//Cloud notes from my desk -Maheshk

"Fortunate are those who take the first steps.” ― Paulo Coelho

How to specify VNet details when creating New-AzureBatchPool compute nodes

Recently I had an ask from a developer to check Azure Powershell Command let> New-AzureBatchPool script execution issue. He wanted to specify the VNet details as a parameter to this command so that the batch pool nodes would created with this detail. Unfortunately, we did not have any sample to refer or validate parameter. We spent quite amount of time tweaking the parameter to see the effect but no luck. Lately found a link where these details are explained enough to try on our own.

Please note, failing to follow these condition would throw errors. Suggest to start this https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/batch/batch-api-basics#pool-network-configuration and also this https://msdn.microsoft.com/library/azure/dn820174.aspx#bk_netconf. Each and every condition in the below list matters.

  • The specified Virtual Network (VNet) must be in the same Azure region as the Azure Batch account.
  • The specified VNet must be in the same subscription as the Azure Batch account.
  • The specified VNet must be a Classic VNet. VNets created via Azure Resource Manager are not supported.
  • The specified subnet should have enough free IP addresses to accommodate the “targetDedicated” property. If the subnet doesn’t have enough free IP addresses, the pool will partially allocate compute nodes, and a resize error will occur.
  • The “MicrosoftAzureBatch” service principal must have the “Classic Virtual Machine Contributor” Role-Based Access Control (RBAC) role for the specified VNet. If the specified RBAC role is not given, the Batch service returns 400 (Bad Request).
  • The specified subnet must allow communication from the Azure Batch service to be able to schedule tasks on the compute nodes. This can be verified by checking if the specified VNet has any associated Network Security Groups (NSG). If communication to the compute nodes in the specified subnet is denied by an NSG, then the Batch service will set the state of the compute nodes to unusable.
  • This property can be specified only for pools created with cloudServiceConfiguration. If this is specified on pools created with the virtualMachineConfiguration property, the Batch service returns 400 (Bad Request).

Working Powershell command let for easy reference:-

Select-AzureRmSubscriptionSubscriptionName “xxxxx Azure xxx xxxx – xxxx”

$batchcontext = Get-AzureRmBatchAccountKeysAccountName nicoloasbatch

$objectvnetconf = New-ObjectTypeName Microsoft.Azure.Commands.Batch.Models.PSNetworkConfiguration

$objectvnetconf.SubnetId = “/subscriptions/xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx/resourceGroups/nicoloasbatch/providers/Microsoft.ClassicNetwork/virtualNetworks/nicolasclassicvnet/subnets/mysubnet1”

$configuration = New-ObjectTypeName “Microsoft.Azure.Commands.Batch.Models.PSCloudServiceConfiguration”ArgumentList @(4,”*”)

New-AzureBatchPool -Id “MikkybatchPool” –VirtualMachineSize “Small” –TargetDedicated 1 –BatchContext $batchcontextNetworkConfiguration $objectvnetconfCloudServiceConfiguration $configuration

How to specify RBAC details, explained in screenshots.

> The “MicrosoftAzureBatch” service principal must have the “Classic Virtual Machine Contributor” Role-Based Access Control (RBAC) role for the specified VNet. If the specified RBAC role is not given, the Batch service returns 400 (Bad Request).



Step 2:-


Step 3:-


How to verify whether it is successfully executed or not.


On successful execution…



Pool network configuration- https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/batch/batch-api-basics#pool-network-configuration

Add a pool to an account(networkConfiguration) https://msdn.microsoft.com/library/azure/dn820174.aspx#bk_netconfhttps://msdn.microsoft.com/library/azure/dn820174.aspx#bk_netconf

Thanks to Marie-Magdelaine Nicolas for sharing the powershell command let.

2016-11-25 Posted by | Azure, Azure Batch, PaaS, Powershell | | Leave a comment

How to suppress the warning message from an older API in Eclipse

While I was working for a repro, I struck with this issue for an hour scratching many things but searching links after link, finally got to know that we can actually suppress this warning instead fixing our references/packages.



2016-11-22 Posted by | Eclipse, Java | | Leave a comment

Quick tip on Service Fabric Remoting service development

Azure Service Fabric needs no introduction. It is our next gen PaaS offering or also called PaaS v2. It’s been used internally for many years, tested and released as SDK for consumption. Some of the well known offerings like Az Sql, Az DocDB, Skype etc runs on Service Fabric. We already see developer community consuming for their production and hearing lot of goodness.

It is free, any one can download the SDK, develop and run from their laptop or own data center or publish to Azure. It works on windows and Linux as well. It has lot of rich features over the previous PaaS offerings (cloud services) so seeing lot of traction from big companies considering for critical application.

This sample is based on this example:-https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/service-fabric-reliable-services-communication-remoting/ 

Service side proj settings: Set the platform target as x64 If you want to use reliable collections, reliable actors APIs, failing to have this set throws as binding exception as below.

System.BadImageFormatException was unhandled
  FileName=Microsoft.ServiceFabric.Services, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=31bf3856ad364e35
  FusionLog=Assembly manager loaded from:  C:WindowsMicrosoft.NETFrameworkv4.0.30319clr.dll
Running under executable  D:Cases_CoderemotingclienttestbinDebugremotingclienttest.vshost.exe
— A detailed error log follows.






For client side/calling method, I do not see set up related information in detailed here https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/service-fabric-reliable-services-communication-remoting/. I found, these 3 dll’ s has to be referred at client side project for consuming service. I simply copied from service side sample packages folder to calling side proj folder.





sample code available – https://1drv.ms/u/s!ApBwDDnGdg5BhNd-KQHtWtaH-sbRcA

2016-11-13 Posted by | .NET, Azure Dev, C#, Microservices, PaaS, ServiceFabric, VS2015 | | Leave a comment


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