Category: Best Practices

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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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Azure Policy – Auditing public blob storage

In a Governance project, one of the most common policy to implement is the one that you don’t allow any blob storage to be public. That usually could be a major information breach. When you make a blob storage in Azure public, you are giving at least reading privilege to the world. In this case, the idea is to audit what blob storage are public. This policy is not denying...

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Azure Policy – Allowing only define VM sizes

Azure Policy is the big step to start to have some sort of governance on your Azure environment. It’s really easy to implement, efficient and powerful. With Azure Policies, you can control how and what you allow users to deploy. It’s important to have such policies to control the cost of the subscription, special when you have a monthly budget like mine. On other hand, you are limiting the number...

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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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Instant VM Recovery using Azure Backup

We all know that Azure is grow and evolving in a very fast pace. On a project that I’m working right now, I had the opportunity to work with big VMs (M Series), although working with those kinds of VMs is always a challenge, when it comes to the operations side, in this particular case, backups. How you will backup that “Monster” and how fast can you recovery the virtual...

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Adding an IP to an existing Azure Virtual Network Gateway

So, you have a Virtual Network Gateway deployed in Azure and it’s working just fine, although you would like to add another public IP to an existing Azure Virtual Network Gateway to be used as an Active/Active BGP scenario. The question is: Can I update the IP configuration for the existing gateway or do I have to remove/rebuild the gateway to add the new public IP? The answer is: You...

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Unresponsive Azure VM

Another day I was at one of my costumers, and a system engineer come to me asking me if I could help him troubleshoot an issue with an unresponsive Azure VM. I love this moments, specially when I can always learn new ways that users are using Azure. OK, lets move to the issue. Here is the list of issues that he reports to me: No RDP into VM VM...

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Azure VNet-to-VNet VPN configuration – Part 3

In this blog post series, I will cover what you need to configure to create a VNet-to-VNet VPN between to Azure regions on the same subscription. Although is about the same configuration if you want to configure two different VNets on different subscriptions. You can see the part 1 post here and the part 2 here. So, at this moment I have both networks setup with their gateways configured. Although...

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Azure VNet-to-VNet VPN configuration – Part 2

In this blog post series, I will cover what you need to configure to create a VNet-to-VNet VPN between to Azure regions on the same subscription. Although is about the same configuration if you want to configure two different VNets on different subscriptions. You can see the previous post here. On Part 1, I create one side of the network using Azure Portal. Although, that is not my usual method...

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Disaster Recovery solution within Azure – Part 2

On the previous post (see here), I create the Recovery Service vault that is required to configured the Site Recovery infrastructure to protect the workloads, in order to have a Disaster Recovery solution within Azure. In the post, I will show how you can protect your workloads (Azure VMs) from one region into another region. First step is to prepare the infrastructure. Azure Site Recovery have many scenarios that you...