Azure 101: Monitoring & Logging Part 1

Originally I was going to have my next Azure 101 post be about Networking as that is another set of services that every customer needs to learn about no matter what type of application or system you are planning on deploying. However, more important is the type of monitoring and logging that you may want…


A Serverless ToDo List

An Example Serverless Application with Azure Functions, CosmosDB, Blob Storage and Azure Active Directory authentication

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Azure 101: Governance

UPDATE: Added additional resource at bottom I have worked with a lot of different customers over the years and many of them were just betting started with Azure. Although these customers were of different sizes and were in different industries, they absolutely had something in common and that was the process and knowledge that they needed…


Best Practices: Collaborative Approach to ChatBot Design using Bot Framework Tools

There are already many articles and documents that have been created on how to develop a ChatBot using the Microsoft Bot Framework and how they can easily be integrated with many of the Cognitive Services that Microsoft provides. Matter of fact, you will see links to many of them listed below in the Additional Information…


Terraform for the ARM Template Developer

The files used in this article can be found here: https://github.com/ssemyan/BasicAzureLinuxVmTerraformTemplate In a previous post – Creating Azure Resources with ARM Templates Step by Step – I explain how to use Azure ARM templates to describe and deploy resources in Azure. With many companies adopting a multi-cloud strategy, the idea of a single toolset to…

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Understanding RPO and RTO considerations of Azure Solutions

Traditional on prem Disaster Recovery (DR) discussions almost always include requirements around RPO and RTO.  I was asked recently if given more and more hybrid (onprem to cloud) and cloud to cloud DR deployments, if RPO and RTO are still relevant.   In short, RPO and RTO are still extremely relevant design considerations.   To…

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Changing the License Type for an existing Virtual Machine Scale Set to use the Azure Hybrid Use Benefit

If you are an enterprise customer that has existing Windows Server licenses that you want to use in Azure, you can take advantage of the Azure Hybrid Use Benefit to bring those licenses to the cloud. We have those steps documented for a number of scenarios here: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-machines/windows/hybrid-use-benefit-licensing. However, what if you want to convert…

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Query ASR Replicated Item Status using Powershell

In this short blog post, I am going to show how to query the status of replicated items in an Azure Site Recovery (ASR) vault.  My objective for this post is to share some of the details of ASR Powershell API/object model that may not be obvious immediately.  There are two reasons for this in…

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Cost Optimization on Azure

Cost is always a concern with customers when it comes to the cloud. I’ve had a number of conversations with customers lately around how they can take advantage of various offers and benefits on Azure to reduce their costs, and I thought I’d share some of them here as well. There are many things you…

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Azure Administrator Account Security

In this short post I wanted to share a couple of recommendations that I give to customers to ensure their Azure administrator accounts are secured. Because the resources you deploy in Azure (or any cloud for that matter) are in all likelihood critical to running your business, you need to ensure the credentials themselves used…

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