We’ve launched a new Microsoft Azure Management Portal in Preview!

Dear All,

Yesterday in Build we announced the new Microsoft Azure management portal in preview, we still maintain the current portal of course.

The new portal can be accessed via http://portal.azure.com

The old portal is still can be accessed via http://manage.windowsazure.com

For more details about the new portal , check this post from the product team.

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In case of a proxy while uploading your VHD to Windows Azure using Powershell

Sometimes when you are trying to do certain process on Windows Azure via Powershell you receive an ambiguous error with no specific error message, make sure that you don’t have a proxy in the environment blocking your communication to Windows Azure, If you do have one, then run the below command and then retry what you were doing before, it should work.

this is basically a .net code that is taking your credentials and passing it on to the proxy while executing your commands.

[System.Net.WebRequest]::DefaultWebProxy.Credentials = [System.Net.CredentialCache]::DefaultCredentials

Check out the new VM readiness Assessment tool on Windows Azure

http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/downloads/vm-readiness-assessment/

this tool will help you to assess the migration from your environment to Windows Azure and will give the guide on what to do afterwards.

The tool focuses on the assessment for migration for the following workloads:

1. Active Directory

2. SharePoint

3. SQL Server

How to allow Ping functionality to Windows Azure machines?

The Ping functionality on Windows Azure VM is blocked by default for security reasons, to be to enable them you can do that from the Windows firewall advanced features on each VM or you can login on the virtual machine and open the command prompt as an administrator and execute this command.

netsh advfirewall firewall add rule name=”ICMP Allow incoming V4 echo request” protocol=icmpv4:8,any dir=in action=allow

How to Copy your VMs from one Region to another Region on Windows Azure?

A lot of customers start by creating their Virtual machines on Windows Azure on any Datacenter they encounter without caring about the latency or the performance and later on they discover that this Datacenter doesn’t provide them with the optimum performance they are looking for so they start looking for a way to move their VMs from one storage account on the source DC to the other storage account on the desired closer DC to their geography and this is a pretty simple process using AzCopy

let’s imagine that you have a virtual machines in this Storage account in West Europe DC and that you want to copy it to another Storage account in North Europe DC which is better for most of the customers located in MEA – here is how you do this:

AzCopy https://.blob.core.windows.net// https://.blob.core.windows.net//  /sourcekey: /destkey: /S

where you change with the name of the source storage account.

and <sourcecontainer> with the name of the container you need to move.

and to make it easy , you open windows Azure management portal and you navigate to the folder you want to move and then you copy its URL and replace  this “https://<sourceaccount&gt;.blob.core.windows.net/<sourcecontainer>/ ” with it, and you do the same for the destination URL and you replace the source Key with the any of preshared 512 encryption key you have protecting your storage account and you do the same for the destination key.

Please drop a comment if you can’t do it, also check the blog post attached in this post for more details.

New Feature: Creating Alerts on Windows Azure

Windows Azure product team has released couple of days ago a new feature on Windows Azure to create alerts to warn the service administrator and co-administrators and/or any other email alias you provide with any anomaly in certain monitored metrics on your Windows azure following services:

  • Website
  • Virtual Machine
  • Mobile Service
  • Cloud Service

a lot of customers were waiting for such feature to alert them when the CPU % exceeds certain threshold and a lot more.