Change Azure ARM VM OS disk

Sometimes you would want to create an Azure ARM based Virtual Machine using an existing VHD disk. It used to be much easier in ASM (Classic). However you can easily swap out the OS disk for a VM using PowerShell. Simply create a new (non-managed disk) based VM in Azure with new disks. Then you…

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Azure News 2017 – Week 43

New Fv2 VMs (fastest in the public cloud), Cray Supercomputers and Azure Container Service (AKS) on the latest Need to Know podcast episode 168. Fv2 VMs are now available, the fastest VMs on Azure The new Fv2 VM family in Azure now generally available offers the Intel® Xeon® Scalable processor (code-named Skylake), the fastest Skylake CPU in…

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PowerShell based Azure Functions

I am writing this for all PowerShell people, after endless hours trawling the web, there’s hardly any info on using Azure Functions with PowerShell and it’s not easy for non-developers or IT Pros who can use PowerShell only. Running PowerShell based Azure Functions allows you to do any type of function based stuff you would…

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Azure File Sync – Demo

Azure File Sync is currently in preview and is going to BIG. It’s backed by the already established Azure Files and is a big deal for all the SMB players in the market and even enterprise! It’s so easy to setup, works without thinking about it and it takes automatic snapshots of your on-prem data…

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Azure News 2017 – Week 42

We talk about the new Azure Files Sync along with all the latest Microsoft Cloud news with Office 365 and Azure on the latest Need to Know podcast episode 167. Azure SQL managed instance Instance-level functionality or isolation requirements where customers who have made deep investments in instance-level SQL Server capabilities (e.g. SQL CLR integration,…

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Azure News 2017 – Week 40

All the latest Ignite 2017 Announcements plus heaps more on the latest Need to Know podcast. Keep up to date with all the latest Azure announcements, what in and out of preview –  https://azure.microsoft.com/en-au/roadmap Microsoft have invested over $15 billion in building our global cloud infrastructure since they opened their first datacenter in 1989.  …

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Azure JSON custom VHD to VM

I had a customer the other week who had a Hyper-V environment and wanted to move to Azure, however they had Windows Server 2012 (non R2) which Azure Site Recovery doesn’t support. They had to start the procedures to move VMs manually to Azure. So I made up a JSON template which they can use…

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Azure News 2017 – Week 38

AAD Managed Service Identity, B-Series burstable VMs & Web App for Containers and Azure App Service on Linux are all part of Azure News this week playing catch-up from the last two weeks, bundled in together through here. All on the Need to Know podcast. Introducing Azure AD Managed Service Identity A common challenge in…

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