Management Groups, Policies and Blueprints, Oh My!

My head is still swimming from all the information at Microsoft Ignite this year.  In this post I’m going over three reoccurring topics that makes managing and compliance of an Azure environment easier.  These are Management Groups, Policies and Blueprints.

 

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No Data in Network Overview Tile

This week I noticed an issue with no data showing in the Azure Network (Total), Network Out (Sum) and Network In (Sum) tile in the Azure Virtual Machine Overview.  I recall noticing this before but couldn’t remember how long ago that was.  Looking at other VM’s, most of my them were missing the Network Total information.  The only servers that were showing data are virtual firewall appliances.   Continue reading “No Data in Network Overview Tile”

Azure Service Health

Service HealthI recently returned from Microsoft Ignite with a lot of information to share.  Top of the list is Azure Service Health.  If you are not familiar with Azure Service Health, keep reading.  It’s a simple service that is incredibly important to managing your Azure Environment.

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Parent Child Runbooks and Shared Variables with Azure Automation

AzureAutomationIn this video I go over the two methods of starting a runbook from another runbook.  This is referred to as a parent child runbook relationship that facilitates a modular approach to creating runbooks.  I go over the two different ways to start a child runbook, by Inline Execution and with the Start-AzureRMAutomationRunbook cmdlet.  Continue reading “Parent Child Runbooks and Shared Variables with Azure Automation”

Azure Disk Encryption, V2

Disk EncryptionThe only constant is change.  I noticed some new information came out this month while working on a project that requires encrypting disks.  This information significantly changes how Azure Disk Encryption can be applied to Windows and Linux VM’s.  This is an update to my previous article on Azure Disk Encryption with the intention of outlining the new, easier method of encrypting Azure disks. Continue reading “Azure Disk Encryption, V2”

Create and Run PowerShell Runbooks in Azure Automation

AzureAutomationIn this video I demonstrate how to create and run Azure Automation PowerShell Runbooks from the Azure Portal.  This includes editing, publishing and scheduling runbooks.  I also walk through the setup and use of the Azure Automation PowerShell ISE Add-on.  This module adds a graphical interface in PowerShell ISE for creating, testing and publishing Powershell and PowerShell Workflow Runbooks.  More information on the ISE add-on here. Continue reading “Create and Run PowerShell Runbooks in Azure Automation”

Alerts Based on Rolling Averages in Log Analytics

This post will go over how to create an alert for Log Analytics that evaluates two recent time periods for comparison. It’s a little, let’s say, “in depth” as far as Log Analytics queries go. The alert is intended to trigger when a variable threshold is met based on the recent baseline as opposed to a static metric. Used with my PingTimeLog tool found here, alerts can be triggered if recent response time goes over a rolling average value. I also include a disk free space alert to identify when a large amount of data is added to a disk.

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Azure Automation Hybrid Worker Setup and RunAs Account

AzureAutomationAzure Automation works well for automating tasks that interact with Azure and O365 services.  But what do you do if you need to access isolated resources like Active Directory that reside behind a firewall?  Azure Automation Hybrid Worker was made just for that.  Azure Automation Hybrid Workers extends Azure Automation into your private networks and allows for running runbooks that interact with resources such as Active Directory or on-premises Exchange or SharePoint.  Azure Automation can also replace scheduled tasks, allowing a single repository for scripts and a single source of reporting on the status of the jobs ran in Azure and on-premises. Continue reading “Azure Automation Hybrid Worker Setup and RunAs Account”