Join Sharon Bennett for an in-depth discussion in this video What you need to know, part of Microsoft Azure: Virtual Network Implementation.
- [Instructor] Before jumping into Azure virtual networks, there are some things you should know. This course covers Azure virtual networks only. And will be using the new Azure Resource Manager portal for all of the demonstrations. You should already be somewhat familiar with Azure and basic server administrative roles. Microsoft is not asking you to relearn everything you know about infrastructure, but just tweak what you already do know. Following along, we'll require an Azure subscription, which you do pay for. Even though this course focuses on Azure virtual networks, the following tips can help you stretch your Azure dollar.
And the easiest way to stretch that dollar is to turn off your virtual machines when not in use. Microsoft has now included an auto shutdown option in the virtual machine options to shut off groups of virtual machines you can use the script, to turn off all those virtual machines within a resource group. I know using the kick butt machines are fun and fast, but they come with a price. If you do no need all that power, then use a smaller virtual machine. You'll want to disable or turn off any unused services, such as if you've been testing VPN gateways you may want to delete it when you have finished with it therefore you will not be billed for it any longer.
We did not touch on storage in this course, but using locally redundant storage will help stretch your Azure dollar as well. And finally, remember Microsoft does not charge you to move data into the data center, but they do charge you to move data out. You may want to look at other options such as One Drive, if you are moving large files out of Azure on a regular basis. As you can see there are ways to reduce your Azure spend, but a word of warning, just because the implementation is in Azure doesn't mean that you can skimp on the resources. To have a successful Azure experience include all the required resources into the project.
Trust me, it will make the experience more pleasant and much more likely to move ahead.
- Creating an Azure virtual network
- Creating a virtual network using PowerShell
- Deploying a VM into a virtual network
- Modifying IP addresses
- Working with Azure DNS
- Configuring NSGs
- Setting up load balancers
- Configuring Azure load balancers
- Creating an application gateway
- Setting up on-premises connectivity
- Adding gateway VPNs
- Validating VPN devices
- Configuring VNet
- Creating site connections