Originally published at https://adamtheautomator.com by Nick Rimmer on July 23, 2021.

Tired of having to load client tools on your computer every time you want to manage something in Microsoft Azure Cloud? Look no further! Using the Azure Cloud Shell, all you need is a browser to manage Azure from the command line.

Command-line tools like Terraform, Azure CLI the Azure PowerShell module, and more are freely available right in your browser. In this article, you will learn how to set up and configure Azure Cloud Shell and see what tools it has in store.

Let’s get into it!

What is Azure Cloud Shell?

The…


Originally published at https://adamtheautomator.com by Jeff Brown on July 12, 2021.

Keeping an application running is the most important job for an IT professional. People depend on reliability and availability to do their work or consume your service. To achieve maximum uptime with your virtual machines, take a look at Azure availability sets!

In this tutorial, you’ll learn about Azure availability sets and the benefits of using availability sets with your virtual machines. You’ll also learn how to deploy availability sets using PowerShell, Azure CLI, and Terraform. So if you’re ready, let’s get down to it!

What is an Azure Availability Set?

Azure availability sets organize…


This article was written by Victor Silva and was originally published at https://adamtheautomator.com on July 6, 2021.

Services like Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) and Secure Shell (SSH) have been around forever to control Azure virtual machines. But, to access them, you’ve traditionally had to either expose VM ports to the public Internet or set up a VPN. You can now use Azure Bastion instead!

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to protect both RDP and SSH access on your Azure VMs with Azure Bastion.

Let’s get going!

Why Azure Bastion?

Before Bastion, to connect to an Azure VM with RDP or SSH, you…


This article is written by Helen Mary Barrameda and originally published at https://adamtheautomator.com on July 5, 2021

You can build Azure resources all day, but you’re in rough shape if you don’t remember how they all fit together. Visual diagrams are a great way to map out how your cloud infrastructure fits together to understand it at an architectural level. An Azure diagram is no different.

Whether it’s an Azure architecture diagram or something from other cloud providers like Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud Platform, understanding and building cloud diagrams is an important skill.

In this article, you will…


This article was written by Gijs Reijn and was Originally published at https://adamtheautomator.com on June 8, 2021.

If you need to make changes to a SQL database, you could open SQL Server Management Studio, click around a little bit and make it happen. But what happens when you need to manage changes across dozens or even hundreds of databases? You need database deployment automation.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to automate SQL database deployments and changes with a CI/CD pipeline built in Azure DevOps. …


This article was written by Ryan Kowalewski and was originally published at https://adamtheautomator.com on June 2, 2021

If you are a Windows admin, you’re probably in an Active Directory (AD) domain and seamlessly connect to multiple SMB file shares every day without much thought. This is because AD provides the single sign-on (SSO) capabilities to pass your logged-in credentials to the share. But what about Azure Files shares?

The Azure Files service allows you to create SMB shares in the cloud backed by an Azure storage account. By default, Azure file shares are set up to authenticate users based on…


Originally published at https://adamtheautomator.com by Nick Rimmer on May 26, 2021.

So you’ve drunk the Azure Koolaid and want to migrate your Hyper-V VMs to Azure. That’s great news! Do you know what even better news is? Azure provides a service called Azure Migrate that makes the process as easy as possible.

In this step-by-step tutorial, you’re going to learn how to migrate a Hyper-V VM with Azure Migrate by replicating the VM to Azure with Azure Site Recovery (ASR).

If you haven’t created an Azure assessment via the Azure Migrate tool yet, please head over to the How to…


This article was written by Gijs Reijn and was originally published at https://adamtheautomator.com on May 25, 2021

create azure sql database

If you need to make changes to a SQL database, you could open SQL Server Management Studio, click around a little bit and make it happen. But what happens when you need to create an Azure SQL database 10 or 100 times or in some automation script? You need to use PowerShell!

In this tutorial, you will learn how to create an Azure SQL Server, a SQL database, and a SQL server firewall rule all in PowerShell!

Let’s get going!

Prerequisites

To follow along…


Originally published at https://adamtheautomator.com on May 11, 2021.

Have you ever created an Azure Resource Group (RG) and realized later that you’d misspelled the name? Or maybe even used the wrong name completely! Your initial reaction would probably be to rename the Azure Resource Group. But can you?

Unfortunately, Azure does not support renaming an RG. This rename function request has been in limbo since 2014. If you’ve only created the RG and have not added resources to it yet, the quickest workaround is to delete the RG and create a new one.

But if the RG is not empty…


Originally published at https://adamtheautomator.com by Victor Silva on May 11, 2021.

Imagine deploying the same Azure resources repeatedly, like resource groups, policies, and virtual networks. Humans are not efficient in repeating tasks without failing. What if you can package these resources so that you can deploy them in one go? Azure Blueprints is the way to go.

In this article, you’ll learn how to get started with Azure Blueprints, what it’s for, and how it can help you become efficient in deploying resources in Azure. …

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