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Azure Portal App (Preview)

Finally, Microsoft has released The Azure Portal App for Windows desktop in preview.

Microsoft didn’t announce yet when they release the final version.

The Azure Portal App is a desktop application that allows you to manage and administer your Azure subscription without the need of the browser

The Azure Portal App is available through this URL, once you browse this URL you will get the below message
” By clicking the “Download the Azure Portal app” button you agree that use of the Azure Portal app (the “app”) is governed by the Azure Subscription Agreement and Microsoft Privacy Statement. In addition, this app is a PREVIEW version, and is provided “as-is,” “with all faults,” and “as-available,” and it is excluded from the SLAs and all limited warranties provided in the Azure Subscription Agreement. The app uses third-party software; view third-party notice. The Azure Portal App is available through this URL, once you browse this URL you will get the below message

Azure Portal App download page

once you click on “Download the Azure Portal App”, it will download a file named “AzurePortalInstaller.exe” with size 36 MB

The installation is straight forward and very simple

Once you finish the installation, you will be asked to log in using your Azure credentials, and if you have MFA (Multi-Factor Authentication) it will work fine on the Azure Portal App

The experience of the App is exactly similar to the portal once, check below

Azure Portal App

Just put into consideration that it is still in the preview version, which means it is still under development and may not be stable and contain some bugs.

So be careful and don’t count on this application in complex actions until Microsoft releases the final version.

Azure Advisor recommendations

Azure Advisor is your free, personalized guide to Azure best practices. It analyzes your Azure usage and configurations and helps you optimize your resources for high availability, security, performance, and cost. We’re constantly adding more to Advisor and are excited to share a bundle of new recommendations and integrations so you can get more out of Azure.

Azure Advisor has 4 different type of advisory

1- High Availability recommendations

2- Security recommendations

3- Performance recommendations

4- Cost recommendations

 

You have also the ability to download these recommendations as PDF and Excel

Now, Lets deep dive into each of the advisory Types:

1- High Availability

Some recommendations like availability set, Enable backup for VMs and Health alerts

2- Security 

The security recommendation center will guide you to browse to the security center recommendations

Some recommendations like adding a web application firewall, Disk encryption, endpoint protection and NSG

3- Performance

Some recommendations like migrating to ARM , or reduce VM size

4- Cost

Azure cost recommendation will show how you can save money, by reducing VM sized (based on the resources usage), or use reserved instances……

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