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  • 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: Copying Virtual Machines to Windows Azure using System Center App Controller 2012 R2

    When I hear the term “Hybrid Cloud” I think of a mesh of networking, compute, and storage resources located within the confines of a datacenter and spanning to commercially (publicly) available clouds such as Windows Azure. However, making the move to a commercial cloud requires trust, planning, and...
  • Blog Post: Move VM’s between Hyper-V and Windows Azure

    One of the benefits when working with Hyper-V and Windows Azure is the portability of Virtual Machines. For example when Virtual Machines are created in Windows Azure, you have the option to pull them down and run them on your Hyper-V servers or you have the option to push Hyper-V Virtual Machines to...
  • 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: Backing up Servers to Windows Azure Backup via Recovery Services

    Looking for a quick method to back up your Windows servers however you don’t want to consume any more onsite storage? Windows Azure Backup Vault is the answer. Windows Azure Backup Agent is an add-on for Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 that you can download and install to...
  • Blog Post: Monitoring Windows Azure with System Center Operations Manager 2012 – GET ME STARTED!

    OK, you’ve installed System Center Operations Manger 2012 (OM 2012) and need to monitor Windows Azure services and VMs how do you do that? I’ll outline how to connect System Center Operations Manager 2012 to Windows Azure, add Windows Azure monitors, and create views to view the status of your 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...
  • 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: Move your SQL Server Databases to Windows Azure SQL

    Would you like to move SQL Server databases out of your datacenter and into a reliable, scalable, and secure solution? How about taking those databases that are rarely accessed or even idle and storing them somewhere else? Windows Azure SQL Database can help you with solve those issues and more! What...
  • 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: Load-Balance Virtual Machines in Windows Azure

    Did you know you can load-balance virtual machines (VMs) within Windows Azure? The following content is a walk through of how to set up load-balancing across two VMs within Windows Azure. Assumptions Windows Azure account is created Technologies utilized Windows Server 2012 R2 Internet Information Services...
  • Blog Post: Deploy your web application to Windows Azure with Visual Studio

    Web applications have traditionally been deployed to data center hosted servers (e.g. IIS, Apache, etc.) and published either publicly, internally, or a combination of both. The process of web deployment has consisted of packing up of web content files, copying them to a web server or servers, and...
  • 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, 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: Multi-Factor Authentication… the simple way

    Do you support or are you planning to implement a multi-factor authentication solution? I have a simple, easy to set up multi-factor authentication solution for you! First we need to define what multi-factor authentication is: Multi-factor authentication or two-factor authentication is used to increase...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Media Services and Web Sites

    Have you ever wanted to publish videos or training material without having to deploy a new server or purchase a solution? With Windows Azure Media Services you can! First let’s briefly learn about what Windows Azure Media Services is: Media Services offer the flexibility, scalability and...