Tag Archive: Azure

Save Money with Azure VMs by Using Azure Hybrid Use Benefit

Traditionally Windows VMs (virtual machines) in Azure would include a Windows Server Datacenter license.  The cost of this license was built into the hourly/monthly fee for that VM.  This made systems easy to roll out using the GUI wizards and made licensing a cinch.  If you are moving existing virtual machine workloads to the cloud, this can be expensive since you paying again for licenses you’ve already purchased.

According to their new announcement, Microsoft says “now you can move your existing Windows Server licenses to Azure when you extend your datacenter to the cloud. With the Azure Hybrid Use Benefit, you can use on-premises Windows Server licenses that include Software Assurance to run Windows Server virtual machines in Azure at the base compute rate.” 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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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.

http://projectnami.org/
https://github.com/ProjectNami/projectnami

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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Free eBook: Introducing Windows Azure for IT Professionals

Continuing a spree of free eBooks, Microsoft has done it again. This time they have released Mitch Tulloch’s “Introducing Windows Azure for IT Professionals”. This book covers not only web sites and databases, but also the new IaaS Virtual Machine offerings. Below are the download links for PDF, ePub, and MOBI formats. Read the rest of this entry »

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Learning Tools & Resources from Microsoft

On many occasions I have had people ask me “Where can I learn about Microsoft’s product X”, or “Is there anywhere I can go to get free training”. Well, here is a list of just a few of the resources Microsoft provides to us all so we can get educated and try out many software titles before making an investment. Read the rest of this entry »

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Cloud Computing: Why Go to the Cloud?

What is Cloud Computing?

There are many definitions as to what constitutes “Cloud Computing”. Some organizations say that server failover clustering is a requirement. Others say that metered services are required. At its core, cloud computing simply means that these products/services are hosted on the web and you pay for what you use (to varying degrees). Read the rest of this entry »

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Will Cloud Computing Be Getting More Affordable?

Microsoft cloud computingIf you haven’t read it yet, check out Microsoft’s recent white paper on the economics of cloud computing. How do you reduce your IT infrastructure costs by 80%? Well Microsoft thinks that one day cloud could be that cost effective! Microsoft released a new white paper in November called The Economics of the Cloud which describes in detail how the cloud could become so inexpensive (compared to traditional infrastructure) that may not consider anything else. Microsoft looks at a vast array of factors from cost saving per server as larger datacenters get larger, to making physical host servers more efficient by analyzing the time of day each client virtual machine is most highly utilized. View Microsoft’s white paper at: Technet Blogs

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