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Microsoft Azure Cloud

Using Azure Spot Instances

Today we take a look at Spot VMs in Azure and what it’s all about. Spot VMs allow you to take advantage of unused capacity on Azure VM hosts at a significant cost savings; but there is a catch. Your VMs can be evicted if Azure needs the capacity back. This style of VM hosting can be used for low-priority workloads and managed using a few different settings. Let’s explore Spot VMs in Azure together!

Posted on 12:35 pm

Update PowerShell Using PowerShell

Need to update to the latest PowerShell version? Check out how to make this your easiest upgrade yet! Remember to test any existing code you have published or run once-and-a-while; then update your VMs and systems that you don’t touch often, that way everything is on the same version.

Posted on 10:36 am
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Azure Resource Mover

Move Azure Resources to a Different Region – Azure Resource Mover – Part 2

Continuing our Azure Resource Mover tutorial, we will pick up at the Initiate Move stage. This is Part 2 of 2 articles using Resource Mover to move a VM and associated bits to a new region. We are moving our demo VM from West Europe to East US, and it’s been going really well! We left off having completed the Prepare stage on our remaining resources and the Resource Group has already been moved and committed to the new region.

Posted on 11:13 am
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Azure Cloud Shell

Video – Setting up for a Demo with Azure CLI

Join me for a start to finish Azure CLI walk-through of creating resources to use for testing or doing a demonstration in Azure. I create a Debian and Windows Server VM in about 5 minutes then we clean everything up when we’re done. Let’s build some Azure resources together and see just how easy and fast this really is!

Posted on 3:45 pm
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Azure Resource Mover

Move Azure Resources to a Different Region – Azure Resource Mover

Today we’ll take a look at how to use Azure Resource Mover to move a virtual machine with some supporting resources to a different region. Reasons to do this are to reduce cost of resources, move a VM to a region where other services it connects to are located, or because you need to have a resource located in specific region for compliance reasons. Either way, today, we move a VM from Europe to the USA in just a few minutes! You can’t even fly across the ocean that fast!

Posted on 4:24 pm
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Azure Cloud Shell

Setting up for a Demo with Azure CLI

I’ve been asked a few times to share how I setup for doing a demo using different Azure resources. So, I’ll share my first way of setting up — Azure CLI. Today, we’ll walk through some of the steps I run and how to save it to do it all again next time. This is one of the ways that I get setup with storage accounts, Windows servers, Linux servers, and even App Gateways and Load Balancers…so buckle up for a little code run-through!

Posted on 6:38 pm
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Microsoft Identity – What’s the Difference with AD on Premises to Azure AD?

In this installment of Microsoft Identity tidbits, Ryan of @MSCQF and I speak about Azure Active Directory and how it’s different from Windows Server Active Directory. We look at some of the confusion around hosting a virtual machine in Azure that is running Windows Server Active Directory and using Azure AD Connect to extend that into Azure Active Directory. Join us for a few minutes of fun and discovery as we explore the differences in Active Directory types.

Posted on 4:31 pm
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What Happens when Azure AD Connect Breaks?

Today we talk about what happens when Azure Active Directory Connect breaks. We discuss common causes, fixes, where to find some guidance, and some of the issues around a broken connection between your on-premises Windows Server Active Directory and Azure Active Directory. Join Ryan @MSCQF and myself for a short discussion and learn a bit more about our Microsoft tools in the hybrid world.
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Posted on 7:24 am
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AzureTracks and MSCQF Podcast

Azure Active Directory – Self Service Password Reset

Today I continue our video podcast series with Ryan McKay from Microsoft Cloud Quick Fix where we chat about Microsoft Cloud Identity Basics and specifically Microsoft Azure AD Connect and the capabilities it enables with other Microsoft technologies. Join us while we explore some of the features and requirements for Self Service Password Reset…

Posted on 6:22 am