I just found this very useful tool, especially if you are dealing with Azure VMs.
This is the tool used by the Azure Developer Support Team. You can install it while on a VM using Powershell by running the following in a Powershell command window:
md c:\tools; Import-Module bitstransfer; Start-BitsTransfer http://dsazure.blob.core.windows.net/azuretools/AzureTools.exe c:\tools\AzureTools.exe; c:\tools\AzureTools.exe
For more info see https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/kwill/2013/08/26/azuretools-the-diagnostic-utility-used-by-the-windows-azure-developer-support-team/
If you have not re-deployed your azure cloud service for a while you might just find that your remote access account has expired. Here is a simple way to push out the expiry date without re-deploying.
- Login to the Azure Management Console ( https://manage.windowsazure.com ), navigate to you cloud service and select the configure tab
- Download the configuration and save to a local temp area.
- Open it up in notepad
- Find the setting that looks like
<ns0:Setting name=”Microsoft.WindowsAzure.Plugins.RemoteAccess.AccountExpiration” value=”2013-09-07T23:59:59.0000000+01:00″ />
- Just change the year to sometime in the future e.g. 2016 and save.
- Then from the same configure page in the Azure management console, upload the config file.
- Wait a few minutes while the file is process and voila! you can now log in. Of course you must know the original password and usename you used when you last deployed.