Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud – Hybrid Cloud Management and Automation (Part 22)

In today's episode in our Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud series, Yung Chou and I demonstrate ways in which you can manage and automate your hybrid cloud environment. Join us for this demo-heavy session as we showcase System Center, Microsoft Azure and Azure Pack, as well as PowerShell for Azure, PowerShell DSC for configuration…


Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud – Using Custom VM Images and Resource Groups in Microsoft Azure (Part 21)

As you plan your migration to Hybrid Cloud, you may find that your organization has certain specific configuration settings and tools that are required for each new VM being provisioned.  Creating your own custom VM images provides an easy way to embed these customized settings into your own library of operating system images so that…


Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud – Migrating VMware & Amazon AWS to Microsoft Azure (Part 20)

Today’s topic in our series focuses on migrating existing VMware and Amazon AWS server workloads to the Microsoft Azure public cloud platform as a secure extension of your on-premises datacenter.  Along the way, we’ll discuss several migration tools that can help to streamline the process, including the recently announced Microsoft Migration Accelerator for Azure, which…


Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud – Azure Pack Simplified: Prepping OS Image Disks for VM Gallery Items (Part 19)

As you begin preparing your network environment for server migrations to Windows Server 2012 R2 and Microsoft Azure, there's value in examining your existing server operating system images to make sure that you can use them consistently across your new Hybrid Cloud infrastructure. Earlier this week, Blain and I discussed the ability to leverage existing…


Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud – Migrating Physical Servers to Virtual Machines (Part 18)

As you begin planning your migration from legacy versions of Windows Server, you may find that you still have some physical servers in your environment. Migrating a copy of these physical servers to virtual machines provides the ability to consolidate these servers on a smaller number of physical hosts to save on hardware costs and…


Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud – Planning Hybrid Cloud Virtualization (Part 17)

In today's episode of our Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud series, Blain Barton and I kick-off Virtualization Week with a discussion on Compute Virtualization in the Hybrid Cloud.  Join us as we discuss how virtualization is no longer constrained to the physical capacity of an on-premises environment. We'll also showcase tools and techniques that…

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Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud – Step-by-Step: Cross-Premises Connectivity with Azure ExpressRoute (Part 16)

With Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute, organizations can create private, high-throughput network connections between Azure datacenters and existing infrastructure, whether it’s on-premises or in a co-location environment. ExpressRoute connections do not go over the public Internet, and as such they can offer more reliability, faster speeds, lower latencies and higher security than typical connections over the Internet. …

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Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud – Step-by-Step: Cross-Premises Connectivity with Azure Site-to-Site VPN (Part 15)

Hybrid Cloud is all about leveraging the "best of both worlds" by combining the low-latency access of an on-premises datacenter with the elastic, pay-as-you-go nature of a public cloud platform like Microsoft Azure. Cross-premises connectivity enables these two environments to be connected into a single hybrid network, providing the ability to easily leverage Azure as…


Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud – Step-by-Step: Building Virtual Networks in the Cloud with Microsoft Azure (Part 14)

When running application workloads on Microsoft Azure, virtual networks deliver the ability for multiple virtual machines and/or cloud services to communicate with one another across a secure, isolated IP network infrastructure. Like physical networks, the IP address space associated with these virtual networks can be subnetted to organize workload components and simplify guest operating system…

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Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud – Step-by-Step: Reserve a Public IP Address in Microsoft Azure (Part 13)

Some application scenarios may require, or desire, a static public IP address, so that you have predictable IP addresses for handling network traffic and firewall rules. When migrating these applications to a cloud platform, such as Microsoft Azure, reserving public IP addresses for these applications can be an important step in your migration plan. Step-by-Step:…