Thoughts on my first 4 months in Azure Engineering

It’s been a roller coaster of a calendar year 2016, and similar for FY16 and FY17. In late 2016, I moved from handling the Pre-Sales business for Microsoft Singapore for Public Cloud (Azure), Hybrid Cloud (CPS, Windows Server + System Center, OMS), all of which which runs into the double digit million dollars, to moving to the…

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Deploying an Azure Resource Group (with Resources) for Demo’s

Hello again! I’ve gotten queries from a few local SI partners regarding a sample PowerShell script that helps to deploy an Azure Resource group with basic resources to showcase automating deployments. Given that some documentation literally goes step-by-step for every action required for deployment with their scripts, this results in some incoherence around what needs to…

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(Hybrid) Cloud Design and Security

Hello again! I’ve been speaking on Security, Privacy & Compliance in the Public and Hybrid Cloud at industry/ partner events and Microsoft seminar’s, both internal and external for quite a few years, and am very passionate about this topic. Recently, I was invited to speak at an Industry Security event by Trend Micro in Singapore, on the…

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Now Available: Windows Server 2016 TP5 Comparison Guide for Download

I’m happy to announce the public download of a detailed capability comparison guide for Windows Server 2016 TP5, with previous version of Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2008 R2.   This feature comparison guide compares selected features of Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012 R2, and Windows Server 2016. Its goal…

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Microsoft Azure is compliant with PCI DSS 3.1

About the PCI matrix  Introduction Coalfire conducted an assessment and found Microsoft Azure to be compliant with PCI DSS 3.1 as of March 4, 2016. This responsibility matrix has been created to illustrate and clarify the PCI compliance responsibilities for Microsoft Azure and the customers of Microsoft Azure services. As part of the assessment Coalfire…

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Bring the technology of Microsoft Azure to your own datacenter with Azure Stack!

Born from Azure, Azure Stack helps organizations deliver Azure services from their own datacenter. With Azure Stack, Microsoft is bringing proven innovation – including IaaS and higher level PaaS services – from hyper-scale datacenters to on-premises, enterprise-scale environments to meet customers’ business requirements. Wondering what Azure Stack will offer when it eventually goes GA? Check…

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Practical Architectures Part 1: Scale Out File Servers & Firewalls: To do or not to do?

Hello there, I'm back with Part 1 of a 2 post series that will try and address (hopefully) some of the more quirkier questions I / We've been getting about trying to put a firewall, in between a SOFS deployment and the Hyper-V nodes it connects to WHAT!? Are you serious? Why would you do…

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Microsoft Download Center: Microsoft Azure Datacenter IP Ranges & Windows Azure Mini Case Studies

Hello there, I'm sharing some useful resources around Microsoft Azure available on the Microsoft Download Center site. The first download is about the Microsoft Azure Datacenter IP Ranges. This file contains the Compute IP address ranges (including SQL ranges) used by the Microsoft Azure Datacenters, which you can share with your IT/ Network/ InfoSec teams for their information…

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Get the Windows Server 2012 R2 & Windows Server 2012 TechNet Library documentation as a PDF

Hello there, Back in late 2013, we announced the availability of Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2012 TechNet Library documentation available as a PDF on Microsoft Download Center. I would very highly recommend that you should always rely on the latest documentation available on http://technet.microsoft.com, but when you don't have internet access,…

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