Inside Azure Management v4 – Chapter 10: Implementing Process Automation

Today we are releasing another chapter in preview for Inside Azure Management v4 book. This one is focused on automation in Azure. As I have mentioned before this will be free book with option to purchase via Amazon as well. On this blog post I would like to thank the main authors of the book Pete Zerger, Tao Yang and Kevin Greene. Additionally I would like to thank as well to Ryan Irujo, Alexandre Verkinderen and Bert Wolters who also helped with a few chapters. Download the chapter and subscribe for future book updates from by clicking on the book cover below.

Inside Azure Management v4

My Thoughts on Azure Naming Conventions and Tags Usage

In IT naming of resources has been around for quite some time. In some of the early days IT personal was using super hero names, constellation names, etc. to name their servers. That was when the number of servers count was equal or less than your fingers. Over the years the number of servers has went up which required using naming convention. Another need for the naming convention was also the different role each server had. Of course with the coming of the cloud the result is that even more resource started to be generated. Strangely though we haven’t changed much our guidelines for naming resources much compared to how we did it on-premises. But may be it is time to change them?

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Send Subscription Activity Logs via ARM Template

At Ignite the Azure Monitor team has announced that you can now send subscription activity logs to Log Analytics. Wait? What? Isn’t that already available? And the answer yes it was available before but if we look closer you will see that the previous implementation was not very native to Azure. With the new implementation besides making the API better there are also other improvements like faster ingestion, ability to send different categories, etc.

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Azure Monitor Alert Series – Part 9

We continue our journey in Azure Monitor Alerts. This time we will cover alert type that is not part of Azure Monitor specifically but my opinion is that every Azure alert should integrate somehow with Azure Monitor so we have one consistent alert experience. The alert type that we will cover today somehow achieve this. This alert type is cost management alert or budget alert.

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Set Per Table Retention in Log Analytics via ARM Template

This will be a short blog post but I hope still interesting one as I will provide example how to set per table retention in Log Analytics. Several weeks ago the Azure Monitor team has provided option to set retention period per table instead of just having retention period for the whole workspace.

Update 17.10.2019: If you set per table retention you will not be able to delete the workspace. You will get web request error 500 when you try that in the portal. To delete the workspace you will have to reset the value for every table with tool like ARM client. Example with Perf table below:

ARMClient.exe put "/subscriptions/22391568-8971-4320-b4be-08beb4919e9a/resourcegroups/loganalytics/providers/microsoft.operationalinsights/workspaces/ws000001/tables/Perf?api-version=2015-03-20" "{'properties':{'retentionInDays':null}}"

Update 17.10.2019: Just a few hours later Azure Monitor team fixed the issue. That is what I call fast support. Kudos to Azure Monitor team for being such proactive.

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