Remove locks from Azure resources

Remove locks from azure resources to be able to change or delete them

In my previous blog post Lock Azure resources to prevent accidental deletion, I showed how to add a lock to a resource with an ARM template to protect it from accidental deletion. When you want to delete the resource, you first need to remove the lock. A lock cannot be removed with an ARM template. To remove the lock you can use:

  • Powershell
  • Rest API
  • Portal

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Restarting Azure VMs after encrypting the disks

When deploying Azure VMs with disk encryption you have to restart the VM. The disc encrypting part is an async process that finishes after the arm templates are finished. It can take up to and hour before the whole disk is encrypted. To make life easier I made a powershell script that checks the status of the encrypted disks and if the VM needs a restart:
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Deploy a Marketplace Linux VM with disk encryption using ARM templates

Protect your data at rest with disk encryption on Linux VMs and deploying them as Infrastructure as Code.

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VM with disk encryption

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Access Azure PAAS without internet access

Gerenate ARM NSG rules to allow access to an Azure Datacenter

In some Azure environments the organization limits the outbound internet traffic from their servers. There are scenarios where you need to access Azure PAAS services (blob storage, or Azure SQL database etc.). You have to block the access to the internet and enable access to the Azure IP ranges Microsoft reserved for a specific Azure datacenter. To be able to access the service I made a script that will generate the Network Security Groep Rules in ARM format to give access to Azure services.
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Using the Inline PowerShell VSTS task

Run PowerShell in a VSTS pipeline from a textbox

The Inline PowerShell VSTS task enables you to execute PowerShell from a textbox within your build or release pipeline. You can run a PowerShell script on you agent or on Azure. The task can be installed from the Marketplace.
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Parallel deployment with Azure PowerShell VSTS Release Tasks

Running Azure PowerShell commands in parallel to speed up your deployments

Making better software starts with shortening the time it takes to get feedback. The less time between you start an action and its result, the bigger the chance you will do anything with the feedback. Faster is better!
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Deployment limit in Azure Resource Group

Removing deployments with Powershell to solve the ‘DeploymentQuotaExceeded’ error in Azure.

For some time we have been using Visual Studio Team Services Release Manager for our continuous deployments to Azure. Today our Continuous Deployments to Azure Resource Manager came to a halt with the following error:

[error]DeploymentQuotaExceeded: Creating the deployment 'deployModule-0408-0956' would exceed the quota of '800'. The current deployment count is '800', please delete some deployments before creating a new one. Please see http://aka.ms/arm-deploy for usage details.

Unfortunately we had to find out what was going on, before we could do any new deployments. This was very time consuming, because there were only two google hits on the error. They where not very helpful in solving the error.
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