Episode 197 - Azure Automation

by Evan Basalik September 28, 2017

We talk to Azure Automation expert Matthew Hofacker (a.k.a. Hellboy) from the Microsoft Azure Support team about the service and what you can do to make your scripts run efficiently.

 

Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode197.mp3

Indexed video: https://www.videoindexer.ai/media/de10e219df/

Limitations/ Capacities : https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/azure-subscription-service-limits#automation-limits

 

Canned/Start Stop VM solution : https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/automation/automation-solution-vm-management

 

Main link: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/automation/automation-intro

 

Other updates:

Public preview: SQL Vulnerability Assessment 

Monday, September 25, 2017 

SQL Vulnerability Assessment is now available for public preview. 

You can use Vulnerability Assessment to track and monitor your database security settings, so that you can maintain compliance and ensure visibility and control of potential risks to the safety of your data. 

Vulnerability Assessment offers a scanning service built into the Azure SQL Database service. The service employs a knowledge base of rules that identify security vulnerabilities and deviations from best practices, such as misconfigurations, excessive permissions, and exposed sensitive data. Results of the assessment include actionable steps to resolve each issue and customized remediation scripts where applicable. The assessment report can be customized for each environment and tailored to specific requirements.

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/public-preview-sql-vulnerability-assessment

 

AZURE LOAD BALANCER 

You can use Azure Load Balancer Standard to create public and internal load-balanced deployments with much greater scale, resiliency, and ease of use for all your virtual machine instances inside a virtual network. The preview includes the following key scenarios: 

Any virtual machine in a virtual network can now be part of the back-end pool, including up to 1,000 instances for virtual machine scale sets and multiple virtual machine scale sets. The backend pool is no longer limited to a single availability set. 

Advanced analytics through Azure Monitor are available, including continuous in-band measurements for data plane health, per-endpoint health probe status, and counters for packets, bytes, connection attempts, and outbound connections. 

Load balance across availability zones with zone-redundant and zonal public and internal Azure Load Balancer front ends and cross-zone load balancing for the back-end pool, as well as zone-redundant outbound connections. 

HA Ports is available on an internal load balancer, enabling more resilience and scalability for network virtual appliance scenarios and other applications. A single rule can be configured to load-balance TCP and UDP flows irrespective of layer 4 port and allows faster failover and n-Active scale-out. 

Network Security Groups are required for new public IP standard and any back-end instances for greater security and control. 

A new model for outbound SNAT connections provides greater resiliency and scale. 

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/public-preview-load-balancer-standard 

 

Preview: Azure Data Box 

The Azure Data Box service is available in preview. You can use it to move hundreds of terabytes of data into Azure with high speed, by using secure transfer appliances. We accelerate the movement of your data by shipping you a proprietary, secure, and tamper-resistant transfer appliance, and by handling the end-to-end logistics. 

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/azure-data-box-preview

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Episode 39 - Brewmaster!

by Sujit D'Mello August 13, 2014

The guys chat with Mike McKeown  who has spent nearly two decades as Microsoft FTE and now is with key MS partner Aditi Technologies as Principal Cloud Solutions Architect. His passion is to help stakeholders or customers define their business/system requirements, and then apply Windows Azure Cloud architecture patterns and best practices to meet those goals. He loves to blog (http://www.michaelmckeown.com) about the Azure Cloud.  In his spare (what spare?) time he also authored Azure online training courseware as a course author for Pluralsight. 

Mike would like to plug the MVP community event, the Charlotte Azure Partner Boot Camp, Sept 6, at the Microsoft offices in Charlotte, NC that he is hosting.  Evan and Jeff Nuckolls (last week’s guest) are also speaking there. He talks at length about Brewmaster!

 

Media file: http://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode39.mp3

 

Updates: 

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/azureapimgmt-changelog/archive/2014/08/06/aug-7-2014.aspx

 

  • Azure API Management REST API. Use it to integrate with and automate your service. User, group, product, and subscription resources are exposed in this update. We will make other resources available shortly. Please note that we will continue to tweak the API based on feedback until the GA release and will be announcing the changes here.
  • Delegation of user registration and product subscription.  Use your existing web site for handling developer sign-in/sign-up and subscription to products as opposed to the built-in functionality in the developer portal.
  • WADL import/export bug fix. Default operation parameter values are now handled properly and are required to be present in the value lists.
  • Operation URL template matching bug fix. Operations in the same API with identical paths but different query parameters in their URL templates are now resolved correctly.
  • Service update speed improvement. We are now able to roll out updates to all our customers six times faster than before!

 

Azure Resource Groups can now be created with VS 2013 Resource Manager Tool

 

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Episode 27 - Azure Automation

by Sujit D'Mello May 7, 2014

 

Automate (resource on Azure environment)

 

  • Creation
  • Deployment
  • Monitoring
  • Maintenance

 

 

 

Frequent or time-consuming jobs 

 

  • WebSites
  • Cloud Services
  • Virtual Machines
  • Storage
  • SQL Server

 

 

 

Extend by importing a PowerShell module or writing in C#

 

 

 

Write runbooks in PowerShell Workflow syntax

 

Extensible Workflows

 

 

 

Backups

 

Logs processing

 

Command line tools

 

 

Links:

 

Media: http://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode27.mp3 

 

Azure Datacenter in Brazil:  http://blogs.msdn.com/b/windowsazure/archive/2014/04/17/microsoft-azure-brazil-region-now-in-public-preview.aspx

http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/support/trust-center/compliance/

 

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