Virtual Machines

Create a New VM From An Existing Managed Disk

September 11, 2017 // 0 Comments

In previous posts I have shown how to restore the disks of a VM to a storage account and how to create managed disks from those VHD blobs. In this post, I will show how to create a new VM from a managed disk. When these 3 steps are done together, this is an easy way to restore an Azure virtual [...]

Restore an Azure Virtual Machine’s Hard Disks

September 7, 2017 // 2 Comments

In this post, I’ll show you how to restore just the disks of an Azure virtual machine. This is useful if you want to restore a virtual machine to an availability set, or restore it as a different series/size. Restoring to Availability Sets For some reason that I do not know, we cannot restore a [...]

Azure Low Cost “Burstable” CPU Virtual Machines

September 5, 2017 // 1 Comment

Microsoft has released pricing for a new kind of virtual machine in Azure, called the B-Series. The key traits of this VM type are: It is 1/4 the price of a similar A_v2-Series machine. The CPU runs at a low rate, and “bursts” on demand for higher capacity jobs. I’d love to have more [...]

Azure VM Sizes Missing When Resizing

September 1, 2017 // 1 Comment

When you are resizing a running virtual machine, you might find that many sizes are not available. There is a workaround – shut the VM down! Here’s how I resized the Azure virtual machine that hosts this site, which started the day as an A2_v2 virtual machine. First, I powered down the VM in [...]

StorSimple–The Answer I Thought I’d Never Give

May 19, 2017 // 13 Comments

Lately I’ve found myself recommending StorSimple for customers on a frequent basis. That’s a complete reversal since February 28th, and I’ll explain why. StorSimple Microsoft acquired StorSimple, a physical appliance that is made in Mexico by a subsidiary of Seagate called Xyratex, several [...]
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