Quickly deploy RDS 2016 in Azure

In this post I’ll show how to deploy a minimal Windows Server 2016 Remote Desktop Services farm in Azure in 20 minutes using Azure Resource Manager template. Such farm will be enough to provide Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) for 5 to 100 end-users. It was designed as a single-tenant solution, then can be quickly deployed in Azure with minimal effort for every customer. My…


N-series – first Azure VMs with GPU

Azure N-series
Azure N-series

Great news – Azure N-series Virtual Machines are now available in public preview. N-Series instances are enabled with NVIDIA’s cutting edge GPUs to allow you to run GPU-accelerated workloads and visualize them. These powerful sizes come with the agility you have come to expect from Azure, paying per-minute of usage. N-Series VMs are split into…


Building Database-as-a-Service on SQL Server 2016

DBaaS SQL Server 2016
DBaaS SQL Server 2016

Many service providers wish to offer new types of services to their customers. They want to move further from regular IaaS to services with more added value, like PaaS or SaaS. One of the options is Database-as-a-Service offering aka DBaaS. Such service includes IaaS, DBMS software licenses and database engine maintenance, provided by the service provider…


New RDS Capabilities in Windows Server 2016 for Service Providers

RDS 2016
RDS 2016

Remote Desktop Services (RDS) were significantly improved with a release of Windows Server 2016. Service Providers now can build more functional and reliable Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) solutions for their customers, including VDI scenarios with GPU acceleration. Here is the list of RDS 2016 new features and improvements, that can be interesting for service providers: Windows10-like experience…


Windows Azure Pack lifecycle was extended to 2027

Good news! Windows Azure Pack lifecycle was updated. It means that: Azure Pack is not dead, and it’s far from being dead. Azure Pack will continue to evolve until 2022 (6 years from now) and will be supported until 2027 (11 years from now). Azure Pack already supports new features of Windows Server 2016 like Shielded VMs…


Shielded VMs in Windows Server 2016

Shielded VM
Shielded VM

A lot of customers ask service providers: “How can you guarantee, that your technical staff won’t steal our confidential data?” And honestly speaking, there is no simple answer for that. Some service providers can say that they have organizational policies and security monitoring in place, others say that they will implement encryption of tenant’s data etc….


First look on Azure Stack TP2

By now, there are many reviews of Azure Stack TP2 on the public internet. In this article, I would like to provide you some screenshots to give you a better understanding what is the value of running Azure Stack as a service provider. Microsoft Azure Stack (MAS) gives you a lot more compared to some…


Azure Stack TP2 Deployment

Azure Stack Technical Preview 2 was recently released and now available for download. In this article we’ll talk about Azure Stack TP2 deployment in the lab environment. BTW – my name is Attila Macskasy and this is my first post in this blog. I’m a Partner Technology Strategist in Microsoft and work in the same…


Windows Server 2016 – What’s new for Service Providers

Windows Server 2016 what's new for Service Providers
Windows Server 2016 what's new for Service Providers

Windows Server 2016 is finally released, and it’s a breakthrough version of Microsoft’s server operating system. Windows Server 2016 is packed with great new features, that make it the best-in-class IaaS platform, the most secure Windows Server ever, and the best platform for Windows-based microservices. In this series I will write about new features in…


Windows Server 2016 RTM, System Center 2016 RTM and Azure Stack TP2 – now available

Great news! Windows Server 2016 was launched yesterday on Microsoft Ignite conference. Windows Server 2016 is a next major release of Windows Server after 2012, and it’s packed with great new features and enhancements. Windows Server 2016, System Center 2016 and Windows Azure Pack allow service providers to build scalable, stable and cost efficient IaaS…