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  • Data Collection for Regulated & Healthcare Industries with Inspector and Microsoft Azure

    Conor Hyland, Product Manager at IMEC Technologies joins Keith Mayer in this “Cloud Solution Innovators” edition as they discuss Inspector , a data collection software solution that can help your organization easily perform your field inspections. [ 1:24 ] Can you tell us a bit about IMEC Technologies and what solutions you deliver? [ 2:02 ] What does Inspector do and how does it leverage Microsoft Azure? [ 4:22 ] DEMO: Inspector walk through and demo Schedule a LIVE Demo here www.mobi-inspector...
  • Radically Simple Business Intelligence with Halo BI and the Microsoft Azure Cloud

    Brandon Kirby, Vice President of Technology & Business Development at Halo BI joins Keith Mayer in this “Cloud Solution Innovators” edition as they discuss how Halo BI can help your data discovery needs with a with their complete business intelligence solution suite and services. [ 1:00 ] Can you tell us a bit about Halo BI and your solutions? [ 8:49 ] How does HALO BI work with SQL Server and Microsoft Azure? [ 19:51 ] DEMO: Halo BI solutions in action Schedule a LIVE Demo here www.HaloBI.com...
  • Step-by-Step: Managing Azure Resources with Azure Resource Manager (ARM) and PowerShell

    In the past few articles, we’ve been focusing on provisioning end-to-end IaaS environments on the Microsoft Azure cloud platform using the new Azure Resource Manager API and PowerShell.  In this article, we’ll be looking at several ways to manage these environments post-provisioning using some of the new capabilities, such as Resource Groups and Tags, that ARM provides.

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  • Managing SharePoint & Exchange in the Cloud with Office 365, Azure and DocAve Online from AvePoint

    John Peluso, Vice President of Product Development at AvePoint joins Keith Mayer for this “Cloud Solution Innovators” episode as they discuss how AvePoint can help onboard organizations with their move to the cloud with Microsoft Azure and the Office 365 suite of services. [ 1:20 ] Can you tell us a bit about the types of solutions AvePoint delivers? [ 2:20 ] When building this solution, what attracted you most to building on Microsoft Azure? [ 4:37 ] DEMO: AvePoint Online Services Sign Up or Sign...
  • Big Data in the Clouds with Hortonworks and Microsoft Azure

    Rohit Bakhshi, Sr. Product Manager at Hortonworks joins Keith Mayer as they discuss how Hortonworks can help with your Big Data and Hadoop needs. Tune in as they provide us with an in-depth demo of their solutions and learn how you can get started on the Hortonworks Data Platform. [ 1:18 ] Can you tell us a bit about the solutions that Hortonworks delivers? [ 5:30 ] When launching this solution, what attracted you most to launching in the marketplace on the Microsoft Azure cloud platform [ 11:40...
  • Connecting Artists and Families in the Cloud with BoomBoom Prints and Microsoft Azure

    Brett Brohl, CEO of BoomBoom Prints , joins Keith Mayer on this episode of Cloud Solutions Innovators as they discuss how BoomBoom Prints allows you to purchase and customize artwork from amazing artists around the country. Built on the Azure platform, their solution is great for both artists looking to sell their art as well as new parents looking to purchase new and unique pieces for their little ones. [ 0:40 ] Can you tell us about BoomBoom Prints? [ 2:30 ] How are you leveraging the Azure cloud...
  • Healthcare Management, Coordination & Modeling with AaNeel and Microsoft Azure

    Upen Patel, President & CEO of AaNeel Infotech , joins Keith Mayer in this “Cloud Solution Innovators” edition as they discuss their innovative software based solutions based on Microsoft technologies for the managed healthcare industry. [ 0:35 ] Can you tell us a bit about AaNeel Infotech and its solutions? [ 1:20 ] How do you leverage Microsoft Azure? [ 7:20 ] DEMO: AaNeelCare Complete Suite and Health Access Card Schedule a LIVE Demo here www.aaneel.com _________________________ About AaNeel...
  • (Part 4) Open Source + Microsoft Azure - Implementing Big Data Solutions with Hadoop on Microsoft Azure

    Keith Mayer and Tommy Patterson are back for part 4 of their series on " Open Source + Azure " and today they show us how to implement Big Data Solutions using Hadoop on Azure. [ 2:30 ] Let’s talk about Big Data solutions on Azure. What industry trends are we seeing and how does Azure play a role in this discussion? [ 11:15 ] DEMO Getting started with Hadoop and HDInsights on Azure __________________________ Experience Microsoft's latest products with these FREE downloads! Build...
  • Managing Competitive Vendor Bidding with InfoBid and Microsoft Azure

    Dr. Bernard Upshur, President of InfoBid , joins Keith Mayer as they discuss InfoBid’s competitive vendor bidding solution based on Microsoft technologies such as Microsoft Azure. [ 1:55 ] Can you tell us a bit about InfoBid and its solutions? [ 4:55 ] How do you leverage Microsoft Azure? [ 7:22 ] DEMO: InfoBid walk through Schedule a LIVE Demo here www.infobid.us ...read more
  • HOW-TO: Building V2 VNET-to-VNET Connections with Azure Resource Manager and PowerShell in 5 Steps

    As a follow-up to my original End-to-End IaaS scenario using Azure Resource Manager (ARM), PowerShell and DSC, this article expands our configuration to include a VNET-to-VNET connection between Azure Virtual Networks provisioned via the new v2 ARM stack.

    VNET-to-VNET scenario

    VNET-to-VNET connections are useful for peering individual VNETs that may exist in separate Azure datacenter regions or subscriptions. 

    Now, let’s get started ...

  • 18 Steps for End-to-End IaaS Provisioning in the Cloud with Azure Resource Manager (ARM), PowerShell and Desired State Configuration (DSC)

    Support for provisioning and managing Azure IaaS virtual machine environments via Azure Resource Manager (ARM) was recently launched as a Generally Available (GA) feature! There’s several HUGE advantages that ARM provides over the existing Azure Service Management (ASM) API, including simplifying complex configurations, repeatable deployments via declarative templates, resource tagging, role-based access control (RBAC) and more!  You can learn more about the advantages of this new API at:

    With the GA launch of ARM for Virtual Machine services, lots of us are exploring how to leverage this new API as part of an automated provisioning process.  So, I thought I’d update my previous guidance on automated provisioning of IaaS environments for using the new Azure Resource Manager.

    In this article, we’ll step through using the latest Azure PowerShell module, which is version 0.9.4 as of this article’s publication date, to perform end-to-end provisioning of a common IaaS VM scenario: load-balanced web applications.  My goal in this article is to provide you with code snippets that can serve as “building blocks” for learning, demo'ing and beginning to create your own automated provisioning process using Azure Resource Manager, PowerShell and Desired State Configuration. To promote readability, I haven't included error handling in these snippets, so I'll leave that for you to incorporate with respect to the scenario that you're building.

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    In future articles, we’ll look at provisioning this same scenario using other tools and approaches, such as Azure Resource Manager Templates and also the Azure Cross-Platform CLI for Linux and Mac OSX ...

  • (Part 3) Open Source + Microsoft Azure - Building a web app using Node.js and Azure

    Keith Mayer and Tommy Patterson are back for part 3 of their series on " Open Source + Azure " and today they show us how to build and deploy a web app using Node.js and Azure. [ 1:56 ] Let’s talk about deploying a Node.js web app using Azure [ 8:58 ] DEMO Deploying Open Source web apps on Azure __________________________ Experience Microsoft's latest products with these FREE downloads! Build Your Lab! Download Windows Server 2012 R2 , System Center 2012 R2 and Hyper-V Server 2012...
  • TechNet Radio: (Part 23) Building Your Hybrid Cloud - Azure Key Vault

    Continuing their data protection through encryption episodes in their " Build Your Cloud " series, Keith Mayer and Andy Syrewicze explore Azure Key Vault , a new feature found in Azure that increases security and control over keys and passwords used in cloud apps and services. [ 1:20 ] Let’s chat about Azure Key Vault and some of the recently announced features from the Ignite conference. [ 8:30 ] DEMO: Azure Key Vault walkthrough __________________________ Experience Microsoft's latest...
  • Export Azure Subscription Usage to CSV with NEW Billing API and PowerShell

    The Azure Billing REST API was recently made available as a Public Preview, and there’s been a ton of interest from customers in leveraging this API to collect and track usage of cloud services in their Microsoft Azure subscriptions.

    UPDATE: Version 0.9.4 and later of the Azure PowerShell module now include new Azure Resource Manager cmdlets to query Azure usage data directly: Get-UsageAggregates and Get-UsageMetrics.

    • I’ve included an updated script below that leverages these new cmdlets. 
    • I’ve also retained the original script that called the Billing REST API directly at the end of this article, because it serves as a useful example of how to call REST APIs when capabilities are needed that aren’t yet exposed directly via PowerShell.

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    In this article, I’ll provide a simple script that leverages Azure PowerShell to call this API and export usage data from your Azure subscription to a CSV file for further analysis …

  • TechNet Radio: (Part 22) Building Your Hybrid Cloud - Orchestrating Hybrid Cloud with Chef and Azure

    Continuing our " Build Your Cloud " series Keith Mayer welcomes Steven Murawski from Chef as they discuss how you can orchestrate Hybrid Cloud using Chef and Azure. Tune in for this in-depth, demo heavy session and learn how you can get started with Chef using the Chef cookbook. [ 3:52 ] For those listening today that may not be familiar with Chef, what can Chef do for them? [ 19:27 ] Can Chef integrate with PowerShell? [ 33:01 ] DEMO: Getting started with Chef Learn more! Step-by-Step...
  • Quick Script: List Role-Based Access Control (RBAC) Assignments for Azure Resources via PowerShell

    Role-Based Access Control (RBAC) is a great new feature of Azure Resource Manager and the Azure Preview Portal for delegating granular access to Azure resources. 

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    Recently, I was asked for an easy way to enumerate the list of resources to which a particular user is assigned.  In this article, I’ll provide a brief code snippet using the latest version of the Azure PowerShell module that quickly lists the RBAC assignments for a user …

  • Enterprise Field Mobility with SEE Forge and Microsoft Azure

    James McDonough, CEO & Co-Founder of SEE Forge , joins Keith Mayer in this “Cloud Solution Innovators” edition as they discuss the various service offerings SEE Forge can help your organization implement. Tune in and learn how your business can eliminate paperwork and easily manage data that is collected any time, any where, and on any device. [ 1:02 ] Can you tell us a bit about the solution that SEE Forge delivers? [ 1:49 ] When building this solution, what attracted you most to building the...
  • TechNet Radio: (Part 21) Building Your Hybrid Cloud - Protecting Data with Encryption - part 2

    Following up on their data protection through encryption episode in their " Build Your Cloud " series, Keith Mayer and Andy Syrewicze take an inside look at transparent database encryption options for SQL Server and Azure SQL database. [ 1:42 ] What are some database encryption options? [ 5:40 ] DEMO: How to enable transparent data encryption for your database __________________________ Experience Microsoft's latest products with these FREE downloads! Build Your Lab! Download Windows...
  • TechNet Radio: (Part 20) Building Your Hybrid Cloud - Protecting Data with Encryption

    Keith Mayer and Andy Syrewicze are back for the next part in their “ Build Your Cloud ” series and in today’s episode they discuss how you can protect your data in the cloud through At-Rest Data Encryption. [ 1:59 ] What are some at-rest data encryption options? [ 20:02 ] DEMO: How to enable At-Rest Data Encryption in Azure with Windows BitLocker __________________________ Experience Microsoft's latest products with these FREE downloads! Build Your Lab! Download Windows Server 2012 R2 , System...
  • TechNet Radio: (Part 19) Building Your Hybrid Cloud - Monitoring and Alerting for Azure Workloads

    Keith Mayer and Andy Syrewicze continue our ongoing series on how to “ Build Your Cloud ” and in this episode they show us how to manage monitoring and alerting for Azure workloads. Tune in they cover various options for monitoring a hybrid cloud environment using built-in tools on Azure. [ 1:33 ] Why is monitoring important across the hybrid cloud? [ 11:12 ] DEMO: How to leverage and configure built-in monitoring and alerting tools on Azure __________________________ Experience Microsoft's latest...
  • TechNet Radio: (Part 2) Open Source + Microsoft Azure - Implementing MySQL databases in the Cloud

    Keith Mayer and Tommy Patterson are back for part 2 of their series on “ Open Source + Azure ” and today they show us how to implement MySQL databases inside Linux VMs on Azure. [ 2:06 ] Besides MySQL on Azure IaaS, what other options are available to me? [ 11:55 ] DEMO Quick Create and Azure Virtual Network [ 17:35 ] DEMO Creating a Storage account [ 26:54 ] DEMO How to configure MySQL in a Linux VM on Azure [ 38:10 ] DEMO How to make MySQL highly available on Azure __________________________...
  • Step-by-Step: Encrypting Data Volumes in the Azure Cloud with Windows Server 2012 R2, PowerShell and BitLocker

    The Microsoft Azure cloud platform has supported at-rest encryption of Windows Server VM data volumes via BitLocker for some time now, but I’ve found that there’s often a desire to completely automate the BitLocker configuration as part of virtual machine provisioning and startup tasks.

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    In this article, I’ll walk through the PowerShell steps to automate the provisioning of BitLocker and unlocking BitLocker-protected data disks as part of a virtual machine’s startup tasks.

  • Resizing Data Disks in the Cloud on Microsoft Azure with Windows PowerShell

    Resizing existing Azure VM data disks just got a whole lot easier with the introduction of an enhanced Update-AzureDisk PowerShell cmdlet in the latest version of the Azure PowerShell module.

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    In this article, I’ll step through the process of using this new cmdlet to increase the size of an existing data disk on an Azure virtual machine.

  • TechNet Radio: (Part 1) Open Source + Azure: Building Linux in the Cloud

    Keith Mayer and Tommy Patterson kick off a new series today on “ Open Source + Azure ” and in part 1 they cover the building blocks and how to for Linux in the Cloud with Microsoft Azure. [ 2:44 ] Open Source and Microsoft? How does that work? [ 8:11 ] Why should someone pick Azure for their Open Source solutions? [ 15:55 ] Let’s chat about Azure and Linux and how they play nicely together [ 22:00 ] DEMO Provisioning and Managing Linux and Azure Check out the Quick Start Guide: Building Linux...
  • TechNet Radio: (Part 18) Building Your Hybrid Cloud - Automated Provisioning for Linux in the Cloud with Microsoft Azure

    Next up in our ongoing series to “ Build a Hybrid Cloud” Keith Mayer and Andy Syrewicze look at automated provisioning for Linux in the cloud with Microsoft Azure. Tune in as they explore the various ways in which you can automate workloads for Linux in Azure by using either Azure Automation , PowerShell DSC for Linux , XPlat CLI for Azure , Docker , Chef or Puppet (just to name a few). [ 2:05 ] What are some of the tools you can use to automate Linux workloads in Azure? [ 10:10] DEMO: Getting started...