Clean up unused Azure Resources with PowerShell

Today when I opened my Azure portal I had a little surprise. The monthly MSDN subscription credit was much lower as I expected it to be. Did I eventually forget to turn off a virtual machine? Curious to find out where the cost had come from, I drilled into the subscription details and noticed that the higher costs had come from the Premium storage that I had used recently to deploy a virtual machine using Read More …

Creating a Virtual Network using Azure Resource Manager – Part 2

In the previous article (Part1) I walked through the steps of creating a Virtual Network using Azure Resource Manager and Visual Studio. In this article, we’ll look at using the Azure PowerShell cmdlets the some options for using parameters. For this walkthrough you need the following: An Azure Subscription that allows you to deploy resources Azure PowerShell 1.0 or great, download and installation details can be found here   First login to Azure using the Read More …

Creating a Virtual Network using Azure Resource Manager – Part 1

A few weeks ago I wondered why in the Azure Portal some of the resources where flagged as “classic”. The article Understanding Resource Manager deployment and classic deployment provided the answer I was looking for and was the start of an interesting journey into Azure Resource Manager. If you haven’t heard of Azure Resource Manager yet, I highly recommend reading the Azure Resource Manager overview or watch the Introduction to Azure Resource Manager video available Read More …

A little helper script for the Azure Set-AzureRmVMSourceImage cmdlet

To keep a long story short, today i started looking into Azure PowerShell and Azure Resource Manager and quickly found out that if I wanted to make use of ARM, i have to change some scripts I have used so far to deploy my Azure VMs. More on that in a later post. One cmdlet that I find paticularely annoying to use is Set-AzureRmVMSourceImage as it has a couple of mandatory parameters and to find Read More …

Installing Microsoft Azure AD Connect

Last week Microsoft anounced GA for Azure AD Connect. To get a better understanding of how this all works, I installed it in my Cloud based lab that is hosted in Azure. I was supposed to demonstrate this to a colleague at work this week, but simply couldn’t find time for it, so here’s a short description on how to get started for him and for anyone else. First I recommend to read through the Read More …

How to troubleshoot a Windows-based Azure Virtual Machine

When a physical device running Windows has problems, you have all sorts of possibilities to fix it, when virtual machine hosted within your on-premise virtualization infrastructure runs into issues, you still have all options to fix it. But the first time when a virtual machine hosted in Azure gets into trouble you might feel a little bit lost. But there’s hope. When I ran into an issue myself recently I found the following article “Troubleshoot Read More …

PowerShell – How to qukckly access the Azure Management Portal

Whenever I worked with Azure, first thing i usualy did was fire a web search to get the url for the Azure Management portal. I know I could bookmark it……..it’s just that I already have way too many bookmarks. But today I discovered a nice cmdlet in PowerShell called Show-AzurePortal which gets you automatically to the right place.

Note: You must install the Azure PowerShell cmdlets. http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windowsazure/jj156055.aspx