Azure

Lots of New Region News in Azure

April 4, 2018 // 5 Comments

One of the most important things in a cloud service is location. Everyone cares where they put their data. Sometimes it is for compliance reasons. Sometimes it is for performance. Sometimes the reasons are even fictional! Azure now has 50 (announced) regions around the world, including: [...]

Video–Azure File Sync

March 22, 2018 // 2 Comments

I’ve produced and shared a short video (12:33 minutes) to explain what Azure File Sync is, what it will do for you, and there’s a quick demo at the end. If you want to: Synchronise file shares between offices Fix problems with full file servers by using tiered storage in the cloud Use online [...]

Faster & Bigger Azure Backup for Azure VMs

March 21, 2018 // 4 Comments

Azure Backup recently rolled out an update to their service for protecting Azure VMs to improve backup speed, restore performance, and to add support for larger disks. Support for Large Disks Azure Backup didn’t support disks that were larger than 1 TiB (1 TB is the marketing measure of 1000 GB, [...]

There Are Now 730 Hours In An Azure Month

February 20, 2018 // 0 Comments

It was only back in November that we noticed, at work, that the average Azure month had shrunk to 732 hours, the average length of a month in a leap year. It appears that Azure has moved a little closer to the sun, because the average Azure month has just shrunk to 730 hours. Where does 730 come [...]

Replicate VM Managed Disks Between Azure Regions

February 19, 2018 // 1 Comment

Last week, Microsoft announced that Azure Site Recovery (ASR) for Azure Virtual Machines (in preview still), the system for replicating Azure virtual machines from one region to another, added support for managed disks. To this I say … Waaahoooooo! Managed disks are the best way to deploy Azure [...]

Azure: PowerShell versus ARM Templates

January 31, 2018 // 3 Comments

In this post, I’m going to make the PowerShell acolytes angry (not hard) by explaining why they are too slow, and ARM/JSON is they best way to deploy things in Azure. The PowerShell Experience Let’s imagine that you & your significant other go into a restaurant, and let’s say you order a [...]

Adding Azure Monitor Performance Alerts Using PowerShell

January 19, 2018 // 3 Comments

Below is a sample script for adding Azure Metrics alerts using Azure Monitor. It is possible to create alerts using the Azure Portal, but that doesn’t scale well because each alert is specific to one VM. For example, if you have 4 alerts per VM, and 10 VMs, then you have to create 40 alerts! One [...]
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