Articles by AFinn

Replicate VM Managed Disks Between Azure Regions

February 19, 2018 // 0 Comments

Last week, Microsoft announced that Azure Site Recovery (ASR) for Azure Virtual Machines (in preview still), the system for replicating Azure virtual machines from one region to another, added support for managed disks. To this I say … Waaahoooooo! Managed disks are the best way to deploy Azure [...]

Just Emailed My First Azure Newsletter

February 1, 2018 // 0 Comments

I’ve decided to start a monthly e-mail newsletter, summarising the previous month’s Azure IaaS news. The first copy went out just a few minutes ago to anyone who has signed up. The content includes: My Azure tip of the month The Azure story of the month A summary of my blog posts here [...]

Azure: PowerShell versus ARM Templates

January 31, 2018 // 3 Comments

In this post, I’m going to make the PowerShell acolytes angry (not hard) by explaining why they are too slow, and ARM/JSON is they best way to deploy things in Azure. The PowerShell Experience Let’s imagine that you & your significant other go into a restaurant, and let’s say you order a [...]

Got a Surface Pro

January 25, 2018 // 4 Comments

As you might have noticed, myself and my wife have started a new Azure training business called Cloud Mechanix. The thing I fear the most, as a presenter, is my laptop dying. I don’t want to use my employer’s device (a Surface Book) because that would be a conflict of interest. My personal [...]

Adding Azure Monitor Performance Alerts Using PowerShell

January 19, 2018 // 3 Comments

Below is a sample script for adding Azure Metrics alerts using Azure Monitor. It is possible to create alerts using the Azure Portal, but that doesn’t scale well because each alert is specific to one VM. For example, if you have 4 alerts per VM, and 10 VMs, then you have to create 40 alerts! One [...]

Microsoft Azure Started Patching Reboots Yesterday

January 4, 2018 // 3 Comments

Contrary to a previous email that I received, Microsoft started rebooting Azure VMs yesterday, instead of the 9th. Microsoft also confirmed that this is because of the Intel CPU security flaw. The following email was sent out to customers: Dear Azure customer, An industry-wide, hardware-based [...]

Intel CPU Security Bug

January 3, 2018 // 0 Comments

Gossip started to twirl in the last few days about what was driving both Azure and AWS to push out updates at relatively short notice. And news leaked over the last day that Intel has discovered a significant security flaw in the code of nearly all (or all) Intel processors manufactured in the last [...]
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