Pre-seeding Hyper-V Backups in DPM v2

Hi folks, it's me, Heyko and I'm a Premier Field Engineer for Virtualization in Germany. A few days ago a customer asked me if it is possible to pre-seed a Hyper-V VM Backup in Data Protection Manager 2012 R2. First of all a few words about Data Protection Manager. System Center Data Protection Manager or…


Creating a Site to Site VPN Connection in ARM through the new Azure Portal

In the ever changing and improving world of Microsoft Azure, there has officially been a shift to the new Azure portal as the primary tool for interacting with Azure. On December 2, 2015 an official announcement was made that the portal located at portal.azure.comwas officially taken out of “preview” and made generally available (or “GA”)….


I Have a Great Idea – but how do I tell Microsoft?

At Microsoft, we value input from the people that use our products every day. We work hard to make sure that our products are user friendly and will accomplish the tasks that make your job as an IT Professional easier and better. However, there are times when people slogging through the IT trenches day in…


An alternative way to connect PowerShell to Azure using an Azure AD account

Hello folks, its Rick here. A while back I had shared with you a way to connect PowerShell to your Azure Subscription via the certificate method using Get-AzurePublishSettingsFile cmdlet. This method works as long as the subscription and certificates are valid, and it has limitations when more than one person is expected to be able…


Scheduling Start and Stop Times for Azure VMs

Here in PFE, we LOVE our labs. That should be apparent by all the posts we have on the subject. Labs are the best way to dig in and discover how things really work before going into production, or if you are just curious about how something looks or functions. We’ve had several posts on…


Managing Hybrid Identities Across Portals

Greetings! Hilde here once again to bend your ear about hybrid identity. Just between you and me, I can be a bit of a slow learner. Some people can process new information and ideas at the speed of light, as electricity lights up the synapses in their brain. They are able to swing those new…


Working with the VMAgent on Microsoft Azure IaaS VMs

Ahhh, welcome to summer. The cool splashing blue water of the municipal pool. Blue-raz slushies from Tropical Snow. Bright, clear blue skies. Sometimes all that blue makes me think of Azure – the colors of the portal, the logo and the word itself – Azure – is a type of blue. Gary Green and Mike…


Azure DNS Server Redundancy

Customers may observe that their PaaS role instances and IaaS virtual machines are only issued one DNS server IP address by DHCP. This does not mean that name resolution in Azure has a single point of failure however. The Azure DNS infrastructure is…(read more)