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INTRODUCTION TO AZURE PORTAL

The new Azure portal provides the easiest way to manage the resources you deploy into Azure. You can use this portal to create virtual networks, use cloud services, set up VMs, set up storage accounts, define websites, and so on.

New Azure Portal

The New Azure Portal is located at https://portal.azure.com. When you open this the first time, it will probably look like below picture


Down the left side, you have the main menu that shows the most popular services, and you can get the full list when you click on the “More Services” link. The central part of the screen with all the tiles is called the Dashboard.

The default Dashboard includes helpful tiles such as the service health and the billing information for the selected subscription. You can customize your Start board by clicking on Edit dashboard on top of the page and once you made your changes click on “Done customizing”.

Below picture shows you a view of what you see while editing the dashboard.



You can also add additional dashboards if you want. If you have big subscriptions with lots of resources you can separate the dashboard to have a high-level overview of your resources, across subscriptions or for one subscription.

You can also “Clone” your existing dashboards and create new ones from the one that you have setup already then make modifications to the cloned one.

You can switch between dashboards from the Dashboards menu from the top of the page.

Customizing the Portal

When you create new resources, or even for existing ones, you can “Pin” them into your dashboard if it is a resource that you want to have it handy in the main page. Also, you can unpin it anytime you want after it is pinned. To pin a resource, you can navigate to Resources page, right click on it and select “Pin to dashboard”

Below picture shows how you can pin a resource to your dashboard:



Below picture shows how you can unpin a resource from your dashboard:


I hope these tips helps you to have a better user experience in this new Azure portal.





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TIPS ON AZURE RESOURCE GROUPS

Azure Resource Groups are a logical containers to keep related resources for an application or group of applications together.

You can decide how to assign your resources to resource groups based on what is the most appropriate for you and your organization and this decision is very pragmatic and is up to your team.



Here are some tips that you should consider when making the decision of the Resource Groups that you need and which Resources you want to put in a which Resource Group:

  • You should have in mind that all the resources in a group should have the same life-cycle.
  • An Azure Resource can only be assigned to one Azure Resource Group.
  • A resource can be added to or removed from an Azure Resource Group. Something to keep in mind is that each Resource should belong to an Azure Resource Group, so if you remove it from one Resource Group, you should add it to another one.
  • Almost all types of resource can be moved to different resource groups any time you want.
  • Regions are not going to restrict you. i.e.: resources in a resource group can be in different Azure regions.
  • One of the best things you get out of Azure resource groups is: you should use resource groups to control access to your resources.


After you get more familiar with Azure Resource groups you will have a more complete list of how you create and organize your Resource Groups that makes the most sense for your needs.