Troubleshoot a Broken Azure VM using Nested Virtualization in Azure (Managed Disk)

Please note that 3rd party virtualization software(s) for Windows 2016 Nested Virtualization feature is not supported. Only Hyper-V is currently supported. Also note that as of right now, Nested Virtualization is only available in the following geographic locations: US -West 2 -East Europe -West Asia Pacific -Southeast Reference Links: Nested Virtualization in Azure New DV3 and EV3…

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Troubleshoot a Broken Azure VM using Nested Virtualization in Azure (RDFE)

Please note that 3rd party virtualization software(s) for Windows 2016 Nested Virtualization feature is not supported. Only Hyper-V is currently supported. Also note that as of right now, Nested Virtualization is only available in the following geographic locations: US -West 2 -East Europe -West Asia Pacific -Southeast Reference Links: Nested Virtualization in Azure New DV3 and EV3…

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Troubleshoot a Broken Azure VM using Nested Virtualization in Azure (ARM)

Please note that 3rd party virtualization software(s) for Windows 2016 Nested Virtualization feature is not supported. Only Hyper-V is currently supported. Delete the Broken Virtual machine Create a new Recovery VM OS: Windows Server 2016 Datacenter Size: Any V3 series with at least 2 cores Same Location, Storage Account and Resource Group as the Broken VM Select…

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How to Perform an In-Place-Upgrade in Azure (Windows)

At this time there is no way to perform an in place upgrade of virtual machines running one version of Windows to another. For example, upgrading from Windows Server 2012R2 to Windows Server 2016 from inside the Guest OS is not supported.   In order to upgrade the machine to a new version of Windows…

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How to Add an NSG Rule to an Azure VM (ARM)

1) Navigate to the Azure Portal 2) Select  Virtual Machines 3) Click on the impacted VM 4) Click on Network Interfaces 5) Click Network Security Group 6) Select the Network security group listed 7) Click Inbound Rules 8) Click Add 9) Click on the Advanced Settings 10) Name the new rule 11) Set the Priority…

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Unlock Azure Drive locked via BitLocker (ARM)

1) Create a Recovery VM located in the same Resource Group, Storage Account and Location of the impacted VM. 2) Delete the affected VM via the Azure Portal 3) Open PowerShell ISE as an Administrator 4) Run the following modifying the highlighted sections: Login-AzureRmAccount $vmName = “VirtualMachineName” $vault = “AzureKeyVaultName” # Get the Secret for…

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Azure VM stuck in Failed State (ARM)

Symptom: VM is stuck in a “Failed” state Resolution: You can attempt to clear this state by updating the VM via PowerShell. This causes no additional downtime and only takes a moment. To do this, open a PowerShell session as an Administrator and run the following modifying as needed # To view all subscriptions for…

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How to Present a new NIC to an Isolated VM (ARM)

Symptoms: Disabled Network Interface Card from inside the OS Disabled DHCP by manually assigning an IP address inside the OS Manually set the VM to use a DNS server by specifying an IP address Resolution: Navigate to the Azure Portal Select the affected Virtual Machine Select Network Interfaces Select the Network Interface associated with your…

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How to Present a new NIC to an Isolated VM (RDFE)

Symptoms: Disabled Network Interface Card from inside the OS Disabled DHCP by manually assigning an IP address inside the OS Manually set the VM to use a DNS server by specifying an IP address  Red X over the Networking Icon Resolution: Navigate to the Azure Portal Select the impacted Virtual Machine Select IP addresses Change…

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How to Disable the Guest OS Firewall of an Azure VM (ARM)

Mitigation 1: Custom Script Extension 1) Open up a Blank Notepad and paste the following into it: Set-ItemProperty -Path ‘HKLM:\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\SharedAccess\Parameters\FirewallPolicy\DomainProfile’ -name “EnableFirewall” -Value 0 Set-ItemProperty -Path ‘HKLM:\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\SharedAccess\Parameters\FirewallPolicy\PublicProfile’ -name “EnableFirewall” -Value 0 Set-ItemProperty -Path ‘HKLM:\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\SharedAccess\Parameters\FirewallPolicy\Standardprofile’ -name “EnableFirewall” -Value 0 2) Save the file as disablefirewall.ps1 3) Navigate to the Azure Portal 4) Select the impacted VM…

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