Trigger Azure Policy on demand

In my last blog I explained about Azure Policy, concept and creating it. Next action after creating or changing an policy is to see whether is it working or not. Unlike most other azure features where change are propagated immediately, azure policy trigger does not happen immediately after SAVE.

Policy Trigger

Interval of Evaluation of policies depend upon type of policy change (new or update), effect and resource deployment.
Following is the evaluation interval

Compliance evaluation frequency
On change (New/Update policy Assignment) ~ 15 min after resource change
On periodic cadence ~ Every 24 hours
On demand ~ 3 min

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Apply Lock on Resource Groups thru Azure Policy

What is Azure Policy? 

Azure Policy is a service in Azure that you use to create, assign, and manage policies to stay compliant with your corporate standards and service level agreements. To read more his about visit Microsoft Documentation                To get compliance about a resource a following two steps are needed              a) Create a Policy Definition                                                                                                    b) Assigning that policy to a Scope, which is called Assignment. Scope can be whole subscription or a Resource Group

Following are main components of a Policy definition                                           a) Identify the resource to which policy to apply                                                            b) Define the criteria to decide complaint and non complaint resource            c) Define the effect on the non complain resources. Visit the to read more about Policy effects

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Elasticsearch and Its Basics

What is Elasticsearch: Elasticsearch is a search and analytics engine. Its core component is based on Lucene. Lucene is information retrieval system. Basically used for inverted index.

Elasticsearch History: Elasticsearch was first released in February 2010 and since then there are many releases till date. Following is a screen shot of the versions and release dates. Continue reading “Elasticsearch and Its Basics”

Decoding Docker


Docker is a buzz word in ‘Devops’  and there is a big chance that you would have heard about it at least once. It is getting immensely popular among developers and sysadmins and organizations like Cisco, Google, Huawei, IBM, Microsoft, and Red Hat are taking huge interests in Docker. Docker is also getting popular in Cloud Technologies like AWS and Azure.

In the world, where Devops is shifting toward Containerized Solution, I think ,it’s important to understand some of the fundamental concepts  of Docker.

What is Container: Containers are platforms which run on the top of OS. On one OS , multiple containers cane be created which are isolated.

Container vs VMs: Containers have similar resource isolation and allocation as virtual machines but a different architectural approach allows them to be much more portable and efficient. Following picture depicts the difference between containers and VMs.

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Azure Elastic Pool and Elastic Job

What is Elastic Pool: As the name suggests it is a pool of SqlAzure Dbs.

  1. Each elastic pool contains sets to SqlAzure dbs.
  2. Elastic pool has shared capacity among SqlAzure dbs.
  3. Elastic pool ensures best use of capacity and resource.
  4. It is very much cost effective also.
  5. Best option for dealing with unexpected db load at same time remaining cost effective.
  6. While creating elastic pool, Azure provides suggestion about which db to include in the pool and about min mac DTU, bases on DTU usages of Dbs.

Example: Let’s assume you have 10 basic SqlAzure dbs, which normally use 5 DTUs. During setup in Azure you assign each Db 10 DTU (considering scaling\peak) i.e total 100 DTU while most often consumption is 50 DTUs on average. So, you are paying for 50 DTU extra i.e double.

By putting then in elastic pool and setting the max DTU at a level (for ex: 60), you can handle unexpected db load and achieve cost effective solution.

P.S: In the above example, there is an assumption that all dbs don’t achieve peak at the same time.
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Entity Framework and EF Core

What is EF: EF is a Microsoft ORM, to perform CRUD operations in Databases. It was first introduced in year 2008.

Evolution of EF:



What is EF Core: EF core is not upgrade to EF 6.x, it is a complete new port to EF, in simple word a new product. It is built from scratch EF with a goal of ‘EF everywhere’, which means EF will run on all platforms (.NET Framework, .NET Core and Xamarin). Continue reading “Entity Framework and EF Core”

Work Flow and Persistence Mechanism

What is Work Flow Foundation (WFF): Work Flow foundation is a framework, which enables user to build Workflows. Windows Workflow Foundation (WF) provides the declarative framework for building long running applications and service logic that gives developers a higher level of handling asynchronous, parallel tasks and other complex processing. WF is integrated with WCF which provides both creating and consuming services. Work flows can be broadly categorized as durable and non-durable. Durable WF services are inherently long running, persist their state and use correlation to follow-on activities. Continue reading “Work Flow and Persistence Mechanism”


What is Version Control(VCS): Version control systems are a category of software tools that help a software team manage changes to source code over time. Version control software keeps track of every modification to the code in a special kind of database.

For all software team, VCS is must have system, using which developers can manage their source code. VCS is kind of tracking of any change in the code and developers can turn the clock go to back to any code at point of time. Continue reading “GIT vs SVN”