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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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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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…

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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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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…

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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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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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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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