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  • Dog Food Conference 2014 - Azure Automation & Hybrid Cloud - Decks and Resources

    Thank you for attending my breakout sessions at Dog Food Conference 2014 on Azure Automation and Hybrid Cloud. It was great meeting you all and discussing your scenarios with the Microsoft Azure cloud platform! For your convenience, I've included my decks below for each session.  At the end of each deck, links to additional resources for learning more on each topic area are provided.

    Orchestrating the Cloud with Azure Automation

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    Seven Ways You Can Use Hybrid Cloud TODAY!

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    And ... a FREE EBOOK too!

    To assist in your continued exploration of Hybrid Cloud Management, I'm also providing a free copy of my ebook on Cloud Management with System Center 2012 R2 App Controller.

    Download this FREE EBOOK!

    See you next year at Dog Food!

    I hope to see you again next year at Dog Food Conference 2015!

    - Keith

  • 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!

  • TechNet Radio: (Part 12) Building Your Hybrid Cloud - Windows Azure Pack and the Virtual Machine Role Gallery

    In this episode of our “ Building a Hybrid Cloud ” series, Keith Mayer and Andy Syrewicze walk us through a common customer scenario in which many organizations are looking at how they can scale a multi-VM environment (similar to Service Templates in Virtual Machine Manager) in the Windows Azure Pack. Check out this demo intensive session where they show us how to enable this with the help of Virtual Machine Role Gallery in Azure Pack. [ 1:41 ] What is VM Role Gallery in Azure Pack? [ 6:12 ] DEMO...
  • Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud - Step-by-Step: Cross-Premises Connectivity with Azure ExpressRoute (Part 16)

    With Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute, organizations can create private, high-throughput network connections between Azure datacenters and existing infrastructure, whether it’s on-premises or in a co-location environment. ExpressRoute connections do not go over the public Internet, and as such they can offer more reliability, faster speeds, lower latencies and higher security than typical connections over the Internet.

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    In this article, we'll discuss connection options, scenarios, considerations and steps for leveraging Azure ExpressRoute as part of your Hybrid Cloud cross-premises network architecture ...

  • TechNet Radio: (Part 4) Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud - Planning Hybrid Cloud Virtualization

    In part 4 of our “ Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud ” series, Blain Barton and Keith Mayer tackle the topic of virtualization in a Hybrid Cloud environment. Tune in as they discuss how virtualization is no longer constrained to the physical capacity of an on-premise environment and then showcase some tools and techniques that are available in Microsoft Azure that can help assist your move to Hybrid cloud virtualization. [ 1:26 ] What do you see as some of the differences or new opportunities...
  • Dog Food Conference 2014 Infrastructure & DevOps sessions feature Virtualization, Cloud, Automation & MORE!

    Dog Food Conference is BACK again this year in Central Ohio on September 29th and 30th, and it’s bigger than EVER! This year, Dog Food Conference will feature local, regional and national speakers to deliver 70+ talks across multiple tracks for Developers, IT Pros, Startups and IT Managers, promising a full line-up of great topics for everyone.

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    Cloud, Infrastructure and DevOps Sessions at DogFoodCon 2014

    For IT Pros, the Infrastructure and DevOps sessions include topics on Modernization, Virtualization, Cloud, Automation, Configuration Management and MORE!

    Here’s a snapshot of some of the Cloud, Infrastructure and DevOps talks that you can expect at Dog Food Conference 2014:

    • 40 Weeks and Counting: Migrating from Windows Server 2003 before End-of-Support by Bruce Adamczak
       
    • Building Virtual Datacenters in Microsoft Azure IaaS using PowerShell by Trevor Sullivan
       
    • From One VMware Admin to Another: Extending Your Virtualization Skills to Hyper-V and Azure by Andy Syrewicze
       
    • Direct Access: Always Connected with Windows Server 2012 by Tom Walters
       
    • Managing Software Updates with ConfigMgr 2012 R2 by Jason Condo
       
    • Orchestrating the Cloud with Azure Automation by Keith Mayer
       
    • Seven Ways You Can Use the Hybrid Cloud Today by Keith Mayer
       
    • Use Cloud-based Load Testing to Find Scale and Performance Bottlenecks by Randy Pagels
       
    • Start Up and Git Done: Using Visual Studio Online by Jeff McKenzie
       
    • Planning a Scalable End-to-End Multi-Tier Application on Azure Websites by Byron Tardif
       
    • Inside Azure API Management by Michael Collier
       
    • Managing Systems with PowerShell DSC, OneGet and PSGet by Trevor Sullivan
       
    • Reduce Server Outages using PowerShell Desired State Configuration by Ashley McGlone
       

    More Details …

    Check out the full details for Dog Food Conference 2014 and be sure to REGISTER for your ticket TODAY! After you’ve registered, be sure to follow @DogFoodCon on Twitter for updates and special news before, during and after the event.

  • TechNet Radio: (Part 11) Building Your Hybrid Cloud - Service Management Automation

    Today we continue our " Building a Hybrid Cloud " series, and in this episode Keith Mayer and Andy Syrewicze , show us how we can manage large amounts of resources in an automated and standardized way. Tune in as they showcase Service Management Automation (SMA) as well as Microsoft Azure Automation which allows you to automate the creation, monitoring, deployment and management of cloud resources in your Azure subscription. [ 3:03 ] Why is automation important for IT Pros? [ 5:22 ] DEMO...
  • Transform the Datacenter MVP Roadshow Event Series: Coming to a City Near YOU!

    There’s just 44 weeks left until End-of-Support for Windows Server 2003 and many organizations are getting started planning for server migrations … And our team of awesome Microsoft MVPs is here to help! 

    This month, a series of Transform the Datacenter MVP Roadshow events are coming to cities across the US.  These events are a great opportunity to learn more about migrating your legacy Windows Servers to Windows Server 2012 R2.  You’ll also learn about going “beyond mere migration” to actually modernize your infrastructure with Microsoft Azure and Hybrid Cloud so that your resulting architecture can address growing business needs around scale, agility and cost-effectiveness.

    Here’s the list of events coming your way later this month … be sure to register today for the event nearest you!

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    City

    Date

    Presenters / Coordinators

    Link

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    Cincinnati
    9/20/2014
    FL
    Tampa
    9/22/2014
    IL
    Chicago
    9/22/2014
    WA
    Bellevue
    9/23/2014
    AZ
    Tempe
    9/24/2014
    CO
    Denver
    9/25/2014
    TX
    Houston
    9/26/2014
    MI
    Detroit
    9/27/2014

    Hope to see you there!

  • TechNet Radio: (Part 3) Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud - Planning Hybrid Cloud Networking

    Kevin Remde and Keith Mayer continue our series on “ Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud ” and in today’s episode they discuss various options for networking. Tune in as they go in depth on what options are available for hybrid cloud networking as they explore network connectivity and address concerns about speed, reliability and security. [ 2:46 ] What components are involved in Hybrid Cloud Networking? [ 5:30 ] What are some of the technical capabilities of Hybrid Cloud networking...
  • Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud: Cross-Premises Data Mobility with Microsoft Azure StorSimple (Part 10)

    This article is part 10 in our continuing blog series on Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud being published by the US IT Pro team at Microsoft.  In this article, we’ll discuss enabling “cross-premises data mobility” within a Hybrid Cloud by leveraging a new cloud-enabled storage solution: Microsoft StorSimple 8000.

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    Microsoft StorSimple 8000 Hybrid Cloud Storage Solution

    When migrating application workloads to a cloud platform, such as Microsoft Azure, moving the OS and application bits to the cloud is usually pretty manageable.  The virtual disks for VM’s containing OS and application binaries are usually somewhat small in size and can be moved rather quickly over common business-grade Internet connections.  Moving application data, however, can be a different story – some applications have vast amounts of data, hundreds of gigabytes or several terabytes in size, and it could take days or weeks to move all that data to the cloud over the Internet.  By leveraging Microsoft Azure and Microsoft StorSimple 8000, bi-directional mobility of enterprise data between on-premises and cloud locations can be realized to allow organizations to quickly leverage Hybrid Cloud architectures when considering business scenarios that involve large data sets.

  • TechNet Radio: (Part 11) Accelerate DevOps with the Cloud - Bringing Docker Online using PowerShell DSC

    Picking up where we last left off, Yung Chou and Keith Mayer continue our Accelerate DevOps with the Cloud series as they welcome Andrew Weiss from Microsoft Consulting Services as they show us how we can manage Docker containers using PowerShell DSC. [ 1:15 ] What is Docker ? [ 4:06 ] How is it relevant to IT pros? [ 8:20 ] DEMO : Docker in action Resource Links: DockerClientDSC – Download from GitHub Read the artcile: Configuring Docker with PowerShell DSC Microsoft Virtual Academy Training: DevOps...
  • Scripts-to-Tools: Auto-provisioning Azure Virtual Networks with PowerShell and XML

    A few weeks ago, I wrote about Auto-Provisioning a New Active Directory Domain Controller in the Azure Cloud using the new VM Agent custom script extension via the Azure Management Portal.  Since then, several people in the community have asked about also automating the steps for provisioning Virtual Networks on Azure.

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    In this article, we’ll walk through an approach for auto-provisioning Azure VNets using PowerShell, and along the way, you’ll also pick up some useful tips to expand your PowerShell skills from simple scripting to creating reusable tools.

  • TechNet Radio: (Part 1) Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud - Why NOW is a good time to plan for Modernizing Your Infrastructure

    Matt Hester and Keith Mayer kick off a special 6 part series on “ Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud.” Tune in for Part 1 where they discuss the importance of planning for your organization’s move to Windows Server 2012 R2 and Microsoft Azure. [ 1:18 ] Why should I start planning now? [ 2:41 ] Why Migrate to Windows Server 2012 R2? [ 5:45 ] Why consider Azure as part of your migration strategy? [ 12:38 ] What tools are available to help in the migration process? [ 17:40 ] DEMO MAP...
  • Step-by-Step: Auto-join a Member Server VM to Active Directory Domain in the Azure Cloud with VM Agent Custom Script Extension

    In a prior article, we walked through the process of auto-provisioning a new Windows Server Active Directory domain in the Cloud using a custom script that was processed via the Microsoft Azure VM Agent Custom Script Extension. In this article, we’ll build upon this scenario by auto-joining a new Windows Server VM as a member server to this Active Directory domain.


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  • Step-by-Step: Auto-Provision a New Active Directory Domain in the Azure Cloud using the VM Agent Custom Script Extension

    The Azure Virtual Machine Agent Custom Script Extension allows you to download custom PowerShell scripts inside Azure VMs and execute them as part of the post-provisioning process.  Custom Script Extensions provide a great deal of flexibility for customizing the provisioning of new VMs without the need to maintain a distinct custom VM image for every individual workload scenario.

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    In this article, we’ll step through the process of using the Custom Script Extension to auto-provision a new Active Directory Domain Controller in a new AD Forest on a Microsoft Azure Virtual Network.

  • TechNet Radio: (Part 10) Building Your Hybrid Cloud - Windows Azure Pack Remote Console Support

    In our ongoing "Building a Hybrid Cloud" series, Keith Mayer and Andy Syrewicze , are back and in today’s episode they showcase the Windows Azure Pack Remote Console. Tune in for this in-depth, demo heavy episode as they show us how to configure a remote desktop gateway for VM console access. [ 5:50 ] Let’s discuss Remote Console Support in the Windows Azure Pack --- what is it and why is it important? [ 8:01 ] DEMO: How to configure a Remote Desktop Gateway for VM Console Access For more...
  • Step-by-Step: Deploy a Highly Available SharePoint Server Farm in the Cloud – in ONLY 8 Clicks!

    As of today, the Azure Preview Portal now has the ability to deploy and manage IaaS workloads, including Virtual Machines, Virtual Networks and Cloud Storage!  One of the key new enhancements that the new Preview Portal experience provides is the ability to setup complex multi-tier applications in the cloud as a single Resource Group to streamline and simplify the provisioning process.

    There’s a pre-built Azure Resource Group Gallery Template for SharePoint Server 2013 Farms that demonstrates the power of Resource Groups in the new portal.  Using this template, a complete highly-available SharePoint Server 2013 farm can be provisioned in the cloud … with as few as 8 clicks!

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    In this article, I’ll step through the process of using Resource Groups to deploy SharePoint Server 2013 in the cloud with the Azure Preview Portal.

  • Accelerating DevOps with the Cloud using Microsoft Azure and Friends: The Series

    UPDATE! Today's article in this series is ...

    ADDED: New resources in Configuration Management section below for Puppet, Chef, Vagrant, Ansible and Docker based on popular requests. Feel free to suggest your own updates if you see any missing topics!

    Be sure to catch all the prior articles in this series, too! They're all linked in the series index in this article ...


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    Have you heard about DevOps?

    Enterprise IT organizations are increasingly driven by business demands for faster, better solutions delivered more quickly than ever before.  Over the past few years, DevOps has emerged as a trend to help organizations evolve to better collaborate between development and operations teams for addressing these solution delivery challenges.  While a DevOps transformation can take time to fully realize within an organization’s people and processes, there’s opportunities to accelerate the path towards DevOps by smartly leveraging cloud capabilities that can reduce infrastructure complexity, simplify release management, and support end-to-end application visibility through all stages of a solution’s lifecycle.

    Step-by-Step: Follow us to DevOps with the Cloud

    Over the coming weeks, we’ll be publishing a series of articles aimed at showcasing examples of leveraging relevant cloud technologies, such as Microsoft Azure and Visual Studio Online, that align and promote a DevOps mission within an organization.  Along the way in this series, we’ll provide real-world step-by-step guidance for using these capabilities so that you can easily follow along with us in your own cloud-based lab ...

  • (Module 5) Invoking Azure Automation Runbooks

    In this module we'll be looking at the different ways in which you can invoke your Azure Automation Runbooks as well as how you can monitor their progress. This video is part of the Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA). The MVA is a free program delivering structured learning paths for IT Professionals on various Microsoft products and solutions. After watching this video, visit: www.MicrosoftVirtualAcademy.com , enroll in this course and take the self-assessment. For every module you take and every...
  • (Module 4) Creating and Publishing Your First Runbook

    In this module we'll be stepping through the process of creating and publishing your first custom Runbook with Azure Automation. This video is part of the Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA). The MVA is a free program delivering structured learning paths for IT Professionals on various Microsoft products and solutions. After watching this video, visit: www.MicrosoftVirtualAcademy.com , enroll in this course and take the self-assessment. For every module you take and every self-assessment you complete...
  • (Module 3) Importing and Publishing a Connect-Azure Runbook

    In this module we'll be discussing the process of importing and publishing a centralized Connect-Azure Runbook. We'll first define Runbook Authoring and then dive into a detailed demo on how to take that next step into automating the cloud by showing you how to import and publish a Connect-Azure Runbook in your environment. This video is part of the Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA). The MVA is a free program delivering structured learning paths for IT Professionals on various Microsoft products...