Collect Custom Windows Event Logs in Log Analytics

Log AnalyticsAdding most Windows Event Logs to Log Analytics is a straightforward process.  Simply go to the Advanced properties in the Workspace > Windows Event Logs and start typing the name.  A pre-populated list will appear as shown below.  Selected the log and add it for collection.  But what if the log you are looking for is not listed in Log Analytics? Continue reading “Collect Custom Windows Event Logs in Log Analytics”

Azure Traffic Manager

Azure Traffic ManagerAzure Traffic Manager is a global DNS service hosted in Azure.  It extends the functionality of DNS beyond simple name to IP resolution, adding load balancing and advanced resolution features such as geo-fencing, weighted priority, performance, and source IP based name resolution.

Just as important to what it is, is what it is not.  It is not an IP based Global Load Balancer.  Traffic Manager does not handle IP session data, BGP or any other routing protocols.  It is only an External DNS solution, it won’t work as an internal DNS solution.  Continue reading “Azure Traffic Manager”

Update Management in Azure Automation

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Azure Automation Update Management is part of Azure Automation. In this video, I’m going over updating servers using Azure Automation Updates. Topics covered include: Continue reading “Update Management in Azure Automation”

ARM Template Basics

In my last post, I went over JSON as it pertains to Azure ARM Templates.  In this post, I’m going to dig deeper into the parts that make up an ARM Template.  I will use a simple VNet deployment as an example.  The goal is to define each part of the ARM Template and how the pieces fit together to make a deployment.

The full example file I use in this post can be found here. Continue reading “ARM Template Basics”

JSON and ARM Templates

ARM Templates are written with JSON and are at the core of Azure Resource Manager deployments.  I have used and developed templates for months.  Although successful, I ran into issues with formatting and syntax this week and decided to take a step back and get a better understanding of the underlying JSON used in these templates.  In this post, I start from the beginning, exploring JSON as it relates to ARM templates. Continue reading “JSON and ARM Templates”

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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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”