Azure Storage Account Security

There have been a number of recent high profile data exposures related to storage of data within cloud services. Often times data isn’t properly secured in these services, leaving sensitive data exposed and putting customers and businesses at risk. Azure Blob storage is a great method to cost effectively store data, from key/value pairs to…

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Understanding Idempotence and Scope in Azure Resource Manager Templates

Azure resources can be provisioned and modified a multitude of ways, through the portal, via PowerShell or through templates. In this post we’re going to take a look at the latter method, and specifically how the concept of idempotence and scope plays a role in template deployments. If you’ve never heard the term before, the…

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Azure IaaS Audit Solution

I have been working with a customer for the last two years that has their eCommerce platform deployed within Azure. Because of that, their application has to be PCI compliant which requires that they perform an annual audit of the system. That along with my many years working with customers within the Federal Government, brought…


Building Blockchain DApp’s on Service Fabric

This post is first in its series to give high level overview of building an end-to-end DApp on Service Fabric. If you are new to Blockchain or Service Fabric here are some resources to get started : Blockchain as a Service : https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/solutions/blockchain/ Service Fabric Overview : https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/service-fabric/service-fabric-overview For this post I will start with…

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End to End SSL with Azure Application Gateway

Azure Application Gateway is a layer 7 load balancer with features such as SSL termination, WAF and multiple routing options. For web applications this is a great option for load balancing your applications across multiple back end servers where the Azure Load Balancer may not meet your requirements. In this post, I’ll walk through an…

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Programmatically adding elements to an Azure ARM template using PowerShell

One of the great features of Azure ARM templates is that you can do template linking so that you can split your deployment into smaller components. This promotes better reuse as well as less unwieldy template files. However, one limitation today is that it is not easily possible to do conditional logic within your ARM…

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Uploading Azure NSG Flow Logs to OMS

** Edit 6/6/2017 ** The upload script has now been updated to allow for SAS token authentication in addition to using the storage account keys. Using SAS tokens allows for more granular access and reduces the risk associated with potential exposure of storage account keys. I’ve updated the upload command below to indicate how to…

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Getting Started with Azure – Backing Up VMs

In my last post, I provided you with some simple steps on how to “Get Started” with the Azure Backup service by focusing on the Backup Vault and Policies that are associated with Vaults and VMs. Starting from there, I would like to go to the next and final step, which is the actual Backing…