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Azure DevTest Labs – First impressions

I’ve written a couple of blog posts in the past about scheduling Azure VMs to turn off at a certain time of day. I use this functionality to ensure I don’t use all of my MSDN credit while carrying out testing on Azure. Microsoft have recently announced a new solution that will help address this challenge, the solution is called Azure DevTest Labs. You can sign up to the preview of here: https://azure.microsoft.com/campaigns/devtest-lab/ . Once enrolled in the preview DevTest labs can also be created by searching in the Azure marketplace by searching for “DevTest”: The focus on Azure DevTest…
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First Steps with Microsoft Operations Management Suite

I’ve worked with System Center Operation Manager (SCOM) in the past to manage on premise infrastructure. Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS) is a relatively new offering that is focused on monitoring hybrid cloud environments. I like to think of it of a cloud version of SCOM, although it actually enables data from SCOM to be sucked into it for additional analysis so is a lot more. It is worth noting that OMS is a number of Azure services bundled together including: Operational Insights Backup Site Recovery to customer owned sites Site Recovery to Azure Automation All of the components parts of OMS are also available as standalone…
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Microsoft Ignite: The beginning of the end for Windows Server?

When I visit conferences such as Microsoft Ignite I often choose sessions because of the speakers. However I also ensure I attend a number of sessions covering new and updated technology, the things I see as game changers. The technologies I focused on were Azure, in particular Azure Active Directory and a couple of more general Windows Server sessions. Here’s my main takeaways and personal opinion how the development of these technologies will change the look of IT and in particular Windows Server as we know it today. I primarily work with organisations for whom the public cloud is a…
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Azure PowerShell error: The subscription is not entitled to use the resource

This is an error I’ve seen quite a few times. Every time I see the error it takes me a while to remember what the issue is, hopefully this post will help me remember one of the causes. I had successfully authenticated to my Azure Subscription using Add-AzureAccount and  ran the following to create a new Site Recovery Vault: The error returned was: New-AzureSiteRecoveryVault : Operation failed. ClientRequestId: ForbiddenError: The subscription is not entitled to use the resource At line:1 char:2 + New-AzureSiteRecoveryVault -Location $Region -Name “RecoveryVault” + ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ + CategoryInfo : CloseError: (:) [New-AzureSiteRecoveryVault], SerializationException + FullyQualifiedErrorId : Microsoft.Azure.Commands.RecoveryServices.CreateAzureSiteRecoveryVault…
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Azure Site Recovery now works with larger than 127GB OS Drive

We use Azure Site Recovery for both protecting customer VMs and as a migration tool when moving VMs to Microsoft Azure. There have been a number of hoops to jump through to ensure a VM can replicate. On of which is we have come across a few, customer VMs with operating system disks larger than 127GB. Generally not a lot more, but just a bit larger. Most commonly this is RDS servers with a lot of user profile data, – now we use technologies such as user profile disks, but this wasn’t around when these VMs were created. Microsoft announced…
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First impressions of Azure VM Backup

Microsoft announced the launch of Azure VM backup earlier this week: http://azure.microsoft.com/blog/2015/03/26/azure-backup-announcing-support-for-backup-of-azure-iaas-vms/ It is a feature that many of us have been waiting for so decided to give it a try on a small deployment I am currently working on. The steps below outline what I did to configure Azure Backup and some of the issues encountered. I have included steps and screenshots as there doesn’t seem to be much documentation around and hopefully they can be used to see what the process is before diving in head first. Creating a backup vault This is done exactly the same way as we…
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Azure Automation – Schedule the shutdown of Azure VMs with PowerShell

If you are running Virtual Machines on Microsoft Azure and want to save some cash (or make your MSDN allowance last longer) it is possible to use Azure Automation to schedule the shutdown (and start-up) of Virtual Machines. This is great if you are carrying out testing on Azure and like me often forget to shut your VMs down. Until recently Azure Automation could only be configured via the portal, but in February new Azure Automation PowerShell commands were released: http://azure.microsoft.com/blog/2015/02/18/announcing-full-powershell-cmdlet-support-for-azure-automation/ Rather than having to click lots of times we can now simply run some PowerShell scripts to get everything set up to…
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It’s about time I started blogging!

I’ve been threatening to start a blog for a while. Now is the time. The rate at which Microsoft are continuing to release new products and services is continuing to increase. I used to spend the majority of my days working with Windows Server. Blogs have been a key learning resource and are a great help when troubleshooting particular issues. Often I would research a subject or issues, learn how to do something once and that was it for the next few years. I am now spending an increasing amount of time working with Microsoft Azure.  I’m increasingly working with technologies that are have only…
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