27 December 2021
27 December 2021

Azure and MFA Secrets

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MFA and conditional access policies are powerful tools for our cloud security, but they are full of tricks. I don’t pretend to cover the basics here. You know you can create conditional access policies to request MFA authentication from the users. You also know the fact the default configuration (which you should avoid) will request … Read more
20 December 2021
20 December 2021

Case Study: Troubleshooting Site Recovery

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A silly mistake, a site recovery error and a troubleshooting case study, let’s check how it happened. I was demonstrating Site Recovery in a training. Site recovery is a slow task, so I make the demonstration among other explanations, put the demonstration in the middle of other subjects. This also doesn’t leave much room to … Read more
29 November 2021
29 November 2021

Query Store and hints: More Powerful than ever

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I need to confess: I’m proud of the article Query Store and Parameterization Problems I wrote. Today it’s no news at all (although some people may not know the details about plan guides I included in the article) but I wrote it in 2017, based on SQL Server 2016, when the idea of identifying parameter sniffing … Read more
15 November 2021
15 November 2021

Dependency Hell: Past and Future

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Saying that I’m from the time of the MDAC would be to break the main rule of never reveal our age. However, who really remembers Microsoft Data Access Components – MDAC – today ? Microsoft had ODBC and it was good. Out of the blue came Borland with a thing called BDE that was way … Read more
18 October 2021
18 October 2021

Creating Views in Azure Portal

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Resource groups and subscriptions sometimes are not enough to organize the content of our Azure Portal. I was preparing for a presentation and looking into a lot of resource groups, but during the presentation only a few of them should appear for me. How could I control this? The need is the mother of the … Read more
11 October 2021
11 October 2021

ARM Template Visualizer

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Recently a new feature appeared in Azure Portal, an ARM Template Visualizer, capable to show a graphic view of the resources inside an ARM template. The feature appears as a new button in screens where we are editing or downloading templates. These are some of the screens where you will see the new button: When … Read more
04 October 2021
04 October 2021

Template Specs: Storing ARM templates on Azure

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Infrastructure as code is evolving in large steps to improve the way we build and manage cloud infrastructure. ARM templates is the Azure way to code the infrastructure, besides the fact it’s evolving towards BICEP. Since January, a new feature to manage ARM templates is being tested and made available in Azure Portal: ARM Template … Read more
27 September 2021
27 September 2021

10 things everyone needs to know about Azure Cost management

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1 – Azure Hybrid Benefit Azure services related to servers and direct infrastructure reservation require software licenses, such as Windows Server and SQL Server. Microsoft offers what’s called Hybrid Benefit. When the software license is required, the service provisioning process asks if you would like to use the hybrid benefit. If you already have on … Read more
20 September 2021
20 September 2021

C# XML Comments in Visual Studio Code

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Visual Studio Code appeared years ago as a light option to the full Visual Studio Environment. Being light, there are some features that we don’t have or at least took some time to appear. C# XML Comments is one of them. If a code needs to be full of comments, it’s possible the code is … Read more
06 September 2021
06 September 2021

Using Power BI to Analyse Azure Costs

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Azure Cost Management is in constant evolution to help manage the cost of services in the cloud. Microsoft provides the Azure Cost Management Power BI App to manage cloud costs, but this app only works with Enterprise Agreement accounts. This was a considerable limitation, since many companies use the cloud using Customer Agreement instead of … Read more