Azure Availability Zones (AZs) are gradually rolling out around the globe, and a common question I see is what is the difference between the existing Azure Availability Set construct and the new Availability Zone construct? Can they co-exist, does one replace the other... there are lots of questions! In this post I'm going to explore … Continue reading Understanding Azure Availability Sets and Availability Zones
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?
One thing Microsoft Azure is very good at is giving you choices - choices on how you host your workloads and how you let people connect to those workloads. In this post I am going to take a quick look at two technologies that are related to high availability of solutions: Azure Load Balancer and Application … Continue reading When to use Azure Load Balancer or Application Gateway
I am going to subtitle this post "the missing manual" because I spent quite a bit of time troubleshoothing how this should all work. Microsoft provides a bunch of useful information on how to deploy from Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) to different targets, including Azure Virtual Machines. Updated Nov 2017: it looks like Microsoft … Continue reading Deploying to Azure VMs using VSTS Release Management
Kloud receives a lot of communications in relation to the work we do and the content we publish on our blog. My colleague Hugh Badini recently published a blog about Azure deployment models from which we received the following legitimate follow up question…
So, Murali, thanks for letting us know you’d like to know more about this… consider this blog a starting point :).
this topic (inter-cloud migrations), as you might guess, isn’t easily captured in a single blog post, nor, realistically in a series, so what I’m going to do here is provide some basics to consider. I may not answer your specific scenario but hopefully provide some guidance on approach.
Every cloud has a silver lining
The good news is that if you’re already operating in a cloud…
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If you've ever worked in any form of systems administrator role then you will be familiar with process automation, even only for simple tasks like automating backups. You will also be familiar with the pain of configuring and managing identities for these automated processes (expired password or disabled/deleted account ever caused you any pain?!) While … Continue reading Azure Automation Runbooks with Azure AD Service Principals and Custom RBAC Roles
I've been doing a lot of PowerShell DSC on Azure VMs recently, so I thought I'd share my experience in debugging custom DSC Modules when working in Azure. My blog entry is over on the Kloud blog so head on over and have a read.
If your business is migrating workloads to Azure the chances are at some point you will probably want to create a form of private interconnect with Azure. There is more than one way to achieve this, so in this post I’ll take a look at what options you have and the most appropriate scenarios for each.
We’ll work through the connection types from simplest (and quickest to provision) to more complex (where you’ll need IP networking expertise and hardware).
This is your baseline interconnect option and is tied to the BizTalk Services offering within Azure. At time of writing the only Azure-based services that can leverage Hybrid Connections are Web Apps (formerly Websites) and Mobile Apps (formerly Mobile Services).
Hybrid Connections are a great way to quickly get access to on-premises resources without the complexity involved in firewall or VPN setups. If you look at the official documentation
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I’m going to start this blog post by making one thing clear. My intent in writing this post is light-hearted – I had some spare time on my hands over a lunch break and I wondered what I could do with it. The result was this blog post :).
Ever since Microsoft announced their G Series Virtual Machines for Azure I’ve been looking for a good reason to fire one up and kick the tyres. Today while I was skimming through my Twitter feed I came across a tweet showing the time it took to calculate the trillionth prime number on a 16 vCPU Linux instance running on GCP.
As any good propeller head knows, the first rule of having access to massive raw compute is to put it to use solving mathematical challenges. This may take the form of a pure maths challenge like finding the n-th digit of…
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If you have ever provisioned a SQL Server instance running on Azure IaaS and not used a VPN solution you will find that by default you are unable to connect to it from a local Management Studio instance. By default all Virtual Machines are wrapped by a Cloud Service which behaves to a degree like … Continue reading Secure Remote Management Studio access to SQL Server on Azure IaaS