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  • 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: 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: 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: VM Agent available for Azure VMs

    The VM agent for Windows Azure Virtual Machines is now installed by default when creating new VMs in the management portal or with Azure PowerShell (February release 0.7.3). Currently the BGInfo extension is enabled by default which displays VM information on the desktop using the BGInfo tool, and additional...
  • 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: Windows Azure IaaS Host OS Update Demystified

    Special thanks to Sri Harsha for reviewing this post!! In this post we will look at: Why Windows Azure updates the host OS? How does the host OS update take place? What are availability sets? How does creating availability sets make your application highly available? Resource to...
  • Blog Post: Azure PowerShell 0.6.13

    Azure PowerShell 0.6.13 released with substantial change to Support IaaS General Availability Download Link: PowerShell ( Github ) 2013.04.16 Version 0.6.13 Completely fixed issues with first website creation on a new account. Now you can use PowerShell with a new account directly without...
  • 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 PowerShell - Script for basic PaaS and IaaS Operations

    We assume that you have already set up your PowerShell for Windows Azure based on our previous Blog Post: Windows Azure PowerShell – Getting Started . In this blog we will be providing a Menu Based PowerShell Script to perform basic Cloud operation on Windows Azure. Before we dive into the details...
  • 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: Security Best Practices for Windows Azure

    Security is an very important aspect when it comes to computers and it should be at the top of everyone’s mind. When building environments, machines that are connected to internet, security becomes job one. One must take deliberate steps to protect the machines running in the cloud. Below are some of...
  • 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) §...
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