Azure MFA hard token and multi-device support

neil.bailie/ March 3, 2019/ Azure MFA, Microsoft Azure, Public Cloud/ 1 comments

Towards the end of 2018 Microsoft announced that Azure MFA (the cloud offering) would support both hard tokens and up to 5 devices per user.  Some enterprises still like hard tokens, these can be especially useful to support break-glass account types, were you can store the token in a secure physical location.  Supporting multiple tokens can help ensure the account

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Monitor your website availability for free with Azure Application Insights

neil.bailie/ September 16, 2018/ Availability and Monitoring, DevOps, Microsoft Azure/ 0 comments

Azure Application Insights is an Application Performance Management (APM) service that you can use to identify runtime exceptions, performance issues and alert on application health.  You can integrate it with DevOps to provide a mechanism to rapidly identify issues that can be experienced with rapid and frequent deployment of code. It has a ton of functionality, and I can’t do

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Azure Functions… Import-Module and DriveAlreadyExists

neil.bailie/ June 27, 2018/ Azure Functions, DevOps, Microsoft Azure, Serverless/ 0 comments

Fun with Azure Functions and DriveAlreadyExists.  I’ve recently been working with Azure Functions to automate tasks, serverless compute is great for this, just write the code and let Microsoft worry about the infrastructure that it’s running on! No need to worry about patching, scalability or high availably, that’s all taken care of for you. In this particular instance I was

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Cut your Azure bills through rightsizing VMs

neil.bailie/ April 11, 2018/ Microsoft Azure, Public Cloud/ 0 comments

Rightsizing IaaS and PaaS on Microsoft Azure is one of the most important activities you can undertake when deploying your environment into Microsoft Azure and its something I’ve seen not get the attention that I think it warrants.  It’s incredibly easy to oversize within Microsoft Azure, its so scalable, you can deploy servers with terabytes of RAM and hundreds of

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Installing Microsoft Azure Backup Server when WPAD is in the mix

neil.bailie/ April 9, 2018/ Azure Backup/ 0 comments

So I recently hit an issue when trying to install Azure Backup Server on a Windows 2012 R2 server in an environment that used WPAD. Azure Backup Server allows you to backup your on-premise infrastructure to local disk storage while also providing the ability to backup to an Azure Recovery Services Vault, allowing offsite long-term retention. The install failed at

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Creating images for Microsoft Azure with Packer

neil.bailie/ March 2, 2018/ Imaged, Microsoft Azure, Uncategorised/ 0 comments

Packer is an open source tool that can be used to define and build custom images in Microsoft Azure.  Packer works across multiple platforms and will seamlessly work with Azure Resource Manager (ARM) to create and store custom images in Azure.  If you want to create your own custom images in Azure with Packer hopefully this introduction guide will help

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Azure Portal adds All Services blade… it’s now even easier than ever to find services to deploy

neil.bailie/ February 20, 2018/ Microsoft Azure, Public Cloud/ 0 comments

Looks like another new feature has been added to Azure, the More Services blade has been replaced with All Services which appears at the top of the Portal.  I quite like the change, its certainly easier to see the hundreds of services that are available in Azure… Why wait? – Get started today with a Free Azure account (http://www.nblabs.net/2018/01/15/run-azure-free-1-year/)