A significant put possibly less exciting update to Azure over the past few months has been the revamp and update of Azure Monitor (AzMon). In my opinion, this is a resource that should be included in your design for all deployments. It is now a comprehensive solution for collecting, analysing, and acting on your telemetry from … Continue reading Azure Monitor – Show me all the data!
One of the main benefits of Azure's billing model is that it offers per minute billing. This means that if you have an application/service/environment that isn't required 24/7 you can reduce your costs by using Automation so that you will only pay for what you consume. However, if your environment requires you run a VM … Continue reading Understanding Azure Reserved Virtual Machine Instances
The ability to recover your IAAS VMs in Azure to a different region has been a logical requirement within Azure for quite some time. Microsoft made the feature available in preview last year and this week have made it GA. Azure DR allows you to recover your IAAS VMs in a different Azure region should … Continue reading Azure IAAS Disaster Recovery
When considering production workloads for your Azure environment there are some simple features that ensure the safety of your workloads that are being overlooked. The features I'm referring to are Resource Locks and Resource Manager Policies (RMPs). Both features allow you greater control over your environment with minimal administrative effort. In my opinion, regardless of … Continue reading Resource Locks and Policies
Update management is a necessary evil in the IT world. Some admins enjoy "Patch Tuesday" and for some it's the most dreaded day of the month. Microsoft have made strides in relieving the stress that can be associated with patching certain core VMs but good management still requires a lot of administration. Within Azure, every … Continue reading Windows Update Management