Azure VM: Standard to Premium Storage, Unmanaged to Managed

Hello folks and welcome back. I recently had cause to convert the OS disk of an Azure VM from Standard (HDD) to Premium (SSD). This turned out to be a little more interesting than I expected, so I thought I’d blog the process I decided on and for once this will actually be quite a short post as it’s all PowerShell.

Before we get into it, let’s have a look at the existing VM and what we’re looking to achieve:

The VM We’re Starting With

Here are the particulars of our test VM, post change:

  • VM Size:  Standard D1 v2 (1 CPU, 3.5 GB RAM)
  • 128 GB OS disk on standard storage (HDD)
  • 2 x 128 GB data disks on standard storage (HDD)
  • All disks are in the same storage account
  • All disks are unmanaged
  • VM has a dynamic Public IP assigned

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Azure Backup: A Walkthrough

Welcome back folks. It’s been a while since I last posted as it’s been all go at my new job, learning LOADS, so that’s good 🙂

Recently I’ve been putting together some operational documentation on Azure Backup and decided to flesh things out a bit and blog on it…why not right?

As is becoming customary with my posts, this is likely to be a lengthy one as it’ll be covering a fair bit, in some detail.

This guide will mainly focus on using Azure Backup in an IaaS scenario but I’ll also be touching on the Azure Backup agent in part 2. I may end up writing a Site-Recovery piece at a later date, if so, I’ll link to it HERE

Here’s an overview of what’s covered in this post:

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Part 2: Azure Stack – Scale up Existing App Service Worker Tier

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Welcome back folks! In part one we went over the ASDK App Service in a little more detail, mainly to prepare us for scaling up one of our existing worker tiers. So let’s get to it.


Scale Up Existing Dedicated Worker Tier

For the purposes of this guide I’ll be using the “Small” Worker Tier which as with the “Medium” and “Large” tiers currently has no “Worker Roles” deployed into it.

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Part 1: Azure Stack – App Service High Level Overview

Ahoy there folks! Since my last GUIDE, I’ve managed to get a little hands-on time with the App Service RP. It’s changed a fair bit since I last looked at it, so I’ve decided to go through a few of my learnings, this will be fairly high level and is really geared toward giving a little context before we go and scale up a Worker tier in Part 2 of the guide.

Let’s crack on. Continue reading “Part 1: Azure Stack – App Service High Level Overview”

Part 4: Deploy App Service Resource Provider into ASDK

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So the last thing I want to cover in this series is the App Service RP deployment. Again, this is being deployed on the ASDK so all single-node rules apply.

Here’s a high level list of what we’ll be covering in this guide:

The current version of the App Service requires access to a file server, luckily there is an ARM template online that’ll deploy a fully configured one for us. Continue reading “Part 4: Deploy App Service Resource Provider into ASDK”

Part 3: ARM Templates – A Walkthrough

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Welcome back folks.  Everything up until now has been preparation and creation, now we move on to the deployment.

ARM Template Deployment Methods

There are many ways and places to deploy your ARM templates from, we’re going to concentrate on 3 of the most common, these are:

  • Deploying from the Azure portal
  • Deploying into Azure directly from GitHub
  • Deploying using PowerShell

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Part 2: ARM Templates – A Walkthrough

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Welcome back folks. In part 1 of the series we prepared the accounts and tools we’ll need going forward, so we can just dive right into it now.

When I initially started working with ARM templates, I wanted a way to break things up into small munchable chunks that I could easily digest, this way I could remember what I learned and was at the same time creating a framework for learning that I could pass on to others within my team. The upshot of this is that I can also blog about it here 🙂

Hopefully the steps I’ve taken to learn this will also help some of you…that’s the goal anyway.

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Part 1: ARM Templates – A Walkthrough

Hey there folks, it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything as I’ve been spending the last couple of months finishing off a few projects at work. In the gaps, I’ve been putting a little time aside to try and get to grips with Azure Resource Manager templates, how they’re put together and how I go about making use of them.

I’ve had a play about with ARM before and knew the basic concepts but it mainly consisted around deploying single IaaS VMs with various OS versions, Storage Account types and roles, I wanted something MORE!

With that in mind, I went to the obvious place to look for something with a little more meat on the bone…nothing too crazy first time out though:

The above GitHub repo is a great place to start as it has a massive collection of templates ranging from introductory to really quite advanced, and although advanced is my goal, let’s start with something more manageable. Continue reading “Part 1: ARM Templates – A Walkthrough”