GrandpaRoach

  • How to configure an SMB file share for Azure based HPC compute nodes

    For the last few weeks, I have been working with one of our major ISV applications to enable it to “cloud burst” from an on-premises HPC cluster to Azure compute nodes. One of the key capabilities introduced with Service Pack 1 (SP1) for Windows...
  • Use of a differencing VHD can cause the Windows Azure VM Role to not start

    If the parent VHD size is already at the maximum limit, then using a child differencing disk will cause the VM Role to not start. I don't have any official confirmation, but my assumption is that the use of the differencing disk is causing the "effective...
  • More Lessons Learned with VHD's

    After I installed the v1.6 Azure SDK, I discovered a problem while attempting to upload a VHD to Azure. I followed all of the steps for creating the VMRole, including installing the WaIntegrationComponents-x64.msi from the wavmroleic.iso, but when I ran...
  • More fun with Certificates

    I ran across another problem while trying to upload another VHD to Azure. I had decided to upgrade my HPC head node to Service Pack 3 (the Release Candidate is available on http://connect.microsoft.com/hpc ) and when I tried to spin up the Azure VMRole...
  • Lessons learned while uploading a VHD to Windows Azure

    Recently, while attempting to upload a VHD to Windows Azure, I encountered a few perplexing road blocks. Because it took significant research as well as trial and error to determine a work around, I'm posting my findings so that others can avoid those...