Posts Tagged ‘IaaS’

List all VM sizes in Microsoft Azure per Location

Sometimes it’s realy useful to list all the different VM sizes in Microsoft Azure for one Location, for example ‘West Europe’. You can see for example: the VM size, the number of cores, Memory, Max disk count, OS disk size, Resource disk size, etc.

Very powerful to have an overview when choosing the right virtual machine within Microsoft Azure IaaS.

2017-02-28_15h25_57

How to: Implementing Storage Spaces insides Azure Virtual Machines

Within an Azure Virtual Machine, you should never store your (personal) data on the C: drive or the temporary disk. You can attach new storage disks to the virtual machine, how many disks depends on the VM size you’ve choosen.

View all VM sizes in Microsoft Azure:

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-machines/virtual-machines-windows-sizes

In my example I’ve choosen the ‘DS1v2′ VM size, so I can attach two extra (premium storage) disks. Because the maximum size of an disk in Microsoft Azure is 1023 GB, I’ve created multiple disks. Both disks are attached to the virtual machine and we’re going to implement Storage Spaces within the virtual machine. Storage Spaces is software defined storage (SDS) from Windows Server 2012 R2 and above.

Storage Spaces is a built-in Windows Server Role. When combining all the data disks, you can create one, or more, big data volumes in your Windows Virtual Machine. Extremely powerful for example file servers.

1.) First of all I’ve created a new virtual machine using the Azure Portal

2017-02-27_14h41_01    2017-02-27_14h42_11    2017-02-27_14h44_48

2017-02-27_14h45_06    2017-02-27_14h57_06

2.) Next I’ve created two new disks (premium storage – SSD) with tthe size of 1023 GB.

2017-02-27_14h57_22    2017-02-27_14h58_22    2017-02-27_15h00_04

3.) Next I’ve logged in into the new created virtual machine and configured Storage Spaces.

2017-02-27_15h01_25    2017-02-27_15h02_08    2017-02-27_15h04_49

2017-02-27_15h08_16    2017-02-27_15h08_29    2017-02-27_15h09_04

2017-02-27_15h09_17    2017-02-27_15h09_27    2017-02-27_15h09_37

2017-02-27_15h09_57

4.) The next step is to create a new virtual disk

2017-02-27_15h10_03    2017-02-27_15h10_26    2017-02-27_15h10_35

2017-02-27_15h11_00    2017-02-27_15h11_08    2017-02-27_15h11_28

2017-02-27_15h11_48    2017-02-27_15h12_01    2017-02-27_15h12_10

2017-02-27_15h12_24

5.) The final step is to create the new volume for storing your data on.

2017-02-27_15h12_31    2017-02-27_15h12_43    2017-02-27_15h12_52

2017-02-27_15h13_03    2017-02-27_15h13_24    2017-02-27_15h13_36

2017-02-27_15h14_02    2017-02-27_15h14_14    2017-02-27_15h14_35

As you can see, there’s a new volume of 2 TBwithin the virtual machine. If you’re changing the size of the virtual machine, it is also possible to add some more disks to the virtual machine and extend the Storage Spaces with more terabytes!!

2017-02-27_15h14_52

 

Free ebook: Microsoft Azure Essentials: Fundamentals of Azure, Second Edition

This book focuses on providing essential information about the key services of Azure for developers and IT professionals who are new to cloud computing. Detailed, step-by-step demonstrations are included to help the reader understand how to get started with each of the key services. This material is useful not only for those who have no prior experience with Azure, but also for those who need a refresher and those who may be familiar with one area but not others. Each chapter is standalone; there is no requirement that you perform the hands-on demonstrations from previous chapters to understand any particular chapter.

2016-09-15_09h27_39

Download the free eBook here.

How to: Resize hard disk in Azure Resource Manager (ARM)

Resizing a virtual hard disk in Azure Resource Manager is really easy to do through the Azure Managent Portal. In a few clicks you can extend the virtual hard disk size. Note that the VM should be turned off!! So you need to plan a maintenance window!!
You can also extend the virtual hard disk with PowerShell. In this example I’ve extended the data disk from 25 to 30 GB.

2016-08-01_10h31_33    2016-08-01_09h45_27    2016-08-01_10h11_55

2016-08-01_10h12_18    2016-08-01_10h25_33    2016-08-01_10h25_49

2016-08-01_10h31_15     2016-08-01_10h32_11    2016-08-01_10h33_23

1.) Login to the Azure Management Portal
2.) Check the current size of the data disk. In my example 25 GB
3.) Start PowerShell and login to your Azure subscription
4.) Change the data disk to the new value
5.) Update the configuration to Azure
6.) Check the new size of the data disk with PowerShell or within the Azure Management Portal.
In my example the new size is 30 GB.