Storage Account Replication with Functions and Event Grid

In this blog post we’re going to take a look at how we can create a serverless solution to enable a custom replication capability in Azure Storage. We’re going to be storing data in an Azure Blob Storage Account, and will use the newly released Event Grid service to enable replication using an Azure Function….

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Just enough Azure for Hadoop – Part 4

This blog is part 4 of a series that covers relevant Azure fundamentals – concepts/terminology you need to know, in the context of Hadoop.  While the first three touched on Azure infrastructure aspects, this one covers Azure PaaS Data Services.  There are a number of them – I have touched on the ones relevant.  In…


Staying Current With Azure Updates

One of the frequent questions I get from customers is how to stay up to date on all the latest and greatest happenings on Azure. Given the nature (and benefit) of a cloud platform, enhancements are rolled out constantly and it can be hard to keep track of all the things that we release to…

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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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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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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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Performing Application Upgrades on Azure VM Scale Sets

Virtual Machine Scale Sets (VMSS) are an awesome solution available on Azure, providing autoscale capabilities and elasticity for your application. I was recently working with a customer who was interested in leveraging VMSS on their web tier and one of the points we focused on was how to do an upgrade of an application running…

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Configuring Startup and Logon scripts for Azure RemoteApp

Azure RemoteApp (ARA) is an Azure service that enables companies to deploy their business applications as virtualized services. Most 32 or 64 bit Windows applications can be hosted in ARA (such as LOB, legacy, custom, Office, CRM etc. apps). Users can access these applications remotely as if they are running them locally. The ARA application…

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Upgrade those VMs to Premium Storage

Let’s say you have a production VM running in Azure. That’s pretty common these days and you find yourself monitoring them and thinking, gosh, I should be able to get more umph out of this thing. SSD the OS disk (and the data disks if needed) and life will get infinitely better! In fact, I’ve…

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Retrieving Resource Metrics and Creating Alert Rules via Azure PowerShell

UPDATE: This post has been updated to use the new Azure Resource Manager (ARM) cmdlets released in March 2016. Azure Insights is intended to provide a coherent monitoring and alerting framework for all Azure resources. Michael Collier wrote a post describing how to retrieve Azure Insights metric data using the Azure Resource Manager Insights REST…

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