Prevent unexpected high Azure spending by setting Budgets and cost alerts in your subscription

Within this blog, I will show you how to Prevent unexpected high Azure spending by setting Budgets and Cost Alerts within your Azure Subscription. Within this setup, you will be looking at how to setup budgets for specific scopes within your subscription along with setting up alerts to notify you when you are close to…

Issue while replicating an On-premise Hyper-V guest to Azure error code 8079002c

A quick blog post on a fix I found to resolve a replication issue between Hyper-V guest and Azure Migrate with error code 8079002c

Using Azure Migrate and attempting to replicate an On-Premise Hyper-V guest (Server 2012R2) to azure, error code 8079002c kept appearing and the initial replication kept failing.

Assign Network Security Group to Virtual Machine Network Interface using PowerShell

A blog post to show how you can assign a Network Security Group (NSG) to a Virtual Machine Network Interface (NIC) in Azure using PowerShell. Firstly, get the Network Security Group you want to have assigned to the Virtual Machine NIC Get the Virtual Machine NIC that you want to assign the NSG to You…

Hyper-V prevented starting virtual machine because it is prepared for failover fix

Using Azure Migrate to migrate Virtual Machines from a Hyper-V host to Azure, you may want to start a Hyper-V Virtual Machine (VM) after they have been migrated for various reasons including:- VM not accessible in Azure Azure Migration issue and want to restore back to an earlier version of the VM again on Hyper-V…

Connect to nested Hyper-V VMs in Azure from another Virtual Network using VPN Gateway

Nested Hyper-V VMs in Azure has been available for a while now, its great for alot of different scenarios such as unsupported operating systems that run legacy applications to sandbox environments. After creation of these VMs in a nested Hyper-V Virtual Machine (VM) you will possibly want to connect these VMs to other VMs in…

Creating custom runbooks from start/stop VM solution for specific sets of VMs using tags for sequenced start/stop

Azure provides a start/stop VM solution that allows you to stop/start VMs on a schedule; it consists of multiple PowerShell runbooks. This solution offers three options when deployed:- Schedule VMs to start and stop Schedule VMs to start and stop in ascending order by using Azure Tags Autostop Vms based on low CPU usage Overtime…

Azure Virtual Machine Security:- 6 Security suggestions to get you started

Quite often I do get asked about Azure Virtual Machine security and what I recommend you to configure/look at in relation to securing your Virtual Machine configuration. In this blog, I am going to include 6 Virtual Machine security security suggestions to get you started that you may want to consider applying to your Virtual…

Azure Virtual Machine Change Tracking

Lets have a look at the Azure Virtual Change Tracking extension/solution that allows you to view guest-related OS changes within your Virtual Machine from Azure. This data can be used to alert-on if required various changes within your Virtual Machine environment. What can be tracked? Currently, the following change-types can be tracked within the Change…

cloud-init does not appear to be running error after installing WALinuxAgent fix

After a recent migration of a Linux VM (Ubuntu 16.04) from a data centre to Azure using Azure Migrate, it didn’t include the installation of WALinuxAgent Why is this needed? This agent is how the Virtual Machine communicates with Azure, it manages the Linux provisioning and VM interaction with the Azure Fabric Controller, pretty much…

Copy Azure Virtual Machine Snapshots to another region and create Managed disks using PowerShell

In my previous blog, I detailed how to create Virtual Machine (VM) snapshots of all disks and restore in Azure using PowerShell, this is a follow-on blog detailing how you can copy the Virtual Machine disk snapshots to another region, for additional backup purposes for those VMs that cannot be backedup using Azure-related backup resources,…

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