Category Archives: Public Cloud

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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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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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 (

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,

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Maximising availability in Microsoft Azure

neil.bailie/ October 22, 2017/ High Availability, Microsoft Azure, Public Cloud/ 0 comments

As Microsoft Azure has evolved more features and capabilities have been added to provide the highest possible levels of availability for your solutions.  I wanted to talk about some of these capabilities, giving a high level overview of what’s available and how you can leverage it.  I’m mostly covering what’s available for IaaS deployments, although some of it applies to

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