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Hosting my WordPress blog on Azure

Hosting my WordPress blog on Azure

Last month I moved my blog from AWS hosting to Azure, as I mentioned in my blog Moving my blog from AWS to Azure.  My blog is currently hosted on WordPress and when I migrated it I chose to build a IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) virtual machine.  Maybe not the most “modern” solution for hosting with the public cloud however I wanted to try IaaS as a first step so I could brush up on my Linux skills.   So…

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Utilising Microsoft Flow to trigger Azure Automation

Utilising Microsoft Flow to trigger Azure Automation

Recently the question of how can we trigger stop all virtual machines (VMs) within the Azure platform when a certain event happens was posed.  As I’m sure you’re all aware there is a auto shutdown of VMs within Azure which is triggered using day/time.  However this time we were being asked to trigger shut down of the VMs if a business event occurred or if an email alert from the monitoring system contained a certain word. In order to resolve…

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Using Azure Policy

Using Azure Policy

In a previous article I covered off what Azure Policy was and explained some of the features that it had.  At the time I mentioned that there are a number of built in/pre configured policies and initiatives that you can use, however I have been looking at designing and implementing custom policies to meet additional needs. While looking at creating the policies from scratch I learnt some valuable lessons and wanted to share them with you all. Assigning policies with…

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Track basic metrics such as CPU, Disk and Memory Usage within Operations Management Suite

Track basic metrics such as CPU, Disk and Memory Usage within Operations Management Suite

I was recently asked if there was a way of tracking basic metrics from Virtual Machine (VM) within Operations Management Suite (OMS), such as CPU usage, Disk Usage and Memory Usage.  Unfortunately there isn’t out the box available within OMS that can be easily set up to do this.  However the ability to do it does exist with a little bit of configuration. You are able to collect this data at frequent intervals to allow for Near Real Time (NRT)…

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Azure Policy

Azure Policy

Azure Policy is a service within Azure that is currently in Preview.  It has been designed to help you to enforce different rules and actions over your resources, which enables your resources to stay compliant with your corporate standards.  It comes with a lot of “out of the box” or “built in” policy templates that you can start using but this week I’ve been looking at using Azure Policy, both the built in examples and creating custom ones.   I thought…

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Moving my blog from AWS to Azure

Moving my blog from AWS to Azure

Back in December 2016 I moved my blog from Blogger to WordPress and also changed from a free hosting provider to Amazon Web Services (AWS).  At the time it was a good move as I was able to take advantage of free services from AWS.  However since January 2017 I have been paying for the hosting, at £8.40 a month.  So after some research and planning I decided to move my blog to Azure. In order to keep costs low…

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Monitoring a Ubuntu VM with Operations Management Suite

Monitoring a Ubuntu VM with Operations Management Suite

I recently migrated my WordPress blog away from the Amazon Web Services (AWS) platform to Azure.  There were a few reasons for this decision, one being flexibility within the hosting platform, and the second being making use of my Azure knowledge.  I’m hoping to write more blog posts around the migration and costing of this move within the next few months so please look out for them in the future.  Today I want to cover off monitoring with the Operation…

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Creating a Operations Management Suite Workspace in Azure

Creating a Operations Management Suite Workspace in Azure

Within Azure there is a tool called Operations Management Suite (OMS) which is a monitoring solution that was developed within the cloud.  It offers rich, real time insights into your workloads, potential security threats, to name a few of it’s features and it’s available for native cloud solutions, on premise workloads and can monitor other cloud environments beside Azure. I’m a huge fan of this product as it’s easy to configure and offers a massive amount of rich data that…

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My 101 guide to making the most of your Azure budget

My 101 guide to making the most of your Azure budget

I was recently chatting to someone around the costs of Azure and how they could make best use of a Visual Studio subscription which gave them around £115 a month to spend on Azure resources. My advice, shut resources that you can down when you aren’t using them. You can make significant savings right out the door by doing this. Let’s way through a common scenario to prove my point… Within Azure you get the ability to run virtual machines,…

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Global Azure Bootcamp – Glasgow 2018

Global Azure Bootcamp – Glasgow 2018

Global Azure Bootcamp has been running globally for 5 years now and in 2018 it’s coming to Glasgow!! For those unaware of the Global Azure Bootcamp it is an initiative that sees communities all over the world holding a one day event on the same day with the aim of providing an environment where deep dive sessions can be held to help people learn more about Azure and meet new people. 21st April 2018 On the 21st April the Glasgow…

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