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Azure VM Image

Azure VM Image Following one of my earlier posts, about Azure Managed Disks, lets see how easy it is to create an Azure VM Image from an Azure VM that uses Managed Disks. The first step it to Sysprep/Generalize the source VM. Otherwise the VM that will be created will not start. Select Generalize and “Shutdown”. After that wait the VM to shut down and go to the Azure Porta, at the VM’s blade and click “Capture”. Now, the “Create Image” blade will open. Enter a name, select a Resource Group and

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Azure Backup Reports

Azure Backup Reports A new feature is in public preview, the Azure Backup Reports. Now we can have the Azure Backup Reports at the OMS Workspace, Event Hub and Power Bi. You can use Power BI to view report dashboard, download reports and create custom reports The configuration has two steps, one to configure the Azure Backup Reports connection with each service and the other is to get the data at each service. First go to a Recovery Services vault and select Backup Reports. Next press the Config

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Azure Log Analytics | CPU Performance Monitor

Azure Log Analytics | CPU Performance Monitor In this article we will create a CPU Performance monitor View for our servers at the Azure Log Analytics (OMS) Portal. At the Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS) portal press the + button to create a new View The View Designer workspace will open. Select the “Line chart & callout” At the Properties blade enter a Name, something like “CPU Performance Monitor”, add the below query and press Apply Type:Perf CounterName="% Processor Time"

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How to disconnect a mailbox & re-assign it to new user in a Hybrid Scenario

How to disconnect a mailbox & re-assign it to new user in a Hybrid Scenario Scenario objectives: We have an Exchange Hybrid setup between on-premises and Exchange Online (Office 365). All users are synced and the mailbox is located at Exchange Online. We need to separate an existing mailbox from its user account and re-connect this mailbox to a new user account. If the mailbox in this scenario was located at the on-premises Exchange it would be an easy process just using the Exchange Managem

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High Level Steps to Create a Syslog Server for Azure OMS (Log Analytics)

High Level Steps to Create a Syslog Server for Azure OMS (Log Analytics)   This post is a gathering of TechNet articles and 3rd party blog posts that my college John Dandelis followed to create a linux Syslog server in order to monitor network devices on Operations Management Suite (OMS). Its not a complete step-by-step guide but it is very useful as a reference.   -Install Ubuntu server VM. Use any Bash Shell to connect to Ubuntu Server. (http://win-bash.sourceforge.net/) To install Bash sh

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Azure Managed Disks | Easy Scale, High Available, Secure

Azure Managed Disks | Easy Scale, High Available, Secure Azure Managed Disks is almost five months old, start using it, its simple, easy to scale, high available and secure. As Microsoft says, “Let Azure take care of your disks”. The idea is simple, choose the performance tier and the size you want. After that you are free to change your mind! You can change the performance tier (yes, switch between SSD & HDD) and the size just with click. Lets get it started. First of all we need to enable

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Azure Web Farm using IIS & Azure File storage

Azure Web Farm using IIS & Azure File storage This post is my view of a complete guide, from A to Z, including both the Windows Server part and the Azure Portal part on how to build a Web Farm using IIS & Azure File storage. Following this guide you will have a functional two server IIS Web Farm using Azure File storage. To create a Web Server Farm the mail requirement is a high available common storage. I see that when deploying on Azure, a lot of people are using DFSR for common storag

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Athens Azure Bootcamp Presentation

Thank you all for participating at my session today at Athens Azure Bootcamp, about how to Protect your data with a modern backup, archive and disaster recovery solution.     Bad things happen, even to good people. Protect yourself and avoid costly business interruptions by implementing a modern backup, archive and disaster recovery strategy. See how you can securely extend your on-premises backup storage and data archive solutions to the cloud to reduce cost and complexity, while achieving

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Save 40% on Windows Azure VM made easy

Save 40% on Windows Azure VM made easy creating a new Windows Azure VM you will notice a new selection at the Basics step. It is the Hybrid Use Benefit. Using this benefit you can save up to 40% on a Windows Azure VM cost using your own license with software assurance. You just need to have a Windows Server Standard or Datacenter license with Software Assurance, and it is not restricted to any specific licensing program, it is available to all licenses with Software Assurance. At the final step,

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Azure AD | Secure Web Application Publishing

Azure AD | Secure Web Application Publishing Application Publishing Azure Active Directory Application Proxy is a very easy and secure way for web application publishing using the extremely secure Azure AD authentication mechanism. There are a tone of features, like SSO and 2 Factor Authentication. But lets see the basic here. You have a web application that you are using internal to your network, not even https, or you have developed a web application and you want an easy and safe way to publis

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Azure VM Backup directly from VM’s blade

Azure VM Backup directly from VM’s blade By Pantelis Apostolidis | December 28, 2016 0 Comment   Azure VM Backup directly from VM’s blade Azure makes the VMs’ administration simpler every time. Today we will view a very nice new feature, the Backup shortcut at the VM’s blade. Just click on the VM and select Backup All you have to configure is the Backup Vault name and the Backup policy at the next easy step and press Enable Backup at the bottom of the “Enable backup” blade and that’s all!

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Exchange 2013/16 Set Virtual Directories Notes

Exchange 2013/16 Set Virtual Directories Notes By Pantelis Apostolidis | December 13, 2016 0 Comment   You can find all this info at many many blogs allover the internet, I just want to have a note here to have them gathered for ease.   Outlook Anywhare Get-OutlookAnywhere | Select Server,ExternalHostname,Internalhostname   Get-OutlookAnywhere | Set-OutlookAnywhere -ExternalHostname mail.mydomain.com -InternalHostname mail.mydomain.com -ExternalClientsRequireSsl $true -InternalClientsR

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Auto Start/Stop an Azure VM (ARM)

Auto Start/Stop an Azure VM (ARM) For Azure VMs that are not needed to be running 24/7, we can use Azure Automation to schedule automatic Stop (Deallocate) and Start. First ensure to reserve resources if needed, such as the Private and the Public IP. Now lets see how we will Auto Start/Stop an Azure VM (ARM). First create an Automation Account, go to the Azure Portal, expand more services and search for automation. Then click the “Automation Accounts” At the Automation Accounts press “Add” At

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Auto-Shutdown Hyper-V free with UPS

<h1>Auto-Shutdown Hyper-V free with USB UPS</h1> <p>Recently i installed a Hyper-V 2012 R2 server (the free version) but my UPS doesn’t support Windows Core. No problem, we have PowerShell!! after some search on various sites – blogs – etc i end up creating the following script. It checks the battery status every 3 minutes, using WMI and when the battery drops below 50% is sends the shutdown signal. As long as you set the VMs to save on shutdown you are OK!</p> <p>I

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Exchange 2010 | add local domain CA certificate

<p>First we need to create a certificate request</p> <p>Open the Microsoft Exchange Management Console and navigate to Microsoft Exchange -> Server Configuration.</p> <p>On the right panel press the “New Exchange Certificate”</p> <p id="IcnajXr"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1027 " src="http://www.e-apostolidis.gr/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/img_579b27be99f9e.png"alt="" /></p> <p>The “New Exchange Certificate” wizard will

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Calculate Azure VHD actual/billing size

<p>Azure blob storage is billed based to how much data you use. So you can have an 1023 GB disk but if you use only 20 GB you will be billed for 20 GB. But, <img src="https://s.w.org/images/core/emoji/72x72/1f642.png"alt="?" class="wp-smiley" style="height: 1em; max-height: 1em;" /> , if you write more data, lets say 50 GB and then you erase them, the free space will not automatically be released.</p> <p>sandrinodimattia, https://github.com/sandrinodimattia, released an

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Match OnPrem Active Directory users to existing Office365 Users

<p>Lets say you have an Office 365 account and cloud only users with mailboxes and now you decide that you want to sync it and match the Office 365 users with your Active Directory users.</p> <p>I prepared a lab with one DC and I created a trial Office 365 E3 account with custom domain. I created users with the same username to both. At Active Directory I set the UPN to match the Office 365 user name and also added the email address.</p> <p>Next I enabled directory

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Migrating DHCP from Server 2003 to Server 2012 R2

<div class="text geshifilter-text">this is something very common lately and always I follow this post: <a href="http://windowsitpro.com/windows-server-2003-end-support/migrating-dhcp-server-2003-server-2012-r2">http://windowsitpro.com/windows-server-2003-end-support/migrating-dhcp-server-2003-server-2012-r2</a></div> <div class="text geshifilter-text"></div> <div class="geshifilter"> <div class="text geshifilter-text">Netsh<br />DHCP<br /&

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SQL Server Performance Monitor Counters

<div>THE BEST SQL SERVER PERFORMANCE MONITOR COUNTERS TO ANALYZE</div> <div></div> <div>– These are listed OBJECT first, then COUNTER</div> <div>– Memory – Available MBytes</div> <div>– Paging File – % Usage</div> <div>– Physical Disk – Avg. Disk sec/Read</div> <div>– Physical Disk – Avg. Disk sec/Write</div> <div>– Physical Disk – Disk Reads/sec</div> <div>– Physical Disk – Disk Writes/sec</

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Create migration endpoint | (Cutover & Staging Migration)

<p>Open the Office 365 Exchange Administration Console and go to Recipients > Migration > More > Migration endpoints and click on the plus sign to add a new endpoint.</p> <p><a href="http://www.e-apostolidis.gr/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/cme1.png"><imgclass="alignnone size-full wp-image-1002" src="http://www.e-apostolidis.gr/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/cme1.png" alt="cme1" width="867" height="275" srcset="http://www.e-apostolidis.gr/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/c

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Exchange 2013 Add public certificate and enable it

The exchangeserverpro.com site has the below excellent articles, to create the certificate request: to compete the pending request:and to enable it: The post Exchange 2013 Add public certificate and enable it appeared first on Proxima's IT Corner. <a href="http://www.e-apostolidis.gr/microsoft/exchange/exchange-2013-add-public-certificate-enable/"class='bbc_url' rel='nofollow external'>Source</a>

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Classic Azure VM Details

<p>I was looking for a way to have a list with many details about VMs of Azure Classic deployment. Some of the details are VM Name, HostName, Service Name, IP address, Instance Size, Availability Set, Operating System, Disk Name (OS), SourceImageName (OS), MediaLink (OS), HostCaching (OS), Subnet, DataDisk Name, DataDisk HostCaching, DataDisk MediaLink, DataDisk Size.</p> <p>I started with PowerShell ISE and some technet search and after a lot of test I created this script:<

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File Server in-place Domain Migration

File Server in-place Domain Migration When migrating to a new domain a major part is the file server, especially if there are a lot of data and different permissions. Thankfully Microsoft has a very helpful tool called SubInACL. This tool can be used to read and update security permissions and is much helpful for file server in-place domain migration. The tool can be downloaded here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=23510 But after searching a lot there is not a specific

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AzureRm | Create External Load Balancer with two VMs

After my previous post, the internal load balancer with two VMs, this is a scenario using the External Load Balancer. The configuration includes a Load Balancer with a Static Public IP at the frond end and two VMs at the back end. The load balancer has two static routes for RDP, one for each VM and one load balance rule, the TCP port 80, common for web sites and applications. It uses a probe that checks a web page on both hosts to verify if they are active.   Lets start. First we need to insta

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AzureRm | Create Site to Site VPN

<h1><strong>AzureRm | Create Site to Site VPN</strong></h1> <p>This post is part of a general idea, to create an end-to-end high available application infrastructure solution in Azure using internal load balancer with the new AzureRm commands and Azure PowerShell v.1.0 preview.</p> <p>We will create a Gateway, request a Public IP and establish a Site to Site VPN. At the time I am writting this post there is no option to create the VPN ising the Portal, t

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