Browse by Tags

  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Protect physical servers with Azure Site Recovery

    Hello Folks, Last week I was reading about the devastating fires in western Canada. I happen to come across a post from Dave Kawula a Canadian MVP who has been a collaborator to the CANITPRO team and Microsoft Canada for a long time. It was about how a group of MVP were able to help the Northern Lights...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Setting up the new Azure Active Directory Connect

    Hello Folks, A while back we covered using the Active directory Sync Tool. That tool as now been updated and is now called Azure Active Directory Connect. In this post we will cover installing Azure AD Connect that became Generally Available on June 24, 2015, but you can do a straight upgrade of your...
  • Blog Post: DevOps Basics: ARM Templates Part 2

    Hello Folks, Last week we discussed the composition of ARM Templates . A few days later I was contacted by a reader that pointed out that I forgot to explain how we can find the API versions needed for a specific resource types. So I did some research, asked around internally and I found the answers...
  • Blog Post: DevOps Basics: Infrastructure as Code – ARM Templates

    Hello Folks, Any solution you deploy in the cloud requires some kind of supporting infrastructure. (Such as a virtual network, database server, database, website…) The traditional way of managing\deploying these was to build each part one by one. Step 1 – Create the storage account...
  • Blog Post: DevOps Basics: Infrastructure as Code – The Visual Studio Method

    Hello folks, Last week and the week before we talked about Infrastructure as Code (IaC) and the benefits that you can gain from using a template to deploy your solutions in a orderly fashion. DevOps Basics: Infrastructure as Code DevOps Basics: Infrastructure as Code – The PowerShell...
  • Blog Post: DevOps Basics: Infrastructure as Code – The PowerShell Method

    Hello Folks, Last Thursday I wrote about deploying an Infrastructure using a template through the Azure management Portal . But Infrastructure as Code does not require you to deploy it using the portal; and a GUI. You can use PowerShell to deploy your infrastructure making that much easier to automate...
  • Blog Post: DevOps Basics: Infrastructure as Code

    Hello Folks, Last week in Toronto, we ran our first DevOps hackathon. It brought together developers and IT Pros in an effort to promote collaboration that will enhance their enterprise’s ability to be agile and achieve the following benefits: Ship code faster Improve IT performance Suffer less outages...
  • Blog Post: Nano, Core or Standard? That is the question.

    Hello Folks, Since I came back from Microsoft Ignite in Chicago , I’ve had numerous conversations with ITPros regarding some of the announcements. One of the announcements that I thought was pretty clear turned out to be confusing to some. Nano Server. What is it exactly? Is it a new SKU , is it OEM...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Azure Diagnostics & Microsoft Operations Management Suite

    Hello Folks, Last week we discussed the way to populate OMS with servers by installing the agent directly to a machine . That allows you do deploy the agent on physical and in VMs on-premises and in any cloud where your workloads are running. The whole OMS thing really makes sense for all ITPros. It...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Populating machines in Microsoft Operations Management Suite

    Hello Folks, Last week I wrote about Microsoft Operations Management Suite . But it was just how to get started with setting up your OMS Workspace. This week we’ll look at connecting Servers to our workspace and start collecting data for analysis. But before we go there. Lets address one...
  • Blog Post: Getting Started with Microsoft Operations Management Suite

    Hello folks, Last November I wrote about taking a Deep Dive in Your Own Environment With Operational Insight . Last week in Chicago during the keynote, Brad Anderson and Jeff Woolsey talked about and demoed the new version of that family. It’s called Microsoft Operations Management Suite. (see time index...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Configure AutoScale for a cloud service

    Hello Folks, I’ve been playing around with Azure capabilities and I was really interested in the scaling out capacity. Mostly because I believe that it allows you to save money while having the capacity to support the demands on your apps. Today we will look at autoscaling a cloud service with...
  • Blog Post: Step-by-Step: RDP to a Linux Server in Azure

    Hello Folks, Last weekend was the 2015 Global Azure Bootcamp . I had the privilege of being in Quebec City for the event and spent the day with enthusiastic IT pros who were looking at how Azure can be of benefit to their enterprise. During a side conversation we discussed Azure and source. and...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Prepare USB Media to Install Windows 10

    Hello Folks, 6 years ago I wrote about easily making USB media to install Windows 7 . the process worked so well it’s been drilled in my head and I’ve been using that process ever since. Last week, I was in Montreal to meet the guys from the MITPRO . While I was there one local IT pro and I were trying...
  • Blog Post: Step-by-Step: Assigning a Static IP address to a VM in the new Azure Management Portal

    Hello Folks, I was discussing Virtual Networking with an attendee at an event last weekend and we started talking about static IP addresses in your own virtual Network. I’ve covered this subject before: Step-By-Step: Assigning VMs with Static IP addresses in a Virtual Network But...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Connect an Azure Web App to an existing Virtual Network

    Hello Folks, During an Azure bootcamp, I was asked if there was a way to “connect” an Azure Website (now referred to as Azure Web Apps) to an existing virtual network. As a matter of fact, you can. While you can’t put your Azure Website in an Azure virtual network, you can grants your website access...
  • Blog Post: Step-by-Step: Protect Azure VMs with Azure Backup

    Hello Folks, I’ve covered this topic before from many different angles. Step-by-Step: Setup the Online Backup Service for Windows Server 2012 Step-By-Step: Backup your PC data to Azure Step-By-Step: Backup your PC data to Azure – Follow Up! Step-By-Step: Restoring your PC data from Azure Azure Backup...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Image based RemoteApp Enablement via an Existing Azure VM - Part 2

    Hello folks, Last week I started this topic by looking at how you Create your Image based on an Existing Azure VM . Well I knew I was not done… I had just forgotten to state that I was going to finish the process in my next post. Sorry @joe_elway … What was missing was the import...
  • Blog Post: RemoteApp: Creating your Image based on an Existing Azure VM

    Hello folks, Last May (2014) we announced exciting updates to Microsoft Azure . One of these updates was Azure RemoteApp. It gave companies the ability to provide mobile employees access to Windows applications across a range of devices. Combining Microsoft’s powerful Remote Desktop Services capabilities...
  • Blog Post: Planned Maintenance – Azure Style

    Hello Folks, All of us IT pros and DevOps people need to have some time for patching servers, applications, making changes to the infrastructure. It’s part of our lives. it’s something we have wrestled with for years. You ensure that all your users know about it, you plan for it, and you depend on it...
  • Blog Post: Final Word on IOPS in Azure

    Hello Folks, In the past few weeks I’ve been spending some of my spare time in trying to explore the capabilities of Azure where disk performance is concerned. I did that in response to some ITPros, that had expressed doubt that they could reproduce performances they were able to achieve on premises...
  • Blog Post: Azure Disk IOPS and Virtual Machines in IaaS Part II

    Hello Folk, It’s been a while since we talked about IOPS. In fact the last post I wrote on the subject was Azure Disk IOPS and Virtual in IaaS back in November. Since then, I managed to get in the Premium storage preview, so today I thought it would be fun to see how many IOPS I can squeeze out of these...
  • Blog Post: Azure Backup – New Functionality

    Hello Folks, We’ve covered the “Backup” topic many times lately. Step-by-Step: Setup the Online Backup Service for Windows Server 2012 Step-By-Step: Backup your PC data to Azure Step-By-Step: Backup your PC data to Azure – Follow Up! Step-By-Step: Restoring your PC data from Azure However, On February...
  • Blog Post: Step-by-Step: Load balancing workloads in Azure

    Hello folks, The last few weeks I have been meeting with customers in Toronto, Winnipeg, and Calgary. There was one common theme. When we discussed moving workloads to IaaS (Web front ends with SQL back ends) the conversation always came back to scaling. In PaaS scaling websites is pretty straight forwards...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Cloud Platform Roadmap

    Hello folks, Throughout the year Anthony and I have been travelling across Canada speaking with IT pros about the Microsoft Cloud Platform. We know this is something that is important to you. We hear it from each of our encounters with IT pro groups and customers. We read it when we look at surveys results...