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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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Should I encrypt OS disk with BitLocker for HIPAA compliance

I am looking into hosting a HIPAA compliant web application on Azure VM's. For the database, right now I am leaning towards using a VM with SQL 2014 Standard Edition. Since TDE is not available with ...
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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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SNI and wildcard SSL certificates on the same server with IIS

I'd like to host a website that should listen to subdomains (e.g. sub.domain.com) together with multiple websites that live just under a second-level domain (e.g. domain2.com, domain3.com) with IIS ...
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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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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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Can I replace my domain controller with Azure Active Directory? [duplicate]

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 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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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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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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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 - Accessing RDS via web access from external address

I have a very strange issue. I'm setting up an RDS server in azure for a proof of concept. I've found that if I use the web access using the external URL provided by azure (xxxx.cloudapp.net/RDWeb), ...
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Creating Virtual Network Azure - The Gateway was not created

It's been sitting at "THE GATEWAY WAS NOT CREATED." for hours after creating a Virtual Network in Azure. Is this normal? What should I do? We previously created a network in the wrong DC, it didn't ...
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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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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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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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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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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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sql azure vs azure VM with SQLServer Express

Beside beeing cheaper is there any problem/advantages to use SQL Azure vs to use a VM with SQL Express? We are looking to setup a SQL server for more than 50 websites, do you have any ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Migrate user accounts from Azure AD to on-premise AD?

My company uses Office 365 for Exchange, SharePoint, Lync etc. including the build-in user administration via Azure Active Directory. Now we want to switch to a local AD on a Windows Server. It shall ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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Can you have a staging and production slot in Azure Websites

I'm looking at hosting 3 Websites (there will all use the same linked database resource but I think I have to use 3 websites within Azure for this); www.website.com, provider.website.com and ...
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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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MSBuild failing on build looking for older version of Microsoft.Data.Tools.Schema.Sql

After installing and configuring a build server for 2012, I tried to do an azure continuous deployment. I have TFS2012 installed. A build controller and a single agent on the server. Connecting to ...
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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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How to reset the admin password on VM on Windows Azure?

The virtual machines on Windows Azure allow to connect from RDP. But how can I reset the administrator password if the password has been lost?
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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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Azure Load balancing internal instances of web/worker roles?

As far as I know Azure does not have a load balancer for internal services, internal endpoints are not load balanced. But can someone have implemented a "soft" solution, or can advice me some helpful ...
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How to move Hyper-V virtual machines to Azure with minimal impact?

My company is in the process of transitioning some of its on-premises services to the Microsoft cloud; some of them are being replaced altogether by hosted services (Exchange, SharePoint); some other ...
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Renaming an Azure VM

I am looking to rename an Azure VM. I have copied a VM from one subscription to another using this guide: ...
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Azure equivalent of AWS tags?

Is there an equivalent of AWS EC2 tags for Azure? For example, if an account wanted to assign name=value pairs to an Azure machine and then subsequently query them.
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Recreate Azure virtual machine from existing and working disk

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 ...
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SSL Cert for custom domain endpoint on Azure CDN

We have some content hosted for our Azure application on the Azure CDN - we can access this nicely over https using the standard endpoint address, however for 'neatness' our customer would like to use ...
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Create alert notification system for performance counters (logman, task scheduler, events)

I have a Windows Server 2008 SP2 without a graphical user interface (Windows Azure). I need to setup an alert for performance counters that reaches some threshold and then run some command (send an ...
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Azure print server - running everything in Azure?

I might have get dragged into a Project involving moving the whole IT shop into Azure. Now that means they have on-site AD, LOB Applications, SQL, Sharepoint etc, plus of course moving to Office 365, ...
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How to wait for network in a batch script when booting on Windows Server?

I'm executing a batch file with TaskScheduler "At system startup" on a Windows Server 2012 in Azure, and I observed that there's no network for 20-60 seconds after the start of the batch. Currently I ...
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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 ...