Scanning Blob storage for viruses with Azure Functions and Docker

While working on a side project, someone asked me how to scan for viruses in a cloud native and serverless landscape. That made me think about a project I did a couple of years back. During that project we used ClamAV that was installed on a VM. We scanned files that end-users uploaded within an ASP.NET application, and everything was hosted on datacenter VMs somewhere in the Netherlands.

ClamAV® is an open source antivirus engine for detecting trojans, viruses, malware & other malicious threats.

In this blogpost I will show a proof of concept using a Docker image and Azure Functions to create a simple automated virusscanner for Azure Blob storage.

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LogicApps monitoring with Log Analytics

Azure LogicApps are incredibly powerful and I believe it should be in every developers toolbox. Enterprise integrations, ready-to-use connectors and all of this with almost no code and serverless!

Alas monitoring and debugging are more complex. In this blog I will explain how to add LogicApps to Log Analytics, and even track custom properties for filtering and alerting. Keep on reading for the exciting stuff!

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Cost optimization in Azure

In my previous post I showed how easy it is to start or deallocate machines using C# and Azure Functions.

Azure VirtualMachines can be handy but very costly if you forget to turn them off∗ and leaving them running for 24/7.

But, what if you have dozens of existing VMs and are looking for a quick way to schedule the on/off times for those machines to save money?

In this post I will show a very simple script to use with Azure Automation that enables you to get this up and running, literally within the hour.

Note: I would advise to use Azure DevTest labs if you have development virtual machines. That will give you the opportunity to reuse, claim or share VMs within a group of users.

* In this blogpost I will use the word Stop in code and comments, but in fact that will Deallocate the machines, and will stop incurring costs.

 

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VSTS Extension – Tagging all resources within a Resource Group

In my current project I’ve stumbled upon a problem. We have many ARM templates and need to add tags to all resources. Doing this within templates can be cumbersome, so I’ve created a small VSTS extension that adds tags to all resources within a specific resource group.

The extension can be installed from https://marketplace.visualstudio.com/items?itemName=PeterRombouts.autotagging-extension

The working is pretty simple; enter the values for your subscription, and resourcegroup, and then add the tags.

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The tag pairs should be entered, one pair per line, comma separated. The extension will add these tags to all resources in the given resource group, and will not do anything to the existing tags.

Remarks? Please do give feedback! The project is available on Github if you want to contribute!

ARM Outputs in VSTS pipelines

In my work as Cloud Solution Architect I often find teams struggling with the exact same problem. In this blogpost I will highlight one of those problems; passing on ARM output variables within a VSTS pipeline.

Many developers have Powershell or other scripts in place, that fix this problem, but I want to highlight an extension, which is freely available and does this for you, for free!

ARM Outputs by Kees Schollaart

 

This extension enables you to use the ARM Deployment outputs in your VSTS environment.

This step will use the last successful deployment within the selected resource group. If this deployment has outputs, all of them are copied to VSTS variables by the ARM Output key.

These outputs can then be used by default VSTS ways: $(same-key-as-in-arm-template)

Usually this task is ran directly after the ‘Azure Resource Group Deployment’ task.

So my pro-tip; Stop using your own scripts and implement this handy extension!

PS: On a sidenote, Kees is also a great guy, give him a tweet after you install this in your project 😉

Link to Marketplace: https://marketplace.visualstudio.com/items?itemName=keesschollaart.arm-outputs
Kees on Twitter: https://twitter.com/keesschollaart