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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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…


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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Copying Virtual Machines to Windows Azure using System Center App Controller 2012 R2

When I hear the term “Hybrid Cloud” I think of a mesh of networking, compute, and storage resources located within the confines of a datacenter and spanning to commercially (publicly) available clouds such as Windows Azure. However, making the move to a commercial cloud requires trust, planning, and long-term financial commitment. On the technical front,…

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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…


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…


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…


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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