5 Tip and Tricks Every Microsoft Azure User Should Know

If you’re a Microsoft Azure user, you most likely already appreciate how much the cloud computing system can maximize your professional capabilities. But Azure is also large-scale and continually evolving, so it’s critical to keeping up with the best ways to enhance your experience. 

Accelerate Microsoft Azure Migration with a Blueprint Landing Zone

While migration may seem relatively straightforward, the supporting steps that lead up to it can make a huge difference in how effectively you migrate your data. 

The deployment of a landing zone, for example, can make or break your transition. 

You have several options with the design and implementation of landing zones, and with Microsoft Azure Blueprints, you can easily streamline the process. Check out this CAF (Cloud Adoption Framework) sample blueprint to deploy recommended infrastructures, policies, resources, and templates. This pre-built environment will minimize your effort while maximizing efficiency.

Make the Azure Portal More Efficient

The portal is the crux of your Microsoft Azure user experience. After all, it’s where you initiate most of your processes and likely spend most of your time. Save yourself future headaches by speeding up your portal performance. Here’s how to do it:

In settings, turn off “animations”, and enable “experimental performance features” to get a boost of processing speed. 

Is Portal still feeling slow? Use Ctrl-Alt-D to see the load times and other useful information for every title you’re running. 

If you run into other issues, you can use another unlisted shortcut: Ctrl-Alt-A. This action will download a debug file that will help you identify and troubleshoot performance issues.

Renew and Revoke Microsoft Azure Functions Keys

This tip comes from Microsoft’s in-house Azure expert, Michael Crump. If you’ve created an Azure HTTP function trigger that you no longer need follow these steps to revoke the function and generate a new key:

  • Go to your function and click “manage” and then “revoke key.” 
  • Generate a new key by selecting “add new function key.” 
  • Use the name “default” and leave the “value” space empty.
  • Click “save.” 

When you go back to your function and click on “get function URL” you’ll see your new key. 

Archive Your Microsoft Azure Activity Log

Your activity log holds a wealth of insight about everything that happens inAzure. The data ranges from operational information from the Azure Resource Manager to updates on Azure’s Service Health. If you want access to this information after 90 days (when the log renews), you’ll need to create an archive. Here’s how:

  • Go to Microsoft Azure Portal, select “activity log,” and then “export.” 
  • Check “export to an Azure storage account” and select the number of days
  • Click “save.” 

Now your Azure log will be completely backed up.

Share Your Microsoft Azure Dashboard

You can create a personal dashboard and share it with anyone who uses the same Azure subscription. This will give your team easy access and improve company cohesiveness, and you can do it in just a few steps:

  • Go to the dashboard you want to share, click “share” and publish the dashboard as “Azure resource.” 
  • Make sure you provide “role-based access control” so you can manage access. 
  • Fill out the information that is asked, then click “publish.”  
  • Go to “manage users” to enable sharing access among other users. 

Partner with an Custom Software Developer

Azure can be a lot to handle at the best of times, but it’s well worth the work. If you don’t have the time or energy to implement all these hacks, someone who specializes in custom software services might be able to help. You’ll rest easy knowing an expert is managing your cloud services while you focus on running a successful business.

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