How to Kill and Restore an Azure VM

This is the process we use to kill and restore vms that have customized configurations and installed applications. We will keep snapshot copies of both the OS and Data drives to be able to use again.

A. Kill VM Process

1. Take snapshots of OS and Data Disks

  • Portal > Resource Group > Select OS Disk > Create Snapshot > Save in different Resource Group, Save as Standard HDD
  • This Resource Group and all of its contents will be deleted after snapshots of the disks are taken.


Azure PowerPoint Diagrams – Tools (#6/9)

From PowerPoint Diagrams of Azure Concepts & Architecture:
While working with multiple Enterprise teams as an Azure Consultant, I repeatedly use, modify and add to a deck of PowerPoint slides that I customize for communicating Azure concepts to team members in various departments. Some of the slides are combinations of elements and/or concepts from all the Diagram Sources below. Links are provided for original diagrams where possible.
Diagram Sources:

6. Tools – 11 slides

Download Tools PPT deck


Fine Tuning an Azure hosted WordPress site

While struggling to get a plugin working on a DEV copy of the blog site, and responding to suggestions from the plugin developer on changes that could be implemented based on the log file error results – we did some fine tuning of the DEV website’s Azure App Service Application Settings. Since the DEV site worked well with the changes (but not the plugin yet – that’s another story to follow!) the changes were done on the PROD website too.

Application General Settings Before the fine tuning:

  • PHP version = 5.6
  • Platform = 64-bit
  • Always On = Off
  • ARR Affinity = Off

Update Process: