Enhanced Azure Security for sending Emails – November 2017 Update

Azure is committed to stopping SPAM and reducing the customer impact caused by negative IP reputation.  Starting on November 15th, 2017, sending outbound email directly to external domains (such as outlook.com, gmail.com) from a Virtual machine (VM) will be made available only to certain subscription types. Outbound SMTP connections using TCP port 25 (primarily used…


How to monitor and alert potential Disk and VM Level IO Throttling on Linux VMs using ARM

Introduction This blog post will present a step-by-step guide to enable disk performance monitoring on Linux VMs running on Azure using the Linux Diagnostics Extension 3.0 (LAD3). This article is a continuation of a previous post regarding the monitoring of potential Disk and VM level throttling on Windows VM. For a full introduction on what…


How to monitor and alert potential Disk and VM Level IO Throttling on Windows VMs using ARM

This article will present a step-by-step guide to enable disk performance monitoring on Windows VMs running on Azure. Goal is to detect potential Disk Level and VM Level IO Throttling. This guideline is applicable to all Azure VMs deployed with Azure Resource Manager and running any Windows OS version.   Let’s start first by explaining…

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Troubleshooting Windows activation failures on Azure VMs

Azure uses the following KMS endpoints for Windows product activation of Azure Virtual Machines: Azure public cloud regions – kms.core.windows.net:1688 Azure China national cloud regions –  kms.core.chinacloudapi.cn:1688 Azure Germany national cloud regions – kms.core.cloudapi.de:1688 Azure US Gov national cloud regions – kms.core.usgovcloudapi.net:1688 Azure VMs will activate using the Azure KMS service if all of the following are true: Windows is configured…

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