Inside Azure Management Book v4 Is Being Released for Preview

Few years ago, few of us started a book authoring project for then-called Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS). Since the technology is constantly evolving, we have renamed the book to Inside Azure Management on version 3 last year. We have started working on version 4 of the Inside Azure Management book couple of months ago.This time, we have sourced few additional talented authors to help out. Given the challenging time we are all facing right now, we are a little bit behind the original schedule. However, we are expecting to have the book released no later than 15th of May

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My Home Office Setup

Introduction With the current COVID-19 outbreak, more and more people have started using home office as the primary work location. So far I’ve seen many people sharing their home office setup on social media, I thought I’d share my home office (a.k.a Man Cave) is setup. Hopefully you can find some useful tips from this post. I have previously shared my experience in setting up home network and automation, I won’t repeat what’s already been covered. you can find my previous posts here: part 1, part 2, part 3. We moved into our current house around 18 months ago. When

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Managing Azure Resource Tags using Azure Policy Modify Effect

The new Modify effect for Azure Policy was introduced few months ago. I was really excited about this new addition, but unfortunately I haven’t had time to write this post until today. The Modify effect is designed SPECIFICALLY for managing resource tags. You can use it to add / update / remove tags during resource creation or update (basically for both new and existing resources). Problem we had… Before the Modify effect was introduced, we were managing the tags using the “Deny” and “Append” effects: Deny: “Require tag and its value” policy “Require tag and its value on resource groups”

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Puppet Facts Detecting Cloud Providers for Windows VMs

I’m currently working on a Puppet Module for Windows Server. This module needs to detect which public cloud platform is the Windows server running on. More specifically, Azure, or GCP or AWS. To do so, I can either write a custom Puppet fact in Ruby, or an external fact (i.e. in PowerShell). So I’ve written both. The custom fact (cloud.rb) is placed in the lib/facter folder in the module. The external fact (cloud.ps1) is placed in the facts.d folder in the module. Custom Fact: View the code on Gist. External Fact: View the code on Gist. To test, you can

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Presenting in Microsoft Ignite the Tour Sydney 2020

Next week, I will attend the Microsoft Ignite the Tour in Sydney and present a session on Azure Monitor and Azure Pipelines with fellow Azure MVP Alex Verkinderen. Our Session is called “Azure Monitor – Design and Implement a Monitoring Solution for Your Azure Environment using ARM Templates and CI/CD Pipelines”. This is a deep dive level 400 session on implementing monitoring solutions using Azure Pipelines based on real-world experience. If you are planning to attend Microsoft Ignite the Tour next week in Sydney, I encourage you to attend our session.

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Updated Azure Policy Definitions for Azure Diagnostics Settings Again

I firstly published a set of policy definitions for configuring Azure resource diagnostics settings last year. You can find the original post here: https://blog.tyang.org/2018/11/19/configuring-azure-resources-diagnostic-log-settings-using-azure-policy/. I have been keeping them up-to-date since then. I’ve updated the Policy Definitions for the resource Diagnostic Settings again today with the following updates: New Policies added: Azure Bastion Hosts Azure AD Domain Services Existing Policy Updated: Azure App Service – with the support for the additional logs announced at Ignite 2019. Also the name of the policy file has changed. Removed (since they were incorrectly written in the first place and never worked): VM VMSS

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100 Days of Infrastructure as Code in Azure

I have been asked to contribute to the 100 Days of IaC in Azure project started by Ryan Irujo (@reirujo) and Pete Zerger (@pzerger). I accepted the invitation and have already contributed 4 articles for this project. Right now we are not even half way through the 100 articles yet, I’m planning to continue contributing in the coming weeks. Both Pete and Ryan are extremely talented in this field, I am very pleased to be part of this awesome project. If you are focusing on Azure, Infrastructure as Code or DevOps, I strongly recommend you to check this out: https://bit.ly/100DaysOfIaC.

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SCOM Self Maintenance Management Pack for SCOM 2019 now available

Good news! OpsMgr Self Maintenance MP v3.1 is now available from cookdown.com https://cookdown.com/scom-essentials/self-maintenance/ Whats New? SCOM 2016, 1801/1807 and 2019 support Retired the 2007 version of the MP Completely re-written the MP with a new name Several new monitors Various bug fixes decommissioned OMS add-on MP Additional quick start override MP Self Maintenance MP now owned/maintained by Cookdown Who are Cookdown? Cookdown are a new company span out from Squared Up (known for awesome HTML 5 dashboards for SCOM + Azure). Cookdown where setup specifically to solve the challenges SCOM faces today – SCOM continues to be used in large

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Configuring Azure Management Group Hierarchy Using Azure DevOps

Previously, I have published a 3-part blog series on deploying Azure Policy Definitions via Azure DevOps (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3). It covered one aspect of implementing Azure Governance using code and pipelines. There are at least 2 additional areas I haven’t covered: Configuring Management Group hierarchy Policy & Initiative assignments In this post, I’ll cover how I managed to implement the management group hierarchy using Azure DevOps. I will cover policy & initiative assignment in a future blog post. Problem Statement Before I dive into the technical details, I’d like to firstly explain why is this required? In

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Cross-Blog: How to Create Azure Monitor Alerts for Non-Compliant Azure Policies

Recently, I have been asked to contribute to Microsoft’s ITOps Talk blog. My first article “How to Create Azure Monitor Alerts for Non-Compliant Azure Policies” have just been published. You can read it here: https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/ITOps-Talk-Blog/How-to-Create-Azure-Monitor-Alerts-for-Non-Compliant-Azure/ba-p/713466

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