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Easily Manage Azure Web App Connection Strings using PowerShell

The Application Settings of an Azure Web App are really powerful. They allow you to easily configure App Settings (key/value pairs) and database Connection Strings for an application directly within Azure. These values stored in the Azure Web App Application Settings will override any App Settings or Connection String values deployed within an ASP.NET applications […]

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Can an Azure Resource Manager policy be overridden?

Azure Resource Manager (ARM) policies are a powerful governance capability that allows administrators to accomplish many things, such as: Define a ‘service catalog’ (which services may be created) Control the Azure regions in which resources may be deployed Enforce the use of ARM tags on resources etc. The use cases for ARM policies is limited […]

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Automate finding a unique Azure storage account name (ARM)

When building ARM-based virtual machines in Azure with PowerShell, one important step involves creating a storage account. And because the storage account name must be unique within Azure, you first need to find an unused name. To accomplish this we can use the Get-AzureRmStorageAccountNameAvailability cmdlet. This is great, but I may have to manually try […]

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Reset the Password on Azure VM – ARM

We’ve all been there.  You have an old VM that you haven’t booted up for a while, and you need to use it for something.  You open the Azure Portal, find it in a Resource Group and Click Start. Without fail your trusty VM starts and then you click the Connect Button, but when you […]

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Creating and Deploying a Linux VM using Azure Resource Manager Templates

Creating an ARM Template In this post I’m going to show you how to create a simple ARM template using Visual Studio.  The template you create will deploy an Ubuntu Linux VM along with all other pieces required to make the VM functional. Enjoy! @deltadan First things first… You will need a Microsoft Azure Subscription […]

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