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 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,…

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 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…

Microsoft Ignite – Day 3 Roundup

Took a different approach today, spent the morning speaking to vendors and some Microsoft staff on various resources within Azure. This followed by a couple of Microsoft Mechanic sessions, the first focusing on Azure data warehousing and how the newly announced Azure Synapse Analytics service can benefit this even further Azure Synapse, combining data analytics…

Microsoft Ignite – Day 2 Roundup

After a very exciting first day, back for another fast paced day in the world of Microsoft Ignite with again, quite a number of new additions/announcements to Azure. Session: Architecting and implementing Governance across your subscriptions Speakers: Joseph Chan Governance is a requirement in any project, especially more and more sought after in today’s cloud world.…

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