Tag: portal

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Intro to Azure for Developers FREE Webinar On-Demand from Opsgility

The other day I hosted a FREE Webinar with Opsgility that provides an Introduction to Azure for Developers. In this webinar I went over an introduction to what IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS are. Then I dove into the Azure Portal and showed how to create IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) VMs with Windows and Linux, as well as how to remote into those VMs with Remote Desktop and SSH; respectively. I also went into deploying a Web Application into an Azure Web App PaaS (Platform as a Service) service directly from within the Visual Studio IDE, and I even showed how you can easily deploy a website directly from Github into an Azure Web App as well! I also discussed Azure SQL Database (“Database as a Service”), as well as a few additional services and features.

I encourage you to watch the entire webinar recording to see the whole demo of everything. There are very little slides, and the webinar was almost entirely demos of real features, real functionality, and real Azure usage! Go watch! Read More

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Create Azure SQL Database in the Azure Portal

Here’s a short video that shows you how to create an Azure SQL Database in the Azure Portal. It also explains how to connect to the database, and how the relationship between Azure SQL Databases and Azure SQL Servers works. Additionally, a few other features are overviewed such as Geo-Replication, Transparent Data Encryption and others.

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This is one of the first videos I’ve published to the Build Azure YouTube Channel where I’m starting to build out video content to accompany this site. Enjoy!

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Create Azure Web App in the Azure Portal

Here’s a short video introduction to creating an Azure Web App within the Azure Portal. It also shows how to select the pricing tier to specify the CPU and Memory resources for the App Service Plan that hosts the Web App, as well as explaining a little about the different pricing tiers; including the Free and Shared pricing tiers.

This is one of the first videos I’ve published to the Build Azure YouTube Channel where I’m starting to build out video content to accompany this site. Enjoy!

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Manage Azure Resource Policies in the Azure Portal

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

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Introduction to the Azure Portal

Here’s a short video I recorded that goes over how to access the Azure Portal (the Current Azure Management Portal). I cover an overview of the dynamics and mechanics of the Azure Portal and how to use it. I also show a few different ways of how to customize the Azure Portal to change the color theme, modify quicklinks in the left-side navigation, and how to easily customize and create multiple Dashboard views to give you easy DevOps style views into your applications and workloads running in the Microsoft Azure cloud. Additionally, I also cover a few tips and techniques that may help you in working with the Azure Portal overall.

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New Azure Preview Portal Grants Early Access to Features

With the “current” Azure Portal (http://portal.azure.com) in full force and Microsoft deprecating services / features within the “classic” Azure Portal, they have now made available a NEW Preview Portal. The NEW Preview Portal allows you to access Azure Portal features before they are released to the main Azure Portal. This enables a sort of “Insider Preview” for just the Azure Portal.

You can access the NEW Azure “Preview” Portal by visiting http://preview.portal.azure.com

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Here are some of the features you can expect in the NEW Azure “Preview” Portal today:

  • Full-screen blades – The Azure Portal has been optimized for both large and small screens with the addition of full-screen blades. This allows for more room to display blade content while reducing the amount of scrolling necessary within the portal.
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  • Subscription usage + quotas – Service usage / quotas for each subscription can now be viewed.
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  • Performance – Upgrades have been made to enable faster startup and improved responsiveness within the portal. These types of performance improvements will be released to the new Preview Portal first before being rolled out to the Current Portal.
  • Notifications – You can now expand notifications within the portal without navigating away and losing your place in the current blade being displayed.
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  • Accessibility – Some usability and readability improvements are being made to the Portal to improve accessibility for everyone.
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To leave feedback on your experience in the NEW Preview Portal, you can contact Microsoft using the following methods:

  1. Post feedback and / or ideas on the Azure portal feedback forum
  2. Tweet comments to the @AzurePortal Twitter account (you can also Follow this account for updates as well)
  3. Click on the Smile icon in the header of the Preview Azure Portal

Here’s the original announcement from Microsoft for the NEW Azure Preview Portal:
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/get-early-access-to-new-portal-features-2/

Have fun peeking into the future!

PaaS

Azure Web Apps only in Current Portal from February 1, 2017

azure-app-service-web-app_colorMicrosoft has been working for a couple years to add support to all existing Azure services, as well as a plethora of new services, within the Current Azure Portal (http://portal.azure.com). One of the huge services that wasn’t available in the Current Azure Portal until recently is Azure AD; which is still in Preview within the Current Portal. However, Azure Web Apps have been supported in the Current Azure Portal for about 2 years or so at this point, and Microsoft is taking this new / current portal migration even further…

Starting February 1, 2017, Azure Web Apps will no longer be available in the “Classic” Azure Portal (http://manage.windowsazure.com). For most the duality of the Portals has been a bit frustrating, and it’s relieving to see that Microsoft is making the move to not just add support for services in the Current Portal, but also remove them from the “Classic” Portal.

This step is really a move towards an ARM (Azure Resource Manager) only world within the Microsoft Azure cloud. The “Classic” Azure Portal is built around the old Azure Service Manager (ASM) model. While the Current Azure Portal is built around the much newer, and feature rich ARM (Azure Resource Manager) model that brings features such as ARM Templates, RBAC (Role-Based Access Control), and is the set of APIs that all newer Azure Services only support.

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Why is the Azure Portal a Web App?

There have been a few incarnations of the Microsoft Azure Management Portal over the years. The current state is a fairly easy to use Web Application that is built as a Single Page Application (SPA). But, why is the Azure Portal a Web App instead of a Universal Windows Platform (UWP) app distributed through the Windows Store? Why isn’t it a native app in all the popular App Stores? This post digs into the specifics of why the Azure Portal is a Web App, as well as explains a few of the benefits and trade-offs of being a Web App. Read More

Infrastructure

Azure Portal + Azure AD Management in Public Preview

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Azure AD in Azure Portal

Microsoft has been hard at work to integrate all the existing Service Management API based services (such as VMs, Storage, Service Bus, etc) over to the Azure Resource Manager (ARM) API and including them in the newer, current Azure Portal (http://portal.azure.com). A few weeks ago the first bits of Service Bus started showing up in the Azure Portal, and today the newest Public Preview in the Azure Portal is the new support for Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) management within the current Azure Portal.

Here’s a short video from Channel 9 that shows off the new Azure AD portal UI:

Azure AD is one of the last hold outs to get addd to the current Azure Portal. Until everything gets moved over to support the ARM APIs and the current Azure Portal there will still be the Azure Portal duality, but today we are yet another step closer to only having a single Azure Portal to think about.

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Fixing Azure Portal Errors

All software has errors. The Microsoft Azure Portal is no different. When this happens you’ll receive one of two different alerts of the error; either an error message or a rain cloud. It’s easy to have a “table flip” moment when this occurs and start grumbling how “the cloud is horrible” or “why Azure sucks”, but there’s generally an explanation for these errors and they normally don’t last long. This post explains a bit of why these errors occur, when they’re more likely, and how to fix / workaround them. Read More