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From time to time, you may have an opportunity to attend one of our in-person events - IT Camp. Lately these events focus on using Microsoft Azure, particularly using the Infrastructure as a Service components, Virtual Machines, to extend or supplement your existing on-prem infrastructure. During these events you have the opportunity to try out Azure with our hands-on lab guide. For those of you who haven't had a chance to attend an event yet or maybe you just want to share the labs with a colleague, here is the version of the labs we will be using this Spring!
The goal of labs 1-3 is to show you how Azure and PowerShell can be used to perform familiar tasks while reducing the need for using a GUI tool or a web interface. Using the lab manual and scripts referenced within it, you will set up core Azure components for your cloud infrastructure, including storage accounts, networking and cloud services. Then you will deploy a traditional Active Directory infrastructure using PowerShell for managing Azure and remotely connect to the VMs to configure Active Directory. Finally, you will use that AD infrastructure to sync with Azure Active Directory and activate Multifactor Authentication features.
With Lab 4, you will use a single script to automate the deployment of a SQL Server and a Web Server to host an application. With minimal adjustments to the script (for uniqueness), you can experience the power behind reusable code in your organization.
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Did you love the Hybrid Cloud Blog Series? Do you wish you could learn more in person? Get hybrid-ready at a free IT Camps in California, Florida and Tennessee next week!
Join us for this interactive, full-day training session and learn how to move your workloads from on-premises to the cloud and back again. You'll see how Microsoft Azure supports powerful virtualization, on-demand application scaling, complete data control, and the fastest customer response times around. Get the scoop from a technical evangelist who can show you how to expand your IT options without adding complexity – or giving yourself a headache in the process. Here are just a few of the topics we'll cover:
Don't miss one of these valuable, free events – regardless of whether you're new to the cloud, or you currently use an on-premises, hybrid or fully cloud-based solution. All IT Pros are welcome! Sessions run from 9:00am - 4:00pm. Attendance is limited, so save your seat today.
Not close enough for you? Let us know in the comments and don't forget to check out the full blog series on Azure and the Hybrid Cloud for the IT Pro.
Did you blink and miss it? Last Friday was the end of the most recent blog series for IT Pros - on Hybrid Cloud! The results were several great step-by-step guides by Kevin Remde, Dan Stolts and Blain Barton. Find them below and check out the entire 15-post series.
If you've been following along since week one, you know this series is quickly coming to a close. Don't fall behind this week! So far, week three has brought three step-by-step guides and a Jump Start to Azure certification.
Today brings Week Two of the Hybrid Cloud for IT Pros Blog Series to a close. This week, we've brought you topics on network connectivity, migration and remote access. If you haven't had a chance to dig in, you can quickly catch up right here! Check back next week as we touch on more migration, identity and automation. Also, don't miss out on the great posts from Week One - see the full series of posts for those!
Networking functionality can be one of the make it or break it components of your hybrid cloud deployment. Over the last two weeks, Yung Chou and Tommy Patterson have covered a lot of what you need to make the planning and adoption of a hybrid cloud with Azure a seamless part of your on-premises infrastructure. Check out all the posts here:
Find the full list of posts from the entire series so far at http://aka.ms/HybridCloudforITPro
Our second week of the Hybrid Cloud for the IT Professional blog series starts off with Tommy Patterson bringing us more about Azure Virtual Networks with two installments of Connectivity to the Datacenter from Azure. Part One is available today, check back tomorrow for Part Two.
If you need more of a primer for Azure Networking, check out Yung Chou's post from earlier in the series. For the full list of posts in this series so far, visit http://aka.ms/HybridCloudforITPro.
Today brings Week One of the Hybrid Cloud for IT Pros Blog Series to a close. For today, Jennelle Crothers explains the differences between the various redundancy options in Azure storage. If you haven't had a chance to check out all the posts for this week, here is the list:
Over the next three weeks, the US IT Pro Evangelists will be running a blog series on extending your datacenter with Azure. The "cloud" has become the next great location to host some (or all) of your IT infrastructure and there is a lot of "what-ifs" and "how-tos" that can make it complex. With this series, we hope to shed some light on some of the more common usage scenarios and concerns you might be coming across as you explore how the cloud can work for the organization you support.
Look forward to posts from Yung Chou, Dan Stolts, Kevin Remde, Tommy Patterson, Blain Barton, Jessica DeVita and myself as we cover topics including infrastructure services, backup solutions, networking fundamentals and connectivity, remote access, SQL Server, Multifactor Authentication, Azure certification and more! This post will list the summary of all the post titles and links.
Azure Storage Redundancy Options
Today in Part 3 of the blog series, Kevin Remde show us how to extend your existing Active Directory infrastructure to the cloud with a step-by-step guide - AD Domain Controllers in the Azure... You Bet!
If you missed the earlier posts this week or need a primer in getting started with Azure for IaaS, check out Yung Chou's Azure IaaS 101 and 102 Fundamentals.
Today marks the conclusion of our Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud series. Over the past 6 weeks we've walked through the process of assessing our current environment, planning and architecting our new environment with Windows Server 2012 R2 and Microsoft Azure, and then migrating existing server workloads to our new Hybrid Cloud infrastructure.
As you continue through your own server migrations, the following additional resources will be helpful to continue your Hybrid Cloud learning on Microsoft Virtual Academy ...
In addition, as technical questions arise during your migrating planning, feel free to reach out to our team of US-based IT Pros if we can assist with additional guidance and resources.
In today's article in our Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud series, follow along with Dan Stolts as he provides an overview of the various options and considerations for migrating existing SQL Server databases to the Microsoft Azure cloud platform, along with step-by-step examples.
READ DAN'S ARTICLE HERE!
In today's article in our Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud series, Blain Barton is back to walk us through using the Microsoft Exchange Server Deployment Assistant tool to define a step-by-step checklist for migrating legacy Exchange Servers to Office 365.
READ BLAIN'S FULL ARTICLE HERE!
Lots of organizations may have web servers running on Windows Server 2003 today. With End-of-Support for Windows Server 2003 quickly approaching on July 14, 2015, your migration plan should include migrating these web servers to either Windows Server 2012 R2 or Microsoft Azure Websites. Migration of existing web applications can involve several considerations, but there's also tools available to help streamline this process. When migrating to Azure Websites, you can also benefit from new capabilities that you may not currently have today, such as improved availability, a financially-backed Service Level Agreement, one-click scalability, and a super-easy way of managing roll-forward and roll-back of web application or web site changes.
In today's article in our Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud series, Blain Barton walks us through the steps for migrating existing web sites and web applications to Windows Server 2012 R2 and Microsoft Azure. Along the way, he also explores tools, such as the Azure Websites Migration Assistant, that can help accelerate your migration steps.
In today's article in our Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud series, Tommy Patterson is back again to help us with options for easily migrating existing legacy file servers to Windows Server 2012 R2.
Join Tommy as he explains leveraging tools such as Distributed File Servers (DFS) namespaces, Robocopy, and the Server Migration Tools kit to quickly move and modernize Server Message Block (SMB) file server workloads to Windows Server 2012 R2. When considering moving SMB shared folders to the Microsoft Azure public cloud, be sure to also check out this article from Jessica DeVita on our new Azure Files cloud platform feature.
READ TOMMY'S FULL ARTICLE HERE!
Windows Server 2003 End-of-Support is quickly approaching on July 14th, 2015 ... does your organizations still have Windows Server 2003 servers running key infrastructure services, such as Active Directory, DNS and DHCP? The process for migrating these key services to Windows Server 2012 R2 may be easier than you think!
In today's article in our Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud series, Tommy Patterson steps through the general process for migrating Active Directory, DNS and DHCP services from Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2012 R2. Along the way, he also provides links to additional helpful tools and resources.
In today's episode of our Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud series, Blain Barton and Tommy Patterson discuss how to get started migrating server workloads to Windows Server 2012 R2 and Microsoft Azure. Join us for this great session on server migration from on-premises to the cloud or a combination of both. Learn which option is best for your organization as well as what tools are available to make this process as efficient as possible.
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In today's article in our Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud series, Dan Stolts steps through the configuration of System Center 2012 R2 for monitoring workloads cross-premises in the Hybrid Cloud.
From Dan's article: "Hybrid Cloud monitoring tools give us the capability of seeing ALL of our application workloads: on-premises machines, virtual machines and even all of our cloud infrastructure. Not only can we see how they are doing and anticipate failure, but we can audit (track who changed what) and even evaluate performance. By seeing our complete hybrid infrastructure, we can proactively make sure it all stays running to meet our SLAs and we keep our jobs and prosper ..."
READ DAN'S FULL ARTICLE HERE!
Make it so! Traditional configuration management of server and application workloads can be complicated. In the past, configuration management has often required us to build and maintain lots of scripts with complex conditional logic to handle all possible states of a server when deploying a new configuration to it. PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC) simplifies configuration management in the Hybrid Cloud by defining a declarative description of the end-state of our servers. DSC automatically determines which components needed to be added, removed or updated based on the current state of servers to which this definition is applied. What's more, DSC can be leveraged across your Hybrid Cloud to provide a consistent approach for managing the configuration of on-premises hosts, virtual machines, application roles and public cloud fabrics!
In today's article in our Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud series, Kevin Remde steps through leveraging PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC) to define the configuration of a server, apply that configuration, and then periodically verify (and remediate, if necessary) that the configuration is still in-place.
READ KEVIN'S FULL ARTICLE HERE!
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!
READ THIS COMPLETE ARTICLE HERE!
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.
WATCH THE FULL EPISODE HERE!
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.
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 ..."
READ YUNG'S FULL ARTICLE HERE!
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