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Azure CycleCloud, Slurm and Star-CCM+ v17

I am a huge fan of Azure CycleCloud. It makes administration tasks so much easier. Now, there are some cons of running it in Gov Cloud, such as the core-hours does not work, but that isn’t much of a big deal if you deploy to a subscription and just calculate the costs from that. Let’s…

AVD Scaling

I was doing a POC around AVD in Gcc High and wanted to implement autoscale. Reading Microsoft’s documentation, the new autoscale is not in GCC High. I had to either write my own, use some 3rd party solution or leverage their original logic app/runbook solution. I opted using Microsoft’s original solution, but of course, it…

Missing MSI when using the Microsoft HPC Pack in CycleCloud 8.2

I had a project that required HPC pack, so I went right to CycleCloud to provision my new cluster. When I came to the Secrets and Certificate section, I was going to use a Key Vault to store my certificate and password. After selecting the MSI Identity dropdown, it was empty. I started looking in…

The Mysterious Case of Azure CycleCloud Jetpack Install Error

I’ve been doing a lot of HPC work using Azure CycleCloud. It can quickly deploy an entire HPC cluster in minutes with the benefit of autoscale on the compute node side. I will have a couple of posts about some things that gave me grey hair, but let’s first look at the Jetpack installation error…

Migrating a CentOS Virtual Appliance to Azure

I had an interesting ask to migrate an on premise virtual appliance to Azure. I thought this would be straight forward, but here I am writing why this situation wasn’t, lol. This particular operating system was CentOS 7. The vendor said it is supported to migrate to Azure and I found that Microsoft has documentation…

Azure Windows Security Baseline

I was designing a deployment around Azure Virtual Desktop utilizing Azure Active Directory, not AADDS or ADDS and when checking a test deploy for compliance against the NIST 800-171 Azure Policy, it showed the Azure Baseline is not being met. In a domain, I wouldn’t worry since group policy will fix this right up, but…

AKS Double Encryption

I have been living in a world of compliance these past few weeks, specifically NIST 800-171. Azure provides an initiative for NIST and one of the checks is to make sure your disks have both a platform and customer managed key. I recently ran into a scenario where you have an application that is StatefulSet…

AAD Conditional Access What If bug

I wanted to just do a quick post about a bug I discovered in my GCC High tenant. I was recently testing out an access policy to enforce a terms of use prompt. I targeted the policy against a test group and when using the what if tool, it kept showing that none of my…

Missing Microsoft Applications in GCC High

An awesome feature to bring some sanity to Azure VM authentication and authorization is using Microsoft Azure Windows and Linux Virtual Machine Sign-in functionality. You can quickly test this by selecting the Login with Azure AD check box during provisioning. I wanted to add MFA and User Sign In risk checks using conditional access before…

Azure VM Applications

Azure has Template Specs which lets you create a self service infrastructure as code model for your end users. You can use RBAC and they can deploy versioned templates. Microsoft introduced VM applications which lets your end users do something very similar to template specs, but with applications installed inside your VM. Let’s look at…

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