Hugo Costs - An Update

In my last post - I discussed my pending move of one of my websites from Grav on Azure WebApps to Hugo in Azure Storage Static Websites to optimise my costs. I’ve yet to update my blog itself - or blog about the process of doing so. But, a quick update on costs. Early days as I moved my community website over to the new solution on 11th December, a mere 4 days ago.

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From the beginning, the intention was to minimise the cost outlay, whilst still using and learning about Azure and I promised to keep you up to date on my experience, what worked, what didn’t etc. So, fast forward several months, how has it been? The Good At this point I should stress that I have a lot of love for Grav - it’s massively powerful, flexible, extensible and on a decent machine it’s fast and responsive.

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A few weeks ago I commented on a request from Jack Tracey for speakers at the Open Mic Night of the August 2019 Sussex Azure User Group - with the idea being to share your stories of mistakes you’ve made that have led to P1 incidents. I flippantly said I had plenty of stories but wouldn’t be able to travel down to Brighton for the meetup - and Jack asked if I could record something or do something remotely on the night.

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In my last post, we created a DNS zone and added a record pointing back to the public IP address of my home broadband connection.

That’s all well and good, but since it’s not a static IP, it can of course change - so we want to be able to keep the record up to date with the current IP.

Today I’ll show you one way of doing that, using a very lightweight updater client (windows or linux) that uses an Azure PowerShell function (ok, I might be a bit of a fanboy when it comes to those!) to update the DNS record-set entry.

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The more that I use Azure cloud services, the more I think of ways to use them, either to do something new, or to replace some process or service I already use.

Today, I’ll show you how you can use Azure DNS to provide a Dynamic DNS capability at significantly reduced cost compared to services like No-IP and DynDNS. A future post will automate the process of keeping the DNS entry up-to-date.

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This is the personal blog of Graham Gold, covering all aspects of tech that interest me both personally and professionally. To see more about me visit my About Me page.

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