Tag Archives: Virtual Machines


Personal Cloud Storage Migration

Personal Cloud Storage Migration

This post covers how I’ve migrated from Dropbox to Microsoft’s OneDrive without being bothered with a slow re-upload process. This was achieved by offloading the process to a Azure VM costing roughly $3 but saving me days of re-upload time.

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Azure Search – Indexing documents using Tika

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This post will offer some insights on how to index popular document formats like Word, PDF and JPG’s when using the Azure Search offering. Azure Search is currently in preview and therefore evolving rapidly. However, as for now, indexing documents isn’t a supported. Hence my search for alternative ways of extracting document data and metadata.

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Azure Portal Monitoring basics

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Within this post, I will focus on the basics of Availability and Performance monitoring within the Azure preview portal. This includes the creation of custom dashboards, adding and altering charts, enabling diagnostics and creating alerts.

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Azure VM Reset admin account

JS Code Coverage Part 2

Recently discovered the option to reset the username and password for the local administrator account for Azure VMs. I found this in Michael Washam’s, Automating Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Services, which is a pretty interesting book, however more on that later.

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Automatically remove Azure RDP Endpoints

JS Code Coverage Part 2

With great power comes great responsibility, which is definitely true when it comes to RDP access.

I’m not referring to the fact that enabling RDP also enables the possibility for unknown individuals to access the system. Configuring ACL’s on your Endpoints, Login/password Policies, patching and monitoring should keep everything pretty secure. I’m talking about point-and-click administration.

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Azure Automation deallocate Azure VM’s

Azure Automation deallocate Azure VM’s

Quite a while ago, I created a simple solution when it comes to deallocating VM’s in Azure for one simple reason: I basically kept forgetting to properly deallocate resources, resulting in some surprises when reviewing the bill (The post can be found here).

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PowerShell – Desired State Configuration

PowerShell - Desired State Configuration

Probably one of the most interesting features included within PowerShell 4 is the option to create configuration scripts also known as DSC. Yes, this is something new – unless you are familiar with Chef and Puppet. And no, this isn’t the same as executing a large provisioning script.

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