This morning I found that my Azure VM was dead dead. It was impossible for me to reboot or shut it down.
Anyway I managed to delete the VM instance and make a snapshot copy of the VHD (who never knows...). After creating a new VM and mounting the existing disk I found that all files were in order, so I want to suspect a cluster failure at Azure.
Anyway I have a whole file system full of applications waiting to run again. Surely, reinstalling all software, cloning
/home and other directories to a fresh new VM could be a feasible idea, but I'd like to go back online ASAP.
The problem is that when I go creating a new VM I find no available disk in the
Personal Disks tab. But I was able to attach that disk to the fresh new VM. I can also see that disk in the
Virtual Machines/Disks tab on Management Console. Actually, I'll have to report Microsoft that a few strange things are happening in that screen (out of question scope and suggesting a problem at Azure), like non-existing disk connecting to already-deleted VM.
So, the question is. Starting from a non-damaged VHD that already ran an Azure Linux VM image (openSuse 12.1, not patched according to this blog post), how do I create a new machine instance that boots with that disk?