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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Fix RDP Access Using VM Agent Access Extension on Azure VM

 

I’ve accidentally disable Remote Desktop on a virtual machine and now was unable to access VM via RDP. In order for me to RDP, we can fix the rdp access by using VM Agent Access Extension.To do so, open Windows Azure Powershell

Get-AzureVM

Note:- Identify VM and Services name

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$labvm1 = get-azurevm –name lab-pwin10 –servicename lab-pwin10

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To identify if the virtual machine has installed with VM Agent Extension, type

$labvm1.vm.ProvisionGuestAgent

The result should be “true” or you can view from dashboard

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Set-AzureVMAccessExtension –vm $labvm1 | Update-AzureVM

The command ensure that RDP access is enabled and that the VM has a firewall rules that permit RDP access.

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Finally restart virtual machine and that should do the trick and you will able to RDP into the VM

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Coming Soon Free Veeam Endpoint Backup

 

Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE is Veeam's new backup solution for Windows-based computers (desktops & laptops) running Windows 7 and higher as well as Windows Server 2008 and higher. It is a standalone product and is not part of Veeam Backup & Replication nor the Veeam Availability Suite.

Your can find more info here http://www.veeam.com/blog/announcing-veeam-endpoint-backup-free.html or pre-register for beta here http://go.veeam.com/endpoint

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Microsoft P2V Tools– Microsoft Virtual Machine Convertor 3.0

 

In our previous post, we have talked about P2V tools and with VMM 2012 R2 removed the P2V features, we all in the pain especially for those people who always help customer to perform physical machine conversion.

Now worry less as Microsoft has just released a version of Microsoft Virtual Machine Convertor 3.0.

Quick Summary:-

  • Convert virtual machine and disk from Vmware Host to Hyper-V
  • Convert virtual machine and disk from Vmware Host to Microsoft Azure
  • Perform P2V – Physical to Virtual Machine Conversion

The supported guest operating system are:-

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1
  • Windows Server 2012
  • Windows Server 2012 R2

Linux based guest operating system

Supported Vmware version:-

  • VMware vSphere 5.5,
  • VMware vSphere 5.1, and
  • VMware vSphere 4.1

Are you interested? , please download from here.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Boot Windows 10 Technical Preview Using Virtual Disk

Yesterday we check out on how Windows 10 Technical Preview using Windows 8.1 Client Hyper-V. Everything was smooth and we tested our common use application in the virtual machine. So far so good during our testing. Next step is replace our current laptop with this new operating system. To avoid replace our existing operating system, we are going to boot Windows 10 Technical Preview by using concept called “Boot from VHD”.

Step 1

  • Sysprep existing virtual disk that we have created yesterday.

Step 2

  • Attach new VHD using Computer Management | Disk Management | Attach VHD

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New virtual disk is using Drive G

Step 3

  • Open Command Prompt with Administrator right
  • Type “bcdboot G:\Windows”

Note:- Change your drive letter according to the one that has detected by your system

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  • Type “ bcdedit /set {default} Description Windows 10 Client”

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Finally, reboot your laptop and now you have a running “Windows 10 Technical Preview”. Do your test. if you unsatisfied with Windows 10 Technical Preview then you can revert back to your previous Windows 8.1 operating system.

Good luck on your testing….

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Test Windows 10 Technical Preview Using Windows 8.1 Client Hyper-V

 

Microsoft has just released Windows Technical Preview download bit. Well, do bear in mind that it is still preview version and tend to have some bug. Without format existing Windows, you can leverage on Windows 8.1 Client Hyper-V to create a virtual machine and test the product.

If you’re interest to test Windows 10 Technical Preview, just go to download the bits from Windows Insider Program (click here).

Here is some screenshot during our test.

Start Menu

  • Combination of Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 start menu.
  • Search is back and part of start menu,
  • Power option (shutdown, restart, log off) is just next to user account.
  • Pin to start & taskbar is still there and will appear on the right side of start menu

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Multiple Desktop View (similar like Linux desktop)

Next cool features is we can create multiple task view and run different application on it

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Well, that all for our short walkthrough on the product. Do take note that this bits will expire on 15 April 2015. So you got plenty time to play around with this product.

Check it out and let us know how do you like the next version of “Windows 10”. Now we need to put our pen down and continue playing next features such as “Snap Assist, ALT+ Tab, etc. Enjoy your testing.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Book :- Implementing security for your Hyper-V and other services on Windows Server 2012 R2

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I'd like to introduce and highly recommend one of the best books which was just released to the market on the topic of security on Windows Server 2012 R2. This book will:

  • Provide beginner to advanced level content on the topic of security
  • Include many step-by-step hands-on labs and exercises
  • Include guides on how to configure commonly-used security services such as Network Access Protection, Network Policy Services, Dynamic Access Control, and many more.
  • Include also contents on how to configure security for Hyper-V
  • Fit also the need of those managing Windows Server 2008 (R2) environments

This book is a must-read if you care about the security of your Hyper-V and virtualization environment. This book is great for those who are tired of searching for good contents and would like to read something which is so right to the point. You can have more information about this book from here: www.windowsserversecurity.com

You can also order it directly from here  and get 50% discount till the end of October .

Friday, September 26, 2014

Slide:-Extending On-Premise Infrastructure to Cloud

 

In this session, we have talked about different scenario to use Azure Storage, Network, Compute and Disaster Recovery.

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Slide : Managing and Automating Hybrid Cloud Infrastructure

 

During Cloud and Enterprise Workshop at Microsoft Malaysia office, I have talked about introduction of Hybrid Cloud, managing private cloud and public cloud using System Center Suite, Hybrid Cloud Storage using Storsimple and Azure Site Recovery.

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