Azure Automation–Using Sample Runbooks in Azure Government

If you hit issues using the Gallery runbooks (like StopAzureV2Vm seen below), you may need to add a value to the environment name.  Just like when connecting to Azure Government via Azure PowerShell or CLI, you need to specify the environment name.  Add the value per the screenshot below and you should be fine!

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The Importance of a Growth Mindset in a Technology First World

  This week I attended an internal Microsoft conference. The little group I spend my week with was fairly diverse – largely American but with Finnish, Israeli, and Indian participants; male and female; some from large cities other from small towns. This group broke the cardinal rule of polite conversation and discussed religion, politics, and…

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Comparing OMS/Log Analytics and SCOM

When organizations move to the cloud, they often aren’t sure when to use their typical on-premises infrastructure tools and when to use cloud-based tools. A common misconception in the Microsoft world is that OMS (Operations Management Suite) is a replacement for SCOM (System Center Operations Manager) – it’s not. Also log analytics is the monitoring…

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The Inevitability of the Cloud

Overview After working on Microsoft Azure for over three years I think I understand the cloud pretty well (as well as I can with a constantly changing technology!). I understand the benefits (cost, scalability, etc.), the migration drivers, and the goal of a digital transformation, but I don’t really think much about how the cloud…

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Azure Government – Missing Features or Services?

  If you’ve experimented with the general Azure cloud (often called Microsoft Azure Commercial or MAC), it can be a shock when you move into Microsoft Azure Government (MAG) and notice not everything is the same.  Today I’m briefly going to discuss why there are feature differences, how to track them down, and how to…

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Moving files between Azure Storage and RHEL

written with assistance from Harshal Dharia, Michael Hansen, and Kan Mongwa of Microsoft There are several options when you want to move files in or out of an Azure Storage account to a Red Hat Linux (RHEL) server.  Below is a quick break down of the most commonly used options. Azure CLI Azure CLI is…

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Working with Azure ARM VMs, Images, and Unmanaged Disk (Storage Accounts)

A lot of the pre-managed disk documentation has become hard to find.  Below is a cheat-sheet on where to find the documents you need to work with Azure ARM VMs, images, and storage accounts.   Create an Azure VM from custom image (VHD) – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-machines/windows/sa-upload-generalized Create an Azure VM from existing VHD – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-machines/windows/sa-create-vm-specialized Create…

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The OMS Agent for Azure Government – A Cheat Sheet

  Below are the quick and dirty details you need to connect your Windows servers to OMS hosted in Microsoft Azure Government (MAG).  Any server with internet access can report to an OMS workspace (including but not limited to servers located on-premises, in the Azure Commercial cloud, hosted by other cloud providers, etc.). Initial Install…

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Azure IP Ranges

  For a myriad of reasons it’s nice to know what IPs you can expect to see coming to/from your Azure space.  Below is a quick cheat sheet. Microsoft Azure Datacenter IP Ranges (Commercial) https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=41653 Microsoft Azure Datacenter IP Ranges (Government/Sovereign Cloud) upon request; please open a case via the Azure ARM (new) Portal  …

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Connecting to MySQL for Azure Site Recovery (ASR)

When using ASR to replication VMware or physical machines into Azure two roles are required – the configuration and process servers (often combined on a single server) – to help coordinate and facilitate the data replication (https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/site-recovery/site-recovery-vmware-to-azure#run-site-recovery-unified-setup).  On the configuration server, configuration data is stored in a MySQL database.  *at this time this is a…

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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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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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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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