Virtual Disk and Storage Pool Issue

Virtual Disk and Storage Pool Issue

Just another day in Always on Availability world, the cluster members decide to revolt. Revolt was stamped at its infancy but not without its consequences. One of them was that my Storage Pools were in a state of Headlessness! Reattaching my disks via GUI proved to be unsuccessful as the disks disappeared post a reboot. (more…)

Azure IAAS VM DNS Issue: Resolved

Azure IAAS VM DNS Issue: Resolved

A new Azure IAAS VM deployment has been having an issue opening any Microsoft based sites, MSDN, TechNet, Live.com etc. The symptom also shows up while trying to get live accounts authenticated against any of these sites.

The issue can be resolved by doing an Ipconfig /flushdns.

But that is not a practical solution to do a flushdns each time the server has a problem resolving these sites. (more…)

Azure IAAS Module: Network

Azure IAAS Module: Network

This post is part of a series of deep dive session into different modules within Azure Infrastructure as a Service offering. This post covers the Azure IAAS Module: Network, its deployment steps and configuration.

Some basic features that we would be looking at implementing within our Azure Network Layer:

  1. DNS Server and its IP for the VM’s to relay DNS queries to.
  2. VPN – Would you be implementing Point to Site VPN or Site to Site VPN
  3. Location – Which Datacentre within the Azure platform would the Virtual Machines be deployed to
  4. Virtual Network Address Space – This is the key component that needs a lot of planning beforehand.

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SharePoint 2013 Development Platform on Azure – Part 3

SharePoint 2013 Development Platform on Azure – Part 3

This series is to showcase how easy it is to create a new SharePoint 2013 Development platform on Azure.

Part -1 – Shows how to get all the Network, Active Directory and vanilla SharePoint 2013 Development server deployed

Part -2 – Shows logging onto the SharePoint 2013 Development server and getting it ready for your developers

Part 3 – Shows VPN Configuration for Point to Site VPN.

Great, we have the SharePoint 2013 development servers cranking away on Azure and we can connect to it via RDP. But what if there is a need to use Visual Studio, connect to the site locally from the corporate network or from a remote location without RDP. VPN either using Point to Site or Site to Site VPN is the answer. For a development platform, Point to Site VPN is more than sufficient since the scope of visibility of the SharePoint server is confined to a particular developer or a set of developers. (more…)