Oh! No! The Azure EA portal converted my MSDN/VSTS subscription into EA subcription

I ran into a customer situation where when the customer went to the Azure Enterprise Agreement (EA) portal and made himself an account owner and then created subscriptions, his existing MSDN/VSTS based Azure subscription got converted into an Azure EA subscription. Of course this was not a great outcome. Root Cause of this issue. The…

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Disk partition in Azure VMs – using ARM Templates to specify disk configurations

It is considered a best practice to define your Azure Resources using ARM Templates. We all know that. But what about in-VM configurations that you needed like say disk partitions, and other similar things. Well it turns out you can specify such post VM instantiation configuration changes, which are actually not executed by ARM proper…

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Strategies to realizing Cost Savings in Azure

This is a long post. Please scroll down Table of Contents Introduction. 2 Choosing the appropriate Compute Option in Azure. 3 Planned (Pro-Active) approach to Compute Optimization. 3 Laying down the scaffolding/structure so VMs are provisioned with cost optimization guidelines. 3 Governance. 4 Naming standards. 5 Using Role Based Access Control (RBAC) 6 Using Azure…

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