Project FlashCast – upload and consume blobs simultaneously

An offhand comment by my business counterpart went something like this: “the partner wants to be able to upload an asset to the cloud and start processing it immediately rather than waiting for it to be fully transmitted.” I had done something like this with Azure Network Watcher, NSG Flow Logs in this project: Azure…

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Bootstrap your Container-Based Azure Function

This blog builds on this Azure docs document, but starts with my own code rather than a pre-canned solution. The solution is simple: it’s a function app with a single function that is triggered by event hub content. But it’s enough to demonstrate how to create a new container-based function app using the new (in…

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Send Telemetry to Splunk Enterprise from Azure Resources via Azure Monitor, Part 5

For Part 1 of this blog series, which contains overview material, please click here.  There are several scenarios that must be addressed when thinking about getting telemetry from Azure resources to Splunk. What if Splunk is on premises? What if you’re using Splunk Cloud? You could be using a private network connection to Azure, or…

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Send Telemetry to Splunk Enterprise from Azure Resources via Azure Monitor, Part 4

For Part 1 of this blog series, which contains overview material, please click here.  There are several scenarios that must be addressed when thinking about getting telemetry from Azure resources to Splunk. What if Splunk is on premises? What if you’re using Splunk Cloud? You could be using a private network connection to Azure, or…

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Send Telemetry to Splunk Enterprise from Azure Resources via Azure Monitor, Part 3

For Part 1 of this blog series, which contains overview material, please click here.  There are several scenarios that must be addressed when thinking about getting telemetry from Azure resources to Splunk. What if Splunk is on premises? What if you’re using Splunk Cloud? You could be using a private network connection to Azure, or…

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Send Telemetry to Splunk Enterprise from Azure Resources via Azure Monitor, Part 2

 For Part 1 of this blog series, which contains overview material, please click here.  There are several scenarios that must be addressed when thinking about getting telemetry from Azure resources to Splunk. What if Splunk is on premises? What if you’re using Splunk Cloud? You could be using a private network connection to Azure, or…

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Send Telemetry to Splunk Enterprise from Azure Resources via Azure Monitor, Part 1

Azure Monitor is Microsoft Azure’s built-in pipeline for searching, archiving, and routing your monitoring data, providing a single path for getting Azure data into 3rd party analytics systems. An open source project has recently published a Splunk modular input, or add-on, that allows users to easily send telemetry from Azure-based resources such as VMs, web…

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High(er) Availability Solution for Single-Instance Roles

Some I.T. system architectures include single-instance roles (a single VM in the role), whether because the software running in that tier won’t support multiple instances or it’s too expensive or some other reason. VMs sometimes go down in the public cloud but these single-instance roles really should be resilient to failures if not actually highly…

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Passing Complex Parameters to New-AzureRmResourceGroupDeployment inside an Azure Automation Runbook

An Azure Automation Runbook can be triggered by a webhook and this allows external events to initiate actions inside your environment through the use of an ARM template and New-AzureRmResourceGroupDeployment. Of course, to make the runbook as flexible and useful as possible, Azure Automation Variable Assets should be used to pass in ARM template parameters…

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