Multi-Factor Authentication… the simple way

Do you support or are you planning to implement a multi-factor authentication solution? I have a simple, easy to set up multi-factor authentication solution for you! First we need to define what multi-factor authentication is: Multi-factor authentication or two-factor authentication is used to increase security around user access. It works by requiring any two or…

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Load-Balance Virtual Machines in Windows Azure

Did you know you can load-balance virtual machines (VMs) within Windows Azure? The following content is a walk through of how to set up load-balancing across two VMs within Windows Azure. Assumptions Windows Azure account is created Technologies utilized Windows Server 2012 R2 Internet Information Services OK, let’s get started: CREATING A VIRTUAL MACHINE WITHIN…

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Virtualizing SQL Server on Hyper-V and on Windows Azure VMs

I’ve been asked the question by many organizations: “can we virtualize SQL Server?” My answer is typically yes, however there are several factors to consider before moving SQL Server workloads to a virtualized environment. For the purposes of this post I’ll focus on virtualizing SQL Server on Windows Server Hyper-V, however several, if not all…

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Relating traditional datacenter costs to Windows Azure

Estimating costs for cloud services can be difficult because there are an infinite amount of permutations on how to piece together services and estimate usage. I liken it to being given multiple ingredients and are expected to piece them together to make a recipe. However, this is something that IT Processionals have been doing for…

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Monitoring Windows Azure with System Center Operations Manager 2012 – GET ME STARTED!

OK, you’ve installed System Center Operations Manger 2012 (OM 2012) and need to monitor Windows Azure services and VMs how do you do that? I’ll outline how to connect System Center Operations Manager 2012 to Windows Azure, add Windows Azure monitors, and create views to view the status of your Windows Azure infrastructure. Assumptions: System…

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Windows Azure, a simple walk-through of options

I understand there may be some apprehension with utilizing an outside infrastructure to host applications and services . However, I also understand the need to continue to reduce infrastructure costs as well as offer your company and your customer’s scalable and reliable services. Is it possible to do both? Yes it is! With Windows Azure…

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Deploy your web application to Windows Azure with Visual Studio

Web applications have traditionally been deployed to data center hosted servers (e.g. IIS, Apache, etc.) and published either publicly, internally, or a combination of both. The process of web deployment has consisted of packing up of web content files, copying them to a web server or servers, and configuring settings on the web host to…

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Move your SQL Server Databases to Windows Azure SQL

Would you like to move SQL Server databases out of your datacenter and into a reliable, scalable, and secure solution? How about taking those databases that are rarely accessed or even idle and storing them somewhere else? Windows Azure SQL Database can help you with solve those issues and more! What is Windows Azure SQL…

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Backing up Servers to Windows Azure Backup via Recovery Services

Looking for a quick method to back up your Windows servers however you don’t want to consume any more onsite storage? Windows Azure Backup Vault is the answer. Windows Azure Backup Agent is an add-on for Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 that you can download and install to schedule…

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Windows Azure Media Services and Web Sites

Have you ever wanted to publish videos or training material without having to deploy a new server or purchase a solution? With Windows Azure Media Services you can! First let’s briefly learn about what Windows Azure Media Services is: Media Services offer the flexibility, scalability and reliability of a cloud platform to handle high quality media…

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