Enabling Azure Disk Encryption for Windows IaaS VMs using PowerShell

In this post, I will enable disk Encryption for a Windows IaaS VM using PowerShell for an existing VM. This is an example with step by step instructions to give you a high level overview. For detailed information on Azure Disk Encryption including prerequisites, supportability and  different options to enable encryption , please refer to the…

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Backup and Restore of Azure IaaS VMS

In this exercise I will cover Backup and Restore of Azure VMs that was recently announced.  Very simple process. Before I proceed with this exercise, Consider to review following blogs for overall information on Azure Backups. Azure Backup Overview: https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/azure/hh831419.aspx Azure Backups with DPM, where Azure Backup Service communicates with DPM server to push backups into…

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Network Security Groups – Managing VMs in Azure IAAS with Azure PowerShell- Part 2

Controlling traffic between subnets within a VNET In this exercise we will work on using Network Security Group feature, which is part of Azure Networking stack to control traffic between VMs or between subnets within a VNET. This feature allows us to secure backend and frontend server communication.  Current Configuration in the lab environment: 1. …

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Managing Azure VMs with Azure PowerShell-Part 1

 Managing  Azure VMs with Azure PowerShell-Part 1 Working on creating some VMs in my lab environment, thought why not post it as a reference for others Service Configurations1. Storage Accounts: satishlocalstorage, satishvnet1sa2. Cloud Service: satishcloud, satishVnet1cloudsvc3. VNET: Satishnetwork (infrasubnet, websubnet SQLsubnet), Satishvnet1 (infrasubnet1, appsubnet1) Goal 1. Deploy  VMs  in a specific  storage account, cloud service and  VNET2. Setting a…

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VNet to VNet connectivity – Microsoft Azure

Vnet to Vnet Communication   By default  all VM’s within a VNET can communicate with each other, regardless what address space/subnet they belong to  By default communication between VNETs is blocked, you can establish communication between  two or more virtual networks together and that too securely with IPsec/IKE S2S VPN tunnels There could be several…

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Monitoring EMC Storage with SCOM using EMC ESI SCOM Management Pack

Monitoring EMC STORAGE with SCOM 2007 R2 & UP using ESI SCOM Management Pack One of the options to  Monitor EMC Storage e.g. VNX,  CLARIION  is using EMC Storage Integrator v3.0.1151.6309 for Windows Suite that includes ESI Service and ESI SCOM Management Pack. In this post, I will go through high level steps on monitoring EMC VNX Storage…

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Compliance Settings SCCM 2012

Compliance Setting in SCCM 2012 Compliance Setting in SCCM 2012 is to asses and remediate the configuration and compliance of servers, workstations, including mobile devices in your organization In this post, I will pick few examples on using Compliance settings including reporting and reviewing few log files to see the record process information.  Example1: Assess/track the file version and…

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Configuration Manager 2012 setup error, Setup is unable to connect to SQL Server with the connection information provided

Configuration Manager 2012 Setup error :                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Setup is unable to connect to SQL Server with the connection information provided You have already verified that all SQL and SCCM prerequisites are in place and next when you run setup you get the followng error: The possible cause for this error can be because of the following: During the SQL install, you created a…

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SCOM 2012 Upgrade Process **Lessons Learned during my Upgrade Process**

  The attached document in this blog covers SCOM 2012 Upgrade process: In this document we are using a specific scenario that covers:   Current SCOM 2007 R2  Infrastructure that is ready for upgrade. Challenges with Current SCOM 2007 R2 Infrastructure. Business Justification for SCOM 2012 Upgrade. SCOM 2012 features. Upgrade Process in our lab Upgrade…

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