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…

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…

Azure Virtual Machine Boot Diagnostics

This little feature has assisted me many times! Azure Virtual Machine boot diagnostics gives you a log view and screenshot of your Virtual Machine (VM) from the hypervisor level. VM not accessible? This feature may just help you! Checking this feature can confirm if your VM is having issues stopping you from connecting successfully. Enabling…

Recommended Microsoft Learn Modules to kick start your Azure Learning

Quite often I am asked about what recommended courses to work on in relation to kick start your further learning of Azure. I have now added these recommended modules and learning paths into this blog post to assist you. Why Microsoft Learn? Microsoft Learn was introduced a few years ago and is a great learning…

Application Security Group assignment using PowerShell

What are Application Security Groups? (ASGs) ASGs are used within a NSG to apply a network security rule to a specific workload or group of VMs – defined by ASG worked as being the “network object” & expilicit IP addresses are added to this object. This provides the capability to group VMs into associated groups…

Azure Point to Site VPN configuration using PowerShell

From time to time, a Point-to-Site VPN (P2S) is required to access your Azure Virtual Network securely from a range of computers. This VPN setup is configured using an Azure Gateway within your Virtual Network. In this blog, I will detail a test setup of how you can create this P2S configuration along with the…

Azure Monitor – Taking the Logging and alerting deployment from ARM To PowerShell

Azure Monitor, an all in one comprehensive solution for collecting, analyzing and acting on your cloud and/or on-premises environment. Along with this, we use both Log Analytics & Application Insights for collecting and analyzing telemetry data that allows us to view real-time metrics of how the application/environment is currently being handled. Application Insights also helps…

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