Azure Arc delivers SQL Databases as Resources in Azure
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by Matthew Quickenden
1M ago
The SQL extension for Arc-connected servers itself isn’t new, however, it has had a new feature added that is currently in preview; which is the ability to create Azure resources that represent your SQL Database through the Arc-connected Servers. You can see this will detect objects for SQL instances, named SQL instances, and the databases themselves become objects in Azure If you already have this installed this is one configuration setting you may want to check and that is “Has NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM in the sysadmin role.” This is listed in the prerequisites of the install instructions that ca ..read more
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First Impressions; Flying with Copilot in VSCode
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by Matthew Quickenden
2M ago
I have a few deployment activities on my plate for Azure Stack HCI and AKS using PowerShell. I have been interested in GitHub Copilot, and what little I have seen is interesting but just haven’t had time to “dig in”. Figuring this was as good a time as any to try copilot in VS code to assist me in writing some PowerShell deployment scripts, I decided to jump in. With no time to learn or research anything, I decided the best approach rather than do nothing, was to sign-up, read zero documentation, see how intuitive my copilot actually is and share my experience. $100 for 1 year, 60-day free tri ..read more
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MAAS Image Builder Exclude Update by KB#
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by Matthew Quickenden
2M ago
This briefly shows how to alter the image builder scripts to exclude broken KBs for specific OS versions. This example shows excluding Cumulative Update for Windows 11 Insider Preview (KB5019765) on an HCI image. Trying to build a newer HCI Maas image and receive an error trying to download an update via release channel. Specifically, Windows 11 insider preview KB5019765 If you edit the Logon.ps1 found in the UnattendedResource folder from cloudbase/windows-imaging-tools: Tools to automate the creation of a Windows image for OpenStack, supporting KVM, Hyper-V, ESXi and more. (github.com) you ..read more
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Ensure your AAD Users can't create AD Tenants!!
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by Matthew Quickenden
2M ago
I do understand distributed management and delegation, but this seems like a step too far. There is a new setting that allows users to be able to create their own Azure AD tenants. While it is a great privilege and setting to have, why ‘Yes’ would be the default choice is an interesting default and I would like to understand the rationale behind that. Save your future self from a number of headaches, just select no ..read more
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Using Developer Tools to get the Payload to Create Azure Budget Alerts for Action Groups (New-AzConsumptionBudget)
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by Matthew Quickenden
3M ago
Are you trying to create a budget with PowerShell using New-AzConsumptionBudget on a resource group? You might have tried the code reference on this page New-AzConsumptionBudget (Az.Billing) | Microsoft Learn. # If you update the sample command and try to execute New-AzConsumptionBudget -ResourceGroupName budgetThis -Amount 60 -Name PSBudgetRG -Category Cost -StartDate 2022-11-01 -EndDate 2024-11-01 -TimeGrain Monthly If you’re not using a subscription in an EA, you’ll get this error New-AzConsumptionBudget: Operation returned an invalid status code 'BadRequest' Running get-error doesn’t pr ..read more
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Creating an Azure Stack HCI Image for MAAS
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by Matthew Quickenden
3M ago
This blog is a follow on from Creating a MAAS Image Builder Server (Windows Server 2022 example) — Crying Cloud the goal here is to create a MAAS usable Azure Stack HCI image for deployment with MAAS. This is still using the component from cloudbase/windows-imaging-tools: Tools to automate the creation of a Windows image for OpenStack, supporting KVM, Hyper-V, ESXi and more. (github.com) this repo. The primary issue is if you try to “generalize” an HCI image, if you attempt to use that prepped image, you get the perpetual error “Windows could not finish configuring the system. To attempt to r ..read more
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Creating a MAAS Image Builder Server (Windows Server 2022 example)
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by Matthew Quickenden
3M ago
This blog post is a walkthrough for building out an image server for MAAS to create custom images. For this first image, we will build a Windows 2022 server Image. MAAS | Metal as a Service does include built-in features that support adding Linux images, you do need to build your own Windows images for use with MAAS. I used to create and script this process to make it easier. For this image builder, I am using a Dell R630 physical host with windows 2019 installed. The code base I am leveraging can be found here cloudbase/windows-imaging-tools: Tools to automate the creation of a Windows image ..read more
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Updating Azure CLI on WSL2
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by Danny McDermott
3M ago
I came across an issue on my local system when attempting to update Azure CLI to the latest version so that I could check out the Azure Arc HCIBox Jumpstart (It needs at least version 2.40.0). I’m running Windows 11, with WSL2 Ubuntu-20.04 and I installed the AZ CLI using the one line install command. At the time, it was version 2.39.0 I tried to use the ‘az upgrade’ command, but it didn’t work. So I went to the link provided https://aka.ms/doc/InstallAzureCli There was nothing regarding the issue I had, so I figured I had to remove the cli and re-install. Here’s the command I ran to remove ..read more
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Creating MAAS workload annotations for Kubernetes using kubectl output
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by Matthew Quickenden
3M ago
Trying to manually keep track of servers and versions is challenging. MAAS has a workload annotation feature that allows you to create name=value using command line calls. I thought I would explore creating a script to pull data from kubectl and create workload annotations for machines in a Kubernetes cluster. For this exercise, I intend to execute the script from a MAAS rack controller, on which I have installed kubectl and PowerShell. In the lab, there are three microk8s clusters. The first job was to collect the config files from each cluster and combine them into a single config so I can ..read more
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Deploying ASDK 2206 to an Azure VM
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by Danny McDermott
4M ago
Azure Stack Hub version 2206 was release a couple of months ago, but anyone trying to deploy ASDK 2206 to Azure will have found that the latest version is 2108. Until the official method is updated, here’s how you can do it . I’m using the awesome scripts by Yagmur Sahin as the basis for the solution: https://github.com/yagmurs/AzureStack-VM-PoC Open the Azure portal and then create a PowerShell Cloud Shell. I recommend you reset the user settings, as there can be issues with versions of the Azure PowerShell modules. Run the following command in the new PowerShell session: git clon ..read more
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