Azure’s Advisor

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Do you know “Azure Advisor”? Do you know how useful it can be for your Azure environment?

What is Advisor?

Advisor is a personalized cloud consultant that helps you follow best practices to optimize your Azure deployments. It analyzes your resource configuration and usage telemetry and then recommends solutions that can help you improve the cost effectiveness, performance, Reliability (formerly called High availability), and security of your Azure resources.

With Advisor, you can:

  • Get proactive, actionable, and personalized best practices recommendations.
  • Improve the performance, security, and reliability of your resources, as you identify opportunities to reduce your overall Azure spend.
  • Get recommendations with proposed actions inline.

You can access Advisor through the Azure portal. Sign in to the portal, locate Advisor in the navigation menu, or search for it in the All services menu.

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The Advisor dashboard displays personalized recommendations for all your subscriptions. You can apply filters to display recommendations for specific subscriptions and resource types. The recommendations are divided into five categories:

  • Reliability (formerly called High Availability): To ensure and improve the continuity of your business-critical applications.

  • Security: To detect threats and vulnerabilities that might lead to security breaches.

  • Performance: To improve the speed of your applications.

  • Cost: To optimize and reduce your overall Azure spending.

  • Operational Excellence: To help you achieve process and workflow efficiency, resource manageability and deployment best practices.

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Now let’s check out the Recommendations for my tenant. Click on “Recommendation” section to check the environment.

Here you can select which subscription to run the Advisor, then choose what type of recommendation you would like to view (That is, in isolation), or click on “All recommendations” on the left side of the above screen.

In my test environment he identified 24 issues in total, 8 x “High impact”, 10 x “Medium impact” and 6 x “Low impact” for security.

As the Advisor warned that the issues are critical, we can click on “Security” and check the description of the vulnerability and if applicable, apply the solution recommended by the Advisor itself.

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Now you can click on the vulnerability pointed out and check which resources are impacted and the solution suggested by the Advisor and apply it if it is appropriate for your environment.

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In the examples above, you can see that the Advisor provides a description of the vulnerability and what steps are taken to resolve the issue.
It is interesting that if you click on the option “Quick Fix Logic” the Advisor will provide you with a json script to solve the issue

That and everything for today guys, see you soon!

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