Moving Azure VM’s with managed disks to new subscription

One of the things that I’ve come up against recently is a limitation with managed disks. Today it was specifically when it comes to moving virtual machines that use them into¬†a new subscription. In short, it’s not doable – the currently documented limitations of managed disks state that this isn’t possible. However there is a workaround – but it does take a little bit of legwork to do. I’ll run you through the process I followed here though.
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Running Azure Automation runbooks from IFTTT tasks

I recently had an idea (ok lets call it ‘collaboratively came up with while talking to one of the grads in our office) to look at ways that I could trigger runbooks in my Azure Automation account from my phone. The specific issue we were looking to solve in this case was “how can I easily shut down all the VMs in my subscription from my phone if I forget to turn them off”. Now I already have a runbook that was scheduled to shut down the VMs every night at 11pm as a ‘just in case’ but surely there was a better way if I remembered before than to rely on that automation schedule. After a little bit of thought, the idea of create a “do button” from IFTTT (stands for “if this then that”, great little automation site that I recommend you check out if you haven’t used it already) seemed to be the perfect solution for me. So here’s a run through of the solution from start to end. Continue reading “Running Azure Automation runbooks from IFTTT tasks”

Cross server DSC dependency options with Azure Resource Manager templates

One of the topics I have been discussing a little lately around the use of the DSC extension for Azure virtual machines is how to create dependencies for DSC configurations that work between servers.If you’re not familiar with how to use the DSC extension in Azure ARM templates have a read of my previous blog post on the topic. Continue reading “Cross server DSC dependency options with Azure Resource Manager templates”

Using DSC to download from Azure file storage to an Azure VM

I’ve been exploring a lot PowerShell Desired State Configuration lately, and one of the things I’ve come up against was the need to be able to move files from a file share in an Azure storage account, to the local file system of a VM (usually to install software). Now since I’ve been trying to achieve as much as possible using DSC I decided to explore whether or not I could do this through DSC – and the news was good. Continue reading “Using DSC to download from Azure file storage to an Azure VM”

Using Windows Azure Automation Preview to manage Azure VMs

One of the great new features of Microsoft Azure that is currently in preview is the new Automation function. If you haven’t heard about it, the short version of it is that it lets you run PowerShell based workflow runbooks from the Azure datacenters. This presents a bunch of really neat ideas for how we can manage our cloud assets as well as looking at things like scheduling scripts for maintenance or things like that. If you want to know more about the preview check out the info at http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/services/automation/. Continue reading “Using Windows Azure Automation Preview to manage Azure VMs”