Analysing Enterprise Azure spend by Tags

Azure Resource Manager allows you to assign custom “tags” to resources such as VMs or storage accounts. This allows you to put custom metadata onto your resources, such as which application it belongs to, which department owns it and which environment it is a part of. While the tag information is available through Azure’s billing…

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Automated Build and Deployment with Windows Azure SDK 1.6

A few months ago I posted on how to automate deployment of Windows Azure projects using MSBuild. While the approach documented in that post continues to work, Windows Azure SDK 1.6 has introduced some new capabilities for managing Windows Azure credentials and publishing settings which I wanted to leverage and build upon. With this new…

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Adding a Windows Firewall rule using PowerShell

PowerShell is an amazing technology which I’d love to learn to use properly some day. Unfortunately I’m still at the stage where I don’t really know much about it, but from time to time I need to use it to solve random problems. Luckily, trial and error is a great way of slowly increasing one’s…

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