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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Azure Monitor Alert Series – Part 4

It is time for another part of the blog post series focused on Azure Monitor Alerts. In Part 4 we will take a look at Advisor alerts and Policy alerts. As the previous alerts they are based on records in Azure Activity log.

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Azure Monitor Alerts Series – Part 1

Alerts are important part of our monitoring and probably the most important one. Getting data and visualizing it is the foundation for alerts but in order to move to actual monitoring you need alerts. I can tell you nobody sits all day in front of dashboard and looks at visualized data. Alerts are also our knowledge of our applications and infrastructure gathered to help us when things are not going as planned. I wanted to write this blog post series for quite some time and I think this is the right time to do it. The reason for that is Classic Azure alerts are being deprecated and the vision of unified alerting capabilities is coming together and becoming more powerful… sort of. I will comment on parts that I think could and should be improved and hopefully they will be. I also expect some new features around Ignite as usually that is when Microsoft reveals some new stuff. They actually do it all the time it just the end development of some features matches Ignite conference time frame.

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Free Book: Inside Azure Management v3

For the last several months Pete Zerger, Tao Yang, Kevin Greene, Anders Bengtsson and me have been working hard to update Inside OMS book. With the latest changes we are now on version 3 of the book and with new name: Inside Azure Management

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Deploying Azure Policy Definitions via ARM Template

Lately you haven’t seen new blog posts by me due to diverting my community time and efforts towards Inside Azure Management book. As now I have finished most of my work on the book I can focus again on blogging.

I very often work closely with the ARM team by giving them feedback and features like Azure Resource Manager template language additions are appearing because of that feedback and I am sure the feedback by many other MVPs, partners and customers. Because of that I never settle for workarounds where you can do something natively within ARM template. I have previously blogged about an issue with deploying Azure Policy definitions via ARM template:

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