Good afternoon and thank you to everyone who attended the event in Cincinnati ! I hope everyone had a good time. Again thank you for the patience with the projectors it turned out to be a crossed cable at the projector, but thank you for Thinking Pink during the event. As promised here are some resources and the Q/A from the event.. I hope everyone enjoyed seeing the Cloud and enjoyed our conversations. After the event Scott, one of the folks who attend the event sent me this cool case study on how law enforcement is using Azure today. Thanks Scott! You can see the video below and there is more information about the case study here:
I will also placed the slides here: TechNet Slides: Transforming IT from Virtualization to the Cloud and here: TechNet Event Slides
I also wanted to share with you another place to get your Azure questions answered: Windows Azure Office Hours. There are a lot of people that are interested in the cloud, but they don't know how to get started. Maybe they just have a lot of questions before they decide to get going. This is what we are here for. During office hours we will have the door wide open. Come on in, toss out your questions, and we'll help you anyway we can. The office will be staffed with cloud computing experts from Microsoft, and some of our leading partners. No agenda, just show up and pitch us your questions. No Registration. No emails. No commitments. Just show up. Go here to learn about the hours:
Windows Azure Office Hours.
Windows Azure Office Hours.
You can also get a 30 day trial (no credit card required!!!) of Azure by use the code TNAZURE at Windows Azure Pass: http://www.windowsazurepass.com
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Q: Where can I find the Azure pricing FAQ? A: Here is a general overview you can find more details about pay as you go and subscriptions here: Windows and SQL Azure Pricing overview
Highly simplified Cost Structure (from http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff803375.aspx):
1. In/Out Bandwidth
In: $0.10/gigabyte (GB)
2. Windows Azure Storage
$0.01/10 kilobyte (K) transactions
Small size role $0.12/hour
5. SQL Storage
Up to 1 GB: $9.99
Up to 10 GB: $99.99
Q: Will RemoteFX work in Azure? A: Not that I know officially. I did see a lot of blog posts and rumors but as far as I know it does not as of now.
Q: How do you block Web Crawlers in Azure? A: While we do not actively prevent legitimate crawlers in Azure we do a lot of things under the covers to protect the platform. Here is a great whitepaper on the internal security: Technical Overview of the Security Features in Windows Azure Platform
Q: How do you work with Active Directory domains in Office 365? A: Here is a good article showing the roadmap to AD directory synchronization: Active Directory synchronization: Roadmap. You can use your local AD and synchronize it with 365 here is some more information: Manage directory synchronization
Q: How is the cloud patched (i.e. security patches) ? A: Azure like on-premise servers needs to be patched. Windows must be patched, as must other system software. In on-premises environments, doing this typically requires some human effort. In Windows Azure, however, the process is entirely automated: The fabric controller handles updates for Web and Worker role instances (although not for VM role instances). When necessary, it also updates the underlying Windows servers those VMs run on. Here is a good article on how the programming model works: THE WINDOWS AZURE PROGRAMMING MODEL
Q: How does working with documents at the same work with Office Web Applications? A: With Office there is a concept called co-authoring and you can learn more about it here Document collaboration and co-authoring. Below is a table highlighting the capabilities:
Any document including proposals, plans, vision statements, minutes, newsletters, and reports
Any presentation including training, conferences, post-mortems, product overviews, handbooks, and project status reports
Excel Web App
SharePoint Technologies and Office Web Apps
Any spreadsheet, including team financial modeling, business-to business product line update on a web page, and real-time trading spreadsheet trackers
Any notebook, including recurring meeting minutes, project brainstorming ("group-think"), shared research and reference material, and shared training courses
OneNote Web App
Q: How do you handle country boundaries in Azure? A: In Azure we use the concept of affinity groups to work with the geographic location of your applications in the Microsoft data centers. Although this article is a bit dated, it does a nice job of explaining Affinity groups: Windows Azure Geo-location Live
Q: How can you use local replication with SQL to SQL Azure? A: SQL Azure allows you to sync your data with your local SQL servers using the sync framework. You can learn more about it here: Sync Framework - SQL Server to SQL Azure Synchronization , and the video below is from channel posting here: Using SQL Azure Data Sync Service to provide Geo-Replication of SQL Azure databases.