Tag Archive: Cloud Computing

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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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 »

Permanent link to this article: https://www.robertborges.us/2016/08/cloud-computing/microsoft-retires-azure-remoteapp/

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 »

Permanent link to this article: https://www.robertborges.us/2016/03/cloud-computing/azure-site-to-site-vpn/

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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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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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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Export a Running Virtual Machine Using PowerShell

Exporting a Hyper-V VM (virtual machine) creates a full copy of that VM. This can be used as an easy way to create an ad-hoc backup or an archive. An export can also contain all of the existing checkpoints that exist, so it is a really helpful tool during deployments, migrations, and upgrades. Read the rest of this entry »

Permanent link to this article: https://www.robertborges.us/2014/07/virtualization/export-a-running-virtual-machine-using-powershell/

TechEd North America: Enabling Enterprise Mobility with Windows and Microsoft Office 365

How do we deal with mobility as IT Pros? This video with Brad McCabe and Alan Meeus will show how you can manage mobile devices using Windows and Office 365. Using these tools gain peace of mind while lowering your total cost of ownership.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.robertborges.us/2014/05/cloud-computing/teched-north-america-enabling-enterprise-mobility-with-windows-and-microsoft-office-365/

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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Bring Your Own Device (BYOD): Is BYOD Bad for Your Company?

Microsoft Surface RT Tablet

Microsoft Surface RT Tablet

Until recently when we thought of computing devices, we usually thought of PCs and laptops. Today, with tablets and smart phones selling in the millions on opening weekend, we have a very different picture of what a computing device is.

If you’re not familiar with it, BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) is the idea of using a consumer computing device (such as an iPad or Surface RT tablet) to get work done, either in the office, at home, or on the road. Most of these devices were not designed to “get work done”, but instead to consume content (ex: checking email, reading news websites/apps, etc.). These devices are not managed, and may not have even the most basic security features enabled. This can spell disaster for any corporate network. Read the rest of this entry »

Permanent link to this article: https://www.robertborges.us/2012/11/cloud-computing/bring-your-own-device-byod-is-byod-bad-for-your-company/

Introducing Hyper-V Quick Migration

In the Hyper-V world, lots of us talk about Live Migration. That is where a virtual machine (VM) is moved from one host to another with no perceived downtime. The caveat is that both hosts need be configured to use the same shared storage (such as a SAN or external drive array). Read the rest of this entry »

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