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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So you have a datacenter, what next?

I’ve worked with a number of organizations who are apprehensive about moving workloads to cloud infrastructures. I understand this thought process because these organizations have invested significantly in expertise, equipment, software, and services. Over the last few years there’s been a strong push for private cloud in which you’re creating (or leveraging hosted resources) a…

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System Center Virtual Machine Manager & Service Templates

Traditionally system administrators and engineers deploy virtual machines on a one off basis.  However the issue I have with this methodology is it takes too long to deploy and integrate the necessary tiers to host an entire application (or even an simple one). What if there was a way to connect, configure, and deploy all…

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Working with Windows Azure Storage

Q: What’s an easy and cost effective (e.g. free) method for me to access Windows Azure storage and upload .VHD files? NOTE: The following isn’t a complete list and there are many tools and suites available however I focused on tools that are easy to use and are primarily free. A: There are a variety…

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WINDOWS AZURE HOW-TO – Point-to-Site VPN Walk-Through

I’ll walk you through how to create a Point-to-Site VPN connection from your machine to Windows Azure.  I’ll also walkthrough how to connect to your Azure Virtual Machines after the Point-to-Site VPN connection is created.   Let’s begin!   I will refer to Point-to-Site as “P2S” occasionally throughout these steps.   To allow for creating…

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