Azure Backup Reports
A new feature is in public preview, the Azure Backup Reports. Now we can have the Azure Backup Reports at the OMS Workspace, Event Hub and Power Bi. You can use Power BI to view report dashboard, download reports and create custom reports
The configuration has two steps, one to configure the Azure Backup Reports connection with each service and the other is to get the data at each service.
First go to a Recovery Services vault and select Backup Reports. Next press the Configure button.
The Diagnostic settings blade will open. Change the Status to “On” and select the desired services to collect the Azure Backup Logs.
For the Power Bi integration we need a Storage account. So check the “Archive to storage account” option and select a storage account. The storage account must be at the same region as the Azure Backup account.
To integrate with OMS check the “Send to Log Analytics” option and select an OMS Workspace.
An other option is to stream the Azure Backup logs to event hub. To configure it check the “Stream to an event hub” and select the event hub namespace and policy name.
At the bottom part of the configuration blade select the Logs that you want to get. The retention days option is only for the Storage Account configuration.
Press save and return to the Backup reports blade. Now press the “Sign in” to connect to Power Bi to configure the Service.
At the lower left corner of the Power Bi Portal press “Get Data”
At the AppSource press the “Get” button under the Services.
Search and select the “Azure Backup”
At the connect to Azure Backup page enter the Storage Account name. This is the storage account that we selected at the Azure Backup Reports configuration.
Press next and Save. Now the Azure Backup workspace is ready. Be patient, it needs time to start reporting data.
If you go back to the Azure Portal, the Backup Reports blade has changed and it only has the option to connect to your Power Bi dashboard.
If you browse to your Power Bi dashboard, you can view the Azure Backup Reports Workspace as the below image.
For the OMS integration, you only need to go to the Log Search and query “Category=”AzureBackupReport” and you will have all the Azure Backup Report logs. Following the OMS logic you can create a custom View, you can follow this post: Azure Log Analytics
Azure Managed Disks | Easy Scale, High Available, Secure
Azure Managed Disks is almost five months old – Start using it, it’s simple, easy to scale, high available and secure. As Microsoft says, “Let Azure takes care of your disks”.
The idea is simple, choose the performance tier and the size you want. After that, you are free to change your mind! You can change the performance tier (yes, switch between SSD & HDD) and the size with just a click.
Let’s get it started. First of all, we need to enable the managed disks at the VM creation. Specifically, at the third step select “Yes” at the “Use managed disks” setting. After that, you don’t have to worry about storage account, Azure takes care of this.
Once the VM is deployed, go to the VM’s blade and click “Disks” and “+ Add data disk”
After that, the “Create managed disk” blade opens and there are some interesting settings to choose. Let’s get a closer look.
First, choose a name for the Data Disk, choose a Resource Group and Account type. This is the performance tier, SSD or HDD.
Next, at the Source type drop down menu, we can choose to create an empty disk, by selecting the None. Also, we can select to use a Snapshot that we have already created or a Storage blob to select a disk.
After that it is the size. The Managed Disks have specific price, IOPS and price. Type the Size in Gigabytes and see the estimated performance instantly.
You can find the details here: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/pricing/details/managed-disks/
Standard Managed Disks:
All standard managed disks have 500 IOPS and 60MB/sec throughput
Premium Managed Disks:
And what happens with the existing VMs that have “classic” unmanaged disk? No worries, just a bit of PowerShell and you can convert that to managed disks.
How to do it? First Stop the VM, not just show down, we need to Stop (Deallocate it). Then run just this line of PowerShell code:
ConvertTo-AzureRmVMManagedDisk -ResourceGroupName rgname -VMName vmname
Now some magic. SSD to HDD to SSD to HDD and go on!
Let’s say you have created a Standard disk, HDD, but now you need performance. Just go to the VM blade, first Stop the VM and then select the “Disks”, find the disk and change the “Account type”.
Just save, and voila! you have SSD, from 500 IOPS to 5000 IOPS! Any time, you can Stop the VM and change the disk back to Standard (HDD)
Some more magic? Click “Export” at the disk properties, set an expiration time and Generate URL. You need to Stop the VM first.
A PUBLIC URL is generated. You can use it to download the VHD without having to login to the Portal.
At the disk properties click “Crete snapshot”
Enter a Name, select Resource group and Account type
Now, under the Resources of the Resource Group you will find the Snapshot