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  • Blog Post: Improve your Azure Site Recovery (ASR) performance

    Rob Waggoner I’ve spent a lot of time with ASR lately and during some of my performance testing, I was directed to this article to improve the upload performance of my ASR replica’s. If it weren't for the fact that someone told me to read this article, I wouldn’t have drilled into since I haven’t...
  • Blog Post: Azure Site Recovery can Overcome Azure’s 127GB Boot Volume Limitation

    Rob Waggoner Azure limits the size of your OS boot volume to 127 GB. For new workloads, this limitation is not a significant barrier because you can add additional volumes to your Azure VMs, but for existing on-premises workloads that were not built leveraging best practices, or have just grown over...
  • Blog Post: Azure in 5 Minutes: ASR Failover Walk Through

    Rob Waggoner In this video, I walk through the ASR Failover Process and show you the steps Azure Site Recovery takes to ensure that data is not lost in a planned failover, as well as show you how you could select prior recovery points if your current image becomes corrupt due to an un-planned failure...
  • Blog Post: Azure in 5 Minutes: ASR Test Failover Walk Through

    Rob Waggoner In this video, I walk through the Test Failover scenario. I will show you how to initiate a Test Failover and the results of a Test Failover scenario. Take note that a Test Failover scenario exists so you can ensure that your VM is replicating to Azure. Test Failover is not for production...
  • Blog Post: Azure in 5 Minutes: Configure an On-Premises VM with ASR

    Rob Waggoner In this video I walk through setting up a VM with Azure Site Recovery. I focus on configuring the on-premises Hyper-V host and Virtual Machine though the initial replication. I show you the on-Premises version of the VM and then how it replicates to Azure. A step by step covering ASR is...
  • Blog Post: Azure in 5 Minutes: Azure Site Recovery (ASR) - Setup

    Rob Waggoner In this video, I’m going to walk through the Azure Site Recovery Process. We cover the setup of how you can send a Hyper-V Replica to Azure instead of to another Hyper-V host. I love the idea of having an offsite replica for my VM, and having a Hyper-V replica via Azure gives us this offsite...
  • Blog Post: Azure in 5 minutes: Synchronizing an Azure DC with an on-Premises DC

    Rob Waggoner In this video I will show you how to promote a VM in Azure to a Domain Controller that synchronizes with a Domain Controller of an on-premises network. This is a continuation of the series and assumes you’ve already established the Site-to-Site VPN connection with your on-premises network...
  • Blog Post: Azure in 5 minutes: Configuring the Site-to-Site VPN

    Rob Waggoner In this discussion I talk about setting up the Site-to-Site VPN between my Azure Virtual Network and my on-premises infrastructure. While I walked you through the setup, I also blogged about setting up the Site-to-Site here . During the discussion I talked about the list of the known compatible...
  • Blog Post: Azure in 5 minutes: Creating Virtual Machine in Azure

    Rob Waggoner Here is a short video that walks through VM creation in Azure. I cover Quick Create and Create from Gallery, but I do not talk about putting a Virtual Machine in a Virtual Network yet, that will be in a subsequent video. What’s the difference between Basic and Standard Tier VMs? Basic VMs...
  • Blog Post: Azure in 5 minutes: Creating a Virtual Network

    Rob Waggoner In this video, I will walk through the creation of a Virtual Network in Azure. I talk about the options and how I normally configure my VNs so that I can connect them to my on-premises networks for the full Hybrid networking solution. I mentioned the bread crumbs in this video, I blogged...
  • Blog Post: Using Bread Crumbs in Azure

    Rob Waggoner I call them bread crumbs, but to me, it’s really a way to self document my virtual networks in Azure. I build a lot of virtual networks and connect them between on-premises and Azure. I’ve had up to three virtual networks running at one time within my single on-premises infrastructure. As...
  • Blog Post: Azure in 5 Minutes

    Welcome! My team will be doing a number of videos around various components in Azure. The goal of this series is to give you very short messages around a number of the key Azure components needed to build a solution on Azure. We will start with the basics and build from there. This page will keep the...
  • Blog Post: Will your Workload Stay in Azure?

    Rob Waggoner I’ve had this discussion a lot and want to make sure we are all on the same page. In SMB, we typically deploy Windows Server Standard Edition because we are not virtualization more than 4 or 5 workloads on a host, and Standard Edition is more economical for lightly virtualized Hyper-V hosts...
  • Blog Post: Automate the Migration of your Azure Deployment Between Subscriptions

    Rob Waggoner I’ve had a lot of partners ask if they can move an Azure environment from one subscription to another. There are a lot of different reasons to do this, like: Changing from an Azure Direct subscription to an Azure in Open subscription Moving your infrastructure from one Azure Data Center...
  • Blog Post: Azure Virtual Networking Improvements

    Rob Waggoner During our SMB Live Hands on Lab events, there was a lot of discussion around Virtual Networking with regard to Site-to-Site bandwidth and the number of Site-to-Site tunnels a Virtual Network can provide. At the time, we only offered one level of service (other than ExpressRoute) when it...
  • Blog Post: Azure Backup now backs up your Client OS’ as well

    Rob Waggoner During my recent Hands on Lab events, we spent time setting up Azure Backup. During these events, only Server OS’ (Server 2008 R2 + SP1 and above) were supported. The common question during these events was “Can I backup my Client OS’ with Azure Backup?”. During the events, the answer was...
  • Blog Post: System Center Virtual Machine Manager P2V

    Rob Waggoner Question: Will P2V be added back to SCVMM 2012 R2? Answer: I doubt it. We have a few free P2V tools. Disk2vhd and the Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter. Here is an excerpt from the What's New in VMM in System Center 2012 R2 document http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn246490...
  • Blog Post: Automating the shutdown of your Azure VMs

    Rob Waggoner I talked about how you can use Powershell to shutdown your VMs in Azure here , I also want to point out a way to use Azure automation to make the same thing happen. Azure automation allows us to give Azure scripts to execute and we can even define the times these scripts execute. Think about...
  • Blog Post: Can the new Office 365 SKUs be used in an RDS environment?

    Rob Waggoner I have a number of discussions around RDS, especially around Microsoft Azure and the question of What Office 365 SKUs can I use in an Azure based RDS environment? The Office 365 ProPlus, E3 and E4 SKUs are the only Office 365 SKUs supported in an Azure based RDS environment, the new Office...
  • Blog Post: Shutting down your Azure VMs automatically

    Rob Waggoner I’ve talked about the ability to schedule the shutdown and restart of your VMs in Azure and I wanted to share some detail on how to do that. While this script could get much more complex, here are some of the basics. First be sure to install PowerShell for Microsoft Azure here . The complete...
  • Blog Post: How do I setup my Cluster in a Box?

    Rob Waggoner I received a question around setting up a cluster for a Cluster-in-a-Box (CiB) configuration similar to the device I talked about here . The trick to configuring clustering is ensuring you have access to shared storage. Clustering requires shared storage so that each compute node has visibility...
  • Blog Post: Azure Price Drop

    Rob Waggoner If you haven’t seen it yet, we just lowered the prices on a number of Azure services. Kathleen mentioned the improvements in Azure Backup here , and backup is one of the items that has seen a price reduction. With backup, the biggest cost concern is around storage and we lowered the cost...
  • Blog Post: Azure Site Recovery

    Rob Waggoner I’ve had the opportunity to review and deploy Azure Site Recovery (ASR) and I’m really please at what I’ve found. What does it do for me? Think of it as Hyper-V Replica to Azure. We have the ability to send the Hyper-V replicas to Azure and even start them up in Azure if we need to. We can...
  • Blog Post: Antimalware on Microsoft Azure

    Rob Waggoner As we talk about security and Microsoft Azure, traditional antimalware is still a topic of discussion and something that is still needed. If you’ve created a Virtual Machine in Azure through the gallery, you’ve probably seen that you now have the ability to add security extensions to your...
  • Blog Post: Can I encrypt my Azure VMs?

    Rob Waggoner As we look at Microsoft Azure and securing our Virtual Machines, encryption typically comes up. Now there are multiple forms of encryption, but encryption at rest is usually part of the conversation. I’ve talked about the Microsoft server software support for Microsoft Azure virtual machines...