Azure 101: Governance

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 to be successful with their…


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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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

<Updated Service Note> Please note that this capability has now been integrated into Application Gateway, and you no longer need to handle redirection on your IIS servers (though you still could if desired). Please see https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/application-gateway/application-gateway-redirect-overview for more information. </Updated Service Note> Azure Application Gateway is a layer 7 load balancer with features such as SSL…

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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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