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  • Blog Post: Microsoft Azure (IaaS) Cost Estimator Tool

    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: 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: System Center Virtual Machine Manager & Service Templates

    Traditionally system administrators and engineers deploy virtual machines on a one off basis.  However the issue I have with this methodology is it takes too long to deploy and integrate the necessary tiers to host an entire application (or even an simple one). What if there was a way to connect...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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...
  • 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...