Azure Jobs and parameters

I spent a lot of time trying to find a reason why my Runbook jobs failed with ambiguous message “too many job parameters”

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Google search turned out Zero results, Google…. zero results… wha!?too many job parameters


Well it turns out that Azure Runbook Jobs have a limit on how many parameters you can have – 50, you are welcome!

Splunk Cluster setup – 2a: Setup Ubuntu Linux (Azure)

Continuing the series of Splunk Cluster setup articles with instructions on  Setup of Ubuntu Linux in Azure for Splunk Cluster setup.


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Setup WordPress on Linux in Azure

Every since Dreamhost started pushing my buttons with less than sub-par service, dead slow loading speeds and pointing fingers at WordPress plugins and themes I was using, I’ve been looking at alternatives for my hosting needs.

Among some of the options are Amazon and Azure Cloud offerings.


Microsoft’s Azure service has 2 huge advantages, in my opinion:

  1. Easier management interface
  2. 30 day credit so you can try service and even know how much would it cost you.

Amazon has free for 1 year program, which allows you to use their Small VM for free for a period of one year. But if you would like to try larger instances you would have to pay out of your own pocket. Which one to select will depend on your plan of migration. For me, Azure was the way to go.

These instructions are for Azure Linux installations, but they could also be used on Amazon AWS though some steps might require additional setup.

So let’s start.

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Moving site to Azure

On multiple occasions I’ve experienced not-satisfactory service from Dreamhost. My last experience, when my Dreampress VM got compromised, many additional .php files were added and Dreamhost has not been helpful remedying situation, put a last nail in that coffin – I’ve decided to move my services.

Since I’ve been working with Azure services for the last 8-9 months, I’ve decided to give that a try. Setting up Linux VM was easy. Setting up WordPress installation was a bit challenging, but not impossible.

I will publish instructions in a near future for those who cares, but mostly for my own documentation.

Next is my photography site

Splunk Cluster setup – 1: Setup Azure VM

As a follow up to previous post on how to install and setup Linux Ubuntu under VMWare, I went ahead and created Azure VM as well. Once Azure VM is set up, the Splunk Cluster setup is identical.

For this instructions I would assume you have already set up Azure Subscription. If not, go ahead and create one month Free account with $200 to spend on Azure services.


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