[Service Fabric] Auto-scaling your VMSS

Like most people, whenever I need to build an ARM template to do something with Service Fabric, I’m browsing around Github or where ever else I can find the bits and pieces of JSON that I need. I was recently working on a project where they needed 3 things: They wanted their Service Fabric cluster…

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[Service Fabric] Full/Incremental backup and restore sample

I recently worked with a client who said that they had had trouble implementing incremental backup and restore for their stateful services, so I was set to the task to build a sample that would do both a full and incremental backups to Azure blob storage. I fully expect great improvements to happen in Service…

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[Service Fabric] Securing an Azure Service Fabric cluster with Azure Active Directory via the Azure Portal

To make sure appropriate credit is given to a great article on this topic, I did take some of the information for the steps below from this article https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/service-fabric/service-fabric-cluster-creation-via-arm. The article found at the link focuses on using an ARM template to do the deployment and secure setup. Using ARM would be the way you…

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[Service Fabric] Azure Service Fabric with Azure Diagnostics and Nlog log retrieval

I was recently working with a customer where we were migrating some of their Azure Cloud Services over to Azure Service Fabric. Within their current Cloud Services, there is a process where NLog will drop a log file to a Local Resource folder. Azure Diagnostics is then used to pick up this log file and…

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[Service Fabric] Connecting to a remote Azure Service Fabric cluster using PowerShell

If you have struggled with getting the syntax and parameters correct on the Connect-ServiceFabricCluster PowerShell cmdlet like I have, I’ve decided to post the command with associated parameters that I know works every time. This command is typically used to test connectivity from your personal machine to a .X509 secured cluster in Azure. $ClusterName= “<your-full-cluster-name>:19000″…

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[Service Fabric] The signed in user is not assigned to a role for the application

If you have setup an Azure Service Fabric cluster and secured it using Azure Active directory, you may run in to the same problem I did when I went to deploy an application from Visual Studio 2015. You can refer back to my other post on this if you are not sure how this is…

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[Service Fabric] Unable to determine whether the application is installed on the cluster or not

  I was working with a customer that was attempting to deploy a simple Service Fabric application from within Visual Studio 2015 to a secure cluster in Azure. The cluster itself was secured via an .X509 certificate stored in Azure Key Vault. There were currently no applications deployed to the Azure cluster. When we opened…

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[Service Fabric] Default service descriptions must not be modified as part of an upgrade

Recently (Service Fabric SDK v 2.4.145) I had deployed a Service Fabric application to my local cluster from Visual Studio. As part of an upgrade process after I changed something in the Settings.xml file for my service, I was executing the following PowerShell code:   Connect-ServiceFabricCluster localhost:19000   Copy-ServiceFabricApplicationPackage -ApplicationPackagePath ‘.’ ` -ImageStoreConnectionString ‘file:C:\SfDevCluster\Data\ImageStoreShare’ -ApplicationPackagePathInImageStore…

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Handy Links for HPC and Azure

Lately, I’ve been working with customers who are doing both Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 SP1 and Windows Azure and it seems that the experience level of customers run the full range of just getting started in both areas, to being experienced in either one technology or the other. I decided to put together a…

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