Tag Archives: Azure Resource Manager

Enabling Azure Disk Encryption on Windows Server 2016 Server Core in Azure

Beside the Windows Server 2016 Datacenter image, Microsoft also provides an image with Windows Server 2016 Datacenter - Server Core in Azure. If you are using the Server Core image and want to enable Azure Disk Encryption for the VM, you will see the following error message. The official solution is described in the Azure documentation. -> https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/security/azure-security-disk-encryption-tsg#troubleshooting-windows-server-2016-server-core You Read more [...]

Integrate auto-shutdown configuration in ARM template deployments for Azure VMs

In November 2016 Microsoft introduced the auto-shutdown feature to Azure VMs which was originally available in Azure DevTest Labs. -> https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/set-auto-shutdown-within-a-couple-of-clicks-for-vms-using-azure-resource-manager/ The auto-shutdown feature can be simply enabled through the Azure portal after a VM is deployed. If you are doing a lot of VM deployments, 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 [...]

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. -> https://github.com/Azure/azure-resource-manager-schemas/blob/master/schemas/2016-01-01/Microsoft.Storage.json 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 [...]

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. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/announcing-the-release-of-the-azure-usage-and-billing-portal/ A setup guide is provided on the GitHub repository. https://github.com/Microsoft/AzureUsageAndBillingPortal/blob/master/Documentation/HOWTO.md 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 [...]

Using the latest API version in your Azure Resource Manager templates

I got a bit tired of checking which API version is the latest one and modifying my API variables in my ARM templates. So I investigated and tested a little bit and found a solution on how to get the latest API version every time. You can do this via the provider resource function in your ARM templates. -> https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/resource-group-template-functions/#providers Let Read more [...]

Azure IaaS ARM Template – Enable Boot Diagnostics per Default

One great thing Microsoft had introduced last year to the Azure platform was the boot diagnostics capability. Looking at an ARM template you can add the following lines to the VM definition to activate the boot diagnostics for your VM per default. Have a look at the following screenshots which parameters I am using and where to place the diagnosticsProfile section in the VM definition. After Read more [...]