Azure

Serverless Architecture

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What is Serverless Architecture

Serverless Architecture is a cloud computing model.  In this model, instead of utilising always on servers and infrastructure, business services are developed and deployed using Platform as a Service (PaaS), Functions as a Service (FaaS) and Messaging as a Service (MaaS) cloud offerings.  It doesn’t mean there are no servers, but it does mean that you don’t have to commission, scale or manage them.Read More »Serverless Architecture

Backup and Recovery – Cloud thoughts.

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Backup and Recovery

During a recent engagement, I had the privilege of getting back hands on with some backup technology, namely CommVault. I’d worked with CommVault extensively in the past as part of a multinational organisations centralised backup and recovery strategy for the UK. It was great fun getting back hands on with the technology and it got me thinking about the role of backup and recovery solutions within public and private clouds, more on that later.Read More »Backup and Recovery – Cloud thoughts.

Azure Patch Management

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Patch!

There are certain things in the IT world, that are if we’re being frank are unforgivable, chief amongst those is failing to patch the operating systems in your IT estate. So what options do we have for Azure Patch Management?

There is a very small set of circumstances where you might be forgiven this cardinal sin.  Perhaps your running a legacy application that requires an OS that cannot be patched (HMS Windows XP?). In those circumstances, expectation would be that you take comprehensive steps to protect the workloads using alternative methods, network isolation etc..  If you are not dealing with a workload in those circumstances then there is really no excuse for not having a patching regime!

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Exam 70-534 Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions

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Azure Exam 70-534

Following the path I’ve been taking to validate my Azure skills to it’s natural conclusion, I recently took and passed the Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions exam 70-534.  Traditionally I allow myself a short period of revision. With this exam, I felt confident and with the massed array of Azure possibilities for the exam to call upon, I wasn’t too sure how useful revision over experience might be.  So again in hope of passing more than expectation, I decided to sit the exam – if nothing else I would learn where I needed to focus more effort.  I’ve been working as an architect and have spent much of my career infrastructure focused.  This proved to be a good combination for the infrastructure exam and I was banking on it being a good combination here as well.Read More »Exam 70-534 Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions

Exam 70-532 Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions

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Azure Exam 70-532

Continuing the path I’ve been taking to validate my Azure skills, I recently took and passed the Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions exam 70-532.  After a very short period of revision, to plug some of the gaps in my knowledge, I felt confident enough to sit the exam, in hope more than expectation of passing.  I say that because I’m not primarily a developer, the past 18 months I’ve been working as an architect and prior to that I was very heavily infrastructure focused.  Whilst that was a good combination for the infrastructure exam, I wasn’t going to assume it would be so good here!Read More »Exam 70-532 Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions

Exam 70-533 Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions

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Azure Exam 70-533

After a short period of study that included writing these, i’m pleased to say I’ve passed Exam 70-533 Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions.  Taking advantage of the offers Microsoft have made available here. I decided the time had come to validate some of the Azure skills I’d been picking up.Read More »Exam 70-533 Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions

Deploying Multiple VMs with ARM Templates or how to use ‘Copy’ and ‘CopyIndex’

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Deploying Multiple VMs with ARM Templates or how to use ‘Copy’ and ‘CopyIndex’ I’ll preface with a few of the resources I’ve used so far in my Azure study journey Tools, Resources and Progress If you’ve been following this series of posts (can you call two posts a series?), then you will have the tools, resources, tempates and scripts to; Deploy a new Network and subnet containing an IaaS AD controller into an Azure subscription.… Read More »Deploying Multiple VMs with ARM Templates or how to use ‘Copy’ and ‘CopyIndex’

Deploy a VM add to an existing AD Domain and Network in IaaS with Azure ARM

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Deploy a VM add to an existing AD Domain and Network in IaaS with Azure ARM

I’ll preface with a few of the resources I’ve used so far in my Azure study journey

The story so far.

Tools installed and scripts configured! In the post we ran through the step by step creation of an IaaS AD controller, deployed to Azure using ARM and DSC.  One of the elements that I didn’t focus in on was the heavy that was done during the IaaS AD controller deployment to create and configure the Virtual Network.Read More »Deploy a VM add to an existing AD Domain and Network in IaaS with Azure ARM

Deploy an AD Domain in IaaS to Azure with ARM and DSC

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Deploy an AD Domain in IaaS to Azure with ARM and DSC

I’ll preface with a few of the resources I’ve used so far in my Azure study journey

Quick Update

I’ve been working with Ravello to build out a vSphere environment, but have had to put that on hold just for the moment to take a closer look at Azure.  I’ve been working with Azure for a while in a hands off capacity that has been rewarding in the complexity, but lacking in hands on opportunities.   A chance presented itself to get back hands on with Azure and I’ve jumped at the chance to get back hands on.Read More »Deploy an AD Domain in IaaS to Azure with ARM and DSC