Azure DevOps: It’s not just for devs!

Azure DevOps isn’t just for developers — it provides powerful capabilities to build, deploy and configure both new and existing infrastructure running in any cloud or on-premises. Instead of treating your virtual machines as ‘pets,’ treat them like cattle and automate creating them from scratch using Azure DevOps and the power of Desired State Configuration! (DSC). On this latest edition […]

Creating and Establishing Security Parameters in the Cloud

As more people have started to trust their data, business and personal information to the data centers that power the cloud, it’s ushered in a new era of cybersecurity. Microsoft Azure was built with modern security and privacy in mind. It’s also a controlled ecosystem protected by people who spend all day thinking about data security and privacy. Join our […]

DevOps, Agile & Azure

DevOps, Agile & Azure

DevOps automates and speeds software delivery. It makes your process and your products more reliable. When you implement DevOps technologies and practice, you provide value to your customers faster—in the form of new and innovative products, or enhancements to existing ones. Join our IT experts and the Cloud Simplified team from Redmond as they discuss the impact DevOps, Agile and […]

Cloud Solution Architect Team – Useful Utilities

The team I am part of spans the US and aids customers with complex Azure workload deployments leveraging capabilities across the suite of features within Azure to bring it to life.  Often times Check out the GitHub Repo with utilities, documents and scripts you can explore to help you solve similar challenges! The folders have a pre-fix with an indicator […]

Azure App Services – Java App not starting

After working with a customer deploying Java apps to Azure ASEs, I thought I’d share some simple wisdom. These are not comprehensive troubleshooting steps by any means, there are always connectivity items to troubleshoot, IE DNS resolution, firewall/nsg ports to look at, etc… these are just a few of the simpler things to try before you spend hours troubleshooting something that […]

Sync Blob Storage Containers with Azure Automation

I constructed this solution for a customer of mine needing to replicate files an application they had in multiple regions. While geo-replicated storage, a component feature of Azure keeping data synced across regions, would provide some level of redundancy it did not protect against accidental user errors in the customer’s application where data was removed nor does geo-replicated storage allow […]

Azure Deployment templates – Variables vs Parameters

I was having a conversation today with a fellow CSA, and found myself explaining an all-too-common question.  Doing a quick web search using some Bing-Fu, I came across 0 articles that seemed to make it simple.  This being a go-to place for simple cloud, I thought it might be a good topic to blog about. Azure Deployment templates -> variables […]

Using PowerShell to Sync Blob Containers Across Storage Accounts

[Link to script on GitHub] Background: I was working with a customer who needed to perform file backups housed in a specific storage account and a specific container to a separate storage account.  Geo-redundant storage (GRS) was enabled at the storage account level providing physical redundancy of the customer’s data in across 2 separate data centers however the customer was […]

Episode 1 – Storage in the Enterprise – [Show Notes]

Episode 1 is live! Link to Part 1 Link to Part 2 Azure Storage Services in the Enterprise! Link to the Deck: Azure Storage Services   In Part 1, we will walk through the basics of Azure storage for those new to Azure or seeking to gain some knowledge into how Azure storage works, how it’s used throughout Azure and […]

Azure Linux Agent – Repair

Recently, I was working with a customer who makes extensive use of Linux workloads in Azure deploying many heavily customized virtual machines (VM) into Azure.  After some reboots, installing packages, and performing some system configuration tasks the customer ran into an issue where the Azure Linux agent was unable to communicate with the Azure Fabric to report the health and […]

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