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  • Blog Post: Troubleshooting Windows activation failures on Azure VMs

    If you are experiencing Windows activation failures on an Azure VM, please try the following steps to resolve the issue. An example of an error message you may see is: Error(s): Activating Windows(R), ServerDatacenter edition Error: 0xC004F074 The Software Licensing Service reported that the computer...
  • Blog Post: Recover Azure VM by attaching OS disk to another Azure VM

    If you are unable to connect to an Azure VM with RDP or SSH even after restarting and resizing the VM you can use the following steps to make it accessible again. Scripted Recovery Steps The recovery script automates the manual steps that are provided later in this article. Note: The recovery...
  • Blog Post: How to Monitor for Storage Account Throttling

    For Azure Virtual Machines, we document storage limits of 500 IOPS per disk, and the guidance to not place more than 40 highly used VHDs in any single storage account since there is a 20,000 IOPS limit per storage account. By default, each subscription can have up to 20 storage accounts containing...
  • Blog Post: Event ID 2: Session "WindowsAzure-GuestAgent-Metrics" failed to start with the following error: 0xC0000035

    You may notice the following error on an Azure VM in the event log under Applications and Services Logs , Microsoft , Windows , Kernel-EventTracing , Admin : Log Name: Microsoft-Windows-Kernel-EventTracing/Admin Source: Microsoft-Windows-Kernel-EventTracing Event ID: 2 Task Category: Session Level...
  • Blog Post: Unable to add VM agent extension to Azure VM

    [Update 7/17/2014] Azure PowerShell 0.8.5 has released which resolves the inability to use VM agent extensions if the VM is in an availability set. Links to install it via Web Platform Installer or Windows Standalone (MSI) are available on GitHub: https://github.com/Azure/azure-sdk-tools/releases...
  • Blog Post: Use port pings instead of ICMP to test Azure VM connectivity

    Because the ICMP protocol is not permitted through the Azure load balancer, you will notice that you are unable to ping an Azure VM from the internet, and from within the Azure VM, you are unable to ping internet locations. Note that while this applies to network traffic going through the external...
  • Blog Post: How to move your Windows server VM running on Hyper-V to Microsoft Azure

    Note: This blog post comes from Manoj Sehgal, Sr. Support Escalation Engineer from Microsoft Azure team. The following blog post will guide you through the procedure to move your on premises Windows server VM which is running in Hyper-V or VMWare environment to Microsoft Azure, by uploading its...
  • Blog Post: Install the VM Agent on an existing Azure VM

    The MSI package to install the VM Agent on an existing Azure VM is now available for download: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=394789&clcid=0x409 Note that currently we recommend running the MSI from an elevated command prompt due to an issue where it may not prompt automatically for...
  • Blog Post: Enable RDP or Reset Password with the VM Agent

    [UPDATE 07/17/2014] Make sure you are using version 0.8.5 or later of Azure PowerShell as there was an issue with earlier versions where you could not interact with the extensions when the VM was in an availability set. For more information, see Unable to add VM agent extension to VM . The Set-AzureVMAccessExtension...
  • Blog Post: RDP to Azure VM fails with "No Remote Desktop License Servers available"

    You can use mstsc /admin to work around the following licensing error when attempting to connect with RDP to an Azure VM: The remote session was disconnected because there are no Remote Desktop License Servers available to provide a license. Please contact the server administrator. Using...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server Configuration Manager error "Invalid class [0x80041010]" on Visual Studio gallery image VM

    If you are using the Visual Studio 2013 Gallery image for MSDN subscribers to create an Azure VM and try running SQL Server Configuration Manager without taking additional configuration steps first, you may see the following error message: Cannot connect to WMI provider. You do not have permission...
  • Blog Post: Unable to create Storage Pool in Windows Server 2012 R2 Azure VM

    UPDATE Mar. 10: This issue is now resolved. The fix has been fully deployed to all Windows Azure hosts. There is no action needed within the VM itself, as the fix was on the Windows Azure hosts. We recently determined the Storage Spaces feature in Windows Server 2012 R2 is not compatible with the...
  • Blog Post: Setting up a Passive FTP Server in Windows Azure VM

    This post is authored by Lalitesh Kumar, Pradeep M G and reviewed by Avinash Venkat Reddy. Also special thanks to Adam Conkle and Craig Landis for providing the "points to consider from Azure SLB perspective". FTP may run in active or passive mode. Passive mode is extensively used to solve the...
  • Blog Post: Understanding the temporary drive on Windows Azure Virtual Machines

    Special thanks to our WATS Linux experts- Joao Madureira, Vittorio Franco Libertucci and Patrick Catuncan for reviewing this post. When you create a VM in Windows Azure you are provided with a temporary storage automatically. This temporary storage is “D:” on a Windows VM and it is...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Portal Update - Configure Web Endpoint Status Monitoring (Preview)

    As I was browsing over the weekend I saw few update to the Windows Azure Portal. Monitoring Functionality (Preview) for Windows Azure Virtual Machine (IaaS) Cloud Services, Windows Azure Website. Windows Azure Virtual Machine (IaaS) Under Dashboard tab of the Virtual Machine. You get an...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Virtual Machines - Common Questions

    This blog post is summarizes most common questions Windows Azure Virtual Machine users come across. 1) Capture Versus Snapshot Capturing a VM creates an image( not meant for backup ) that can be used to create multiple VMs based on that same image. You can capture a VM using the Capture option...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Virtual Machines - Common Issues

    This blog post is an attempt to summarize most common issues we’ve seen Windows Azure Virtual Machine users are running into. 1) Virtual machine disappeared or was deleted When you hit the usage limit on your account, for example with a 90-day trial or the monthly access from an MSDN subscription...
  • Blog Post: Unable to delete VHD, “There is currently a lease on the blob…”

    Update1: Virtual Machines has reached GA on April, 16th 2013. Scenario: After deleting a Windows Azure Virtual Machine you try to delete the blobs for the associated VHDs and receive the message below: "There is currently a lease on the blob and no lease ID was specified in the request." ...
  • Blog Post: [Preview Feature] VM Depot Preview and Support

    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- This post is About Virtual Machine Preview Feature (Should be only used for Testing and Development) which is currently Supported by Microsoft Forums. (As of 01/23/2013) §...
  • Blog Post: Creating a Virtual Machine Image in personal image gallery using Capture Role REST Service Management API from an exisiting Virtual Machine

    As you may know that using Capture Role REST Service Management API you can create a Virtual Machine Image to your image gallery directly from a running virtual machine which is described at the link below: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windowsazure/jj157201.aspx In above MSDN...
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