Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics

Tracking down security vulnerabilities has always been a game of cat and mouse. Certain safeguards can be put in place to prevent security vulnerabilities such as blocking firewall ports, requiring multi-factor authentication and so on. Granted, no system can capture every single security vulnerability, however if a layered security approach is taken, there’s a better…


The World of Mobility

It’s difficult to ignore the world of mobility. We often carry a one or more devices such as a Windows PC, Mac, iPhone, Android, and so on.  Additionally, we bring these devices into the workplace and connect to applications, email, and files. This isn’t anything new, however the complexity of juggling devices and managing them…


Transitioning Blog to Enterprise Mobility Talk

Hello Everyone, First off, thank you for your readership over the past couple years. You may know my blog as an infrastructure blog focusing on Windows Server, System Center, Identity, and Microsoft Azure. However, recently I’ve transitioned roles within Microsoft and I am now a Mobility Technical Specialist focusing on device management, identity, and information…


Microsoft Azure Virtual Machine Readiness Assessment

  Are you interested in moving virtual machines to Microsoft Azure? Are you finding it difficult to assess workload readiness for Azure? Look no further, the Microsoft Azure Virtual Machine Readiness Assessment tool is here to assist. The Virtual Machines Readiness Assessment tool automatically inspects your on-premises environment, whether it is physical or virtualized, and…

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Microsoft Azure (IaaS) Cost Estimator Tool version 1.2

Back in August of 2014 Microsoft released version 1.0 of the Azure (IaaS) Cost Estimator Tool (view my previous post here). Today I’m happy to announce the release of version 1.2! The following new features have been updated/added: Support for all regions (apart from US) along with associated currencies. Support for D-Series virtual machines. Export…

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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…


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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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