Category: Azure VMs

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How to Connect Windows Admin Center with Azure

When I start a project with a new costumer and the conversation ends how to manage your workloads either On-Premises or on Azure, I always like to add the Windows Admin Center (WAC) as a topic on managing the workloads. Since the early times of Windows Admin Center, I become completely addicted to WAC. I found really easy to work with and if you compare with the other native tool...

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How to remove a HostPool from the Windows Virtual Desktop on Azure

After a few times deploying a Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) infrastructure on Azure, I always found that sometimes you have the necessity to reset your environment, specially if this is your test environment. After a few tries on resetting the environment I develop the following process that allows me to reset in a few minutes. The process is simple. You just need to remove the virtual machines crested, the Application...

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Infrastructure as a Code (IaC) Series #1 – The beginning!

From the past months, I’ve been upgrading all my scripts that I have been using along the years to a platform that allows me to be more productive, reusing all the IP that I have been gathering and creating along the years. But in what way I should enhance/improve this? Then I got stroked by a light! What I was doing from all of those years was kind of an...

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Considerations on using Load Balancing with Azure VMs

During this week, I had to design a solution using Azure Load Balance to build, to host a significant amount of content that requires a lot of bandwidth. From what I could find, the size and the series of the VMs in Azure impacts on the output of the bandwidth, and directly impacts on the performance of the solution. So, after careful calculation we decide to go with the F-Series....

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Auto shutdown an Azure VM with PowerShell

At one of my costumers, after starting the process of Azure Governance, it come to my attention the following scenario, the majority of the Virtual Machines on the DevTest Labs were with no auto shutdown configuration. That can be setup easily, although we want to make sure that we wanted to introduce a mechanism that will enforce the shutdown of those virtual machine, even if that configuration is not setup....

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Moving to Azure Series – How to get the Azure VM Unique ID

On this series, I want to explore all the situations that you might encounter when you are moving your workloads to the cloud, specially to Azure. On this post I will cover how to get the Unique ID from an Azure VM. Why is that important? When you migrate your workload from on premise to Azure, in some occasions the license of your application is attached to the server. Usually...

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How to migrate Azure Managed Disk to different subscription and region – Part II

On the previous post I describe what need to do to move Azure Managed Disks between subscriptions and after that between regions (see link HERE). Although I didn’t explore the steps mention to move between regions. Here are the step-by-steps of each stage, mention on the previous post, of how to move the Azure Managed Disk between Azure Regions: 1. Stop the virtual machine from migrating 1. Navigate to the...

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How to migrate Azure Managed Disk to different subscription and region – Part I

On a recent project, I was asked to help move some virtual machines from a MSDN Subscription to a CSP subscription. With this move, we use the opportunity to consolidate on a different region as well. This last aspect makes the move a little more complex that was described on the Move resources to new resource group or subscription documentation. The migration of resources between different or within the same...

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Azure Policy – Allowing only define VM sizes

Azure Policy is the big step to start to have some sort of governance on your Azure environment. It’s really easy to implement, efficient and powerful. With Azure Policies, you can control how and what you allow users to deploy. It’s important to have such policies to control the cost of the subscription, special when you have a monthly budget like mine. On other hand, you are limiting the number...

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Instant VM Recovery using Azure Backup

We all know that Azure is grow and evolving in a very fast pace. On a project that I’m working right now, I had the opportunity to work with big VMs (M Series), although working with those kinds of VMs is always a challenge, when it comes to the operations side, in this particular case, backups. How you will backup that “Monster” and how fast can you recovery the virtual...