Category: Azure Storage

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Infrastructure as a Code (IaC) Series – The beginning!

From the past months, I’ve been upgrading all my scripts that I have been using along the years to a platform that allows me to be more productive, reusing all the IP that I have been gathering and creating along the years. But in what way I should enhance/improve this? Then I got stroked by a light! What I was doing from all of those years was kind of an...

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How to access Azure Blob Storage container via a SAS token

Today I received an email, from a colleague ask me if it’s there is a way that you can download the entire blob container having a SAS token via PowerShell. After research, I found that it’s possible and I found 2 ways. One is through PowerShell and the other one is through AzCopy. Please find bellow the example of the code required to download the whole content of a blob...

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Choosing the type of Azure Blob storage for SQL Backups

During the storage design on the Azure Foundation workshop that I usually deliver on a beginning of a new Azure project, come the topic and following that, the discussion about what type of storage should we choose for the SQL Backups. After reviewing the different offerings that Azure provide for storage, we start to brainstorm. Assuming that we are using blob storage for SQL Backups on a running SQL on...

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Azure Availability Zones and Zone-Redundant Storage hits GA

Very exciting news come this week! Microsoft announces the General Availability for Azure Availability Zones and Zone Redundant Storage. This is really good, because now you can to run highly-available, mission-critical workloads on top of zone-redundant VM/Scale Sets, Load Balancers, and Storage. Several additional regions and services such as Azure SQL and Redis Cache are also available to customers in preview or in the works. For now, only Central-US and...

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Deploy ARM Templates using Key Vault

I’ve been deploying to Azure a lot of resources, one of my favorite things is to create templates where I can reuse for other situations. But sometimes, and in some situations, you need to increase the security. That is where I started to leverage the Key Vault to store my secrets. Over the years, I have been creating a linked template reference where the main template passes parameters and the...

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Managed disk on Azure

You probably already saw this when you are creating a Virtual Machine on Azure. After you insert the basic information like Name of the VM, choose the size, then comes the time to define and configure the settings of that VM. One of the first thing is the Use of managed disk. But what is managed disks? How they work? What are the implication of using the Managed disks? So,...

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Bigger disks on Azure Storage

If you follow the announcements during the Microsoft Build 2017 conference on the beginning of the month, one of the announcements was the increase of the size of the disks in Azure. Azure had a hard limit of a 1TB size disks. But those days are almost over. Oh Yeah Baby! During one session at the Build 2017 about Big data workloads with Azure Blob Storage, they announce the increase of...

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Azure Backup – Part 3 – Backup Virtual Machines

On the first post (see here), I explained how the Azure backup works. On this post, I’m explaining how to backup Virtual Machines with Azure Backup. If the systems that you want to protect are running the Windows or Linux operating systems on Azure virtual machines, then in addition to running Azure Site Recovery agent–based backups (as explained on the previous posts), you also have the option to perform a...

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Azure Backup – Part 2 – Azure Backup Agent

On the first post (see here), I explain how the Azure backup works. On this post, I’m explain how the files and folders are backup with the Azure Backup agent. Azure Backup’s most basic functionality allows you to protect folders and files on 64-bit Windows Server and client operating systems, both on-premises and in Azure. This functionality relies on the Azure Site Recovery agent, which is available for download on...

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Azure Backup – Part 1

One of the first workloads that usually the majority the organizations wants to start to use in Azure is to replace the tape to Cloud Backup. Following the best practices for the backup strategy is Disk-Disk-Cloud. This strategy replaces the previous one, where we use the last place of the backup to a tape. With Cloud backup as the last resource we are leveraging the cloud storage capabilities and resilience....