Windows Azure Virtual Machine restarted with out any notification

An unexpected restart of an Azure VM is an issue that commonly results in a customer opening a support incident to determine the cause of the restart. Hopefully the explanation below provides details to help understand why an Azure VM could have been restarted.   Windows Azure updates the host environment approximately once every 2-3 months…

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Configure Remote Desktop via management portal for Windows Azure Cloud Services

Windows Azure now allows users to configure, enable remote desktop for cloud services via management portal. Earlier, users could only enable this at the time of deployment.  This new features allows users to configure the remote desktop on fly and eliminates the need of redeployment. Below are the steps to configure: Log onto Windows Azure…

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[CrossPost] TechNet Radio: (Part 2) Windows Azure Virtual Machine FAQs

I recently had opportunity to speak at a TechNet Radio session about Windows Azure Virtual Machines FAQs. Below are the details of the radio session. TechNet Radio: (Part 2) Windows Azure Virtual Machine FAQs iFrame Embed Code: <iframe style="height:288px;width:512px" src="https://channel9.msdn.com/Shows/TechNet+Radio/TechNet-Radio-Part-2-Windows-Azure-Virtual-Machine-FAQs/player?w=512&h=288" frameBorder="0" scrolling="no" ></iframe> We’re here for 2 of our Windows Azure IaaS series and in…

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Security Best Practices for Windows Azure

Security is an very important aspect when it comes to computers and it should be at the top of everyone’s mind. When building environments, machines that are connected to internet, security becomes job one. One must take deliberate steps to protect the machines running in the cloud. Below are some of the well-known threats /attacks…

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Windows Azure Virtual Machines – Gotcha’s!

This blog post is an attempt to summarize most common issues we’ve seen Windows Azure Virtual Machine users are running into and common questions that come up during our discussions with Virtual Machines customers.   1) Virtual machine disappeared or was deleted When you hit the usage limit on your account, for example with a…

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