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. -> 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. -> 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. -> 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. -> -> So Read more [...]

Azure Storage Service Encryption – Azure Resource Manager template

Enabling Storage Service Encryption for an Azure Storage account in the portal is only a one click show. As well with PowerShell it is very easy. Currently there is no Azure Resource Manager QuickStart template available on GitHub for SSE. Therefore you have to dive into the ARM Storage schema with API version 2016-01-01. -> So Read more [...]

Dealing with Azure Disk Encryption and Windows OS disk resizing

When you are enabling Azure Disk Encryption on your Azure VM, the process will shrink your existing OS partition a bit to implement the System Reserved partition. The System Reserved partition is placed at the end of the OS disk. When you resize the OS disk, then the free space is added after this partition. Trying to extend the OS partition, forces you to create a new partition, because you have Read more [...]

Speaking at SCU Europe 2016 and CIM Lingen

Just a short note. I will be speaking at two events in August. First stop is System Center Universe Europe 2016 in Berlin. My sessions at SCU Europe: Azure IaaS Security Providing test environments in Azure using Azure DevTest Labs Read more [...]

Set up the Azure Usage and Billing Insights Portal for demo purposes

Last week Microsoft announced the availability of the Azure Usage and Billing Insights (AUBI) Portal. A setup guide is provided on the GitHub repository. So what is the intention of this blog post? Read more [...]

Free tools for your daily work with Microsoft Azure / Azure Stack

When you are working with Azure or Azure Stack you have to use additional tools to keep your work easy. I would like to present some free tools, I am using at my daily work with Azure and Azure Stack Let us start with the area storage explorer, something you want to use instead of the portal itself. In the beginning we had the Azure Storage Explorer, a CodePlex project, that is not developed Read more [...]

Referring to resource group tags in your Azure Resource Manager templates

Just a short blog post for a small useful hint. Assuming you are familiar with the Azure Resource Manager tags, I want to show you how you can refer to the resource group tags in your templates. That said, you only define the tags at the resource group level and you want to use them for every resource that is going to be deployed in this specific resource group. First you have to define the tags Read more [...]