Azure Resource Policies and Initiatives

Azure Policy, currently in preview, extends and enhances the governance and control capabilities that are available in Azure Resource Manager. Azure Policy allows administrators to create policies that can be used define a particular convention that is monitored for compliance or enforced. For example, Policies are can be defined to control the types of resources […]

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Azure Resource Provider API versions and schemas

When authoring Azure Resource Manager templates you may want to know what latest options are available when defining resources, and the correct way to define them within an ARM Template. This is usually the case when a new resource is introduced into the platform such as Accelerated Networking or Managed Disks. There are a few […]

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Azure Free Account

Microsoft have revamped their trial accounts and now offer what is known as a “Free Account”. The Free Account, offers a combination of $250 dollars of credit that can be used over 3 months, similar to the previous trial account. However, Microsoft now offer additional products and services that are either free for an additional […]

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Cost management in Azure with Cloudyn

Microsoft recently acquired Cloudyn and have been integrating the service directly within Azure for cost and usage management. Cloudyn is available for free for all Azure customers, with advanced functionality currently also free until June 2018. Register and enable Cloudyn cost management in Azure. Browse to the “Cost Management” menu from the Azure Portal. Click […]

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Audit Inventory of Azure Resources

I have been working on a few projects lately where there was a need to review customers Azure environments. These environments were moderate in size and spread across multiple subscriptions with no real documentation or inventory in place. To make it easier to assess the environment and gain a quick understanding of the landscape across […]

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