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…

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Windows Azure Pack, IaaS and PaaS Self-Service for your Employees and Customers

If you’ve ever made a multi-layer cake you know that there are typically multiple layers of cakes and in between are jams, frosting, custard, ice cream, or whatever the recipe asks for. To top off the cake is a layer of frosting or whipped cream or whatever you like. Now you’re either getting hungry for…


Move VM’s between Hyper-V and Windows Azure

One of the benefits when working with Hyper-V and Windows Azure is the portability of Virtual Machines. For example when Virtual Machines are created in Windows Azure, you have the option to pull them down and run them on your Hyper-V servers or you have the option to push Hyper-V Virtual Machines to Windows Azure….

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Create a self-signed certificate for use with Windows Azure using a Windows script.

If you’ve worked with Windows Azure you’ll know that a certificate is required to interface with Windows Azure from external tools such as PowerShell and Visual Studio. However management certificates are also required to interact with Windows Azure as well. For example, the solutions within System Center 2012 require a management certificate to manage or…


Monitoring your UNIX/Linux Servers with System Center Operations Manager 2012

As I have discussions with different organizations, I learn about the tools utilized to monitor their various systems and services. They range from no to low cost and up to very high cost global monitoring systems. A common theme I hear is “we have way too may tools and need to consolidate”. Consolidation isn’t an…

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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…


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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