Azure Classic Portal | How to Add a Data Disk Using a Different Storage Account than the OS Disk

  When you add a new disk to an existing VM, you can only modify the  disk name and size which means you are stuck using the current/default storage account (see https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/virtual-machines-windows-classic-attach-disk/) Using PowerShell, you can specify a different storage location for your new data disk though (see https://msdn.microsoft.com/library/azure/jj152837.aspx) o Make sure you use -MediaLocation…

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Azure VMs need Internet Access

  When customers move into the cloud, they tend to mimic their setup on-prem.  Not a bad thing, but when it comes to blocking internet access for servers this can create some unusual problems. If you are using network security groups (NSGs), user defined routing (UDR), or forced-tunneling be sure to put in an exception…

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How to Use Storage Explorer with Microsoft Azure for Government (MAG)

Update 02/16/2017 – The latest version of Storage Explorer allows you to connect with your Azure Government ID and will auto-populate your storage accounts, just like it already did for commercial Azure.  If you haven’t already, update your client!   Microsoft Azure Storage Explorer (http://storageexplorer.com/) is a free tool that provides a GUI to use…

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Removing OMS from your SCOM Management Group

Have you inherited an environment where someone had “played” with OMS? OMS is partially configured, but you’re not exactly sure how, and as a result it’s spamming your Operations Manager event log with warnings and errors… You’d like to get OMS working, but just don’t have the time and for now you just need the…

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Azure IaaS – Can’t Logon? Wrong ID/PW?

If you forgot your VM’s logon ID/PW, you have a few options to get back in there.  Note: Domain Controllers don’t have local users so these tricks won’t work with them…. If this is a brand-new VM (never logged on or configured), it’s generally fastest to delete and recreate it. If the VM extension installed,…

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Azure IaaS VMs and the Three (now Four!) R’s

 updated 27 May 2016 When you have a problematic IaaS VM (won’t start, won’t stop, can’t RDP even though it worked just yesterday….) and you’ve exhausted your usual tricks, turn to the Three Four R’s (the “did you reboot?” of Azure). Restart – Most users will think of this, just be sure you restart (and…

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Moving Azure Images from the Commercial to the Azure Government Cloud (MAG)

Some times we see customers move Microsoft provided images from the Azure commercial cloud to the Azure Government (MAG) cloud.  While this is technically supported, there are several things to consider.  When using the Microsoft provided images, there are configuration settings that are specific to the cloud environment.  When you move the VM (by moving…

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Learning Azure, aka "The Cloud"

I spend my days supporting Azure and SCOM here at Microsoft.  When I mention to my SCOM customers that I also do Azure, one of the first questions I get is “how do you learn Azure?”  I thought I’d take a little time to share my experiences and recommendations.  This isn’t a formal plan but…

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SCOM 2012, WSMan, and Unix/Linux Computer Discovery

Summary System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) Linux/UNIX monitoring uses WS-Management/WSMan “basic authentication” on an ongoing basis – i.e., it passes a username/password pair to the Linux computer, and the Linux computer authenticates that username/password using the PAM.  If you disable “basic authentication” on the SCOM management server, it’s not going to work.  Other potential WinRM authentication…

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Bitlocker and Domain Controller Logical Disks

Recently I had a customer hit an issue that was hard to resolve…..until we stopped looking at the data and reconsidered our design. What We Had Virtual DC (Hyper-V guest running in Azure, but the location and virtualization doesn’t matter!) C$ OS, E$ Sysvol/NTDS Bitlocker enabled for all drives  What Happened The customer installed a relatively small…

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Monitoring Azure for Government (MAG) with SCOM – Subscription Configuration

updated 05/22/2018 Clarification of the correct endpoints for MAG (defaults are for the public/commercial cloud and do NOT work for the government cloud). Management Service URI – https://management.core.usgovcloudapi.net Management API Version – 2012-08-01 Database Management Service URI – https://management.database.usgovcloudapi.net:8443 Database Management API Version – 1.0 Database DNS Suffix – database.usgovcloudapi.net Storage Service DNS Suffix -…

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SCOM 2012 – Large Event.Parameter Table(s)

Last year, an issue with the SCOM DW event grooming was detected which was addressed in SCOM 2012 R2 UR7: Dependent tables are not groomed (Event.EventParameter_GUID table) The following issues are fixed: • In a database, the grooming of certain MT$X$Y tables were missed because of the filtering logic. Therefore, the tables were never groomed….

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