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Azure Update Management for Linux VMs

Another day, I started to play around with the Update Management, to see how I could automate the patching of Linux VMs on Azure. I’ve been using this feature to patch Windows VMs, and I want to try on Linux VMs. Although when I try to be specific and implement some exclusion, it seems to want the KB of the patch to exclude. Most of the Linux patches doesn’t have...

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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 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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Serial Console access on Azure Virtual Machine

Finally come the day that Microsoft was able to announce this feature. Accessing the serial console on an Azure VM is a huge step forward. But why is so important? It’s huge! Sometimes when our friend Mr Murphy comes and makes everything goes south, you are in a certain way limited on the diagnostic tools that you have, to troubleshoot the cause of that machine is not booting. Have access...

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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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Azure VNet-to-VNet VPN configuration – Part 1

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. A lot of my costumers think that you setup multiple VNets on Azure they automatically are connected to each other, because it’s Azure. That is a huge...

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Instant Recovery Point and Large Disk Azure Backup support

With everything that happens on Azure, and following what has been announced of the increase of the size of the disk in Azure, from 1TB to 4TB, the only missing part of this was the support of Azure Backup to be able to backup and recovery those volumes. But what changed? Today the Azure Backup job consist of the Two phases: Taking a VM snapshot Transferring the VM snapshot to...

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Enhancements on Azure Portal Notifications

If you are like me and your Azure Portal is your center on your day, you probably see this enhancement of the notifications. I found very useful and make my day way more productive when I need to setup new resources/environments. Be able to deploy different resources through the Azure Portal and from the notifications access those resources is something that I did think why Microsoft doesn’t improve those little...

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Azure Cloud Shell vs Azure CLI

At a local community event, after my presentation I was answering some questions and one of the attendee ask me if Azure Cloud Shell is the same tool as Azure CLI. So here is, Azure Cloud Shell is a containerized based shell running in the Azure Portal (or in the browser), using either a Linux (Bash) or Windows (PowerShell) base containers. Both containers are supported by Azure CLI, as well...