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,…

Azure Managed Disk snapshot and restore using PowerShell

Using Virtual Machines in Azure from time-to-time you may want to have a copy of the current point-in-time of your Virtual Machine, rather than taking a full backup of this using Recovery Services, can you create a snapshot of the Virtual Machine disk(s) using an Azure Snapshot Snapshots are in theory, a simple read-only copy…

Securing your Virtual Network with Azure Firewall and Network Security Groups

In this blog, I am going to be summarising how you can secure your Virtual network (vNET) with a combination of Azure Firewall and Network Security Group (NSG) Considerations for this will be that the environment will be a hub-spoke setup, link to test environment of this deployment is found at the bottom of this…

Azure Hub-Spoke Network Configuration with Azure Firewall DNAT using PowerShell

I am going to show you how to create a Hub-Spoke network configuration with Azure Firewall using PowerShell. What is a Hub-Spoke network? Think of the Hub-Spoke as two different networks, network1 is hub, network2 is spoke. Network1 acts as the central point of connectivity and perimeter for your network where all traffic has to…

Reset Virtual Machine Local Admin Password in Azure Portal

Troubleshooting a Virtual Machine access connection and thinking the local administrator password is incorrect or SSH key? This can be reset within the Virtual Machine section on the Azure Portal Note:- This option creates a VM extension “VMAccess” to reset the built-in administrator account. Some additions the extension also configures for Windows & Linux Windows:-…

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