Virtual Machines

Official Documentation

Service Description

Virtual Machines introduce the IaaS element to Microsoft Azure. They allow the operation of virtual machines on Microsoft Azure that were created by the user or provided by Microsoft. These are charged by the minute. Provisioning a virtual machine requires only the specification of a VHD (standard VHDs are used here) for the booting process, the VM size, and a few configuration parameters (e.g., administrator account, DNS name) depending on the selected VHD.

Documentation for Virtual Machines is split into several sections:

Getting Started

  1. 2/24/2017, Mva
    This course, Managing Infrastructure with Microsoft Azure - Getting Started, equips the new Azure administrator with the skills needed to be successful deploying...
  2. 3/13/2017, Mva
    Most Azure administrators go through a "gotcha" period in which they realize they made mistakes only after deployment. This course, Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines - Getting...
  3. 9/22/2016, Video, 0:03:58
    Learn how to create a Windows Server Virtual Machine and manage it with Remote Desktop.
  4. 9/30/2016, Mva
    Want to know more about Microsoft Azure? Join MVP Corey Hynes as he explores Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines, in this installment in a series of courses designed to teach you...
  5. 9/28/2016, Video, 1:08:59
    The benefits of Cloud to IT organizations is undeniable, yet many of you are in early stages of plotting out your journey to the Cloud. Microsoft Azure IaaS is a collection of...
  6. 11/28/2017, Video, 0:56:03
    For many applications, the easiest path to the cloud is to move them to an Azure virtual machine. Azure Virtual Machines offers a fully customizable cloud environment that can...
  7. 10/2/2016, Video, 1:13:11
    Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines launched support under Azure Resource Manager (ARM) last June. Over this time Microsoft, partners and community members have published...



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5/24/2017 Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions
3/30/2017 Pluralsight: Microsoft Azure IaaS Monitoring and Management - Getting Started
3/13/2017 Pluralsight: Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines - Getting Started
2/24/2017 Pluralsight: Managing Infrastructure with Microsoft Azure - Getting Started
9/30/2016 Microsoft Azure for IT Pros Content Series: Introduction to Microsoft Azure
9/30/2016 Microsoft Azure for IT Pros Content Series: Virtual Machines
6/23/2016 Introduction to Microservices
3/31/2016 Common Tasks for Linux on Azure
12/14/2015 Modernize Your Datacenter
12/10/2015 Deploy Virtual Machines in the Cloud: Part 2

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Tools

Tool Description
Enable/Disable Accelerated Networking on Azure VM's Microsoft Azure has the option to enable Accelerated Networking on VM's. This script can be used to enable/disable this feature on your Azure VM's.
FixStopAzureV2VM This is a modified version of StopAzureV2Vm. It fixes the failure of the original script to correctly report the stop or fail status.Original description:This Graphical PowerShell runbook connects to Azure using an Automation Run As account and stops all V2 VMs in an Azure su
Week Day Start Azure V2 VM This is a modified version of StartAzureV2Vm that only starts machines on certain days, set in the parameters. As with the original, you can choose to start an individual VM, all VMs in a resource group or all VMs in a subscription. It also fixes the failure of the original scr
Asynchronously destory/nuke all Azure RM resources in an Azure Subscription This script lets you destory/nuke all Azure RM resources in an Azure Subscription asynchronously. You can only run this script remotely from your local machine or elsewhere, but not from within the Azure Subscription which you want to nuke.You need to be already logged into you
Asynchronously Stops all or specific Azure RM VMs in an Azure Subscription This Runbook asynchronously Stops either all Azure RM VMs in an Azure Subscription, or all Azure RM VMs in one or more specified Resource Groups, or one or more VMs in a specific Resource Group, or any number of Random VMs in a Subscription. The choice around which VMs to stop
Asynchronously Starts all or specific Azure RM VMs in an Azure Subscription This Runbook asynchronously Starts either all Azure RM VMs in an Azure Subscription, or all Azure RM VMs in one or more specified Resource Groups, or one or more VMs in a specific Resource Group, or any number of Random VMs in a Subscription. The choice around which VMs to star
Scale down any Azure RM VM from Current Size to New Size within same Family This Runbook lets you Scale down any Azure RM VM from its current Size to a new size that you specify. By default, the new size to scale is Immediately before the current size in the Size Table published by Microsoft, which means the     SizeStep parameter with value -1. However
Scale Up any Azure RM VM from Current Size to New Size within same Family This Runbook lets you Scale Up any Azure RM VM from its current Size to a new size that you specify. By default, the new size to scale is Immediately after the current size in the Size Table published by Microsoft, which means the SizeStep parameter with value 1. However, if yo
Increase the Data Disk Size for an Azure RM VM This Runbook lets you Increase the Data Disk size for a VM. Data Disk Size reduction is not supported by Azure. It supports Data Disk resizing for both Managed and Unmanaged disks. It lets you increase the size only for one Data Disk at a time, and not for all Data Sisks atta
Increase OS Disk Size for an Azure RM VM (Managed and Unmanaged) This Runbook lets you Increase the OS Disk size for a VM. OS Disk Size reduction is not supported by Azure. It supports OS Disk resizing for both Managed and Unmanaged disks as the approach of changing disk sizes for Managed Disks is significantly different from that for Unmana
Remote PowerShell Scripts/Commands Execution on Azure RM VMs This Runbook sets up and remotely executes Inline Powershell scripts on one/more/all Azure ARM virtual machines in your Azure Subscription. It enables you to traverse through all resource groups and corresponding VMs in your Azure Subscription, check the current state of VMs (a
Stop-Start-AzureVM This PowerShell Workflow runbook connects to Azure using an Automation Credential and Starts/Stops a VM/a list of VMs/All VMs in a Subscription in-parallel.
Parallel Delete Azure RM Virtual Machine-NIC-Disks Parallel Delete Virtual Machines in AzureThis script will delete an Azure Resource manager Virtual Machine.It will also delete the associated Network Interface Card (NIC).It will also remote both STANDARD and MANAGED Disks.Including both the OS Disk and the DATA Disks
Easy Shutdown/Start for ARM and Classic VMs This script shutdowns/starts VMs (both ASM and ARM) just by given a Subscription name and a VM name.
Deploy a new Virtual Machine using PowerShell This scripts will help to create a new virtual machine using PowerShell.It will save time in creating multiple VM using PowerShell which time some more time usiign management portal.
Delete Azure RM Virtual Machine-NIC-Disks This script will delete an Azure Resource manager Virtual Machine.It will also delete the associated Network Interface Card (NIC).It will also remote both STANDARD and MANAGED Disks.Including both the OS Disk and the DATA Disks.
Install New Relic Infrastructure client DescriptionThis PowerShell automation runbook installs the New Relic Infrastructure client and enables it with a provided key.. The runbook can install the client on a single computer or multiple. All you need to do, is provide a list commaseperated liste with names of the comput
Automatic Packet Capture ACDC (Azure Connectivity Diagnostic Collector) script allows to automatically start packet capture traces (.cap) on Azure VMs and probing sources as soon as a connectivity failure is detected.
Resize AzureRm Virtual Machine There may be times when you have to scale your virtual machines up or down your Virtual Machines and changing the Virtual Machines size is straight forward, you can change the size of a Azure virtual machine by using either the Azure Management Portal or PowerShell commands. Ho
Automate Installation of Azure Resource Manager (ARM) Virtual Machine Extensions Script to automate the installation of VM Extensions on Azure VMs. The "Extension Name" (Type) and "Publisher Name" are passed are parameters, along with optional "SettingString" JSON that can be used to configure Extension properties.
Azure Enterprise Lift and Shift Checklist This Excel file acts as a checklist to accompany the Azure Enterprise Lift and Shift Guidance.The link to the Guidance article is coming soon.The guidance discusses the process enterprise IT staff and decision makers can use to identify and plan the migration of applications and
Azure Resource Manager Virtual Machine Power Management azure-rm-vm-manager.ps1 This script azure-rm-vm-manager.ps1 provides the ability to simultaneously manage Azure Resource Manager IaaS virtual machines power states. Features: Lists all Azure RM IaaS virtual machines and their power states. Start, Stop, Restart all Azure RM IaaS virtual machines.
CloudMonix CloudMonix enhances Microsoft Azure by providing deep monitoring of most of Azure's infrastructure via live dashboards, ability to self-heal from many different production issues, on-demand historical performance and uptime reports, customizable alerts & notifications, sophisticated auto-scaling engine, integration to third party systems, and a lot more.
Virtual Machine Optimization Assessment Tool The free Virtual Machine Optimization Tool automatically inspects SQL Server, Active Directory, and SharePoint deployments and provides a detailed set of prioritized recommendations and step-by-step instructions for improvement. Aimed especially at IT pros, this tool is a companion to the Virtual Machine Readiness Assessment Tool.
Virtual Machine Readiness Assessment Tool The Virtual Machine Readiness Assessment Tool automatically inspects your on-premises environment, whether it is physical or virtualized, and provides you with a check list and detailed report on steps you need to take to move your environment to the cloud.

Videos

Date Title Length
10/18/2018
Backup your data with Microsoft Azure Backup - BRK3060
1:20:54
10/17/2018
Using Azure Confidential Computing for your security regulatory and compliance needs - BRK3295
1:05:28
10/12/2018
Using Azure Confidential Computing for your security regulatory and compliance needs - BRK3295
1:05:28
10/2/2018
Advanced one-click security for Azure virtual machines - THR2292
0:16:09
10/2/2018
No more storage nightmares: An open solution for container persistent storage - THR3134
0:19:29
10/2/2018
Virtual Machine Troubleshooting Tips and Tricks - THR3139
0:24:16
10/2/2018
Lock down access to Azure using identity - BRK3383
1:01:14
10/2/2018
Get insights from all your virtual machines with Azure Monitor - THR2199
0:18:51
10/2/2018
Azure Security Center 101 - THR1068
0:16:18
10/2/2018
Optimizing your workload performance with Azure Managed Disks - BRK3299
1:07:36

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