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How to turn off Windows Azure's “This copy of Windows is not genuine” message?

Is there any setting/configuration item to avoid Windows Azure from printing that error on the screen or detecting it? I've put a screenshot below that shows the message when you RDP into the web ...
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Is it possible to have a Git repo in Windows Azure?

Does anyone know if it's possible to have a Git repo hosted on Windows Azure?
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Using Application Initialization with Azure is still proving painfully slow

My assumption was that if I turned on IIS8 Application Warmup in Azure, that all of my sites would be fairly instant on load, this is not the case. So, basically, I've turned on preloadEnabled and ...
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Unclear pricing of Windows Azure [closed]

How do you people think about the Windows Azure pricing model and the way it is presented to the user? I just found out that Azure keeps charging hours for STOPPED instances. I just received a bill ...
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What is a Windows Azure Compute Hour? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can you help me with my software licensing issue? According to pricing details on the Microsoft Windows Azure website, compute hours cost 12 cents each, but what are ...
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How do I backup a windows azure virtual machine?

How do I backup a windows azure virtual machine? I would like to schedule daily backups of system state that could be restored if needed. Data can be backed via Azure Backup, but not system it seems.
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Do Azure VMs have disk I/O limits?

We have a SQL server hosted on an Azure VM. One of our applications is very read\write intensive on the database and we're seeing poor disk performance. Disk queue lengths of 10 or greater. I've ...
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Hosting wildcard domains such as *.mydomain.com on Windows Azure without using redirections

I have an ASP.NET MVC app which offers wildcard domains to my users to personalize their login urls. I'd like to host this on Windows Azure. But is it possible to keep the wildcard domains? I've ...
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Windows Server 2012 - Azure Online Backup Status?

What is the current status of Windows Server 2012 Online Backup. All of the documentation provides a start point of Windows Azure Online Backup and tells you to download a software agent.. But at this ...
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Azure Virtual Machines - what fault tolerance do they provide?

We are thinking about moving our virtual machines (Hyper-V VHDs) to Windows Azure but I haven't found much about what kind of fault tolerance that infrastructure provides. When I run VHD in Azure, ...
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Is a cloud-based domain controller behind a VPN feasible?

I'm considering setting up a windows domain controller in MS Azure within an Azure virtual network. Goal is to be able to centrally manage GPs and users. Is this even feasible, since the client ...
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Using Windows Azure storage for backup

I am currently looking at Windows Azure blobs as an option for backing up archive data. I want to be able to upload files from an external windows machine via the internet but I don't know enough ...
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Azure VM with many IPs or SSL certificates

I am looking to move our hosting environment to Azure and by doing so have created a sandpit VM to figure things out. We host around 300-400 websites in IIS and about 2% of these sites have unique, ...
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Why do caught exceptions cause IIS or even entire Windows Azure server to fail?

I have a Windows Azure applicaion (web-role) which I'm having serious problems with. If there are problems with one of my databases which the application connects to (in this case, SQL Azure ...
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How to recreate a RAID 10 array with mdadm

So our virtual machine has broken (it's actually a Linux machine in Azure) on which we were running a RAID10 array of 4 disks. It's an ubuntu box. From what I can tell the four data disks are fine, ...
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How many domains can be bound with one SSL certificate?

Let say I have an ASP.NEt application which is bound with more than 10 domains using host headers. Is one certificate is enough for me? or I need more than 1 certificate for each domain? If I need 1 ...
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When should one use the following: Amazon EC2, Google App Engine, Microsoft Azure and Salesforce.com?

I had asked this question on StackOverflow. It was suggested to post it here too. When should one use the following: Amazon EC2, Google App Engine, Microsoft Azure and Salesforce.com? Please share ...
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Setup Private Cloud on Windows Server 2008 R2

My developers are building an app that may eventually be hosted in Windows Azure. However, we want to host it internally first for a variety of reasons. They pointed me to the concept of a "private ...
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DNS Server replication created duplicate A-Records

I have a several Windows Server 2008 R2 DC/DNS servers locally, RODC's at the remote office, and a Windows Server 2012 DC/DNS server on Azure with a VPN tunnel established. Earlier today I moved a ...
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Can an email server be set-up on an Azure VM?

I am considering the possibility of setting up a simple SMTP+IMAP email server for internal use on an extra small Azure VM. When I say internal use I don't mean "used by internal users", but for use ...
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Can I put a budget on a Windows Azure account?

I'm organising Windows Azure training and need to prepare a budget for such a course. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to find a way to limit the number of running instances, usage of the different ...
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How to migrate an existing Windows Server 2008 R2 system from Amazon EC2 to Windows Azure?

Let's say you have a Windows Azure Virtual Machine preview account. I would like to know if there is an easy strategy for migrating a Windows Server 2008 R2 installation from Amazon EC2 to Windows ...
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SSH freezes when idle for a time

Connecting from Ubuntu Desktop x64 14.04's ssh client to an Ubuntu Server 14.04 x64 SSH server on Microsoft Azure. Unfortunately when it is connected and left idle for a time; the connection freezes ...
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Email account terminology

I know how to perform basic through to fairly advanced tasks in on-premises and cloud-based Exchange systems but I still sometimes get confused when trying to use the terminology. Here's what I think ...
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Microsoft Multi-factor Authentication not working with RDP

I am installing a new remote access server, where I need multi-factor authentication for RDP access (=a call back to the user's cell phone after they enter their credentials). The problem is that the ...
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Trouble passing Trustwave PCI Scan due to BEAST vulnerability

I'm at my wits end with this one! I am not a CI/networking person to begin with, and so I apologize if I am asking the wrong question/giving the wrong information. I am working on trying to get a ...
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How to reset and persist the hostname and FQDN of an WIdows Azure Centos instance?

How does one reset a hostname and domain name (FQDN) to localhost.localdomain on a Centos 6.2 Azure Instance? I've tried editing /etc/sysconfig/network, /etc/sysctl.conf, setting the hostname ...
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Can I replace my domain controller with Azure Active Directory?

I currently have a small network with a few servers and about 25 client PCs. We are using Office365 and have AD synchronisation setup from our on-premise server. We also have single-sign-on setup ...
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How do we over come the CNAME restrictions?

Windows Azure uses elastic IPs. This means that the only way to map hostnames to Azure is to use CNAMES. The RFC is preventing us from doing this with the root of the domains. mycooldomain.com IN ...
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Setting up a virtualized Windows server to host 2 - 3 users (running QuickBooks)…?

Apologies if this is a dumb/obvious question, but I've been surprised at how complicated what I'd hoped was a simple transition is turning out to be. Disclaimer: I'm a Mac/Linux guy so am not ...
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Is Sql Azure useful without windows azure?

I am currently doing some research to get some preliminary IT cost projections for a project, and I was looking at Azure. Since this is a startup, I do not want to deal with the IT operations myself ...
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Logging in with local admin account after joining domain

I was under the impression that once you joined a domain that the local admin account would be disabled. I did the following in Azure: Created Windows Server 2012 R2 instance and promoted to domain ...
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Seting up DNS within an Azure Virtual Network

I have a few Cloud Services, and a VM running Redis in Azure. From what I understand I need to create a Virtual Network so the cloud services can communicate to Redis on the VM. That was easy. Now ...
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Import-Module Azure fails

I am trying to work with Windows Azure PowerShell module on Windows 8.1. I have downloaded and installed the Azure module and in start I can run and use the "Windows Azure PowerShell" which is a PS ...
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Windows Azure Centos image: Cannot upgrade to 6.4

I am using the Openlogic Centos image provided by Windows Azure. I have tried many times but when I run yum update it always said no packages marked for update, and the centos version is still 6.3. I ...
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Integrating GoDaddy DNS with CNAMES and redirects with an Azure website

I've seen questions similar to this but haven't been able to come up with a solution to my problem yet. I've been trying to get a site setup with GoDaddy for DNS and windows azure for hosting. I ...
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Multiple IP for 1 Azure Deployment

Is there a way to get multiple IP addresses for one Azure deployment?
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Is customer data in SQL Azure safe?

We're looking into the idea of moving an ASP.NET MVC app into Windows Azure, but I'm interested to hear if SQL Azure is safe enough for me to store customer data, such as their home addresses, etc. ...
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With Azure, can I create a VLAN and put all my worker roles and VM's in there?

Is it possible to create a sort of VLAN or private azure LAN thingy .. where I can put any new Workers or VM's in that VLAN? one of the reasons is because I was hoping to create a SQL server on a VM ...
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Can I use Office365 or Azure AD as master record for Active Directory?

We have a small business and currently don't have a need for a domain within our office. We have a basic network and a single server running Windows Server 2008 R2 with some file shares and 3rd party ...
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Does a virtual network act like an affinity group in azure

When you add new virtual machines in Azure you can add it directly into a virtual network, but that is the same drop box for the affinity group. Is this then implying that because I am adding in all ...
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Does SQL database perform significantly better on a dedicated machine vs Azure cloud

I'm looking into splitting our database server and application server and am evaluating offerings from Rackspace and Azure specifically around the database server. We are a Saas Web application and ...
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Accessing Azure VM Role by Remote Desktop

I followed the instruction here to set up and deploy a VM Role onto Azure. It all worked fine. But I cannot RDP onto it. If you check the link above, after I click 'Connect' in step 4, it remains ...
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Encrypting an Azure database?

We have a database hosted by SQL Azure, and accessed via a REST service that itself is accessible only via https. We wonder though whether we should encrypt all or part of the database in case it was ...
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How to setup a domain that doesn't use www prefix on Azure/EC2

Suppose I have a domain, foo.com where I have a series of pages like foo.com/123 and foo.com/456 etc. I want to use the domain and provide links without a www prefix. These pages also will have ...
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Is EU hosted Azure data safe from the patriot act? [closed]

I read recently some news about how MS will have to hand over data to the US government if they asked for it. ( ...
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1&1 hosting + azure cname + google apps mx

I have a problem while hosting my website on azure : I need to have an url mydomain.com, when deploying in azure it gives the url mydomain.cloudapp.net, so I do a cname record from mydomain.com to map ...
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Azure IO performance

We have a number of Windows Server virtual machines that we use for .NET and Java development and QA. I find Azure attractive for the obvious reasons but mainly for the opportunity to reduce ...
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Filezilla/Puttygen doesn't recognize private key file

I have generated a key for an Ubuntu Virtual Machine running on Azure Cloud Services http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/manage/linux/how-to-guides/ssh-into-linux/ openssl req -x509 -nodes -days 365 ...
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Using Azure with Server 2012 Essentials for Remote Domain Joining [closed]

We are using Windows Azure and instead of having an on-premises domain controller they want to have the VM in the cloud act as the Active Directory DC. I am using Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter ...