This is a hot topic after we started to work in a Data Centre migration project for a client where we chose to do a Lift-and-Shift approach to migrate their on premise physical / virtual servers to Azure.   Their key ask was to have their existing Windows 2003 servers… Continue Reading Step by Step Guide to Prepare a Windows Server 2003 R2 Custom VHD for Azure

This is a step by step guide on how to use Disk2VHD tool (downloaded from internet) to perform a Physical to Cloud or Virtual to Cloud migration.  We used this mechanism to migrate the eCommerce servers from their on premise Data Center to Azure and completed the migration of 40+… Continue Reading Custom VHD Creation using Disk2VHD tool for P2C migration to Microsoft Azure

Overview Script will help you to restore a virtual machine from the existing blob snapshots. Although some familiarity with the Azure Portal would be beneficial, however, for the benefit of everyone, a step by step guide in this document is provided. Script workflow: Script executes Reads the input file which… Continue Reading Restore Virtual Machine from Blob Snapshot in Azure (Resource Manager)

Often you might receive a request to Delete multiple VMs from Azure. its little cumbersome to delete VM and its components from portal. Automation minimize the time and avoid human errors. This could cover the below scenarios: Delete VM, its associated NICs and disks. The following guide assumes that the… Continue Reading Azure VM deletion using the PowerShell script

We have had some tough time backing up virtual machines based out of customized VHD and running OS prior to Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, The reason being, Azure Virtual Machine Guest agent does is not supported in any of these OS, i.e. Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows XP, etc.… Continue Reading Azure ARM Blob Snapshot – Azure Automation

Automation | VM Tags Creation Overview Tagcreation.ps1 is a PowerShell script to create tags for all VMs provided in the input csv, Azure tag is an important feature that helps you to identify the deviation and make them standard. Also you can make use of tags in the Azure automation… Continue Reading Assign Tags for virtual machines provided in an input file

Automation | VM Disk Attachment Overview Disk_attach.ps1 is a PowerShell script to attach data disks for all VMs provided in the input csv. The following guide assumes that the user has basic knowledge of using Windows and PowerShell. Although some familiarity with the Azure Portal would be beneficial, it is… Continue Reading Attach Data disks for all VMs provided in the input file

This script helps to expand an Azure VM OS disk size.   We normally can do this from the Azure Portal after we shut down the VM.  However, some of the VMs running custom VHD based out of Windows Server 2003,  we are not able to find the option to… Continue Reading PowerShell script to expand an Azure VM OS disk size

A tricky task with creating an Azure ARM Virtual machine specially from an existing VHD.   We had immense trouble getting this right for a project, until we managed to find the right script to be used for the purpose. There are 2 scenarios in which you will create a… Continue Reading Create a VM from existing VHD file

A script we have developed for creation of the tags for azure VM.   We use an input file to update the tags and as a test, I had done it with upto 7 tags, however, you can have a maximum of 15 tags assigned to the resources in Azure. This… Continue Reading PowerShell to create and assign Tags to Azure ARM Virtual Machines

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