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Microsoft Azure IaaS Operations Guidance – #AAD, #RBAC, #ARM, #Microsoft, #Azure

Here you can find a ton of great guidance material for Azure operations by mzbowe! Really good summary!

This is a collection of Azure Infrastructure installation and operational guidance resources I provide to my customers.  By keeping these links up to date with each engagement, all of my customers may benefit.  Hopefully you can too!  The latest Azure updates will always be at Azure service updates.  Make it part of your operational procedure to review that monthly, if not weekly!  In 2015, there were over 500 updates. Wow!

The goal of this guide to highlight core installation and operational procedures for an Azure IaaS deployment which predominantly will consist of Compute, Network and Storage resources.  This article Azure Infrastructure Services Implementation Guidelines, gives a pretty good run down of what needs to be created and in what order. The resources I will keep updated below pretty much follow most of those resources in the last link. But for now, there is a very important piece of that puzzle missing.  For the newer Azure Resource Manager (ARM) model of deployment, we need to plan, design and create Azure Resource Groups. Once we have Resource Groups, we can delegate administration with Role Based Access Control (RBAC).

Besides all this, if you just need to ramp up and learn more on Azure, go to the Azure Learning Paths page.  Check it out and learn something new! I also have my Azure Certification resources (Slides and Videos) from MS Ignite 2015, to get you certified and ready to go!

Azure Active Directory

Azure AD Operational Guidance

In the original Azure Portal, http://manage.windowsazure.com, the primary control of overall administration was at the subscription level. Now, in the new Azure Resource Manager (ARM) mode, there are fewer justifications for multiple subscriptions as there were before in the Azure Service Management (ASM) model e.g. administration only at the top level.  Now in ARM, you can control administration at the subscription level, Resource Groups, and at the Azure Resources contained within. For more on those differences, see Understanding Resource Manager deployment and classic deployment. You can only create Azure Resources to leverage ARM deployments and RBAC by using http://portal.azure.com.  So stop using that old portal; unless you just have to.  For more on that, read Azure portal availability chart.


Before you can do anything, you not only need an Azure subscription, but you also need to know how many, if more than one, and what the limits are. Simpler is always the best. In the ARM deployment model now, things like separation of billing and delegation of administration no longer require separate subscriptions.  Billing can be even more with tagging and RBAC gives even more flexibility to control administration across your portal.

Read more here!


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