Migrate a VM from vCenter to Azure
Jan27

Migrate a VM from vCenter to Azure

KB ID 0001510 Problem Last time we looked at migrating from vCenter to Hyper-V, now we will use the MVMC (Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter) to take a VMware (vCenter) virtual machine and convert/upload it to Microsoft Azure. Note: MVMC is not ‘officially’ supported and this procedure requires you to create some ‘legacy’ (for legacy in Azure read ‘classic’) ways of doing things. So this might not...

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Microsoft Azure To Cisco ASA Site to Site VPN
Jan01

Microsoft Azure To Cisco ASA Site to Site VPN

KB ID 000116 Problem The one reason I prefer Cisco over Microsoft is they rarely change things, you learn how to do something and it’s learned. This is the second time have had to write this article purely because the Azure UI has changed!   Virtual Network Gateway Options With VPN’s into Azure you connect to a Virtual Network Gateway, of which there are TWO types Policy Based, and Route Based. This article will deal with...

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Migrating Mailboxes From On-Premise to Office 365
Apr03

Migrating Mailboxes From On-Premise to Office 365

KB ID 0001419 Problem This post continues from Part-One where we connected both our domain, and on-premise Exchange server to Office 365. Now we will add our public domain, and migrate our mailboxes. Step 3 Adding Domains to Office 365 Before proceeding you will need administrative access to your public DNS records so you can create new records. Log into Office 365 > Admin Console. Add a domain. Enter your public domain name >...

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Office 365: Migrating To Exchange Online
Apr01

Office 365: Migrating To Exchange Online

KB ID 0001418 Problem This is Part-One of a migration from ‘on-premise’ Microsoft Exchange, to Office 365 (Exchange Online). I’m using my spare ‘test domain’ (.co.uk). And I’m using the 5 user E3 Office 365 subscription that the good folk at Microsoft let me have, as part of my MVP benefits. Note: I’m using Exchange 2016, with a ‘full-hybrid’ migration into Office 365. Step 1:...

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Microsoft Azure To Cisco ISR Router Site to Site VPN
Jul19

Microsoft Azure To Cisco ISR Router Site to Site VPN

KB ID 0001220 Dtd 19/07/16 Problem Last week I was having problems getting a VPN up from a client’s Cisco ASA into Azure. This was because the Azure estate was using ‘route-based’ or a ‘dynamic routing VPN’. See the following article; Azure to Cisco VPN – ‘Failed to allocate PSH from platform’ So the firewall was a non-starter, but Cisco ISR routers are supported, and they can handle virtual tunnel...

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Azure to Cisco VPN – ‘Failed to allocate PSH from platform’
Jul12

Azure to Cisco VPN – ‘Failed to allocate PSH from platform’

KB ID 0001219 Dtd 12/07/16 Problem It’s been a week for strange VPN shenanigans with Cisco and Azure. I was liaising with an Azure service provider for a customer this week, and trying to get a VPN up from a Cisco ASA in one of our data centres in the UK. This is what we were seeing; And I could see the same error in the debugs; Decrypted packet:Data: 616 bytes IKEv2-PROTO-1: Failed to allocate PSH from platform IKEv2-PROTO-1:...

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