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Align your managed disk to Microsoft standard tiering to optimise your spending

“Managed” disk has been around in Azure for a few years now and is the standard for deploying with VMs. I started deploying VMs when “unmanaged” disk was the standard and you had to plan carefully how many disk/s, IOPS you needed and strategically place those disks in the right storage account to ensure that it can deliver those performances. We were using spreadsheets to help us track which disk was in which storage account and making sure we weren’t hitting the max IOPS limits that the storage account could delivery. Over time it just got very very messy and complex to manage.  With the introduction of “managed” disk it took all those pains away and Azure was dealing with them in the backend. We could change from SSD to HDD and vice versa easily, snapshots were just a few clicks, we didn’t need to search in storage accounts for orphaned disk where we were paying for because we forgot to decommission them as part of the VM. With managed disk we just had to work out how much disk space

Using Windows Terminal and customising it

As a system administrator, you will most likely have multiple command line terminal tools that you use to help manage your systems. By the end of the day, you will end up with a screen full of terminals like the one below  You can see that there are multiple windows for PowerShell, putty, cmd. It gets messy and can you get lost over time which window is for which especially if you work in multiple environments i.e., production, pre-production etc. Here comes……. Windows Terminal from Microsoft which is an open-source project and you can contribute to it too if you fancy. It’s an application where you are able to open multi shells and keep them as tabs instead of multiple windows. You can think of it like your web browser where you have multi tabs and each tab is at a different location/page. You can download this application from Microsoft store and the system requirements are simple - Windows 10 version 18362.0 or higher Once installed upon your first launch you will see that it defaul