Category Archives: Azure

Azure Scale Sets

Azure Scale Sets

Azure scale sets are a way to horizontally increase or decrease resources for your applications. Wouldn’t it be nice to provision a pair of web servers behind a load balancer, and then add a third or fourth web server once the load hit 75% of capacity? Even better, when the load on those web servers settles down,… Continue Reading

Get Started with Azure Automation

Microsoft Azure has a neat way to store and run code right from within Microsoft Azure called “Azure Automation”. If you’re familiar with Amazon’s Lambda service, Azure Automation is similar in many ways. The main difference is that in Azure, we’re working with PowerShell code instead of Python or Node.js. Create An Azure Automation Account… Continue Reading

Get Started with Azure Automation
Microsoft Azure Portals

Microsoft Azure Portals

If you’re getting started with Microsoft Azure, you may feel confused about where things are located. One of the reasons for this confusion is the current use of multiple portals. It’s hard enough to learn how subscriptions work, how to access the resources through PowerShell and all of those new concepts without having to navigate… Continue Reading

Azure Cloud Services

Azure provides a Platform-as-a-Service offering called a “Cloud Service.” Instead of managing every part of a virtual machine (the middle-wear and the application) it might be desirable to only worry about the application that is being deployed. An Azure cloud service allows you to just focus on the app, but does give you access to… Continue Reading

Azure Cloud Services
Azure Network Interfaces

Azure Network Interfaces

Azure allows you to manage network interfaces as an object that can be decoupled from the virtual machine. This is important to note, because when you delete your virtual machine, the Network Interface will still be in the Azure Portal. This NIC and all of it’s settings will still exist for reuse if you wish.… Continue Reading

Get Started with Azure PowerShell

Get Started with Azure PowerShell

Microsoft Azure has its own command line that can be used to script installs, export and import configurations and query your portal for information. Being a Microsoft solution, this command line is accessed through PowerShell. Install Azure PowerShell Using PowerShell with Microsoft Azure is pretty simple to get up and going. The first step to… Continue Reading

Azure Storage Accounts

Azure Storage Accounts

Azure storage accounts provide a namespace in which to store data objects. These objects could be blobs, file, tables, queues and virtual machine disks. This post focuses on the pieces necessary to create a new storage account for use within Azure Resource Manager portal. Setup To setup a storage account go to the Azure Resource… Continue Reading

Create Azure VPN Connection

Unless you’re starting up a company from scratch, you probably won’t host all of your workloads in a public cloud like Microsoft Azure. If you’re building a hybrid cloud, you probably want to have network connectivity between the two clouds and that means a VPN. Microsoft Azure uses a Virtual Network Gateway to provide this… Continue Reading

Create Azure VPN Connection
Azure Network Security Groups

Azure Network Security Groups

An Azure network security group is your one stop shop for access control lists. Azure NSGs are how you will block or allow traffic from entering or exiting your subnets or individual virtual machines. In the new Azure Resource Manager Portal NSGs are applied to either a subnet or a virtual NIC of a virtual machine,… Continue Reading