Preview of Azure Site Recovery in the new Azure Portal

Finally the Azure Site Recovery service can be reached from the new Azure Portal and the ARM way of doing things! It has been possible to use ASR with PowerShell and the new ARM way for some months but only for a subset of the site recovery services (VMM/Hyper-V).

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Not a day to soon! I have a customer that we have engaged in the CSP program and as that is based on the new, the old ASR was not possible to use with that subscription and use another subscription just for ASR sucks..

As you can see on the following screendump I go into the “Getting Started” to select scenario and then follow the guide to complete and in the case with physical and VMware I need to install a process/configuration server on-premise.

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Once installed on a Windows 2012 R2 server I connect it to the ASR with the registration file,

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One thing to think about using this service is that the process server will if you do not go in and configure the bandwidth settings eat all available internet capacity as my customer so nicely explained…

Configure this to something that works for both you and the company, and with the enhanced ASR where you do not need additional servers in Azure you find this setting in the backup properties.

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It is quite easy to start and protecting your workloads and remember that the first 30 days are free 🙂

 

Azure Automation – Hybrid job with custom runas account

Microsoft and the Azure Automation team has made it possible to use a custom account when running a job on a hybrid worker and that is awesome! Originally the jobs runs under the Microsoft Management Agent´s service account context and that is not always wanted.

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As I described in a post that I did some time ago I used a parameter -PScredential with the inlinescript but now I can with the new functionality get the whole job in the right user context, the user should be saved as a credential asset in your automation account! Last year also the possibility to use PowerShell scripts runbooks besides Workflow runbooks!

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Happy automating!

Playing with automation of OMS agent deployment

I have been playing around with automation of the deployment of OMS agents in my lab environment and wanted to share one way to do it, of course there are others.

I found Adam´s contribution to send files over PS2+ WinRM instead of utilizing a remote share or other deployment of the installation file..  Sometimes you maybe have firewall constraints to take into consideration and then this is a handy way to get that MMAgent over and installed if you have maybe only PowerShell remoting open 🙂

If you already have WMF 5 deployed you can utilize that instead of the Send-File function as it is in the new PowerShell version by default.

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And here is the code:

good luck in deploying those OMS agents!

 

New Azure Backup Server (Disk to Disk to Cloud)

As you might have noticed a “new” backup solution has arrived and that for the Azure Backup, if you check your backup vault in the azure portal you can see that the new option for “Application Workloads” have appeared.

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Downloading and installing it shows that it has traces of the DPM server:

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And it can be installed on a windows 2012 R2, although you need the .Net 3.5 for the SQL 2014 instance (I know it is crazy!). The SQL 2014 license is included in the setup but can only be used for the Azure Backup Server.

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So with some PowerShell and an Internet connection I add the .Net 3.5 and can continue installing…

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 In the installation wizard you add your backup recovery vault from Azure and then when it is installed you will have to install agents on the instances you want to protect. You can install this server in a VM or on a physical box, you will need some storage attached to cope with the backups that will be stored locally before they are lifted to the cloud.

When it comes to licensing I have not found anything else than the documentation on Azure and that says the price for protected instance and that makes this really interesting if you do not have System Center and want to start utilizing a backup solution that can protect Hyper-V, Exchange, SQL etc this becomes a viable solution!

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Also if you are looking at the Microsoft Operational Management Suite where backup is a part of, this new feature makes it even more compelling to start utilizing the suite when not already using System Center.

Customized Dashboards in Microsoft OMS with interesting info

I have been doing some digging in Microsoft Operations Management Suite and the Log analytics part and as you might know there is a “My Dashboards” view where you can save customized log searches as widgets.

Initially I have created two searches that is highly interesting to have for a better control of the environment. The first gives a threshold and highlights the value if there are more than 0 computers missing security updates. The second also have a threshold of 0 but this only for the latest 24 hours and shows how many accounts that have been added to the domain admins security group……

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So here you can see the different log searches and how you can customize depending on how and what data you want to present and highlight.

If you did not know it there is a free tier with up to 500 MB logs/ day and 7 days retention for the Log Analytics so start using it today!