Update Management in Azure Automation

AzureAutomation

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”

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”

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”

B-Series Azure VM’s Now Available

AzureVMI took some time off to chase fish on Lake Minnetonka this week and missed Microsoft’s announcement of Azure B-Series are now in preview.  The fish were not cooperating so I’m posting about Azure instead.  The B-Series VM significance is  their ability to “bank” CPU credits during time of low CPU usage and to use these credits during CPU spikes.  This will be helpful for test servers that may be idle during off hours or applications servers that have bursty work loads.  Any opportunity to save money without impacting performance is good news to my ears.

Next, maybe dynamic RAM allocation???

LINK: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-machines/windows/sizes-general

Configure Prerequisites for a VM with Azure Resource Manager

This is the first part of a two part video on configuring the prerequisite and deploying a virtual machine in Microsoft Azure Resource Manager.  The video gives an introduction to Azure Resource Manager and Resource Groups as well as Virtual Networks and Storage Accounts.  This video is intended for people new to Azure or Azure RM.  The script used in this video can be found below.

Click here for part two.

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Deploy a Basic VM in Azure Resource Manager

This is the second part of a two part video on configuring the prerequisite and deploying a virtual machine in Microsoft Azure Resource Manager.  This video is intended for people new to Azure or Azure RM.  The script used in this video can be found below.  

Click here for the first video on setting up prerequisites.

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Azure RDP and Bitmap Caching

I had a problem this week when connecting to Azure VM’s.  When connecting by RDP parts of the screen were blocked out by black squares and rectangles like the image below.  This only happened when connected to Azure VM’s, I did not have the problem with VM’s in any of my other datacenters.

bitmap Continue reading “Azure RDP and Bitmap Caching”