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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...

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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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Interview with MVP

Kevin Kaminski is a Windows and Devices MVP, he had this brilliant idea of creating The Virtually There with Kevin Kaminski series  various people. I had the honor to be the first one. Here is more details about is series and in special about this episode “The Virtually There with Kevin Kaminski series is a concept where I interview various people in the industry that I’ve come to know over...

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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...