Tag Archives: IaaS

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 [...]

Speaking at Microsoft Ignite in Orlando

Microsoft Ignite in Orlando starts in a few weeks and I am happy to be one of the many speakers attending Microsoft Ignite. Even this is my second time, I attended the first one in 2015, it is my first time being a speaker at Ignite. If you are coming to Orlando, I am inviting you to join my session on Friday at 9 a.m. about "Azure IaaS design and performance considerations: Best practices Read more [...]

Running Azure Functions on Azure Germany with the Functions Runtime

Azure Functions is currently not available in Azure Germany. If you want to start with Functions in Azure Germany, then you have to use the Functions Runtime as a workaround. -> https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/azure-functions/functions-runtime-overview -> https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=55239 The Functions Runtime can be installed on a Windows Server 2016 Read more [...]

Running the Azure Stack Development Kit on Azure

After I posted a picture on Twitter showing the Azure Stack Development Kit running on Azure, I got several question how I have done it. First of all it was just a demonstration of our new nested virtualization capability available with the Dv3 and Ev3 VM sizes. I recommend to deploy the ASDK on-premises on hardware. -> https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/introducing-the-new-dv3-and-ev3-vm-sizes/https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/introducing-the-new-dv3-and-ev3-vm-sizes/ -> Read more [...]

Speaking at Experts Live Europe

I am honored to be able to speak at Experts Live Europe, former System Center Universe Europe, for the fourth time in a row. The conference takes place in Berlin from 23rd August 23rd till August 25th. I will be on-site the whole conference and having the following sessions. Thursday at 12 pm: Discussion Panel: Business Continuity together with Robert Hedblom and Janaka Rangama -> https://expertsliveeurope2017.sched.com/event/AH9J/discussion-panel-business-continuity?iframe=no&w=100%&sidebar=yes&bg=no Read more [...]

Troubleshoot Azure VPN gateways with the Azure Network Watcher

Earlier this year Microsoft has launched a new Azure service for network diagnostics and troubleshooting called Network Watcher. -> https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/network-watcher/ The Network Watcher offers a range of tools like VPN diagnostics and packet capturing to mention two of them. But I would like to talk about the VPN diagnostics capability in this blog post. Before Read more [...]

Develop solutions for Azure Stack on Azure

If you want to develop solutions for Azure Stack in your Azure subscription, then have a look at the Azure Stack Policy Module. -> https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/azure-stack/azure-stack-policy-module What does the Azure Stack Policy Module with your Azure subscription? The policy module will deploy and enable a set of Azure policies, so only Azure services and API versions supported Read more [...]

Does have ADE or SSE a performance impact on Azure IaaS VMs?

Before I begin to write about this topic, I want to clarify that the results are not an official statement by Microsoft. The opinions expressed herein are my own personal opinions and do not represent my employer’s view in anyway. Now we have clarified that, let us begin to talk about what ADE and SSE are in a short way. ADE stands for Azure Disk Encryption and is the volume-based encryption option Read more [...]

Using Veeam FastSCP with Azure VMs and self-signed certificates

When working with Azure VMs you have several options to copy files into your VMs. One tool I really like is Veeam FastSCP, because my Azure VMs are just dev / test machines and are neither part of an Active Directory nor I have a VPN connection with the my Azure Virtual Network. -> https://www.veeam.com/fastscp-azure-vm.html So I want a secure way to get files into my Azure VMs and here comes Read more [...]