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Designing your Azure Storage – Part 1

On a previous post, I describe the different methods of Azure Storage deployment (see here). When it comes to designing your Azure storage, there is no magic formula. You must understand what is available at the moment on Azure and what is the best solution regarding the functionality that you are looking for. If you use Azure Storage to host information for a custom solution, such as a mobile app...

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How to secure your Azure Virtual Machine

We know that Microsoft Azure offers several technologies that help to keep your data secure in use, in transit, and at rest. But what additional security measures can we implement to increase the security of my virtual machine? One of the way is by leveraging encryption capabilities provided by Azure Key Vault and that apply to Azure VM disk files at rest. What is the Azure Key Vault? Key Vault...

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Virtual Machines High Availability on Azure

In general, you want your Azure virtual machine environment to be resilient to hardware failures and maintenance events that might occur occasionally within the Azure infrastructure. The primary mechanism provided by the Azure platform that helps you accomplish this objective is the availability set feature. Availability sets are designed to gracefully handle two types of ebent that might result in downtime of individual Azure virtual machines. Planned outages. These outages...

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Using PowerShell to create VMs in Azure

There are several methods to deploy virtual machines on Azure. One of my favorite is using PowerShell. Using PowerShell to deploy VMs, gives you the ability to automate the process and be more efficient. Usually I like to create the master PowerShell template where the variables will do all the work. By using this methodology, I found that I can use that PS code over and over, even in occasions...

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Azure Storage Deployment Models

First, we need to understand what is Azure Storage Service and how we can use it. Azure storage is a cloud storage systems that enables organizations the ability to store seemingly and limitless amounts of data for any duration of time. On Azure the data is stored durably using both local and geographic replication to improve and facilitate disaster recovery. Azure storage is a service that can be used to...

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Convention Names versus Tags in Azure

Sometimes when I am working on an Azure Foundation project, usually they ask me “What is the difference between Convention Names and Tags?” followed by “When we should use each one?” So, I decide to write this post to try to help to clarify what is the difference and when you should use each one. Names For more information about Naming Convention on Azure, see this previous post (here). Although...

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When to use Resource Tags in Azure

First, Tags in Azure, and almost in any other platform/application, are used to help you organize in a logical way, all the resources. So, if you have a model of subscriptions like Tier 0 (see this post) and then you have different subscriptions, where you will have all the resources (for example Production, Test and Development subscriptions) how can you organize in a logical way? For example, by department or...

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Naming Conventions in Azure

Why having a good name convention in Azure have a huge importance? Because describes type of resource in the subscription. Placing the naming pattern in an order that allows easier application level grouping for potential showback/chargeback billing and it help when you decide to use Azure Automation. There isn’t, so far at my best knowledge, the perfect naming convention. Although here are some considerations that might help you creating one:...

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Azure Subscriptions Best Practices – Part 2

On the previous blog post (see here), we saw the characteristics of an Azure subscriptions. Now lets see how we can architect the Azure Subscription model, using best practices. First we must understand the limits that each subscription has. See the picture bellow to see the limits. Although because azure is always change, please visit the link bellow to see the most up-to-date Azure subscription limits. http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/azure-subscription-service-limits/ Subscription Design Frequently...

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Azure Subscriptions Best Practices – Part 1

Frequently when I’m working on an Azure Foundation project, one of the topic that I like to explore is the Azure Subscriptions. These series of blog post will detail all the information that is required to know to architect a very good foundation for your Azure Infrastructure. Initially a subscription was the administrative security boundary of Microsoft Azure. With the advent of Azure Resource Management (ARM) environment, a subscription now...