Azure Disk Encryption is available for Windows VMs

Just in time before the weekend Microsoft announced the general availability of Azure Disk Encryption for Windows VMs in all Azure regions that are public available. -> https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/azuresecurity/2016/05/20/azure-disk-encryption-for-windows-virtual-machines-reaches-general-availability/ This is a huge milestone for keeping your data secure. All you need is an Azure Key Read more [...]

Review VCNRW sessions 2016

On April 20th I had the honor to speak at the first VCNRW sessions about my favorite topic Azure Stack. The one day conference was an awesome event with a set of top international speakers. Thanks to Helge Klein and Timm Brochhaus for such a great event. If you have missed to be on-site at VCNRW sessions, you are lucky! Because the sessions were recorded and are available on Channel 9. -> Read more [...]

Microsoft Azure Stack Technical Preview – incremental release published

One of the pain points with the first Microsoft Azure Stack TP were the long running operations for IaaS regarding VM deployment, deletion, start and stop. Microsoft has released an incremental update yesterday to fix these issues and some more. Faster VM deployment times Better performance in VM-related actions such as stop, start, delete Incremental stability and reliability improvements Read more [...]

Speaking at VCNRW 2016 and CDC Germany

I wanted to highlight two events driven by the community I will be speaking at. The first stop is at the VCNRW 2016 on 20th April in Cologne. My session is about “Microsoft Azure Stack - Azure for your datacenter”. Last week there were 10 seats left. Maybe since today the VCNRW 2016 is sold out! -> https://vcnrw.de/vcnrw-sessions-2016/ The second stop is at the Cloud and Datacenter Read more [...]

Azure Stack and Azure Consistency

One of the interesting things of Azure Stack beside the underlying hardware infrastructure is the consistency with Azure. But interesting is the wrong wording for this it is the key concept and one of the reasons why Azure Stack exists. True consistency between the public cloud offer and the private cloud offer. It is an unique offer right now on the market. Let us have a look on some of the good Read more [...]

Microsoft Azure Stack – Deploying your own images as a tenant

As a tenant you may want to deploy your own images instead of using the images provided by the cloud service provider. All you need to achieve your objective in Azure Stack is a sysprepped Windows Server or Linux image, an ARM template and a PowerShell script. The first step is to prepare the ARM template. I am using two files for the ARM template the general template file and the parameter template Read more [...]

Moving your OMS / Azure Log Analytics workspace to a different resource group

It has taken some time, but since several weeks OMS / Azure Log Analytics is integrated into Azure Resource Manager and with this comes the capability to move your workspace between different resource groups. Open the Azure portal (https://portal.azure.com) and go to your OMS workspace. Just click on the pen behind the resource group name and a new blade opens. Choose the new resource group and Read more [...]

Microsoft Azure Stack TP – Tweaking the SQL RP Deployment

And again just a longer post for a deployment tweak. When you are deploying the SQL Resource Provider on your Azure Stack installation you have to consider some requirements and stumbling blocks. First point is an Windows Server 2012 R2 image with .NET Framework 3.5 enabled, that is needed for the deployment. -> https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/azure-stack-add-image-pir/#create-an-image-of-windowsserver2012r2-including-net-35 The Read more [...]

Microsoft Azure Stack TP – MySQL RP Deployment Publish-GalleryPackages.ps1 fails

Hey everyone! Just a short post for a short tweak. When you are deploying the MySQL Resource Provider on your Azure Stack installation and you are using the service administrator account with an additional subscription, then the processing of the Publish-GalleryPackages.ps1 fails with the following error. Add-AzureRMGalleryItem : Cannot convert 'System.Object[]' to the type 'System.Guid' required Read more [...]

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.2 on Microsoft Azure Stack Technical Preview

Inspired by the blog post of my MVP buddy Ben Gelens on how to CentOS to Azure Stack and the partnership of Microsoft with Red Hat, I decided to write this blog post about RHEL 7.2 on Azure Stack. -> https://azurestack.eu/2016/02/adding-centos-7-to-azure-stack-tp1/ -> https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/campaigns/redhat/ -> https://www.redhat.com/en/about/press-releases/microsoft-and-red-hat-deliver-new-standard-enterprise-cloud-experiences First Read more [...]