Column for – Tips & Tricks To Secure and Optimize Azure VMs

In this month’s column for I round off the three part series with a look at IaaS VM security, how to access VMs, how to optimize networking and how to use Security Center with your IaaS deployments.  Read it here.

Enjoy! And thanks for reading.

Column for – Optimizing VMs in Azure

In my column for for last month I dig deeper into IaaS VMs in Azure and cover things such as picking the right VM size, how to deploy multiple VMs, setting up storage the right way, and managing disk encryption the right way. Read it here.

Enjoy! And thanks for reading.

A sort-of article of mine is live on

A long while ago (2010) I wrote a series of posts for on Hyper-V performance monitoring. By chance I found that some of that material had ended up on a blog over at I contacted them and they did the right thing – restoring my faith in humanity. Apparently a guest blogger (that they no longer work with) had done it and they didn’t know.

Anyway, they’ve attached my name and bio to the post, which you can read here. Original 4Sysops series starts here.

Thanks for reading.

Creating VMs in Azure for

In my monthly column for I look at creating a VM in Azure. First the next-next-next wizard to get a basic VM up and running, then we break that down and approach it in a better way, creating a resource group to house networking, diagnostics storage, backup storage and a network security group (NSG) for security before we create one or more VMs. Read it here.

This article is also laying the foundation for the next few columns where I’m going to explore Azure more in-depth with step by step articles and the why behind the how-to.

Enjoy! And thanks for reading.