Author Archives: Daniel

Demystifying Azure VMs bandwidth specification – F-series

As you may know Microsoft specifies the bandwidth of Azure VMs with low, moderate, high, very high and extremely high. As Yousef Khalidi, CVP Azure Networking, has written in his blog post in March, Microsoft will provide specific numbers to each Azure VM size in April. When our world-wide deployment completes in April, we’ll update our VM Sizes table so you can see the expected networking throughput Read more [...]

Get notified with OMS on Azure service incidents

One of my colleagues has posted already a blog article about using OMS for Azure service incidents notification. -> https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/nicole_welch/2017/03/using-oms-to-alert-on-azure-service-outages/ So read this blog post first, before you continuing with mine. Because I am describing how to fine-tune the notifications. In the blog post of my colleague, she only creates Read more [...]

Managed disks support in new created Azure DevTest Lab labs

Yesterday, Microsoft announced the managed disks support for all new created Azure DevTest Lab labs. -> https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/azure-devtest-labs-managed-disks-supported-in-new-labs/ For existing DevTest Lab labs have a look at my previous blog post to realize the use of managed disks. -> http://www.danielstechblog.info/using-managed-disks-azure-devtest-lab/ Read more [...]

Using managed disks with Azure DevTest Lab

Currently the Azure DevTest Lab service does not let you use managed disks during the VM deployment, because it does not support them. When you have the need for managed disks in an Azure DevTest Lab, you can use the environment capability with Azure Resource Manager templates. Create an Azure Resource Manager template  for a VM deployment with managed disks and upload it to GitHub repository. Read more [...]

Microsoft Azure Stack Technical Preview 3 on lower hardware specifications

New technical preview, new challenges. After I got the TP1 and TP2 running on lower hardware specifications, I have tried the same for the TP3 and want to share the results with you. First of all we have the same hardware requirements for TP3 as for TP1 and TP2. Component Minimum Recommended CPU Dual-Socket: 12 Physical Cores Dual-Socket: 16 Physical Cores Memory 96 GB RAM 128 Read more [...]

Microsoft Azure – managed disks and port 8443 issue

Managed disks are new and maybe you have run into a deployment error with VMs using managed disks. The reason for that is mentioned in the notes, directly at the beginning of the documentation. VMs with Managed Disks require outbound traffic on port 8443 to report the status of the installed VM extensions to the Azure platform. Provisioning a VM with extensions will fail without the availability of Read more [...]

Why you should use managed disks on Microsoft Azure?

Two weeks ago, Microsoft has announced the next milestone for the Azure IaaS platform, managed disks. -> https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/announcing-general-availability-of-managed-disks-and-larger-scale-sets/ Why are they so important and why you should use them? These questions will be answered in this blog post and I will also provide some more details about managed disks. First Read more [...]

Azure Germany services URLs and IP addresses for firewall or proxy whitelisting

When you are working with Azure Germany sometimes you have to whitelist specific IP address ranges or URLs in your corporate firewall or proxy to access all Azure services you are using or trying to use. Some information like the datacenter IP ranges and some of the URLs are easy to find. Other things are more complicated to find like calling IP addresses of specific Azure services or specific URLs. The Read more [...]

Azure storage performance health check script

When you are working with Azure IaaS services especially with Azure VMs, it comes down to one critical component you have to look very accurately during the design phase and that is Azure storage. It does not matter whether you going to use standard storage accounts or premium storage accounts. Why I am telling you this? Because it is easy to overload a storage account and you will epxerience a Read more [...]

Using MFA in Azure Germany

Using multi-factor authentication as an additional security layer for your accounts in Azure Germany is very easy. Just login to the Azure Germany portal (https://portal.microsoftazure.de) with a Global Administrator account and jump to the Azure Active Directory blade. Next, click on Multi-Factor Authentication in the overview pane to access the MFA portal. There you can activate MFA for a single Read more [...]