Category: Azure VMs

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Error 0x800F081F when adding features on Windows Server 2016 on Azure Virtual Machine

At one of my costumers, I needed to add the SMBv1 feature to enable communication with a legacy File Server running on Windows Server 2003. After the process I run into this error: So then, I download the Windows Server 2016 ISO and tried to install pointing to the Source folder as mention on the error (similar approach when you want to try to install .NET 2.0 on a Windows...

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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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File level restore on an encrypted Azure virtual machine

At the costumer site, I was delivering an Azure Workshop, on the topic of Azure Backup, comes the following questions: On a VM that have encrypted disks, how can we restore it? What is the solution to restore file level (files or folders) without restoring the entire VM? On the Microsoft Azure Backup documentation – Backup Azure VM Encryption, the limitation is documented: “Encrypted VMs can’t be recovered at the...

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Error code UserErrorFsFreezeFailed on Azure Backup

Another day a costumer of mine, call me saying the backups that we enabled previously was troughing the following error: Error Code UserErrorFsFreezeFailed Error Message Failed to freeze one or more mount-points of the VM to take a file-system consistent snapshot Recommended Action Check for devices with dirty filesystem state and unmount them. Run file-consistency check for these devices using the fsck command and mount them again after successful consistency...

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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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Error on adding virtual machines to Azure Backup

At one of my costumer Azure Subscription, I was adding a new virtual machine to the existing Azure Recovery Vault previously configured, when I run into this error: I found very odd, why this message appears. So, I start to review the Recovery Vault configuration and I realize this Recovery Vault only had one backup policy. Then I start to investigate if this was a soft limit or hard limit...

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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...