Microsoft Azure Data Security (Data Cleansing and Leakage)

Disclaimer: The procedures explained in this document are now current as of September 2014, and are subject to change without notice. Of utmost concern to enterprise customers (indeed all customers) who are considering deploying their applications to Microsoft Azure is the security of their underlying data. A sometimes overlooked aspect of data protection is assuring…

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Windows Azure PaaS ACLs Are Here!

Even though there wasn’t much fanfare about it in the release of the Windows Azure SDK 2.3, the PaaS Access Control List (ACL) feature was finally added after having this feature for Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) virtual machines since sometime last year. I actually didn’t notice it myself, but I received a curious email…

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Accessing Azure SQL DB from an Azure VM Using the External IP Address

A customer asked me the other day how they can disallow arbitrary machines from within the Windows Azure environment to have access to their Azure SQL Database servers, while still allowing specific machines within the Azure environment to have access to their Azure SQL Database servers. This is pretty simple to implement so I thought…

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Filtering Azure Applications in SCOM 2012 Performance Views

Okay, so you now have your shiny, new installation of SCOM 2012 up and running. You have migrated your old Windows Azure management pack using the Visual Studio Authoring Extensions for Visual Studio 2010, using techniques from my previous post here. You have created some new Performance views based on the now shipping SCOM 2012…

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Using the New Visual Studio 2010 Authoring Extensions to Create SCOM 2012 Rules for Windows Azure

Unless you enjoy creating SCOM 2012 management packs by hand, you will want a tool to ease the creation of rules and monitors that target Windows Azure PaaS applications. Well you’re in luck with the new System Center 2012 Visual Studio Authoring Extensions (VSAE) for Visual Studio 2010 Professional, which you can download here. This…

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Creating Load Balanced Virtual Machines in a Virtual Network

I have seen in a couple of places where it has been mistakenly implied that you can’t create load balanced virtual machines in a virtual network. Actually, you can. The trick is that load balancing is not specific to the virtual network, but can be incidental to it. In order to load balance virtual machines,…

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Moving a Windows Azure Virtual Machine from one Virtual Network to Another

Today I was trying to find an easy way to move a virtual machine from one Virtual Network to another, but wasn’t successful. So I played around until I figured it out, and thus the next time someone (such as myself) searches for a solution, they will find it here! This will be fairly quick…

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Walkthrough to Configure System Center Management Pack for Windows Azure Fabric Preview for SCOM 2012 SP1 (with a MetricsHub Bonus)

The wait is finally over. This is a huge update to the Azure Management Pack over the one that was released a couple of years ago, which not only monitors Azure applications but storage and virtual machines as well.  You can download the new management pack from http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=38414. Remember that the management pack is currently…

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Setting Up an Alert for Hosted Service State Changes in SCOM 2007 R2

I’m posting this by request from a customer who desires to setup an alert when a hosted service changes its state. The process is fairly straightforward, provided you know where to look. In the screenshot below, we have a hosted service (in my case, eponymously named walterm), that is currently healthy. What we want is…

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Creating Unit Monitors for Windows Azure Performance Counters in SCOM 2007 R2

Monitors are powerful management pack objects in SCOM. In the Operations Manager documentation, a monitor is described in the following manner: “monitors can be used to assess various conditions that can occur in monitored objects. For example, a monitor can be used to assess the values of a performance counter, the existence of an event,…

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