Notes on changing Azure VM size

One of the characteristics of cloud computing is agility. Agility means how rapidly you can provision cloud resources and how quickly you can change to meet a scale need. In the context of infrastructure provisioning, you sometimes choose a wrong VM size for your application. Another case when the changing need exists is to scale down the infrastructure when you want to release resources. Saying your e-commerce only needs to be boosted during a specific marketing campaign. After the campaign ends, you need to change the size back to origin to save cost.

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A quick review of 2017

2017 to me was another year of personal and professional growth, and surely an exciting year. From exploring my personal preferences to acquiring new skills so stepping out of my comfort zone, this was another year of learning.

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A little more about hardened Azure VM deployment

One of my Azure security related articles provided step-by-step guidance on how to use Azure Automation with Desired State Configuration (DSC) to deploy security policy on multiple Azure VMs. Instead of clear explanation, the article was just written in a format of step-by-step. Hence, I’ve received some requests to elaborate more about this article so it is fully useful to readers. If you haven’t had a chance to read the article, here you go.

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Comprehensive checklist for SharePoint 2016 offline setup

If you have ever set up SharePoint farm without Internet, you probably know how challenging it is. Because you don’t have Internet connection, Microsoft SharePoint Products Preparation Tool cannot connect directly to Microsoft Download center to download all prerequisites and help you automatically install and configure each of prerequisite.

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Hardened Azure Virtual Machine Deployment

During my time working with the Government Cloud, I recognized that every on-boarding virtual machine after successfully provisioned needed to apply a script called hardening. Digging into this script, I realized that it contained many security configuration policies. When running this script, Windows will automatically configure Local Security Policy and built-in advanced firewall (for Windows Server).

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