Azure Storage Options

The Azure storage account service is “sort of” a parent service that supports multiple “sub-services” for different types of data and use cases. The different services that an Azure storage account can provide are below: Blob File Table Queue Data Lake Gen2 The services that we can use with an Azure storage account depends on […]

The Four Pillars of Azure Billing Administration

Introduction/Overview The goal of billing in general is to have cost clarity and to understand your spending. So that you’re not being over charged and you don’t understand where the costs are coming from…Basically, to fulfill the following: Cost planning Cost visibility Cost monitoring Cost optimization Cost Issues In Azure Many old habits/behaviors will create […]

AZ-300-Prep-Guide: Azure Networking – Application Gateway

Microsoft Documentation Overview Basic Information It’s an application delivery controller with application level load balancing capabilities for web traffic  Because it is application level, we can manage traffic beyond source/destination IP (Layer 3) and source/destination port (Layer 4) E.g. based on the path of the traffic It’s ONLY for Web traffic and not […]

Azure Architect Demo Series 3b – Deploy a Virtual Machine Scale Set (VMSS) with PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC)

 Pre-Requisites N/A Lab Instructions Exercise 2: Deploy a Virtual Machine Scale Set (VMSS) using PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC) Task 1: View ARM Template GOAL: To review an ARM template that is located on our lab VM (F:\Mod03\Labfiles\Starter\vmss.json) Lab VM → This PC → F:\Mod03\Labfiles\Starter\vmss.json → Open with Code Task 2: Deploy a […]

Azure Architect Demo Series 3a – Deploy a VM PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC)

 Pre-Requisites N/A Lab Instructions Exercise 1: Deploy a Virtual Machine PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC) using ARM Tasks 1 and 2: Create a Windows Virtual Machine GOAL: To create a “Windows Server 2016 Datacenter” VM called “autoconfigvm“ in a new resource group called “MOD03VDSC“ in the “East US” region using the Azure portal […]

Azure Architect Demo Series 2 – Deploying Resources with Azure Resource Manager

 Pre-Requisites N/A Lab Instructions Exercise 1: Create Resource Groups Tasks 1 and 2: Create a Resource Group using the Portal GOAL: To create a resource group called “MOD02STOR“ in the “East US” region using the Azure portal Azure Portal → Create a resource → Resource Group → Create → Create Name: MOD02STOR Location: […]

Azure Resource Manager (ARM) Template Structure (01) – Schema Element

In developing an understanding of the Azure ARM template, there are two main areas that I advocate covering. Its STRUCTURE and SYNTAX. A basic ARM template structure contains the following sections (or elements): [code language=”bash”] { "$schema": "", "contentVersion": "", "parameters": { }, "variables": { }, "functions": { }, "resources": [ ], "outputs": { } […]

Azure Architect Lab Series (1) – Setting up the Lab VM

 Pre-Requisites An Azure Account with a valid subscription Azure Pass OR Azure Free Trial OR MSDN OR Pay As You Go No production accounts as scripts will be wiping resources from the environment 1. Deploy Windows 10 VM a. Windows 10 Pro, Version 1803 Standard_D2S_V3 or Standard_D4_v3 (preferred) Name: 20535A-SEA-ARCH RG: azurelab-rg Username: Add […]

Deploy Azure Stack On An Azure VM (Part 2)

Post-Installation Configuration Contd (Approx 1 hour 20 mins) Follow the instructions on this link to register Azure Stack with the Azure market place For the Azure AD login in the instructions here, use your normal Azure AD admin account and not the Azure AD user account that you created earlier (as this account does not […]

Azure Firewall Review

Azure firewall is a new managed, cloud-based network security service in Azure that offers stateful native firewall capabilities for Virtual Network resources. The main advantage is that it has built-in high availability and scalability being a managed service. Announcement July 12 2018 – Preview Announcement Documentation Preview features Stateful firewall as a Service […]