How to get started with Azure log Analytics

If you’re interested in getting your hands dirty with Azure Log Analytics, here’s a few resources and tips on how to get started. The Video’s If you’re looking for some imagination of what Azure Log Analytics is all about and what you can do with it, here’s a couple of videos I recommend watching. Azure Log Analytics (13 minutes) https://channel9.msdn.com/Shows/Azure-Friday/Azure-Log-Analytics?ocid=player What’s changed in Azure Log Analytics? (5 minutes) https://channel9.msdn.com/Blogs/Azure/Whats-changed-in-Azure-Log-Analytics The improved Azure Log Analytics: A Read More …

Data Collection Tier in Azure Security Center

Within the Azure Security Center, Security Policy node, you can select a workspace and there define the data collection configuration for security events. All Events Common Minimal None More details about the Azure Data Collection and the data collection tier can be found here. The page also has a list of all the Event IDs that are being collected within each tier. To better understand the exact meaning of each Event ID, I’ve created the Read More …

OMS Security and Audit Baseline Assessment

The Microsoft Operations and Management Suite, Security and Audit Solution includes a Baseline Assessment component. The Baseline configuration definition includes a set of Registry, audit policy and security policy settings rules that are recommended to configure to achieve a secure operating environment. Within the Console we get an overview of “Rules” that have failed, because the servers don’t have the recommended configuration applied. While looking at this, I wondered where I can find the complete Read More …

Creating and Managing Azure Storage Tables with PowerShell

Today’s mission was to get more familiar with Azure Storage Tables and to manage them with PowerShell. On GitHub I found the AzureTableEntity module from Tao Yang. Below are a number of code snippets I used to get my hands dirty with Azure Storage tables and the module. Install the Module

Next we create an Azure Resource Group and an Azure Storage Account

We will need the Storage Account key later so let’s Read More …

Deploying ConfigMgr Current Branch in Azure Dev Test Lab

Remember the days when you spend hours if not days just to get a lab environment in place and any time you wanted to use the environment again, you spend another couple of hours to get It updated. About 3 years ago I started to make more use of Azure based compute to run my virtual machines, that I use for technology learning and research activities. Initially created the virtual machines through the portal, but Read More …

OMS Log Analytics HTTP Data Collector API – Work notes

I believe that the Microsoft Operations Management Suite is yet another example of how cool Cloud based solutions can be. Instead of first having to spin up an entire backend infrastructure before you can actually start collecting data, with the Microsoft Operations Management Suite you can directly start focusing on the task of collecting and visualizing your data. This blog post is basically a summary of my notes and scripts that I created while exploring Read More …

Retrieve Azure Virtual Machine Size information with PowerShell

One important topic to consider when deploying virtual machines in Azure is the size of the virtual machine as this affects the pricing, but beware that not only virtual machine sizing has a pricing impact other factors like storage and optional features like IP address options add to the costs as well. A good starting point to get an understanding of virtual machine costs is the Azure pricing calculator: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-in/pricing/calculator/ Be aware that when selecting Read More …

Select-MyAzureRmSubscription

I have multiple Azure subscriptions linked to my account, so anytime I connect to Azure in PowerShell I have to make sure i am working in the right context. To simplify this I wrote a little helper function called Select-MyAzureRmSubscription. After entering the -SubscriptionName parameter the script enumerates alll the subscriptions I have access to and generates a dynamic parameter option.

Script location on GitHub: https://github.com/alexverboon/posh/blob/master/Azure/Utilities/select-MyAzureRmSubscription.ps1