There was a ton of excitement at Microsoft Tech Ed 2012 in Orlando this week around the new Azure Virtual Machines Infrastructure-as-a-Service customer preview announced last week. Mark Russinovich delivered an outstanding technical session (AZR209) on this topic - the recording for this session is below:
We also announced details this week around the specific Microsoft products, roles and features that are currently supported inside an Azure Virtual Machine, as follows:
Microsoft SharePoint ServerMicrosoft SharePoint Server 2010 and later is supported on Windows Azure Virtual Machines.Microsoft SQL Server64-bit versions of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 and later are supported with the following limitation: SQL Clustering and the 2012 feature of AlwaysOn are not supported.Windows ServerWindows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2012 are supported for the following roles:
The following Windows Server features are not supported on Windows Azure Virtual Machines: BitLocker, Failover Clustering and Network Load Balancing.
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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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