Tag Archives: IaaS

Optimize build performance on Jenkins Azure worker nodes

Today we focus on some performance optimizations for the Jenkins worker nodes on Azure instead of security as in the last blog post. -> https://www.danielstechblog.io/secure-jenkins-worker-nodes-on-azure/ As you might know already each Azure VM gets an additional SSD-based temporary drive beside the OS disk drive. Per default the swap file is stored on this temporary drive, because it is ephemeral. So, Read more [...]

Secure Jenkins worker nodes on Azure

Jenkins has two nifty plugins available to leverage the power of the Azure platform for on-demand worker nodes. -> Azure Container Instances -> Azure Virtual Machines In this blog post I want to quickly highlight to secure the access to Jenkins worker nodes running on Azure. The assumption is that your Jenkins CI master is running outside of Azure e.g. on-premises. When you are using Read more [...]

Speaking at Experts Live Europe 2018 in Prague

We are only a month a way from one of the superb conferences held in Europe, Experts Live Europe. Being in Berlin the last two times Experts Live Europe takes place this year in the beautiful city of Prague. Why you should attend, if you have not a ticket yet? The answer is easy. Learning from top industry experts, networking, having a good time and making new friends. Most of the experts Read more [...]

Get notified with Azure Service Health on service incidents

Azure Service Health is one of a dozen cool Azure service Microsoft is currently offering in Azure. The Service Health dashboard provides you with the right information in case of a service issue, planned maintenance or health advisory event that has an impact on your workloads you are running on Azure. -> https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/features/service-health/ In case of a service incident Read more [...]

Deploying Application Security Groups with an Azure Resource Manager template

This month Microsoft launched the public preview of the Application Security Groups, short ASG, in all Azure regions. -> https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/public-preview-for-asg/ ASGs are like a security group and makes it easier to define an Azure Network Security Group rule set. You can join Azure VMs or to be more specific the Azure VM’s NIC to an ASG. In the next step you would Read more [...]

Link summary for guidance for mitigation and protection from Spectre and Meltdown on Windows Server, Hyper-V and Azure

From a security perspective the new year has started with a big bang. If you have lost the traction where you get the necessary information for guidance for mitigation and protection from Spectre and Meltdown on Windows Server, Hyper-V, and Azure, then have a look at the following link summary. Windows Server in general: Windows Server guidance to protect against speculative execution side-channel Read more [...]

Deploy the update management solution through an Azure Resource Manager template

In my last blog article, I talked about the update management solution in Azure and what the capabilities are. -> https://www.danielstechblog.io/keeping-azure-vms-date-update-management-solution/ Today we will have a look on how to deploy the update management solution through an Azure Resource Manager template. All what we need is to define the following Azure services in the template. Read more [...]

Keeping your Azure VMs up-to-date with the update management solution

Based on the Azure services Log Analytics and Azure Automation you can use three new capabilities in the Azure portal for your Azure VMs: inventory, change tracking, and update management. -> https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/update-management-inventory-and-change-tracking-are-available-in-azure-automation/ In this blog article I will talk about the update management solution. If you Read more [...]

Adding value to your DevTest Labs users with additional Azure services

If you are working with Azure DevTest Labs you already know that all the nice things are built around to provide a test environment for Azure IaaS VMs. So far so good, but what can you do to provide your DevTest Labs users with access to PaaS services? Azure DevTest Labs got you covered with a feature called environments. -> https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/announcing-azure-devtest-labs-support-for-creating-environment-with-arm-templates/ Environments Read more [...]

Deploy NSG augmented security rules with Azure Resource Manager templates

In my previous blog post “Working with NSG augmented security rules in Azure” I described what the NSG augmented security rules are and how you can leverage them with PowerShell. -> https://www.danielstechblog.io/working-nsg-augmented-security-rules-azure/ In this blog post I will briefly describe how to implement the augmented security rules in your Azure Resource Manager template. First, Read more [...]