Getting data and applications to / from Azure

After Wenming’s post on deploying an azure hpc cluster with powershell, I have been looking for an easy way to transfer applications & data to / from such cluster. I have found that in HPC SP3 the hpcpack command includes the option to upload and mount a VHD drive on azure nodes. The command is…

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SQL Server in Windows Azure

It is certainly possible to run SQL Server 2008 R2 in Azure virtual machines, but keep in mind that they are not persistent between deployments, hence you want to use them for testing only and be aware of potential data loss. In order to mitigate that risk you may want to set sql up in…

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Azure Connect – a vpn between Azure and your machines

Azure Connect is a service that lets you establish a vpn tunnel (for want of a better word) between a virtual machine running in Azure and another running on premises. The connection is point-to-point, meaning that you will need to configure it on every machine involved. Nonetheless, it is a valuable tool when you need…

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Azure billing clarification

A quick clarification: Azure allocates resources to your role as long as it is deployed, whether it is running or not. Billing starts when the deployment is complete and finishes when it is deleted. Roles that are deployed will be billed for the deployed hours, whether they are running or not. In summary, if you…

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Put a VM on Azure

I have summarized here all the steps you need to take in order to deploy an Azure VM. Step 1: Get your certificates I assume that you have an active Azure subscription and you have installed visual studio 2010, the azure sdk and tools and activated the VM role. You will need a management certificate…

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