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 [...]

Azure Schedules Maintenance & Downtime For January 9th

December 22, 2017 // 1 Comment

Microsoft are currently distributing the following email template: Performance, security, and quality are always top priorities for us. I am reaching out to give you an advanced notice about an upcoming planned maintenance of the Azure host OS. The vast majority of updates are performed without [...]

Why Use Azure DNS?

December 21, 2017 // 1 Comment

There are lots of reasons to use Azure DNS. But I’ll explain my fave in a few moments. What is Azure DNS? You cannot buy DNS domains from Azure, but you can host your domains (delegation) there. For example, you can buy your domain on GoDaddy (or whatever), and then change the Name Server (NS) [...]

Speaking at NIC Future Edition 2018

December 19, 2017 // 0 Comments

I will be speaking at the NICCONF in Olso, Norway, running 21 Jan to 2 Feb. It’s a big and very well run event, which I was happy to present at last year. I have two sessions: Forget Virtual Machines – Use Azure Service Fabric For New LOB Apps This is on Thursday 1st at 10:00 am and puts me [...]
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