Robert Borges

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Name: Robert Borges
Date registered: December 6, 2011


About Robert... I have been in the IT industry since 1993 focusing mainly in networking. Though I got an early start as an amateur computer enthusiast, and wrote my first database app at age 12, I started my professional career working in the MIS department of one of the largest liquor distributors in the northeast. I started out there as a systems operator on the company’s two mainframe systems. From there I moved into PC support, and help design and implement the company’s first client-server network… This was back in the days of Win NT 3.51. I also worked on my first migration to NT 4.0 back then. From there I went on to work with Novell 3.x and 4.x along with Windows domains and active directory environments. Working my way up from technician, to specialist, to administrator, and eventually all the way up to Sr. Engineer. I spent many years working for consulting firms, 9 of which I owned and operated my own firm. Over the years, I have worked with (at an expert level) various versions of: Windows client and server operating systems (including Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2);various virtualization technologies (Hyper-V, Virtual Server, Virtual PC, VMware, etc…); MS-SQL server 6.5- 2008 R2; Exchange 4-2010, and much more. I am now Director of Information Systems at Bay State Integrated Technology focusing on cloud computing and IT service, with expertise in: IT Infrastructure & Architecture, IT Security, and Cloud Computing platforms & technologies (SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS). I am in a constant state of learning about new products, and new versions of products. Many of which we end up implementing in lab environments and sometimes for our clients. I have a pretty broad range of expertise and experience. It is my goal to share some of this experience on this blog to help enrich the IT community.

Latest posts

  1. Thank you Microsoft for the MVP Award! — January 4, 2017
  2. Public Preview: Azure Active Directory Connect pass-through authentication — December 23, 2016
  3. Backing Up Azure ARM VMs with Backup and Site Recovery — December 2, 2016
  4. Improved SLA for Azure Virtual Machines — November 23, 2016
  5. Microsoft Retires Azure RemoteApp — August 12, 2016

Most commented posts

  1. Importing & Exporting Hyper-V VMs in Windows Server 2012 R2 — 10 comments
  2. Windows Server 2012 Feature: Share Nothing Live Migration in Hyper-V — 6 comments
  3. A Real IP Phone System "On The Cheap" — 5 comments
  4. Using SYSPREP Before Creating a System Image — 4 comments
  5. Using SYSPREP in Audit Mode Before Creating a System Image — 4 comments

Author's posts listings

Thank you Microsoft for the MVP Award!

mvp_logo_preferred_cyan300_rgb_72ppiI am extremely excited to announce this week I got the word that I have been awarded this year’s Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award for Microsoft Azure.

I am very thankful to Microsoft and to everyone who helped make this possible.  I feel so very lucky to be amongst the very few selected for this award each year.   Read the rest of this entry »

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Public Preview: Azure Active Directory Connect pass-through authentication

Imagine if you could set up single sign-on for your online services with just the check of a box, and allow all of your users to authenticate to services such as Office 365 automatically.  Imagine you could do this without the complexity of ADFS and the many hours of planning and implementation that go along with it.

On Wednesday, Microsoft announced the public preview of Azure Active Directory Connect pass-through authentication.  This new method of authentication allows for a single sign-on (SSO) experience without the need for Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS). Read the rest of this entry »

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Backing Up Azure ARM VMs with Backup and Site Recovery

Cloud-AzureIn my previous post titled Backing Up Azure ARM VMs with new Azure Recovery Services, I discussed a new feature set which was in Preview (A.K.A. beta). Before the Preview of Azure Recovery Service, we could backup “Classic” Azure VMs (virtual machines) by using Azure Backup, but not VMs created with the newer Azure Resource Monitor (ARM). Azure Recovery Service was not feature-complete, but it was the first time we could backup Azure VMs built using the new Azure Resource Monitor (ARM).

The public preview of Azure Recovery Service was a success, and now we have a final version with a new name: Backup and Site Recovery Read the rest of this entry »

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Improved SLA for Azure Virtual Machines

Up until now, Microsoft has guaranteed a 99.5% uptime SLA for IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) virtual machines. While this level of uptime is very good, it is not enough for critical applications which require 24×7 access. Read the rest of this entry »

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Microsoft Retires Azure RemoteApp

Today, in an announcement by Microsoft’s Remote Desktop Team, Azure RemoteApp is being retired.  Microsoft Azure RemoteApp is an application virtualization platform in the cloud.  Using Remote Desktop technology, applications can be presented to users without the need of installing anything on the user’s computer.  In addition to ease of management, it allows users to access applications securely on just about any device with internet access.  Azure RemoteApp was launched less than two years ago. Read the rest of this entry »

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Backing Up Azure ARM VMs with new Azure Recovery Services

With classic VMs (virtual machines) hosted in Azure’s IaaS, backup can easily be done with Azure Backup. With the new generation of Azure VMs using ARM (Azure Resource Manager), there was a problem. Azure Backup could only see classic VMs and not the new generation. Well, this was a problem until this week when Microsoft announced a new service in preview to solve this problem.

Azure Recovery Service allows backing up VMs from both Azure or your on-premise environment. It also has replication functionality for high availability.

How to Create an Azure Recovery Services Vault:

  1. Logged into the Azure Preview Portal, select New and search for Recovery Service. Click on Recovery Services, then click on the Create button.
  2. Enter a unique name, then choose a desired subscription, resource group, and location, then click on the Create button. Checking the box to pin to dashboard makes it simple to find your newly created Recovery Services Vault. The vault should be created quickly (usually within a minute).
  3. Now you can add VMs to a backup job by clicking on the Backup icon on the detail page of the newly created Recovery Service vault.
  4. Select Azure virtual machine backup for the scenario. Select an existing Backup Policy or create a new one. Then select which VMs you’d like backed up. When done, click on the OK button.

What doesn’t it cover?

Well like most of Azure, this new service will evolve over time. As of writing this post, Azure Recovery Services is unable to backup VMs using premium storage. So if you’re using SSD drives in your Azure hosted VM, then you’re out of luck… for now.

For more details see Mark Galioto’s post titled Back up ARM VMs to a Recovery Services vault.

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Azure Site-to-Site VPN

Microsoft Azure gateway objects give the ability to configure site-to-site or device-to-site VPN (virtual private network) connections. With a site-to-site VPN, your physical network will be connected to your Azure hosted virtual network. This is an easy way to create a hybrid cloud environment, where some of your servers are on your local network, and some hosted as Azure Virtual Machines. Setting up a site-to-site network will allow these servers to communicate with each other, and allow client workstations to communicate with the Azure hosted Virtual Machines as if they were locally on your LAN. Read the rest of this entry »

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Running WordPress with Azure SQL using Project Nami

Typically WordPress uses MySQL as the database back-end.  The guys over at Project Nami found a way to easily utilize Azure SQL instead.  This video will walk you through the deployment process.  The wizard creates the Azure SQL database, installs the WordPress website, and configures the firewall security rules for you.  Take a look and see how easy it is.

Azure Blog: Project Nami: WordPress for Azure SQL Database/SQL Server

[01:14] – What Project Nami is about
[11:43] – Deploying Project Nami
[18:41] – Migrating to Project Nami
[23:43] – Deeper into Project Nami
[29:50] – Updating Project Nami
[32:36] – Where is Project Nami in the wild

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Introducing the Microsoft Azure Preview Portal

Microsoft has introduced the new Azure Preview Portal to create and manage your Microsoft Azure environment. This new portal is not only easier to use, but provides more detailed information and lots of new functionality.

While there are still a few items which cannot yet be managed using the new portal (such as Azure Backup), most can. There is even a new generation of many object types giving additional levels of security and usability. Read the rest of this entry »

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SQL Database Geo Replication in Azure Portal

Designing your application for business continuity requires you to answer the following questions:

  1. Which business continuity feature is appropriate for protecting my application from outages?
  2. What level of redundancy and replication topology do I use?

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OneDrive for Business is now 5 TB

If you’re an Office 365 Enterprise customer, there is news from Microsoft.  OneDrive for Business storage will be increased from 1 TB to 5 TB allocated storage per user.  This is some good news in the wake of Microsoft announcing it was not going to honor its claim of unlimited storage for OneDrive (personal not business).  Read the rest of this entry »

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How to Shrink Large SQL Transaction Log Files

sqlserverSQL transaction log files should be maintained automatically by SQL Server, but sometimes grow too large when automatic maintenance is not being performed correctly. When this happens, transaction log files can grow unexpectedly large. It is important to take manual steps to shrink these files before they consume all available disk space. Read the rest of this entry »

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Rethinking Backup with Veeam

I am a worry wart when it comes to backing up data. For my critical systems, I never trust a single backup method, but rather I implement several different strategies for backup and disaster recovery. For the past two years, one of those methods has been using Veeam Backup and Recovery.

Traditionally, Veeam has been a product to backup virtual machines (VMs) hosted on either Hyper-V or VMware hosts. They specialized in backing up the entire VM to disk quickly and easily using encryption and/or deduplication. Daily backups are incremental, as they only backup the bits of virtual disks that actually changed since the last backup. This makes incremental backups very quick, and requires very little disk space compared to comparable solutions. The product also made it very easy to restore an entire VM to any host running the same hypervisor platform.
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Top 10 Reasons User Groups are Good for Both You and Your Employer

Attending user group meetings can have many benefits to both you and your employer. Not all necessary skills and knowledge are gained simply from job experience and education alone. In addition to on-the-job training, an employee will garner much needed information from experts in the field and in turn add value to their employer when they apply the new skills. As an employer, the investment in your employee’s skills and training will give you an invaluable return on investment. Read the rest of this entry »

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Why Do Servers Need More Memory As Time Goes On?

Have you ever noticed how a server tends to slow down over time? No, this isn’t simply your server getting old and tired. This is often caused by the same server needing more and more memory (RAM) as time passes. There are good reasons why this happens, and ways to minimize the effects. Here are a few common reasons why a server requires more memory as time goes on. Read the rest of this entry »

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