Redeploy an Azure VM

Redeploy

In this video I reviews the Redeploy tool for Azure IaaS VM’s.  I give an overview of what the tool is used for and then a demo on how to run Redeploy against Windows and Linux VM’s through the Portal and using PowerShell and the Azure Cloud Shell.  This Video is for anyone who administrates Azure VM’s or interested in taking the AZ-103 certification exam.

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Troubleshooting and reporting VM performance data in Azure with PerfInsights

In this video, I walk through Azure Perfinsights, a performance reporting and troubleshooting tool for Windows and Linux Virtual Machines.

Reserved Instances in Azure

Azure Reserved Instance

Reserved Instances offer significant savings for IaaS Servers, SQL Databases, Cosmos DB and other Azure and third party services.  I have mentioned Reserved Instance in a couple other videos and posts. One on Saving money in Azure and once on Azure Cost Management.  LINKS. This article and the accompanying video go into details on how Azure Reserved Instances worth.

Video version, including a demo can be found below.

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No Data in Network Overview Tile

This week I noticed an issue with no data showing in the Azure Network (Total), Network Out (Sum) and Network In (Sum) tile in the Azure Virtual Machine Overview.  I recall noticing this before but couldn’t remember how long ago that was.  Looking at other VM’s, most of my them were missing the Network Total information.  The only servers that were showing data are virtual firewall appliances.   Continue reading “No Data in Network Overview Tile”

Remote Desktop Services in Azure

Over the past few months I have had the opportunity to implement Remote Desktop Services in Azure.  The strategy of this project was to go beyond a “lift and shift” mentality of an RDS deployment to an infrastructure that will scale on demand and provide for rapid deployment of new resources as needed.  In this post I give a high-level view of the RDS services deployed and the Azure services used to support them.

Running RDS in Azure provides a high degree of availability compared to hosting in a conventional data center.  For example, Azure has native features such as Availably Sets and Load Balancing services to limit interruptions from planned and unplanned outages.  Azure also has network resilience built in.  Hosting a reliable externally available RDS environment on-premises requires redundant internet connections, BGP and underlying Routing and Switching infrastructure.  In Azure, simply provision an external IP and the rest is built in. Continue reading “Remote Desktop Services in Azure”

Recover Encrypted Windows Azure VM

Disk EncryptionThe number one rule in disaster recovery is to keep a copy of your resume off site.  Number two is test backups and recovery.  An unrecoverable backup is useless and a disaster is no time to find out something went wrong.  This is a second part of a previous post on encrypting Windows hard drive in Azure.  The first part is available here.  In this post I will go over how to backup and recover encrypted Windows Azure VM using Recovery Services Vault. Continue reading “Recover Encrypted Windows Azure VM”

Azure Disk Encryption

Disk Encryption** Updated post located here**

I deployed some VM’s using both JSON and PowerShell and enabled Storage Service Encryption to encrypt data at rest.  Now I want to enable Azure Disk Encryption (ADE) on these VM’s as an extra level of security.  In this post I will go over enabling Azure Disk Encryption with BitLocker on Windows Server.  More information on Azure Disk Encryption, including encrypting Linux can be found here.

There is a lot of information from Microsoft on configuring Disk Encryption.  Most of it covered different methods, such as PowerShell or CLI and different OS versions.  This post is sticking to the basics, encrypting existing Windows OS using the portal to get things started and PowerShell to do the encryption.  Check out this link if you want more information on Azure Encryption options. Continue reading “Azure Disk Encryption”