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Azure Interactives

10:46 am in Azure, Azure Interactives, Cloud by Wim Matthyssen

Azure is a growing collection of integrated services that IT professionals and developers can use to build, deploy or manage applications in the cloud. With so many services now available, most of the time it is somewhat of a challenge to find the right information. To help you have a clear overview, Microsoft has released a new beta webpage, the Azure Interactives, which will guide and introduce you to all the various services that are available on Azure.


From this interactive page, you can easily navigate to the three experiences listed below, to display and find all information you want.

Azure Products

From here, you can easily select a specific Azure product and find all information, documentation and pricing links about it.


Cloud design patterns

This page will give you architecture guidance and lists common problems and patterns for your cloud applications.


Azure security + operations management

This page will give you a guide on how to efficiently manage and protect your Azure and on-premises resources.


Have fun checking this all out.

Wim Matthyssen (@wmatthyssen)

MABS v2: Unable to install DPM Remote Administration console on a W2K8 R2 SP1 server because mi.dll is missing

9:32 am in Azure, Azure Backup, Azure Backup Server, DPM Remote Administration, mi.dll, Microsoft Azure Backup Server, Microsoft Azure Backup Server v2, PowerShell, WMF 5.1 by Wim Matthyssen

While installing the DPM Remote Administrator console on a Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 (W2K8 R2 SP1) for remote administration of a customers Microsoft Azure Backup Server (MABS) v2, I stumbled upon the below error message, which resulted in the setup being aborted:

The Program can’t start because mi.dll is missing from your computer. Try reinstalling the program to fix this problem.


This error shows up because one of the following requirements is not installed: Windows Management Framework 4.0, .NET Framework 4.0 or Visual C++ Redistributable for Visual Studio 2012 Update 4

needs to be installed to be able to deploy the DPM Remote Administration console on a W2K8 R2 server.

To fix the issue, I checked if all latest Windows Updates were installed. Afterwards I installed the Windows Management Framework 5.1 (WMF 5.1), .NET Framework 4.0 and the Visual C++ Redistributable for Visual Studio 2012 Update 4 on the W2K8 R2 SP1 server, which can be downloaded from the link above. To ease up and to automate the installation, you can use the below PowerShell script (copy and/or save as .ps1) to get things downloaded somewhat faster.


When the C:\Temp folder opens after the downloads, run Install-WMF5.1.ps1. (PowerShell window with Administrator privileges) to install WMF 5.1





Before rebooting, also run the two other packages, dotNetFx40_Full_setup.exe and vcredist_x64.exe (if required). When done reboot the server.


When the server is rebooted, check if mi.dll exists under C:\Windows\System32.


You can now start Setup.exe (Microsoft Azure Backup Server folder) and start the DPM Remote Administration installation.



Hope this post helps whenever you face the same problem.

Wim Matthyssen (@wmatthyssen)