Azure Managed Disks Deep Dive, Lessons Learned and Benefits

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Introduction Managed Disks have been recently released for production (February 2017), and represent an important step to make Azure VM management much easier. In short, Azure Managed Disks feature is an abstraction built on top of current Standard and Premium storage disk in Azure Storage. Customers only need to specify the type (Standard or Premium)…

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My Personal FAQ on Azure Networking and ARM

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Last updated: July 24, 2016. IMPORTANT: The information I reported in this post is time sensitive since may change in the future. I will try to maintain the content updated, but you should double–check with official Azure documentation sources. This is a new article specifically focused on ARM, you can find a previous old one…

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Azure Network Security Groups (NSG) – Best Practices and Lessons Learned

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While Virtual Network (VNET) is the cornerstone of Azure networking model and provides isolation and protection. Network Security Group (NSG) is the main tool you need to use to enforce and control network traffic rules at the networking level. Customers can control access by permitting or denying communication between the workloads within a virtual network,…

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How to change Subnet and Virtual Network for Azure Virtual Machines (ASM & ARM)

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During the lifecycle of an Azure Virtual Machines (VM), you may encounter situations where you need to change the subnet, or maybe the Virtual Network (VNET) where your VM has been created. It is worth mentioning that in Azure Resource Manager (ARM) it is mandatory to place every VM in a VNET, you cannot avoid…

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Hub&Spoke, Daisy-Chain and Full-Mesh VNET topologies in Azure ARM (V2)

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IMPORTANT: This is an updated version, using Azure PowerShell ARM module later than 1.0.0 release, of the original blog post below. If you need PowerShell code samples earlier than 1.0.0, please use the article below. Hub&Spoke, Daisy-Chain and Full-Mesh VNET topologies in Azure ARM using VPN (V1) http://blogs.msdn.com/b/igorpag/archive/2015/10/01/hub-amp-spoke-daisy-chain-and-full-mesh-vnet-topologies-in-azure-arm.aspx   Introduction One of the key benefit…

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Azure ARM: SQL Server High-Availability and Multi-Datacenter Disaster Recovery with Internal Load Balancers (ILB)

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Introduction I already posted in my blog several articles related to high-availability (HA) and disaster recovery (DR) for SQL Server in Azure Virtual Machines (VM), what I’m going to discuss in this new article is the Azure Resource Manager (ARM) evolution of the same HA/DR architecture based on AlwaysOn Availability Groups (AG) and Azure Internal…

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Configure an ILB listener for SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability Groups in Azure ARM

This blog post is essentially a porting to Azure Resource Manager (ARM) of the article below, specifically focused on Internal Azure Load Balancer (ILB), where Azure Service Manager (ASM) was originally used: Configure an ILB listener for AlwaysOn Availability Groups in Azure https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/virtual-machines-sql-server-configure-ilb-alwayson-availability-group-listener The steps below assume you have already configured: At least a Resource…

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Azure ARM: VM Domain Join to Active Directory Domain with "JoinDomain" Extension

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It is a pretty common scenario to provision a Virtual Machine (VM) in Azure and join it to an existing Active Directory (AD) Domain, either extended from on-premises via hybrid connections, or natively deployed in the cloud installing Domain Controllers (DCs) into Azure VMs. Using legacy Azure Service Management API (ASM), a nice PowerShell cmdlet…

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How to Set a Static Internal Private IP (DIP) for Azure VM in ARM

With the recent introduction of new Azure PowerShell modules generation, starting with version 1.0.0, Azure Product Group greatly accelerated bringing new features and innovation out the door, but also introduced several breaking changes in the API, with the transition from ASM (Azure Service Management) to ARM (Azure Resource Manager), and in PowerShell itself since cmdlets…

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SQL Server in Azure: Compare PaaS (SQLDB) and IaaS (Virtual Machine)

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During the last year, Azure SQLDB team made a great job in porting an amazing number of new features into the platform, thus reducing the surface area gap with box product version of SQL Server. Today, deciding between IaaS and PaaS for SQL Server solution is pretty easy since fewer aspects need to be considered…

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