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    Until now, when evaluating datacenter compute resources and estimating costs in the cloud has been a challenge. Typically we’re looking at a physical or virtual machine configuration such as CPU size, memory, disk space and so on. However, there are other resources that are more difficult to estimate...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Azure Site Recovery – Replicating Hyper-V VMs to Microsoft Azure

    Have you ever wished that you could take your virtual machines (VMs) and replicate them to a cloud service for disaster recovery purposes? Now you can with Microsoft Azure Site Recovery! Azure Site Recovery (ASR) provides the capability to replicate Hyper-V VMs directly to Azure for recovery purposes...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Azure Automation

    Automation within Microsoft Azure? Yes it’s real. Last week during the Microsoft Build conference Azure Automation was announced. Azure Automation allows you to do the following: Azure Automation allows you to automate the creation, deployment, monitoring, and maintenance of resources in your Azure environment...
  • Blog Post: Create a self-signed certificate for use with Windows Azure using a Windows script.

    If you’ve worked with Windows Azure you’ll know that a certificate is required to interface with Windows Azure from external tools such as PowerShell and Visual Studio. However management certificates are also required to interact with Windows Azure as well. For example, the solutions within System Center...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure, a simple walk-through of options

    I understand there may be some apprehension with utilizing an outside infrastructure to host applications and services . However, I also understand the need to continue to reduce infrastructure costs as well as offer your company and your customer’s scalable and reliable services. Is it possible to do...
  • Blog Post: Working with Windows Azure Storage

    Q: What’s an easy and cost effective (e.g. free) method for me to access Windows Azure storage and upload .VHD files? NOTE: The following isn’t a complete list and there are many tools and suites available however I focused on tools that are easy to use and are primarily free. A: There are a variety...
  • Blog Post: Relating traditional datacenter costs to Windows Azure

    Estimating costs for cloud services can be difficult because there are an infinite amount of permutations on how to piece together services and estimate usage. I liken it to being given multiple ingredients and are expected to piece them together to make a recipe. However, this is something that IT Processionals...
  • Blog Post: Virtualizing SQL Server on Hyper-V and on Windows Azure VMs

    I’ve been asked the question by many organizations: “can we virtualize SQL Server?” My answer is typically yes, however there are several factors to consider before moving SQL Server workloads to a virtualized environment. For the purposes of this post I’ll focus on virtualizing SQL Server on Windows...
  • Blog Post: WINDOWS AZURE HOW-TO - Point-to-Site VPN Walk-Through

    I’ll walk you through how to create a Point-to-Site VPN connection from your machine to Windows Azure.  I’ll also walkthrough how to connect to your Azure Virtual Machines after the Point-to-Site VPN connection is created.   Let’s begin!   I will refer to Point-to-Site as “P2S” occasionally...
  • Blog Post: So you have a datacenter, what next?

    I’ve worked with a number of organizations who are apprehensive about moving workloads to cloud infrastructures. I understand this thought process because these organizations have invested significantly in expertise, equipment, software, and services. Over the last few years there’s been...