Set up the Azure Usage and Billing Insights Portal for demo purposes

Last week Microsoft announced the availability of the Azure Usage and Billing Insights (AUBI) Portal. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/announcing-the-release-of-the-azure-usage-and-billing-portal/ A setup guide is provided on the GitHub repository. https://github.com/Microsoft/AzureUsageAndBillingPortal/blob/master/Documentation/HOWTO.md So what is the intention of this blog post? Read more [...]

Free tools for your daily work with Microsoft Azure / Azure Stack

When you are working with Azure or Azure Stack you have to use additional tools to keep your work easy. I would like to present some free tools, I am using at my daily work with Azure and Azure Stack Let us start with the area storage explorer, something you want to use instead of the portal itself. In the beginning we had the Azure Storage Explorer, a CodePlex project, that is not developed Read more [...]

Referring to resource group tags in your Azure Resource Manager templates

Just a short blog post for a small useful hint. Assuming you are familiar with the Azure Resource Manager tags, I want to show you how you can refer to the resource group tags in your templates. That said, you only define the tags at the resource group level and you want to use them for every resource that is going to be deployed in this specific resource group. First you have to define the tags Read more [...]

Using the latest API version in your Azure Resource Manager templates

I got a bit tired of checking which API version is the latest one and modifying my API variables in my ARM templates. So I investigated and tested a little bit and found a solution on how to get the latest API version every time. You can do this via the provider resource function in your ARM templates. -> https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/resource-group-template-functions/#providers Let Read more [...]

Review Cloud and Datacenter Conference Germany

On May 12th I had the honor to speak at the first Cloud and Datacenter Conference Germany about one of my favorite topics Azure IaaS especially the security part. The one day conference was an awesome event with a set of top international speakers from Microsoft Corp and the MVP community. Thanks to Kerstin and Carsten Rachfahl for such an awesome event. If you have missed to be on-site at CDC Germany, Read more [...]

Azure Disk Encryption is available for Windows VMs

Just in time before the weekend Microsoft announced the general availability of Azure Disk Encryption for Windows VMs in all Azure regions that are public available. -> https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/azuresecurity/2016/05/20/azure-disk-encryption-for-windows-virtual-machines-reaches-general-availability/ This is a huge milestone for keeping your data secure. All you need is an Azure Key Vault Read more [...]

Review VCNRW sessions 2016

On April 20th I had the honor to speak at the first VCNRW sessions about my favorite topic Azure Stack. The one day conference was an awesome event with a set of top international speakers. Thanks to Helge Klein and Timm Brochhaus for such a great event. If you have missed to be on-site at VCNRW sessions, you are lucky! Because the sessions were recorded and are available on Channel 9. -> https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/community-germany/VCNRW2016 You Read more [...]

Microsoft Azure Stack Technical Preview – incremental release published

One of the pain points with the first Microsoft Azure Stack TP were the long running operations for IaaS regarding VM deployment, deletion, start and stop. Microsoft has released an incremental update yesterday to fix these issues and some more. Faster VM deployment times Better performance in VM-related actions such as stop, start, delete Incremental stability and reliability improvements to Read more [...]

Speaking at VCNRW 2016 and CDC Germany

I wanted to highlight two events driven by the community I will be speaking at. The first stop is at the VCNRW 2016 on 20th April in Cologne. My session is about “Microsoft Azure Stack - Azure for your datacenter”. Last week there were 10 seats left. Maybe since today the VCNRW 2016 is sold out! -> https://vcnrw.de/vcnrw-sessions-2016/ The second stop is at the Cloud and Datacenter Conference Read more [...]

Azure Stack and Azure Consistency

One of the interesting things of Azure Stack beside the underlying hardware infrastructure is the consistency with Azure. But interesting is the wrong wording for this it is the key concept and one of the reasons why Azure Stack exists. True consistency between the public cloud offer and the private cloud offer. It is an unique offer right now on the market. Let us have a look on some of the good Read more [...]