Create Your First VM with Azure Cloud In different ways

To create your first server/VM on Azure cloud, you have different ways to do that :-

  • Azure Resource Manager
  • Azure PowerShell
  • Azure CLI
  • Azure REST API
  • Azure Client SDK
  • Azure VM Extensions
  • Azure Automation Services

The Azure portal is the easiest way to create resources such as VMs, i will describe each one of them,

The first way which is The Portal here, to do this it’s very simple :-

  • Click on the Create a resource option in the top-left corner of the portal page.
  • Use the Search the Marketplace search bar to find “Ubuntu Server” for example.
  • Press on Create , then new page will be open.
  • Configure the VM, by enter the name, the region, The Subscription,Availability options
  • There are several other tabs you can explore to see the settings you can influence during the VM creation. Once you’re finished exploring, click Review + create to review and validate the settings.
  • On the review screen, Azure will validate your settings. You might need to supply some additional information based on the requirements of the image creator.


This is was the first way to create the VM which is consider the easiet one also.

Azure Resource Manager

assumig you want to create a copy of a VM with the same settings. You could create a VM image, upload it to Azure, and reference it as the basis for your new VM,Azure provides you with the option to create a template from which to create an exact copy of a VM.

You can do this, after create the VM –> Setting –> export template.

Azure PowerShell

Azure PowerShell is ideal for one-off interactive tasks and/or the automation of repeated tasks, note that PowerShell is a cross-platform shell that provides services like the shell window and command parsing.

New-AzVm  -ResourceGroupName "TestResourceGroup"  -Name "test-wp1-eus-vm"  -Location "East US"  -VirtualNetworkName "test-wp1-eus-network"  -SubnetName "default"  -SecurityGroupName "test-wp1-eus-nsg"  -PublicIpAddressName "test-wp1-eus-pubip"  -OpenPorts 80,3389

Azure CLI

The Azure CLI is Microsoft’s cross-platform command-line tool for managing Azure resources such as virtual machines and disks from the command line. It’s available for macOS, Linux, and Windows, this is also found in Different cloud vendor for example For Amazon it’s called aws cli, for Oracle it’s Called OCI-CLI and Google it’s called GCP-CLI.

az vm create --resource-group TestResourceGroup --name test-wp1-eus-vm --image win2016datacenter --admin-username osama --admin-password anything

Programmatic (APIs)

This is no my expertise so i will no go deep dive with it, But we were talking about Azure CLI and powershell, you can install something called Azure REST API and start using differen programing language to deal with Azure, i did this with python for AWS using Boto3 module, i post about it before here.

The same can be done for Azure or any Cloud vendor.

Azure VM Extensions

Azure VM extensions are small applications that allow you to configure and automate tasks on Azure VMs after initial deployment. Azure VM extensions can be run with the Azure CLI, PowerShell, Azure Resource Manager templates, and the Azure portal.

Thank you

Osama Mustafa

Configure AWS Command Line Interface

In this lesson i will show you how to configure AWS command line, and how to start working with your AWS account thru command line with very simple and basic steps :-

  • First of i will assume that you don’t have any user or group in your AWS console
  • from the AWS Console :-
  • From IAM ( Identity access management ) Choose Group Create Group with permission Administrator access and then hit create.
  • create user and add that user to the group in my case the group name shown above, save the secret key and access ID as CSV.
  • Now from this link here, Download AWS Command Line Interface depend on your operating system and open cmd , terminal … etc.
  • Now from Dos enter AWS configure and fill the information like the below:-
  • Open the command line and test if it’s connected to AWS now.
You can learn more about the command line from AWS documentation , if you recive the following error 
“Could not connect to the endpoint URL: “https://s3.london.amazonaws.com/”
Then make sure you are on the right Region.
Thanks
Osama

Apply Weblogic Patch Offline mode

  1. Shutdown all the services for weblogic.
  2. unzip the patch under $MW_HOME/utils/bsu/cache_dir
  3. run the following command :-

./bsu.sh -prod_dir=$weblogic_home  -patch_download_dir=Patch_location -patchlist=patch_id -verbose -install

The final Result 

Or you can apply the weblogic patch using smart update

Thanks
Osama Mustafa

[INS-30131] Initial setup required for execution of installer validation failed.

When trying to install Oracle client 12c the above error appeared , this issue can happened on windows Or linux.

The cause i really simple :-

On linux there is no enough space under /tmp.

On windows the solution like the following :-

  • Open Windows Services.
  • Stop Oracle Services –> OracleRemExec
  • Remove the OracleRemExecService
  • then try to install Oracle client again

Thank you 
Osama Mustafa

Creating a Local Yum Repository Using ISO Image

In this post i will show you how to create Yum repository Using ISO Image, will save more time :-

  • Download The ISO Image and Upload it to the server.
  • Create Folder Under Root User Like the below

cp /OEL6.6. iso /ISOs

  • now create mount point for this ISO.

mkdir p /var/ISO/OEL6.6
Run the below command to mount it :-

mount o loop,ro /ISOs/OEL6.6. iso /var/ISO/OEL6.6

  • Now under /etc/yum.respos.d you can rename it or set enable=0
  •  Create the following file /etc/yum.respos.d/OEL66.repo
  • Edit the file and add 

[OL66]
name=Oracle Linux 6.6
baseurl=file:///var/ISO/OEL6.6
gpgkey=file:///etc/pki/rpmgpg/
RPMGPGKEY
gpgcheck=1
enabled=1

  • Run the below command to clean yum

yum clean all
yum respolist

The output should be like the below :-

repo id repo name status
OL66 Oracle Linux 6.6 25,459 

Thank you
Osama Mustafa

Shutdown Immediate Hangs

Today i faced Strange issue with Shutdown immediate command on cluster database which is when run shutdown immediate the command hangs and take so long and sometimes it’s working and most of the time not working.

the below command was working without any problem :-

SQL > shutdown abort

to solve this issue & trace the error since the alertlog not indicating to anything interesting i have to dump systemstate every 5 minutes  to know what going on :-

connect / as sysdba
alter session set events ‘10400 trace name context forever, level 1’; 

After this you can kill the session that preventing shutdown.

The hangs usually happened for two reasons :-

  • Query running on Database.
  • Transaction happened while you are trying to shutdown database.
For the first reason :

use v$session_longops Read more here.

Run the below query to check the query.

select count(*) from v$session_longops where time_remaining>0;

Second reason you can use

v$transaction Read from here.

Useful Document :-
Alert Log: Shutdown Waiting for Active Calls to Complete (Doc ID 1039389.6)

Thank you
Osama Mustafa

Oracle Solaris 11.2 Launch On 29/04

Today 29/04/2014 Oracle Launched new version of operating system Solaris 11.2, This Version will contain significant Features and it’s fully supported for Cloud

Some of the new features :-

  • Reduce management effort via OpenStack integration
  • Further increase the flexibility of Solaris system virtualization
  • Add unique software-defined networking (SDN) capabilities
  • Simplify the creation of private and public clouds

The Link for the Event Here.

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Osama mustafa

Enable SSH On Windows EM12C Purpose

Uploading Agent to windows/Linux needs ssh Port to be open and enabled, ssh not enabled on windows by default and do it Cygwin should be installed.

Configure Cygwin so simple, follow the below steps :-

Download Cygwin from Here, Upload File to the windows Server and Run the setup.

SSH Package should be chosen while installation.
After Installation Run cygwin terminal as Administration ( Right click on the icon and Choose the option )
Now Enable ssh should be done by run below command :-

/usr/bin/ssh-host-config

Should privilege separation be used? (yes/no) yes
new local account ‘sshd’? (yes/no) yes
Do you want to install sshd as a server? Yes
Enter the value of CYGWIN for the daemon: [] (DON’T ENTER ANYTHING, PRESS ENTER)
Do you want to use a different name? (yes/no) no
Create new privileged user account ‘cyg_server’? (yes/no) yes
Please enter the password: ENTER YOUR PASSWORD HERE
Reenter: RE-ENTER YOUR PASSWORD

Using Command Prompt ( cmd )

Start ssh by –> net start sshd
Stop ssh by –> net stop sshd

Another way posted by my friend Maaz you can check it here.

Thank you 
Osama Mustafa