How to use stored secrets from Azure Key Vault while deploying ARM VMs

Server deployments can be very challenging when it comes to delegating deployments to admins that must not know local admin credentials. Learn how to automate deployments without giving your passwords away using Azure Key Vault.

Who does not know this scenario? You want a trainee to deploy a Windows Server but you do not want to give him or her access to your secret administrator passwords at all. Or you want to delegate deployments to a service provider but you need your passwords to stay save? Azure Key Vault could be what makes your life way easier.

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How to protect Azure resources from accidental deletion

Accidental deletion of Azure RM resources might be one of the biggest issues you might face in your career as Azure administrator. With that blog post I want to explain how to avoid losing your Azure resources after running a “Whipe All” PowerShell script against your productive cloud environment. Continue reading “How to protect Azure resources from accidental deletion”

Azure German national cloud supported as Azure environment in PowerShell

Hey folks,

I just realized the fact that in Azure PowerShell module 1.4.0. support for Azure German national cloud was added. Continue reading “Azure German national cloud supported as Azure environment in PowerShell”

Azure Storage Accounts: How to plan your architecture to speed up blob transfers

Storage Accounts, Availability Sets and Storage Stamps are terms you will often be confronted with when you deal with Azure Storage. But what do these terms mean and how can you use your knowledge of them to speed up your cloud storage and enhance the availability of your systems? Continue reading “Azure Storage Accounts: How to plan your architecture to speed up blob transfers”

Blob migration between Azure datacenters

Hey folks,

Functionality in Azure Germany is getting more and more and the German cloud is supposed to go live within the second half of 2016. I am one of the lucky testers in private preview and today I want to show you if and how you can achieve a migration of your storage blobs from the Azure cloud worldwide to Azure Germany. Continue reading “Blob migration between Azure datacenters”