Category: Microsoft Cloud

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Infrastructure as a Code (IaC) Series #2 – The tools

On the previous and first post about the IaC Series, I wrote about the beginning on the IaC and did describe the tools. On this post I will detail all the tools that I have been using on my IaC projects. So, before you get started, there are a few tools that you want to make sure that you have to install prior to started working with IaC project. At...

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Infrastructure as a Code (IaC) Series #1 – 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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Considerations on using Load Balancing with Azure VMs

During this week, I had to design a solution using Azure Load Balance to build, to host a significant amount of content that requires a lot of bandwidth. From what I could find, the size and the series of the VMs in Azure impacts on the output of the bandwidth, and directly impacts on the performance of the solution. So, after careful calculation we decide to go with the F-Series....

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How to enable RDS license on an Azure VM

In some organization, it’s common practice to have a jump server in Azure to be used, specially when you have several tools that need to run “locally” on the server. Usually this machine is on a segregated network and not domain join. Although, if you enable RDS licenses to have more than the 2 normal RDP sessions that a Windows Server 2016 give to us, you probably will see some...

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How to use Azure Cloud Shell

Since when they announce the Azure Cloud Shell (see post here), I’ve been waiting to use the PowerShell on the Azure Cloud Shell. I’m still growing my learning how to use the Azure CLI, but PowerShell I’ve been using for years, and I feel way more comfortable with it. So, how I can use Azure Cloud Shell? Just open the Azure Portal, and on the top bar, between the Notifications...

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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...

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Disaster Recovery solution within Azure – Part 1

We know that in the Public Cloud, special Azure, we are cover by the SLA. Although some organizations like to be redundant where it comes to critical workloads. In this post I will cover how you can setup a Disaster Recovery solution within Azure. In this case I have all my critical workloads running on West US 2 region and the East US 2 is my disaster recovery site. The...

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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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Azure Resource Manager PowerShell Module

If you are like me that like to have all the tools on your desktop/laptop, special the Azure PowerShell module, now your live is way easier. Not long time ago, you had to download the Azure PowerShell module through the Web Platform. But now, there a simpler way. I found this when I need to replace my Surface Pro. Through PowerShellGet module, all the modules related to Azure are on...

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Load Balanced and Availability Set with multiple VMs

When it comes to best practices to how to setup multiple virtual machines using a load balanced and availability set, the information out there is either outdated or hard to find. What is the scenario? Imagine that you need to set a few VMs that need to be shared the configuration and some files between them. How you could do it? After a few searches on the web, I come...