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6 Things I’ve Learned about Azure Storage

Here is a list of 6 things to know about Azure storage services from the Rickatron.

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PowerShell your way to upgrading storage accounts

In this blog post, Rickatron shows a simple PowerShell script that will upgrade storage accounts to V2.

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The case of Low Disk Space caused by Goto Meeting – #MVPHour

Hey Checkyourlogs Fans, Usually, I would post about more technical topics, but this one is annoying me. I am an avid Goto Meeting User and typically record many my meetings for knowledge transfer and skills sharing with my clients and colleagues. What happens is every 3 months or so my C: fills up with Goto Meeting temp files. Where they are located is here: c:\users\<Profile>\Documents\Original Inside we have all the Goto Meeting temp recording files. If these recordings have been completed these are just dead files left behind that never get cleaned up. Here is the single line of...

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The Case of Partitioned Networks after Networking Changes in #AzureStackHCI

Hey Checkyourlogs Fans, First off if you haven’t had a chance make sure you come and join us in our Azure Stack HCI (Storage Spaces Direct) Community at http://slack.storagespacesdirect.com . There are currently almost 1000 members on the group, and we have the best support in the world there for Azure Stack HCI. I had an issue that I had seen before, and instead of banging my head against the wall, I thought I would reach out and ask my friends. Within a matter of minutes, I had multiple replies from the community. Anyways, to my problem à Here...

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The Case of the Other (Unplanned) Shutdown in #AzureStackHCI

Hey Checkyourlogs Fans, Today, I was working with a customer, and I hit a known bug in Windows Server 2019 that shows servers as not being cleanly shut down when they are: I was doing some routine maintenance on an Azure Stack HCI Cluster Node and hit this today. Usually, when I see this, it means that the server has had some issue. Now, if it is a bugcheck, it would generally show us more details here, but none the less this is not looking good. There is information online here: https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/windowsserver/en-US/c543eed6-f647-4563-85ce-8e72d1b36a85/shutdown-event-tracker-keeps-appearing-after-installing-kb4490481-and-an-unexpected-shutdown?forum=ws2019 However, the suggestion is to modify this...

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Critical Patch Tuesday for 2-Node #AzureStackHCI Customers

Hey Checkyourlogs Fans, It is that time of the month again for patching our Production Clusters. This time we have a critical fix that has been added for a known 2-Node Azure Stack HCI reboot bug. It had been added in a separate August 2019 update and is now included in the general September Cumulative Update. We highly recommend getting this done as that Reboot Issue was highly problematic, especially when taking down my production sites. From the product group on our slack.storagepsacesdirect.com channel, this has been confirmed to have been fixed. Thank you, Elden, for making this information...

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Creating Azure Advisor Alerts? Let’s Do It!

In this post, Rickatron turns on an additional Azure Advisor service – alerts. See how they are set up.

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The Case of Expanding a Full – Azure Stack HCI Nested Resilient Volume – #AzureStackHCI #S2D

Hey Checkyourlogs Fans, Today, I had a call from a customer that had a full volume on one of their AzureStack HCI 2-Node Clusters. They have a few volumes created CSV01,02,03, and they are all set up to use Nested Relisiency. I found that the documentation out there didn’t have a perfect example of how to do this for this scenario so here you go. As you can see, CSV03 is down to 1 MB free, and this is causing our problem. With the few steps below, you can see how I expanded this volume using existing pool free...

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Azure Security Center Threat Protection: Visibility for Storage Account Access

Azure Security Center provides additional visibility into many Azure services. In this post, Rickatron takes a look at how to handle Alerts.

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How to: Set network access for storage accounts in Azure

Setting network access (Internet and Azure VNET) for storage accounts is a good idea. In this post, the Rickatron outlines the how-to.

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Microsoft Renews Calls for Password-less Authentication

Microsoft recently released a whitepaper on password-less authentication, and it presents a good overview of Microsoft’s motivations and methodology for more secure and nearly frictionless authentication in modern computing.  The renewed emphasis on eliminating passwords and replacing them with device-dependent, multi-factor authentication technologies resurfaces the fact that passwords aren’t helping eliminate existing and new attack vectors as they remain vulnerable to bad actors and have become an endless source of pain both for IT and end-users.  Microsoft wants to get the word out that it’s working on the hardware and software necessary to enable password-less authentication across its ecosystem...

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Use Azure Storage Metrics to get Answers

Metrics are a great way to have quantification for Azure storage accounts. Rick Vanover tours this capability.

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The Case of Failing Veeam Replicas – The RPC Function Call failed Function Name [InvokeTestConnection]

A quick post for you here tonight. I have been having some issues with some of my Replica jobs failing over the past few weeks with the following error message.

Failed to process task Error: The RPC server is unavailable.
RPC Function call failed. Function Name [InvokerTestConnection]

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Enable Azure Security Center for Storage Accounts

If you saw the post last week about the Azure Blueprints and some others, you will know I’ve been focused a lot on modern Azure administration and security. One of the cornerstone pieces of content that Microsoft produces to aid security efforts in Azure is the Azure Security Best Practices PDF. It is linked in this Docs file that will provide a virtual springboard to many security resources. In many of the resources, a consistent theme is to consider Azure Security Center. I have decided to enable this for my storage accounts and will share here with you the...

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Thinking About Upgrading Azure Storage Account Configuration Options? Read This.

Azure releases new services all the time. Sometimes, individual services have new versions and upgrades. Let’s have Rick walk through an upgrade from v1 to v2 of general purpose storage account.

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Tips to correctly delete Azure resource groups

Be sure when you are deleting a resource group – you are doing the right thing. It’s better to be sure than have unused resource groups in the Azure console.

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Why, How and Where to use Azure Tags

Azure tags can be a construct to organize your resources.

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Using Azure Blueprints: Implementation best practices to put security first

Azure Blueprints can help you implement Azure solutions confidently.

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Creating an Azure Budget: A must for test-dev!

One of the brightest people I know likes to say that “the cloud is not a charity” and that is true. While I will add that many businesses go to the cloud because it is the right platform for their technology needs, the economics have to part of the process of managing this IT footprint

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Restoring your Azure Virtual Machine to an Alternate Location – #MVPHour #AzureBackup

Hey Checkyourlogs Fans, Today, we are going to see how easy it is to clone my LAB Virtual Machine in my Azure Tenant to another VM. I wanted to do this because I have some upcoming presentations and a single Virtual Machine with Nested Hyper-V just wasn’t enough. Step 1 – Open your Azure Portal and Enable Backups     (I’ve had mine running for a while so here is what the source looks like.) Step 2 – Click Restore VM Step 3 – Choose your Recovery Point Step 4 – Choose to restore to an Alternate VM – In my...

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Azure Mobile App – Should you use it?

In a previous post when I highlighted the Azure Advisor, a message that came up on login. The message for Azure Advisor was actually only one of the things that caught my eye on login. The other was an invitation (?) or note to try the Azure mobile app.

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What is Azure Blob Soft Delete and Should I use it?

In my last post about using the Azure Advisor for a review of services and their configuration used in Azure, I immediately went to address the high impact (or red) recommendations. Naturally, I then was to look at the medium recommendations and one of them caught my eye for one of my storage accounts: “Enable Soft Delete to protect blob data.” This had me thinking, what is soft delete? How and where should it be used. Here is the medium impact recommendation:

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Is Azure Advisor Advice Worthwhile? Let’s see…

Today when logging in, I had a message about trying Azure Advisor recommendations. Normally, I dismiss login messages, but one thing caught my eye: free. Azure Advisor is a free set of recommendations the provide personalized, best practice information.

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Azure File Share Remote Connection Checklist

Today I had a situation where I wanted to connect my Azure file share to my Windows PC. This is a very important step in putting a practical use case around the Azure file share from outside of the Azure cloud. I had a few questions and required steps to get there, so I decided to share them with some consideration so you can easily do this when the time comes for you.

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How to Convert Windows SSL certificate PFX Format to PEM Format #WINDOWSSERVER #MVPHOUR @Digicert

Today, I am going to show you how to convert Windows SSL certificate PFX format to PEM format via free DigiCert GUI too

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