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When migrating to Hybrid Cloud, developing automated standards for provisioning and managing application workloads is key to accelerating the predictable deployment of new business solutions. As you begin developing scripts and workflows, being able to do so with consistency across on-premises datacenters and public cloud platforms is important to promote reusability and agility when migrating these workloads.
In today's article in our Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud series, follow along with Yung Chou and I as we walk through the steps to get started with Windows PowerShell and the Azure PowerShell module for automating both Azure Pack private clouds and Microsoft Azure public clouds via the tenant service management API. We'll provide PowerShell code snippets so that you can easily try this out in your own Hybrid Cloud, too!
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In today's article in our Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud series,we’ll step through the process of setting up Windows Azure Pack for provisioning and delegating on-demand private clouds. Along the way, we’ll call out specific details that you'll find helpful to successfully build your own private cloud lab environment.
Service Management Portal in Windows Azure Pack
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In today's episode in our Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud series, Yung Chou and I demonstrate ways in which you can manage and automate your hybrid cloud environment. Join us for this demo-heavy session as we showcase System Center, Microsoft Azure and Azure Pack, as well as PowerShell for Azure, PowerShell DSC for configuration management and Azure Automation for automated runbooks.
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As you plan your migration to Hybrid Cloud, you may find that your organization has certain specific configuration settings and tools that are required for each new VM being provisioned. Creating your own custom VM images provides an easy way to embed these customized settings into your own library of operating system images so that you aren't spending additional time manually customizing each VM post-provisioning.
In today's article in our Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud series, Blain Barton walks us through the steps of preparing a custom VM image that we can leverage for quickly building new VMs on Microsoft Azure.
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Today’s topic in our series focuses on migrating existing VMware and Amazon AWS server workloads to the Microsoft Azure public cloud platform as a secure extension of your on-premises datacenter. Along the way, we’ll discuss several migration tools that can help to streamline the process, including the recently announced Microsoft Migration Accelerator for Azure, which is currently available in limited preview to customer organizations located in North America.
This article is part 20 in our continuing series on Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud by our US IT Pro team. After reading this article, be sure to catch up on the whole series!
As you begin preparing your network environment for server migrations to Windows Server 2012 R2 and Microsoft Azure, there's value in examining your existing server operating system images to make sure that you can use them consistently across your new Hybrid Cloud infrastructure. Earlier this week, Blain and I discussed the ability to leverage existing virtual hard disk OS images using Azure Pack in an on-premises private cloud and also on the Microsoft Azure public cloud platform.
In today's article in our Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud series, Yung Chou gives us the details on preparing operating system images for use as VM Gallery Items with Azure Pack in an on-premises Private Cloud. Later this week, Blain will be back to help up prepare existing virtual hard disk images for use with Microsoft Azure as well.
From Yung's article: "To publish a gallery item in Windows Azure Pack (WAP), the associated OS image disks, i.e. vhd files, must be set according to what's in the readme file of a gallery resource package. For those who are not familiar with the operations, this can be a frustrating learning experience before finally getting it right. This blog post is to address this concern by presenting a routine with a sample PowerShell script to facilitate the process ..."
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As you begin planning your migration from legacy versions of Windows Server, you may find that you still have some physical servers in your environment. Migrating a copy of these physical servers to virtual machines provides the ability to consolidate these servers on a smaller number of physical hosts to save on hardware costs and potentially improve resiliency. A physical-to-virtual (P2V) migration can also help to expedite the process of migrating these servers to Windows Server 2012 R2 and Microsoft Azure by allowing you to safely test your migration steps in advance on staged copies of the original servers.
In today's article in our Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud series, Blain Barton walks us through the steps for migrating existing physical servers that may still be in our environment to virtual machines. Blain explores the options for performing P2V migrations using the latest version of Disk2VHD, System Center 2012 and the forthcoming release of the Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter (MVMC) 3.0 tool.
In today's episode of our Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud series, Blain Barton and I kick-off Virtualization Week with a discussion on Compute Virtualization in the Hybrid Cloud. Join us as we discuss how virtualization is no longer constrained to the physical capacity of an on-premises environment. We'll also showcase tools and techniques that are available in Microsoft Azure, Azure Pack and System Center 2012 R2 that can help you with your move to Hybrid Cloud virtualization.
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With Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute, organizations can create private, high-throughput network connections between Azure datacenters and existing infrastructure, whether it’s on-premises or in a co-location environment. ExpressRoute connections do not go over the public Internet, and as such they can offer more reliability, faster speeds, lower latencies and higher security than typical connections over the Internet.
In today's article in our Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud series, we discuss connection options, scenarios, considerations and steps for leveraging Azure ExpressRoute as part of your Hybrid Cloud cross-premises network architecture.
Hybrid Cloud is all about leveraging the "best of both worlds" by combining the low-latency access of an on-premises datacenter with the elastic, pay-as-you-go nature of a public cloud platform like Microsoft Azure. Cross-premises connectivity enables these two environments to be connected into a single hybrid network, providing the ability to easily leverage Azure as a remote extension of your on-premises network.
In today's article in our Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud series, Kevin Remde guides us step-by-step through the process of establishing secure cross-premises connectivity over a standard Internet connection using a Site-to-Site VPN. Tomorrow, we'll be discussing an alternative connectivity option over dedicated network paths: Azure ExpressRoute.
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When running application workloads on Microsoft Azure, virtual networks deliver the ability for multiple virtual machines and/or cloud services to communicate with one another across a secure, isolated IP network infrastructure. Like physical networks, the IP address space associated with these virtual networks can be subnetted to organize workload components and simplify guest operating system firewall rules. In addition, IP reservations can be defined when an equivalent to static IP addresses are required in the cloud.
In today's article in our Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud series, Matt Hester walks through building Microsoft Azure virtual networks. In his accompanying video tutorial, he shows how to build a virtual network and define subnets via the Microsoft Azure management portal. In addition, he also steps through the process of testing, assigning and displaying reserved IP addresses on a virtual network.
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Some application scenarios may require, or desire, a static public IP address, so that you have predictable IP addresses for handling network traffic and firewall rules. When migrating these applications to a cloud platform, such as Microsoft Azure, reserving public IP addresses for these applications can be an important step in your migration plan.
In today's article in our Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud series, Brian Lewis shows us step-by-step how to reserve a public IP address for hosting application workloads on Azure.
From Brian's article: "Hopefully by now you have had a chance to use Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines and Websites. One of the things you might want for your server on the internet is an IP address that doesn’t change. You may want this to ensure your outbound traffic from your Azure server uses a predictable IP address. This will enable you to set a DNS record or a firewall rule with your dedicated IP address. Another benefit of reserving an address is that you keep your IP address even when you de-provision your virtual machine. There are some important steps you need to pay attention to ..."
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Kevin Remde and I kick-off Networking week in our Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud series with discussion and demos on the various options for building cross-premises networks. These options provide the ability for organizations to securely extend enterprise networks to Microsoft Azure. Join us for an in-depth exploration around site-to-site connectivity in a hybrid cloud and learn how to address networking needs around speed, reliability and security.
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In today's article in our Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud series, Dan Stolts provides us with step-by-step instructions for leveraging Microsoft Azure Backup to protect servers against data loss and corruption in our Hybrid Cloud by enabling cloud-based offsite backup.
From Dan's article: "Azure Backup encrypts and protects your backups in offsite cloud storage with Microsoft Azure, adding a layer of protection in case data loss or disaster impacts your servers. It can integrate with the backup tools in Windows Server or System Center Data Protection Manager, and you can manage cloud backups from these familiar tools to configure, monitor, and recover backups across local disk and cloud storage with ease. Data stored in Azure Backup is geo-replicated among Microsoft Azure data centers, for additional protection. Your data is encrypted before it leaves your on-premises data center, and it remains encrypted in Microsoft Azure – only you have the key. Incremental backups provide multiple versions of data for point-in-time recovery, and you can recover just what you need with file-level recovery."
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In today's article in our continuing blog series on Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud being published by our US IT Pro team, we’ll discuss enabling “cross-premises data mobility” within a Hybrid Cloud by leveraging a new cloud-enabled storage solution: Microsoft StorSimple 8000.
When migrating application workloads to a cloud platform, such as Microsoft Azure, moving the OS and application bits to the cloud is usually pretty manageable. The virtual disks for VM’s containing OS and application binaries are usually somewhat small in size and can be moved rather quickly over common business-grade Internet connections. Moving application data, however, can be a different story – some applications have vast amounts of data, hundreds of gigabytes or several terabytes in size, and it could take days or weeks to move all that data to the cloud over the Internet. By leveraging Microsoft Azure and Microsoft StorSimple 8000, bi-directional mobility of enterprise data between on-premises and cloud locations can be realized to allow organizations to quickly leverage Hybrid Cloud architectures when considering business scenarios that involve large data sets.
Yesterday, Matt Hester discussed the advantages of SMB shared folders in an on-premises datacenter for simplifying storage architectures in his article on Hyper-V over SMB. In today's article in our Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud series, Jessica DeVita walks us through building an SMB shared folder solution in the Cloud using Microsoft Azure and the new Azure Files preview feature.
Shared folders play an important role in many existing applications as a simple shared storage location for centralizing application configuration information and business data. With Azure Files, it's now super-easy to move applications that require SMB shared folders to Azure, so that you can capitalize on the cost and agility benefits of a cloud platform for these applications.
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In today's article in our continuing series on Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud, my good friend and colleague Matt Hester provides a great technical overview of Hyper-V over SMB. Matt walks us through configuration steps via GUI tools and PowerShell, and he also provides a list of additional useful resources for learning more.
From Matt's article: "In Windows Server 2012 R2 you can now store virtual machine files, such as configuration, Virtual hard disk (VHDX) files, and snapshots, in file shares over the SMB 3.02 protocol. This can be used for both stand-alone file servers and clustered file servers that use Hyper-V together with shared file storage for the cluster. By leveraging two new features of SMB 3.02 (SMB Direct and SMB Multichannel) on a file server hosting the VHDX drives for your Hyper-V cluster, you can see storage performance on your Hyper-V guests that approaches that of a built-in server storage. Not only that, but those Hyper-V guests enjoy the resiliency of a failover network to help avoid any outages!" ... and, all at a much lower cost than traditional shared storage solutions!
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In today's article in our Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud series, Matt Hester returns to walk us step-by-step through implementing Storage Spaces in Windows Server 2012 R2.
In Windows Server 2012 R2, storage is a "first-class citizen", with enterprise options such as storage virtualization, automated tiering and NTFS de-duplication integrated into the in-box Storage Spaces feature set. In many organizations, storage represents a huge and growing part of the capital IT budget when migrating servers. By smartly leveraging Windows Server 2012 R2 and Storage Spaces, these costs can be substantially reduced. This approach can also provide opportunities for organizations to re-invest these dollars in new IT projects for increased business impact. With Windows Server 2012 R2, Storage Spaces really can be Your Next SAN!
Kevin Remde and Dan Stolts continue our Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud series with an overview on how to plan for a hybrid cloud storage solution using Windows Server 2012 R2 and Microsoft Azure. Tune in for this lively discussion on the many storage options available to you as well as discussions around performance, reliability and security.
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In today's article in our Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud series, Jennelle Crothers provides advice on which applications you should consider prioritizing FIRST for a migration to Microsoft Azure.
From Jennelle's article: "Let's take a look at some common cloud computing patterns and scenarios where they might be useful. With the end of life of Windows Server 2003, you might be taking a close look at the functions and applications in your data center. Now is the time to modernize and mature the systems and tools you use to keep your company (and your skill set) working ..."
Common Cloud Computing Workloads and Scenarios
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How much can I really expect to save by migrating workloads to the Cloud? In today's article in our Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud series, Dan Stolts shows us how to easily answer this question by using the new Microsoft Azure IaaS Cost Estimator Tool.
Microsoft Azure IaaS Cost Estimator Tool
Whether your current environment is running server workloads on physical servers or virtual machines hosted on Hyper-V, VMware or Amazon AWS, this tool can help you analyze the real CPU, memory, disk and network requirements for each workload and use "What If?" cost analysis to estimate costs for running those workloads in the cloud as Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines.
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In today's article in our Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud series, Kevin Remde answers the question "Are my servers and services able to be migrated to Microsoft Azure?". Kevin walks us step-by-step through using the new FREE Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines Readiness Assessment tool to analyze our current on-premises Active Directory, SQL Server and SharePoint Server services. The resulting output provides detailed readiness guidance regarding migration of these services to Azure.
Microsoft Azure Virtual Machine Readiness Assessment Tool
Every successful migration project starts with an effective PLAN. In today's article in our Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud series, Dan Stolts walks us step-by-step through leveraging the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit (MAP Toolkit) to assess our current IT infrastructure and begin planning our migration towards a Hybrid Cloud strategy with Windows Server 2012 R2 and Microsoft Azure.
Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit (MAP Toolkit)
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