Infrastructure-as-Code (IaC) is a key part the cloud technology landscape which has meant I've had many discussions with people who traditionally haven't had to worry about software development practices in their roles as IT Operators. One key area that seems to undo a lot of folks is file versioning using source control, with the prevailing … Continue reading Make working with Git an easier commitment
If you run in an environment where you need to track changes to Tags on Resource Groups in Azure then you may find this PowerShell snippet useful as code to drop into a Runbook. The snippet will enumerate all Resource Groups in a Subscription (we assume you are already logged into the Subscription you want … Continue reading Read Tags from Azure Resource Groups and track using Table Storage
If you've been working in the cloud infrastructure space for the last few years you can't have missed the buzz around Hashicorp's Terraform product. Terraform provides a declarative model for infrastructure provisioning that spans multiple cloud providers as well as on-premises services from the likes of VMWare. I've recently had the opportunity to use Terraform … Continue reading Recommendations on using Terraform to manage Azure resources
I am currently working on an next-gen widget dispenser solution that is gradually being rolled out to trial sites across Australia. The dispenser hardware is a modern platform that provides telemetry data that can be used for various purposes by the locations at which the dispenser is deployed and potentially by other third parties. In … Continue reading Easy Filtering of IoT Data Streams with Azure Stream Analytics and JSON reference data
In my last couple of posts (here and here) I've covered moving from Azure VMs to running workloads on VM Scale Sets (VMSS).One item you use need to adjust to is the instance naming scheme that is used by VMSS.I was looking at the two VM Scale Sets I have setup in my environment and … Continue reading What happened with my Azure VM Scale Set Instance IDs?
I've been having some good fun getting into the nitty gritty of Azure's Open Source support and keep coming across some amazing things. If you want to move away from those legacy hosting businesses and want a simple method to deploy static or dynamic websites, then this is worth a look. The sample PHP site … Continue reading Deploy a PHP site to Azure Web Apps using Dropbox
I have to admit writing this post feels a bit "old skool". Prior to the last week I can't remember the last time I had to break out a Windows Service to solve anything. Regardless, for one cloud-based IaaS project I'm working on I needed a simple worker-type solution that was private and could post … Continue reading Continuous Deployment of Windows Services using VSTS