Azure DNS and Static IPs

I run a domain in Azure, meaning I have domain controllers and a lot of VMs joined to my domain. I run applications on those VMs such as System Center 2012 R2 components, SQL Server, customer web portals, Active Directory Federation Services, and so on. In any production environment I like to utilize static IPs…


Export .RDP files for Azure VMs

Are you logging into the Azure Portal every time you need to connect to a virtual machine?  Ever wondered how to grab all those .RDP connections for VMs in Azure?  Well now you can. I wrote a small script to Export Azure VM .RDP files to a local directory for a given service. Requirements Install…


Azure RemoteApp

Are you interested in providing application access and presentation without the need to deploy hardware? Maybe an upgrade is in order to your existing Terminal Services environment and you’re looking for methods to reduce spend? Regardless of the motives, Microsoft Azure has a solution and it’s called Azure RemoteApp. Azure RemoteApp brings the functionality of…


Microsoft has your identity sync covered (AADSync)

With the release of Azure Active Directory Synchronization Services (AADSync) Microsoft has another tool for your tool bag to populate identity information in Azure Active Directory (Azure AD). For those not familiar with Azure AD its Microsoft’s cloud identity provider please visit: http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/azure/jj673460.aspx How is Azure Active Directory Sync different from the DirSync? DirSync is…


Migrate VMs into Azure from VMware, AWS, Hyper-V, and Physical Servers

Migrate VMs into Azure from VMware, AWS, Hyper-V, and Physical Servers This is a quick post about a new migration tool Microsoft announced today called the Microsoft Migration Accelerator (currently in preview). If you’re looking for an easy method to move workloads, even multi-tier applications from VMware, AWS, Hyper-V, and Physical Servers then the Migration…


Identity as a Service IDaaS

It seems like there is a lot of discussion going on lately about identity. In fact it’s a very hot topic among most of the organizations I speak with. However identity is not a new topic, there are just better technologies available to manage identity and more companies providing identity solutions. In the past, identity…


Microsoft Azure (IaaS) Cost Estimator Tool

Until now, when evaluating datacenter compute resources and estimating costs in the cloud has been a challenge. Typically we’re looking at a physical or virtual machine configuration such as CPU size, memory, disk space and so on. However, there are other resources that are more difficult to estimate such as bandwidth usage, storage transactions, and…


Microsoft Azure Site Recovery – Replicating Hyper-V VMs to Microsoft Azure

Have you ever wished that you could take your virtual machines (VMs) and replicate them to a cloud service for disaster recovery purposes? Now you can with Microsoft Azure Site Recovery! Azure Site Recovery (ASR) provides the capability to replicate Hyper-V VMs directly to Azure for recovery purposes. There are two types of recovery that…


Back up an Azure VM using Microsoft Azure Automation

Backing up a virtual machine in any cloud can be cumbersome. However with Microsoft Azure Automation, backing up a virtual machine (VM) can be done in just a few easy steps and be scheduled to run when you need it to. Next I’ll walk through how to create an Azure Automation Runbook to back up…


Microsoft Azure Automation

Automation within Microsoft Azure? Yes it’s real. Last week during the Microsoft Build conference Azure Automation was announced. Azure Automation allows you to do the following: Azure Automation allows you to automate the creation, deployment, monitoring, and maintenance of resources in your Azure environment using a highly scalable and reliable workflow execution engine. Orchestrate time-consuming…