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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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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Testing Windows Azure Web Apps with Synthetic Transactions in SCOM 2007 R2

Synthetic transactions with SCOM are one way you can automate a set of web requests to test various aspects of your Windows Azure web applications. The SCOM 2007 R2 Operations User Guide defines synthetic transactions in the following manner (I mashed up the text below a bit to read better): “In Operations Manager 2007, synthetic…

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Grooming Collected Diagnostics Data from Windows Azure Storage in SCOM 2007 R2

Recently, I had a colleague ask me how to groom diagnostic data collected in Windows Azure storage from Windows Azure applications. Since he is using SCOM, there is a ready answer for configuring regular grooming of Windows Azure diagnostic data, thus saving on storage consumption costs and preventing massive quantities of data from accumulating over…

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SCOM 2007 R2 Event Log Alerting and Monitoring for Azure Applications

Through rules, SCOM provides a powerful system for capturing specific events from the event log of Windows Azure applications and notifying various groups of critical events through SCOM alerts. Events are stored in the SCOM database, which can be analyzed in views and reports. This walkthrough will demonstrate how to create a rule that captures…

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Configuring SCOM 2007 R2 Performance Views and Dashboards for Monitoring Azure Applications

In previous blog posts I demonstrated how to setup your Azure performance counters, how to install SCOM 2007 R2 along with the Windows Azure Management Pack, and how to configure Azure Diagnostics performance counter monitoring in SCOM 2007 R2. In this post, I will pick up where I left off to demonstrate how to build…

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Configuring Azure Diagnostics Performance Counter Monitoring in SCOM 2007 R2

In my last post, I provided a primer on installing SCOM 2007 R2 along with the Azure Management Pack (which is still currently in Release Candidate status). In the post before that, I showed you how to setup the performance counters in your web and worker roles in Visual Studio 2010 so you could generate…

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