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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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  • Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud - Getting Started with Automating the Hybrid Cloud using PowerShell (Part 24)

    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 cloud platforms is important to promote reusability and agility when migrating these workloads.

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    Earlier this week in our Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud series, Yung Chou and I demonstrated the ability to leverage Windows PowerShell and the Azure PowerShell module as an easy way to get started with automation tasks for both Azure Pack private clouds and Microsoft Azure public clouds via the tenant service management REST API and PowerShell cmdlets. So that you can follow along with this step-by-step demo, I’ve included the PowerShell snippets that we used in our demo in this article ...

  • Step-by-Step: Getting Started with NEW Microsoft Azure Automation preview feature

    UPDATE: Azure Automation has been updated to support Azure Active Directory authentication to simplify the steps for getting started! As an alternative to the steps below for configuring certificate-based authentication, check out this article by Joe Levy, Program Manager on the Azure Automation team,  for getting started with Azure AD with Azure Automation.

    Earlier this week, Microsoft Azure Automation was made available on the Microsoft Azure cloud platform as a public preview.  This new feature allows you to automate the creation, monitoring, deployment and management of cloud resources in your Microsoft Azure subscription using a highly-available workflow execution engine.  Azure Automation provides an orchestration feature set for public cloud resources that is similar to what the Service Management Automation (SMA) engine provides for on-premises private cloud resources via the Windows Azure Pack and System Center 2012 R2 Orchestrator.

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    Azure Automation is super-cool, because it allows us to perform automated cloud provisioning and management without needing to manually build and manage a separate set of automation servers.  And … scalability and high availability of the Azure Automation engine is provided natively via the Microsoft Azure cloud platform without any extra configuration steps needed, which helps to make sure that your scheduled runbooks will always execute when needed.

    In this article, I’ll step through the process of getting started with Azure Automation. Along the way, we’ll build a runbook and PowerShell workflow for performing basic automation of Microsoft Azure virtual machines.

  • Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud - Getting Started with On-demand Private Clouds using Windows Azure Pack (Part 23)

    As I’ve been traveling and speaking to IT Pros about the great scalability, resiliency and offerings in our Microsoft Azure public cloud platform, there’s also been lots of interest around deploying our free Windows Azure Pack (WAP) to bring the power and consistency of the same self-service Azure portal user interface to on-demand Private Clouds provisioned in an on-premises datacenter.

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    Service Management Portal in Windows Azure Pack

    In this article, we’ll step through the process of setting up Windows Azure Pack in a lab environment for provisioning and delegating VM private clouds. Along the way, I’ll call out the specific details that I found helpful to successfully build my own lab environment.

  • TechNet Radio: (Part 5) Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud - Hybrid Cloud Management and Automation

    In part 5 of our " Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud " series, Yung Chou and Keith Mayer demonstrate ways in which you can manage and automate your hybrid cloud environment. Tune in for this demo heavy session as they showcase System Center, Microsoft Azure and the Windows Azure Pack as well as PowerShell for Azure, PowerShell DSC for configuration management and Azure Automation for automated runbooks. [ 1:15 ] When architecting a Hybrid Cloud infrastructure, what are some...
  • Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud – Migrating VMware & Amazon AWS to Microsoft Azure with Microsoft Migration Accelerator (Part 20)

    Today’s topic focuses on migrating existing 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.

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    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!