Microsoft Azure Route Table effective routes evaluation

Another hidden gem in Azure is the effective routes evaluation. The effective routes evaluation can be found under the category SUPPORT + TROUBLESHOOTING in each Route Table or NIC. You only have to select the subnet and the VM’s NIC. Now you get an overview which routes are applied to the VM’s NIC. For an offline analysis there is a download option, that generates a CSV file of Read more [...]

Microsoft Azure Network Security Group effective security rules evaluation

Ever faced the problem that you had defined rules in your Network Security Groups, attached one to the virtual subnet and the other one to the VM’s NIC and finally lost the view which rules of which NSG are applied to the VM? If you can answer the question with yes, then Azure provides the solution for it. A hidden gem: the effective security rules. The effective security rules evaluation can Read more [...]

Using Azure Active Directory in Microsoft Azure Germany for Microsoft Azure Stack

When you want to use the Azure Active Directory in the national cloud or sovereign cloud Microsoft Azure Germany you have to adjust two files in the Azure Stack TP2 bits. -> https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/overview/clouds/germany/ The two files are: -> X:\CloudDeployment\Configuration\InstallAzureStackPOC.ps1 ->X:\CloudDeployment\Common\AzureADConfiguration.psm1 Let us start Read more [...]

Microsoft Azure Stack Technical Preview 2 on lower hardware specifications – November refresh

Last week Microsoft has released the November refresh of its Azure Stack TP2 release bits. There are a lot of improvements, so it is recommended to do a fresh deployment of the TP2. -> https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/new-azure-paas-services-available-for-azure-stack-technical-preview-2-tp2/ What I have discovered editing the following files, is that we got an additional VM in the November Read more [...]

Automated patching for Azure IaaS VMs with OMS update management

During my time at a Microsoft Partner before joining Microsoft and now at Microsoft, customers are asking me, if Microsoft does the patching of Azure IaaS VMs. The answer is no. But with the latest updates to the Update Management solution in the Operations Management Suite, you can now configure an automated patching schedule for your Azure IaaS VMs. -> https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/oms-solution-update-management/#installing-updates When Read more [...]

Start and stop Azure VMs without access to Microsoft Azure

Imagine you want to provide specific users with the ability to start and stop VMs, but you do not want to provide access for them to the Azure portal. Then you can use Azure Automation with webhooks. First create an Azure Automation account in the region of your choice. Make sure that the option “Create Azure Run As account” is enabled. After the successful creation of the Automation Read more [...]

Shutdown and Startup Order for the Microsoft Azure Stack TP2 VMs

In my previous blog post I described how to install the Microsoft Azure Stack TP2 PoC on lower hardware specifications. Because my home lab does not run 24/7 I had to think about the correct shutdown and startup order for the Microsoft Azure Stack Technical Preview 2 VMs. -> http://www.danielstechblog.info/microsoft-azure-stack-technical-preview-2-on-lower-hardware-specifications/ The Azure Read more [...]

Microsoft Azure Stack Technical Preview 2 on lower hardware specifications

New technical preview, new challenges. After I got the TP1 running on lower hardware specifications, I have tried the same for the TP2 and want to share the results with you. -> http://www.danielstechblog.info/microsoft-azure-stack-technical-preview-on-lower-hardware/ First of all we have the same hardware requirements for TP2 as for TP1. Component Minimum Recommended CPU Dual-Socket: Read more [...]

Azure announcements and news – Ignite 2016 Day 1

Sadly, I am not at the Microsoft Ignite 2016 in Atlanta this year. But the Azure blog RSS feed has gone crazy today at the first day of Ignite. First you should start reading with the overall post “Cloud innovations empowering IT for business transformation” by Jason Zander. -> https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/cloud-innovations-empowering-it-for-business-transformation/ Then you Read more [...]

Microsoft Cloud Germany now available

What a day for us at Microsoft today. We recently announced the availability of the new Microsoft Azure regions Germany Central and Germany Northeast. -> https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/microsoft-azure-germany-now-available-via-first-of-its-kind-cloud-for-europe/ -> https://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2016/09/21/microsoft-cloud-expands-with-first-of-its-kind-offering-for-europe/ So Read more [...]