Virtual Machines

Faster & Bigger Azure Backup for Azure VMs

March 21, 2018 // 3 Comments

Azure Backup recently rolled out an update to their service for protecting Azure VMs to improve backup speed, restore performance, and to add support for larger disks. Support for Large Disks Azure Backup didn’t support disks that were larger than 1 TiB (1 TB is the marketing measure of 1000 GB, [...]

First Cloud Mechanix Azure Course Completed

February 26, 2018 // 0 Comments

Last week, I delivered my first ever Cloud Mechanix Azure training course, to a full room in the Lancaster Gate area of London, UK. It was a jam-packed full 2 days of Azure storage, networking, virtual machines, backup, DR, security, and management, with lots of hands-on labs. Half the attendees [...]

Replicate VM Managed Disks Between Azure Regions

February 19, 2018 // 1 Comment

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Video – Understanding the Azure VM Series

November 28, 2017 // 1 Comment

This short video will show you how to quickly understand the Azure virtual machine (VM) series, how to pick one for a deployment, and how to select the right size. I show my technique for remembering what each SKU name means, so when you read it, you know exactly what that machine can do, and what [...]
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