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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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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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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Azure VM Resizing and SKU Change in ASM and ARM

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One of the major benefit of the Cloud is the possibility to dynamically change the type and size of your VMs (scale-up/down) and have more/less power to support your workload and at the same time reducing the cost for the resources you will use. Azure provides several VM SKUs and many different sizes, each one…

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Hub&Spoke, Daisy-Chain and Full-Mesh VNET topologies in Azure ARM using VPN (V1)

IMPORTANT: This is an old version using Azure PowerShell ARM module earlier than 1.0.0 release. If you want/need PowerShell version later than 1.0.0, please use the article below. Hub&Spoke, Daisy-Chain and Full-Mesh VNET topologies in Azure ARM (V2) http://blogs.msdn.com/b/igorpag/archive/2016/02/11/hub-amp-spoke-daisy-chain-and-full-mesh-vnet-topologies-in-azure-arm-v2.aspx Introduction One of the key benefit of Azure VPN is the flexibility in arranging almost any…

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Multi-Terabyte SQL Server Database Backup Strategies for Azure Virtual Machines

With the advent of DS-SERIES and GS-SERIES with Premium Storage, now running big databases in Azure Virtual Machines (VM) is a reality, something that was not fully achievable until few months ago. You now have the power to run up to use up to 64 x 1TB disks and use 32 cores horse-power, with about…

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