Static vs Dynamic Routing Gateways in Azure

I was recently designing an Azure Hybrid Cloud implementation and was asked some questions regarding Azure routing that I had to research. The questions were something like… “Why can my Cisco ASA only establish a Static Routing VPN connection to Azure?” “My Cisco ASA can route dynamically so why can we only create a static…

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Multihop Routing in Azure

There is some great documentation on how to Configure a Multi-Site VPN connection in Azure. I wanted to configure a similar scenario using a design other than the Full Mesh (single hop) model specified in the MSDN documentation. I also want every Virtual Network (vNet) in my environment to be able to route to any…

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Create a Multi-NIC VM with a Public IP in Azure

We recently announced support for virtual machines (VMs) with multiple network interface controllers (NICs). I’m still trying to understand all the new scenarios this functionality enables, but first I just wanted to test it out myself. My scenario is to use PowerShell to build out a VM with two NICs, one for a backend subnet…

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Monitoring Distributed Applications in Operations Manager

One of the more complex Management Pack Authoring scenarios is monitoring distributed applications. I recently used the System Center 2012 Visual Studio Authoring Extensions (VSAE) to create a very complex, but generic, distributed application management pack. Hopefully this solution provides a useful example for the community. Management Pack Summary The distributed application is a fake…

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Deploying Virtual Machines in Azure using Service Manager and SMA Part III

This is the 3rd post in a 3-part series on deploying VMs in Azure using System Center Service Manager and Service Management Automation (SMA). In this post we’ll cover using the Service Manager Self-Service Portal to trigger an SMA Runbook which deploys a new VM in Azure. Part I: Preparing your VM for upload, uploading…

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Deploying Virtual Machines in Azure using Service Manager and SMA Part II

This is the 2nd post in a 3-part series on deploying VMs in Azure using System Center Service Manager and Service Management Automation (SMA). In this post we’ll cover deploying your Azure VM using PowerShell and SMA. Part I: Preparing your VM for upload, uploading it to Azure, and configuring Azure Part II: Deploying your…

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Deploying Virtual Machines in Azure using Service Manager and SMA Part I

Earlier this year I worked with Brad Watts on some automation: Deploying Virtual Machines in Azure using the Service Manager Self-Service Portal. Our primary VM deployment mechanism was System Center Orchestrator. I decided to do something similar using Service Management Automation (SMA). This series of posts will take you through uploading a custom VM to…

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Update the Request Action Log in Service Manager from SMA

Almost a month ago I posted on Updating the Request Action Log in Service Manager from Orchestrator. I thought it might be helpful to also post how to do this from PowerShell so it can be used with Service Management Automation (SMA). To do this straight from PowerShell you can call the following script, ex:…

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Converting Times from One Time Zone to Another Time Zone in PowerShell

I was doing some work with Service Manager and Orchestrator over the last few weeks and ran into a situation where I had to convert a time in a database to another time zone in PowerShell. I found lots of examples on doing this from the current time to another time zone but I didn’t…

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Logging in CMTrace format from PowerShell

I know there are other examples of doing this out there but the one I use has a few other features including: Getting the PID of the PowerShell instance running and putting that in the Thread column Renaming the file to lo_ once it gets too large Setting a variable to the status of the…

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