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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Delete Azure Active Directory “Default Directory”

When my account was a free trial I created an Azure AD now called "Default Directory". Now I am using a production subscription, I still have the "Default Directory" which appears to be shared ...
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Setting up a domain controller in an Azure Virtual Network, how should I configure the DNS Server List?

I've set up a simple Azure Virtual Network (VN) consisting of a single domain controller and a few clients. Now I need to know how to configure the VN's DNS Server List. Here are the two options I've ...
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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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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 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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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 ...