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: Using Azure Backup Agent

Hi and welcome back folks. In my last post HERE, we had a bit of a walkthrough of Azure Backup, and hopefully learned some or all of the following:

  • A little bit about the Azure Recovery Services Vault and how to deploy one
  • What a Backup Policy is and how to create one
  • How to enable and disable the protection of an Azure VM

Now that we’ve covered the Azure VM stuff, let’s move on and have a look at backing up to/restoring from Azure using the “Microsoft Azure Recovery Services (MARS) agent”

Here’s a few links to what we’re covering in this post:

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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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Stored Access Policies in Azure – Overview

Hello again folks. I’ve not posted in a while as I’ve just changed jobs and been spending the majority of time learning the ropes, as is customary 🙂

As my new role is primarily focused on Azure and Azure Stack, I’ve been putting together some ARM templates and walking through the Azure Portal as much as I can.

One of the features I’ve had fun getting to grips with is this idea of Stored access policies, so much so I thought I’d blog about it…so here goes. Continue reading “Stored Access Policies in Azure – Overview”

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

Previous Post in Series:  Part 1: Azure Stack – App Service High Level Overview

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.

The first thing you’ll want to do is log into https://adminportal.local.azurestack.external as a Global Admin Continue reading “Part 2: Azure Stack – Scale up Existing App Service Worker Tier”

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 https://portal.azure.com
  • Deploying into Azure directly from GitHub
  • Deploying using PowerShell

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Part 2: Azure Stack Development Kit Deployment Guide

Previous Post in Series:  Part 1:  Azure Stack – A “Quick” Overview

Hello again folks. A while ago now, I created an end to end guide for deploying the Azure Stack TP3 single node POC. Now we’ve got the ASDK, it’s time to run through another deployment and see what’s changed.

Here’s a list of what we’ll  be covering

If you’re deploying Azure Stack for the first time, have a look at this Prerequisites section before continuing. Continue reading “Part 2: Azure Stack Development Kit Deployment Guide”

Part 4: Enabling Multi-Tenancy in Azure Stack TP3

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Welcome back folks! I wasn’t really planning on actually doing this piece for a while but as ever, priorities shift and work streams are completed quicker than expected (yeah right, that last part can’t be true Smile)

I have a really bad habit of saying a guide will be fairly short then going on to write war and peace with the -Verbose flag set, however, I’m not sure even I can beef this one up as it really is pretty straightforward. Continue reading “Part 4: Enabling Multi-Tenancy in Azure Stack TP3”

Part 3: Deploy App Service as PaaS on Azure Stack

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20/07/2017:  UPDATED for the Azure Stack Dev Kit

Ahoy there folks! In the last part of this series (see link above) we deployed both the MSSQL and MySQL resource providers to our Azure Stack POC environment. Now we’re going to go through the process for offering the App Service as PaaS, this isn’t too involved and should make for a fairly short guide. So without further ado…

Here’s a quick breakdown of what we’ll be covering:

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Part 2: Deploy MSSQL and MySQL as PaaS on Azure Stack

Previous Post in Series:  Part 1: Deploy Azure Stack Single Node POC

19/07/2017:  UPDATED for the Azure Stack Dev Kit

Welcome back folks. In the last guide we deployed a single node Azure Stack POC and uploaded a Server 2016 Image to the gallery. In part 2 we’re going to deploy both the MSSQL and MySQL resource providers. Microsoft have done a great job of making this a fairly straightforward endeavour so I don’t expect this to be too meaty a post Smile

Here’s a high level list of what we’ll be going over:

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