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Keith Mayer is a Senior Technical Evangelist at Microsoft focused on Windows Infrastructure, Data Center Virtualization, Systems Management and Private Cloud. Keith has over 20 years of experience as a technical leader of complex IT projects, in diverse roles, such as Network Engineer, IT Manager, Technical Instructor and Consultant. He has consulted and trained thousands of IT Pros worldwide on design of enterprise technology solutions.
Keith is currently certified on several Microsoft technologies, including Private Cloud, System Center, Hyper-V, Windows, Windows Server, SharePoint and Exchange. He also holds other industry certifications from VMware, IBM, Cisco, Citrix, HP, CheckPoint, CompTIA and Interwoven.
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Thank you for attending our recent Partner Tech Night in Columbus OH on What's New in Microsoft Azure for Infrastructure and Development Partners. In this article, I've included a copy of our session deck and additional next step resources ...
This exam study guide is intended as a study reference tool to assist experienced architects with preparing for Microsoft Specialist certification via Exam 70-534, Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions.
Exam 70-534 is one of three exams that can be successfully passed to complete Microsoft Specialist certification on Microsoft Azure. Other exams in this Microsoft Specialist series include:
Only one exam listed above (70-532 or 70-533 or 70-534) needs to be passed to attain Microsoft Specialist certification on Microsoft Azure.
This exam guide presents the target exam objectives within each of the above objective domains in a checklist format to provide an easy method for experienced exam candidates to quickly self-assess their general exam preparedness and also provide specific study resources to help candidates address knowledge gap areas prior to attempting this exam. These are the same study resources that I am personally using to prepare for Exam 70-534 myself, so I’ve already taken time to proof and review each and every resource ...
The Azure Service Management REST API can be a great compliment to the Azure PowerShell module when automating certain Azure cloud tasks for which there's not yet a defined set of PowerShell cmdlets. In previous articles, we've leveraged this API for specific scenarios, such as:
However, in each of our previous articles, we've used management certificates to authenticate to our Azure subscription when calling the Azure Service Management REST API. Azure Active Directory is being used by many organizations for centralized authentication to Azure via the Azure Management Portal, Azure PowerShell using the Add-AzureAccount cmdlet, and to other cloud-based applications (over 2,400 third-party apps as of the date of this article). This prompted me to consider leveraging Azure AD for Azure API authentication as an alternative to management certificates.
In this article, we'll step through the process of authenticating to the Azure Service Management REST API using Azure Active Directory via PowerShell. Leveraging these capabilities together gives us a consistent authentication and scripting experience, along with the extensibility that the Azure API provides.
Along the way, we'll also show a useful example for keeping track of the administrators and co-administrators for your Azure subscription.
The new Azure Preview Portal makes it super-easy to configure a highly available SQL Server 2014 AlwaysOn Availability Group cluster with a new Azure Resource Group Template. After completing 4 fields of information and clicking a single Create button, a complete cluster environment including an Azure Storage Account, Virtual Network, Active Directory Domain Controllers and SQL Server 2014 AlwaysOn cluster will be automatically configured. Of course, if you wish to customize any of the options, you're given the ability to do that too - but that's a few extra clicks! ;-)
When the cluster provisioning process is completed, your new cluster will look like this:
However, when attempting to add additional storage to your new cluster, you'll likely encounter some warning messages that may challenge you. In this article, we'll leverage a bit of PowerShell to sidestep those warnings and continue on our way towards expanding storage capacity and throughput for our AlwaysOn Availability Groups cluster.