Microsoft Azure Fundamentals exam ... continue reading
Getting started with Azure Monitor Dynamic Thresholds

Getting started with Azure Monitor Dynamic Thresholds

For IT Operations teams, performance metrics are essential to monitoring server health. They give you an early warning of potential problems and some quantifiable data over “the computers are running slow”. They also give you data to back up a ... continue reading
Using PowerShell to import and export Azure Blueprints

Using PowerShell to import and export Azure Blueprints

I’ve previously written an overview of what Azure Blueprints are and why you’d use them, so if you are unfamiliar with them, check out Getting started with Azure Blueprints. As the Azure Blueprints service is still in Preview, you won’t ... continue reading
Getting started with Azure Blueprints

Getting started with Azure Blueprints

While the Cloud allows for speed and flexibility, there are still valid reasons for controlling the configuration of Cloud resources – including regulatory compliance requirements. Azure Governance consists of several services to enforce or audit resources inside Azure and now ... continue reading
Best practices for naming your Microsoft Azure resources

Best practices for naming your Microsoft Azure resources

When talking about Cloud infrastructure, you might have come across the phrase “Pets versus cattle.” It appeared around 2012 when Bill Baker used it to differentiate between servers that can never be down and servers that are easily replaceable (e.g ... continue reading
How to use Multiple Sign-in Accounts inside of Azure Portal

How to use Multiple Sign-in Accounts inside of Azure Portal

It's common for people running IT operations to use a few different identity accounts when working in Microsoft's online services. You may use a standard one for everyday activities and an administrator-level account with greater access when you need to ... continue reading