Here’s a short video I recorded that goes over how to manage Azure Resource Policies in the Azure Portal. Before the “how to” showing the Portal, I do give a brief explanation of what Azure Resource Policies are used for and why you would use them. I then go through the newly released UI within the Azure Portal that helps you easily setup and access the Resource Policy features within the Azure Portal. At the time of recording this I was using the “Preview” Azure Portal, but I would expect this features to be released to the Current Azure Portal in the near future. Enjoy! Read More
So far the servers within Microsoft Azure data centers have been running Intel processors (CPUs). For a long time I’ve wondered if the power efficiency of ARM CPUs could make them more cost effective than Intel x64 CPUs that are more powerful. It’s possible through the use of parallel computing that distributing load across many more ARM CPU cores that consumer lower power could be more cost effective than distributing the same load across fewer more powerful Intel CPUs. Since I first came up with the idea, I’ve assumed that ARM would be more cost effective, however, I haven’t seen anything to back it up. With recent news about Microsoft exploring Windows Server running on ARM, and ARM based cloud server, it looks like they’re dedicating some serious money to this very research effort.
ARM has already revolutionized mobile devices and Internet of Things (IoT). Could the next step for ARM CPUs be to revolutionize the Cloud and server market? Read More
It seems that pretty much everyone is getting in on the IoT Game these days. There is a plethora of IoT boards, devices, sensors and other accessories on the market. The new AT&T IoT Starter Kit is one of the latest endeavors into IoT and this time from a telecom instead of just yet another manufacturer. This seems to be a play from AT&T to get you to use their cellular service specifically for your next IoT solution. Read More
Setting up a Minecraft server generally takes a bit of work from installing the Operating System, installing Java, to setting up the Minecraft Server to run itself. This is all in addition to putting some kind of hardware together to run it, and if you do it at home it’s only available to players on your local Wifi / network. When you create a Minecraft Server in the cloud, such as Microsoft Azure, the entire setup is completely automated and the resulting Minecraft Server is available across the Internet to any players you want to invite to your server. Additionally, the cost of running the server is likely much lower than you might expect. In this article, we’ll run through the steps necessary to setup a Minecraft Server to run in Microsoft Azure. We’ll also discuss the cost implications of running a Minecraft Server in the cloud, along with some tips and tricks for keeping the cost as low as possible.
Whether you want to create a Minecraft Server just for yourself, your friends, or your own kids, this article will get you through the setup process and give you the knowledge you’ll need to host your very own Minecraft Server! Read More
The Azure Weekly series from BuildAzure.com brings a consolidated source for the weeks Azure news, blogs, and service updates. There is an incredible amount of things changing in the Microsoft Azure platform and ecosystem on a regular basis. The goal of this weekly list is to help keep up on all that keeps changing.
This is the list of Service Updates announced by Microsoft.
- Scheduler available in Canada regions
- Azure SQL Data Warehouse: May 2016 update
- DocumentDB: General availability in the North Central region
- General Availability: Azure Site Recovery in new Azure experience
- Automation Runback Gallery update
- Automation: New graphical runback type based on native PowerShell
- Deploy geo-fenced notifications by using Azure Notification Hubs
- Namespace-level tier selection enabled for Notification Hubs
- Azure Redis Cache: Preview of Import/export and scale to Premium tier
In the early days of Microsoft Azure the Portal was the primary tool to go in and configure your cloud components. After some time the Azure Service Manager API’s were introduced as a set of both PowerShell and Command-Line tools (X-Plat CLI). These tools allowed for Azure Automation to be scripted, however they were still a bit cumbersome as they were procedural based. More recently Microsoft overhauled the entire Azure Portal that exists today as well as a brand new set of Azure Resource Manager API’s. The purpose of Azure Resource Manager is more than just replacing Azure Service Manager. It’s real purpose is a story about automation and DevOps. Read More
The latest release of Azure PowerShell includes the new “Export-AzureRMResourceGroup” cmdlet. This cmdlet allows you to specify the name of a Resource Group and it will export the resources for that group into an ARM Template json file. This new cmdlet is part of the new Azure PowerShell release that was just released today! Read More
As DevOps has been taking hold within the software industry there’s been a strong push towards automating everything. This include automating build, testing, deployments, as well as server and infrastructure configurations. Server and Infrastructure configuration automation was not a trivial task in the old days of on-premises datacenter where each server was on its own dedicated hardware. However, with the adoption of the cloud and Microsoft Azure along with the use of Virtualization, the automation of server and infrastructure configuration is now fairly easily done. In fact the automation of deploying servers and infrastructure is now possible through the scriptability of modern virtualization technology; such as what makes up the Microsoft Azure platform.
Automation scripts have been run for decades, this is not a new concept. However, the term Infrastructure as Code (IaC) is fairly new in the industry. As with any new term there’s starting to get a buzz around it, and with buzz comes misconceptions and misinterpretations. The purpose of this article is to describe some context surrounding the Why, What, and How surrounding Infrastructure as Code. Read More