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Moving to Azure Series – How to get the Azure VM Unique ID

On this series, I want to explore all the situations that you might encounter when you are moving your workloads to the cloud, specially to Azure. On this post I will cover how to get the Unique ID from an Azure VM. Why is that important? When you migrate your workload from on premise to Azure, in some occasions the license of your application is attached to the server. Usually...

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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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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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Containers on Azure – Part 2

On the previous post (see here), I talked about the concept of Containers, Azure Container Service and Azure Service Fabric. Now that you know the concept and have an idea how to implement it, let see how can you deploy containers in Azure. Azure offers several ways to provision Azure virtual machines that support Docker containers: Install the Docker virtual machine extension. You can either add the extension to an...

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Containers on Azure – Part 1

In the last decade, hardware virtualization has drastically changed the IT landscape. One of many consequences of this trend is the emergence of cloud computing. However, a more recent virtualization approach promises to bring even more significant changes to the way you develop, deploy, and manage compute workloads. This approach is based on the concept of containers. These series of posts explain containers and the ways you can implement them...

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Azure Site Recovery

Azure Site Recovery (ASR) is by far one of the Azure features that I always like to play with. The improvement along the time is above extraordinaire! When I’m talking about Azure and Cloud to costumers I always ask what is their disaster recovery plan. I got a lot of different options. So far, as my best knowledge, I didn’t find any compelling solution then ASR. So what is ASR?...

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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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Using Virtual Machine extensions to configure the OS on a VM

When deploying Azure VMs, in addition to configuring the platform-specific settings (such as Azure Storage or networking parameters), you can also configure the operating system and applications running in the VM. This ability depends on a software component called the Azure Virtual Machine Agent (VM agent). The primary purpose of the VM agent is to load additional software components called VM agent extensions that implement specific management, monitoring, or security...

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How to connect to a Virtual Machine on Azure?

Once you have created an Azure VM instance with the default settings, you will be able to connect to it. The connectivity method will depend on the operating system running within the VM: RDP allows you to establish a GUI session to an Azure VM that runs the Windows operating system. When viewing a Windows VM in the Azure Portal, you will have access to the Connect This action automatically...

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Creating Virtual Machines using the Azure ARM Portal

Creating a new VM by using the Azure Portal is a relatively straightforward process. However, it involves several steps, which you should be familiar with to implement the most optimal configuration. The first step involves choosing the origin of the operating system that automatically installs on the VM. In general, you have the following choices: A Windows or Linux operating system image from Microsoft Azure Marketplace. A Linux or FreeBSD...