Azure Infrastructure Fundamentals Webinars – part 2

In this article we continue to review our online sessions covering Azure Infrastructure fundamentals that went live couple of weeks ago. Please find below the links to the sessions, the slides, demos and step by steps guides to reproduce the demos!


Session 3: Azure Backup and Disaster Recovery

Azure Site Recovery and Backup are two features that allow you to easily build Disaster Recovery and Backup plans. In this session, we will review the different options that are available to build a DRP that you can rely on.

Session on demand:


1. Backup

2. Disaster recovery

Demos references:


Session 4: Azure Compliance and security

The security and compliance session review the fundamentals of Azure security in both technical and non-technical terms. After a review of certification against the best in class policies and procedures, we will spend some time reviewing the technologies that customers can leverage to deploy solutions.

Session on demand:


1. Azure Security Center

2. Azure Key Vault

Demo references:

That’s it for today, in the next post, more details on the other episodes of the serie!


Azure Infrastructure Fundamentals Webinars – part 1

Earlier on this year, we had a set of online sessions covering Azure Infrastructure fundamentals. In addition to those sessions, as some of you asked, please find below the links to the sessions, the slides, demos and step by steps guides to reproduce the demos!

Session 1: Azure Infrastructure Overview

We will get started with an overview of Azure datacenters and servers’ infrastructure, we will then study the best tools to get started with administering your first resources in Azure and then undercover the fundamental of grouping resources and delegating their access.

Session on demand:



Demos references:

Session 2: Azure Virtual Machines

In this session, we continue our exploration of Azure services with virtual machines and everything related to them: storage, network, monitoring and the basics of security.

Session on demand:


1. VM Creation

2. VM Management

Demo references:

That’s it for today, in the next post, more details on the other episodes of the serie!


Containers on Azure, Azure App Service on Linux – My Slides from Open Day Jakarta

This week, I had the pleasure to present to Microsoft Open Day in Jakarta. I covered two topics:

  1. Introduction to Containers on Azure
  2. Building Highly Available Linux applications with Azure App Service

You will find below my slides, notes to evaluate the technology and videos of the demos!

Introduction to Containers on Azure

The slides are here:

The videos of the demos are here:

Docker Basics

What is a container by docker –

Docker Overview  –

Try SQL Server 2017 in a Container –

What’s new for Docker in WindowsServer 1709 –

Azure Container Registry

Your Docker registry in Azure –

Azure Container Instances

Run containers in Azure the easy way  –

Azure Container Services (ACS)

Deploy a Docker Swarm cluster in Azure with ACS –

Deploy a DCOS cluster in Azure with ACS  –

Azure Container Services (AKS)

Managed Kubernetes in Azure –

To summarize the options to run containers on Azure:


Building Highly Available Linux applications with Azure App Service

The slides are here:

The videos of the demos are here:

WordPress for App Service on Linux

Introduction to Azure App Service –

AppService is also present on AzureStack –

Azure App Service on Linux FAQ –

Create a Ruby on Azure using Azure App Service –

App Service on Linux with GitHub integration

Deployment guide for Azure App Service  –

Configure webapps in Azure App Service –

Deploy your own Docker container for App Service on Linux –

App Service for Containers

Azure Web App for Containers:

Running your code on #Azure … which option to choose? –


See you soon in another Microsoft Open Day in APAC: 


My Azure RFP Toolbox

<Updated on 24th July 2018>

During the last years as an architect for Azure services, there is a set of questions and areas that always come-up, you will find here the reference materials I use to answer RFP or customer enquiries. This post assumes you already have some Azure expertise in the subjects covered, but are in search of good reference materials for documentation purposes.


Networking and connectivity

When you design a solution running in Azure, it will most of the time run on Virtual Networks, you can connect those to:

  • Your datacenter via IPsec VPN: you use the internet to transport IPsec-encrypted packets. Since it’s the internet, there’s no SLA on the link availability, but the IPsec gateway is backed by a 99.95% SLA and the speed can go up to 1 Gbps.
  • Your datacenter via ExpressRoute: it’s a private connection, SLA-backed by your service provider up to 99.95%. The speed can go up to 10 Gbps if necessary.
  • Internet via a Public IP: that public IP endpoint is highly available, load balanced if needed, protected by our DoS protection service. Those operations are done by Azure but you can leverage Network Virtual Appliances from the marketplace in order to add additional features like layer-7 inspection. If you want to use WAF-as-a-Service, you can also leverage Azure Application Gateway.

ExpressRoute Locations –

Microsoft cloud services and network security –

Azure Network Security Best Practices –

Reference architecture – Hybrid Networking – 


High availability, Disaster Recovery and SLA

When you build solutions on Azure, your choose the physical location of your data, which is replicated on 3 hard disk drives (based on Locally Redundant Storage), it can be replicated to another region in order to offer additional redundancy in a location with hundreds miles from the previous (3 additional copies of your data).

High availability for virtual machines is achieved:

  • In-Region:
    • If you deploy an Azure VM on Premium storage, the VM automatically gets a 99.9% uptime SLA!
    • You can achieve HA at 99.95% uptime by placing multiples machines serving users inside an availability set with a load balancer in front.
    • You can achieve HA at 99.99% uptime by placing multiples machines serving users inside an availability zone with a standard load balancer in
  • Across-regions: by duplicating the first deployment in another region. You replicate the data using application-level replication or Azure Site Recovery, then you load balance the solution using Traffic Manager.

SLA for the main Azure elements:

VM For all Virtual Machines that have two or more instances deployed in the same Availability Set, we guarantee you will have Virtual Machine Connectivity
to at least one instance at least 99.95% of the time.For any Single Instance Virtual Machine using premium storage for all Operating System Disks and Data Disks, we guarantee you will have Virtual
Machine Connectivity of at least 99.9%.
Storage We guarantee that at least 99.9% (99% for Cool Access Tier) of the time, we will successfully process requests to read data from Locally Redundant Storage (LRS), Zone Redundant Storage (ZRS), and Geo Redundant Storage (GRS) Accounts.
ExpressRoute We guarantee a minimum of 99.95% ExpressRoute Dedicated Circuit availability.
IPsec Gateway We guarantee 99.9% availability for each Basic Gateway for VPN or Basic Gateway for ExpressRoute.

We guarantee 99.95% availability for each Standard, High Performance, VpnGw1, VpnGw2, VpnGw3 Gateway for VPN.

We guarantee 99.95% availability for each Standard, High Performance, Ultra Performance Gateway for ExpressRoute.

Application Gateway We guarantee that each Application Gateway Cloud Service having two or more medium or larger instances will be available at least 99.95% of the time.
Azure Site Recovery For each Protected Instance configured for On-Premises-to-On-Premises Failover, we guarantee at least 99.9% availability of the Site Recovery service.

For each Protected Instance configured for On-Premises-to-Azure planned and unplanned Failover, we guarantee a two-hour Recovery Time Objective

Datacenter and Service Recovery: How Microsoft services recovers from a DC loss –

Availability checklist –

Data security, isolation and confidentiality

In a context of datacenter migration, usual questions are: how is my data secured, how is it isolated from other tenants and how can I protect my data in-transit, at-rest, and even in-processing.

You can get started with our RFI standard responses templates:

A good reference is the getting started with Azure security paper:

Encryption at rest:

Isolation in the Azure Public Cloud –

Azure Data Encryption-at-Rest –

Encryption in transit:

Azure encryption technologies: Protect personal data in transit with encryption –

Encryption in processing:

Azure confidential computing :

Data security is also about backup, wo you can use:


Datacenter operations & compliance

Azure will very likely exceed any possible best practices and compliance regulation level that you see in a customer-run datacenter. Azure does not usually allow customers to directly audit against best practices, however we are working to certify Azure against the most relevant certifications, in the world, regionally, and locally as well as the most strict industry standards.

All certifications information can be found in the Azure Trust Center –

If you need to download the certification audit reports or the certificate Service Trust Portal – 

Overview of Microsoft Azure compliance –

How Microsoft Azure can help organizations become compliant with the EU GDPR –

Azure Solutions Blueprint for PCI DSS-compliant environments –

Microsoft Azure HIPAA/HITECH Act Implementation Guidance –


Threat protection, detection and incident response

How does Microsoft protect instances, how does Microsoft and I do incident response? Is there a DoS protection service include and IDS/IPS? Can I or a partner conduct penetration testing to a solution in Azure?

Azure Advanced Threat Detection –

Azure Logging and auditing –

Security Incent Response in Azure –

Penetration testing of your solution – 

Integration of SIEM with Azure – 

Azure Security Center is a great complement to all the security mechanisms present in Azure, and the good news is, there’s a free tier, so use it everywhere.

Azure Security Center Detection Capabilities –

Using Azure Security Center for an incident response –


Operations Excellence

How do I operate, manage, an environment in Azure, how do I manage separation of roles and duties, how is done RBAC?

Customers can integrate their on-premises Active Directory with Azure Active Directory and then manage, delegate access using RBAC. When customer use Azure Active Directory, they can use all feature of Azure Active Directory Premium and also enable Just in time admin, which will elevat

Introduction to operational security in Azure –

Azure Security Management and Monitoring Overview –

Governance in Azure –

Identity management –


Let’s conclude with the Azure Security best practices and patterns collection:

Our VM sizes reference:

You might also need the Visio template in order to produce the architecture diagrams: 


Have fun answering RFP, don’t hesitate to suggest your additional items in the comments section!

Stay updated on Twitter:

Getting started with – Azure Backup


We continue our series of “Getting Started” articles, with most up-to-date information I use with Microsoft Partners and customers when enabling them with Azure infrastructure services. I follows the same structure which is: getting started, training videos if available, then reference architectures, capacity planning and pricing information.

Backup is generally not creating a lot of excitement in IT teams, that’s the very least we can say. The fundamentally difficult parts of it are:

  1. defining data retention and archival policies.
  2. defining the appropriate sizing for the solution.
  3. executing the offsite data copy policy.

I’m not even talking about testing the restore of the backup, because people usually don’t do it Winking smile

Here’s really why Azure can help:

  1. You only have to size for the local backup storage system, archival is done is the cloud.
  2. With all hidden costs of tape systems included like offsite processing, storage on cloud is very likely to be always cheaper than any on-premises storage.
  3. You can easily test restoring data in a separate and isolated environment.
  4. You can easily backup files on servers and client with a small backup agent
  5. You can easily backup your applications running on Hyper-V on Vmware with Azure Backup Server.

Here’s what you need to get started building solutions on Azure:

Overview video

Overview article

Training Videos:

Pricing reference:

Technical References:

Azure Virtual Machine Backup:

Microsoft Azure Backup:

Microsoft Azure Backup Server:

Architecture references:

Azure Backup Limitations –

Security features for protecting hybrid backups using Azure Backup –

Third parties’ backup solutions supporting Azure

Commvault –

Veaam –

Veritas –

Service updates information

When you have deployed the solution and want to go further with Automation, there’s a pretty nice course on Microsoft OpenEDX: 

If you want to get started on Azure the good way, you can register to IT Pro Cloud Essentials, it includes online trainings, MCP vouchers and  monthly free credits to use Azure: 

Feel free to connect with me and provide feedbacks!