Step-by-Step: Deploy Windows Server 2016 Storage Spaces Direct (S2D) Cluster in Microsoft Azure

In this short video, we’ll walk through deploying a Windows Server 2016 Storage Spaces Direct (S2D) Cluster to a Microsoft Azure subscription using Azure Resource Manager (ARM) Templates. ARM templates streamline the process of provisioning complex solutions in the cloud.  In this scenario, we’ll be leveraging two ARM templates from the Azure Quick Start template…

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Step-by-Step: Provisioning Azure ExpressRoute Private Peering with UltraPerformance VNET Gateway via new Azure CLI 2.0

The new Azure CLI 2.0 was recently released for general availability on Linux, macOS and Windows (see this article for the announcement).  In this post, I’m providing a step-by-step walk-through of using the Azure CLI 2.0 to provision ExpressRoute Private Peering with the new UltraPerformance VNET Gateway that provides up to 10Gbps throughput. Note that you…

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Windows Server 2016 Storage will Blow Your Mind! – Part 2

Windows Server 2016 Storage Replica
Windows Server 2016 Storage Replica

The second in a three part series covering the amazing storage features found in Windows Server 2016. In this second video we will focus on the amazing capabilities provided by Storage Replica features in Windows Server 2016. [1:10] What is Storage Replica? [2:24] What is Block Level Replication and why is this important vs. file…

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Windows Server 2016 Storage Will Blow Your Mind! – Part 1

Windows Server 2016 Storage Overview
Windows Server 2016 Storage Overview

The first in a three part series covering the amazing storage features found in Windows Server 2016. In this first video we will focus on the amazing capabilities provided by Storage Spaces Direct (S2D) features in Windows Server 2016. [2:23] Let’s kick off our discussion about Storage with Storage Spaces Direct in Windows Server 2016. What…

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Step-by-Step: Capturing Azure Resource Manager (ARM) VNET Gateway Diagnostic Logs

*** UPDATED for Azure PowerShell 2.x and 3.x *** A while back, I published an article that stepped through capturing diagnostic logs for v1 “Classic” virtual network gateways (aka VNET Gateways or VPN Gateways) on Azure via the Azure Service Management (ASM) API and PowerShell.  Since then, the Azure team has released Azure Resource Manager (ARM)…


Microsoft Azure for Amazon AWS Cloud Professionals: 5-Part Series

Over the past several months, there’s been a strong surge of interest in the community around Microsoft Azure from customers who are currently using Amazon AWS as part of their cloud computing strategy.  These customers are either interested in multi-cloud approaches that leverage Azure + AWS together, or they’re interested in migrating application workloads to Azure…


Build Your Hybrid Cloud – Enhanced VMWare Disaster Recovery to Azure

Your environment can be protected by automating the replication of the virtual machines based on policies that you set and control. Azure Site Recovery can protect Hyper-V, VMware and physical servers and you can use Azure or your secondary datacenter as your recovery site. Join Keith Mayer and Jennelle Crothers  as they take us through…


Building Your Hybrid Cloud – Getting Started with Azure Stack TP1

Microsoft Azure Stack enables your organization to deliver Azure-consistent services from your own datacenter to help you realize the full value of a hybrid cloud strategy. Join Keith Mayer and Andy Syrewicze as they take us through this in-depth step-by-step demo on how it install and configure Azure Stack in your environment. [2:40] What is…


8 Steps for Using Azure AD Service Principal Certificate Authentication with Azure Automation PowerShell Workflow Runbooks

Lately, I’ve been working with several customers that are getting started with Azure Automation runbooks to help operationalize their Microsoft Azure subscriptions. As part of this process, runbooks need to securely authenticate to Azure with a minimum of administration overhead.  Typically, the authentication solution lands on using certificates to authenticate an Azure AD Service Principal…

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Building Your Hybrid Cloud – Nested Virtualization in Windows Server 2016

Keith Mayer and Andy Syrewicze take us through an in-depth walkthrough of one of the newest features in Windows Server 2016 – Nested Virtualization. Find out what it is, why you should use it and how you can use it in your organization. [1:20] What’s new in Windows Server 2016 TP4? [1:41]  What is Nested…

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