Adding BGInfo extension on Azure Resource Manager VM

Microsoft has not yet added a way to add extensions to Resource Manger VMs on Azure. Luckily there is a way to do this using Powershell.

Prerequisites:

You need to have the Azure Powershell tools installed – see https://azure.microsoft.com/da-dk/documentation/articles/powershell-install-configure/

Afterwards connect to Azure – see this http://azurefabric.com/powershell-1-0-and-arm-tenants-and-subscriptions/

First step:

First we need to install the Windows Azure VM Agent on the VM server. This can be downloaded from here – http://aka.ms/vmagentwin.

You need to run this installer from an elevated command prompt (run command prompt or Powershell as administrator).

If you skip this step you will be in all kinds of trouble 😉 I didn’t install this before I installed the BGInfo extensions. The extension was installed, but the status was failed. Also the standard extension (if you installed diagnostics) Microsoft.Insights.VMDiagnosticsSettings failed after this. Installing the Azure VM Agent afterwards does not solve these problems. I’m currently trying to uninstall the BGInfo extension again from the portal, it has been running for 54 minutes now… I will update this post later, when I have a solution for this mess.

Second step:

Start up your Azure Powershell and connect to your subscription (see prerequisites)

Run this command to install the BGInfo extension (thank you BigSkyTech – Technet forums post)

Warning! Users will get disconnected while the VM is being updated!

Set-AzureRmVMExtension -ExtensionName BGInfo -Publisher Microsoft.Compute -Version 2.1 -ExtensionType BGInfo -Location northeurope -ResourceGroupName YOUR_RESOURCE_GROUP -VMName YOUR_VM_NAME

Next time you log in to your server, the BGInfo should now be displayed, yay!

The extension also becomes visible in the Azure management portal – look under Virtual Machines > YOUR_VM > Settings > Extensions

Want more?

Wanna see all available extensions? Run this…

Get-AzureVMAvailableExtension | Out-GridView

If you want to install Microsoft Antimalware you can run…
Don’t use this just yet… it’s kinda buggy 😦
Set-AzureRmVMExtension -ExtensionName IaaSAntimalware -Publisher Microsoft.Azure.Security -Version 1.3 -ExtensionType IaaSAntimalware -Location northeurope -ResourceGroupName YOUR_RESOURCE_GROUP -VMName YOUR_VM_NAME
Be patient, it can take quite a while to add certain extensions, don’t give up! 🙂

 

 

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