Azure Storage Service Encryption – Azure Resource Manager template

Enabling Storage Service Encryption for an Azure Storage account in the portal is only a one click show. As well with PowerShell it is very easy. Currently there is no Azure Resource Manager QuickStart template available on GitHub for SSE. Therefore you have to dive into the ARM Storage schema with API version 2016-01-01. -> https://github.com/Azure/azure-resource-manager-schemas/blob/master/schemas/2016-01-01/Microsoft.Storage.json So Read more [...]

Dealing with Azure Disk Encryption and Windows OS disk resizing

When you are enabling Azure Disk Encryption on your Azure VM, the process will shrink your existing OS partition a bit to implement the System Reserved partition. The System Reserved partition is placed at the end of the OS disk. When you resize the OS disk, then the free space is added after this partition. Trying to extend the OS partition, forces you to create a new partition, because you have Read more [...]

Speaking at SCU Europe 2016 and CIM Lingen

Just a short note. I will be speaking at two events in August. First stop is System Center Universe Europe 2016 in Berlin. My sessions at SCU Europe: Azure IaaS Security https://systemcenteruniverseeurope2016.sched.org/event/7qjo/azure-iaas-security Providing test environments in Azure using Azure DevTest Labs https://systemcenteruniverseeurope2016.sched.org/event/7rzW/providing-test-environments-in-azure-using-azure-devtest-labs Read more [...]

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 [...]