Category Archives: Microsoft Azure

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 (

NSGs just got an upgrade!

neil.bailie/ January 22, 2018/ Azure Networking, Microsoft Azure/ 0 comments

Augmented rules for Network Security Groups (NSGs) has gone GA! Having used NSGs extensively since I started working in Azure, I know augmented security rules will make NSGs much easier to build out and manage.  You now have the capability to create a single rule with multiple source IPs, destination IPs, and ports, something that previously would have required multiple rules. Take the following example, I want to permit my source machine ( to talk to 2 web servers ( & over http and https, before augmented rules this would have required 4 rules as shown below: With augmented rules

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Accepting Azure Marketplace terms in PowerShell

neil.bailie/ December 20, 2017/ Microsoft Azure/ 0 comments

Using Get-AzureRmMarketplaceTerms and Set-AzureRmMarketplaceTerms cmdlets to accept Marketplace terms… If you’ve ever deployed resources into Azure from the Marketplace at the point of deployment you’ll often see the screen shown below: You’re accepting the terms of use for the Marketplace offering for the subscription you’re currently working within. However if you try to deploy a resource from the Marketplace through a json template and you’ve not accepted the terms previously you’ll get an error like so: The error message is fairly self explanatory, Code=MarketplacePurchaseEligibilityFailed indicates you’re not eligible to deploy the resource and Legal terms have not been accepted for this item on this subscription

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Azure VM recovery options

neil.bailie/ December 11, 2017/ Azure Backup, Microsoft Azure, Public Cloud, VM Recovery/ 0 comments

When it comes to Azure VM recovery you’ve a few options available, you can: Create an Azure virtual machine from your backup Restore the disks associated with the Azure VM Create a virtual machine from backup The first thing I should call out with this option is that this process creates a new Azure VM attached to the disks that are being restored.  Why does that matter?  Well for starters the restored VM will get a new vNIC created during the restore and so a new IP.  Its also conceivable that you could give the new Azure VM a name different

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Azure VM Sizes (as of November 2017)

neil.bailie/ November 10, 2017/ Microsoft Azure, Public Cloud/ 0 comments

A kind of cheat on available Azure VM sizes as of November 2017. Note, not all VM sizes are available in all Azure Regions. Further detailed information on VM sizes is available here ( and is well worth reviewing. General Purpose – balanced CPU-to-memory ratio. Series Cores ACUs Memory (GB) Data Disks Notes A (1 – 7) 1, 2, 4, 8 100 .768, 1.75, 3.5, 7, 14, 28, 56 1, 2, 4, 8, 16 Can be deployed on a variety of hardware types and processors. The size is throttled, to offer consistent processor performance. Av2 1, 2, 4, 8 100 2,

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Microsoft Future Decoded

neil.bailie/ November 1, 2017/ FutureDecoded, Learning, Microsoft Azure/ 0 comments

For the last two days I’ve been attending Microsoft Future Decoded at the Excel in London.  Microsoft Future Decoded is a 2 day event focused on the digital business of tomorrow. It is aimed at decision makers, developers and IT pros and provides a path to learn how digital transformation, artificial intelligence, cloud and digital skills can drive business success. It provides a great opportunity to get exposure to new technologies and emerging trends as well giving you networking opportunities, a chance to connect with potential new customers and partners and strengthen existing relationships.  It’s also free, meaning if you can spare

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