Tagged: Azure VM

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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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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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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...