Deck and Resources: SQL Server Options in the Cloud with Microsoft Azure

Thanks for attending my presentation today at the Columbus SQLPASS User Group chapter on SQL Server Options in the Cloud with Microsoft Azure. We discussed various hybrid cloud options for leveraging Microsoft Azure as part of a SQL Server deployment, including the following scenarios: Off-site cloud backups for databases and logs Disaster recovery of on-premises…


Deck and resources: Disaster Recovery to the Cloud with Azure Site Recovery

Thank you to those who attended my talk at CloudDevelop 2014 on Disaster Recovery to the Cloud with Azure Site Recovery today. We had some great discussions on disaster recovery planning scenarios!  I'm providing a copy of the deck we used for our session, as well as a set of additional resources that may be…


Guided Hands-on Lab: Planning Disaster Recovery Capacity for Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V Replica

Throughout our Disaster Recovery Planning Series for IT Pros this month, we've been discussing the steps involved in planning an effective Disaster Recovery strategy … And planning for the additional capacity needed to implement a successful DR plan is certainly an important part of that process.  Replicating application workloads and data between sites can incur…

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Guided Hands-on Lab: Deliver Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) with Windows Azure Hyper-V Recovery Manager (HRM)

Implementing an effective Disaster Recovery and Business Continuance plan can be a really complicated and expensive ordeal for some Private Clouds.  In many cases, competing solutions either don't meet the Recovery Point Objectives (RPO) that an organization may require, or they are super-expensive to implement because they rely on costly site recovery management software and/or proprietary…

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Step-by-Step: File Server Disaster Recovery in the Clouds with Windows Azure and Windows Server 2012 R2

File servers are a key foundational workload in most organizations.  In addition to providing shared folders for document collaboration, storage and archiving, they can also serve as a data repository for other key business applications.  As such, file servers are a kind of “network utility” for data storage, without which most organizations would find it…


Step-by-Step: Tired of Tapes? Backup your SQL Databases to the Cloud! [ 20 Key Scenarios with Windows Azure Infrastructure Services ]

This month, my fellow IT Pro Technical Evangelists and I are authoring a new articles series on 20 Key Scenarios with Windows Azure Infrastructure Services.  You can catch the full series at https://aka.ms/CloudTop20. In today’s article in this series, we’ll discuss backup of SQL databases and logs to the Windows Azure cloud as an alternate…

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Walkthrough: Protecting Private Clouds with System Center 2012 SP1 Data Protection Manager

In this episode of our Build Your Private Cloud in a Month series, Yung Chou and I show how to protect Private Cloud workloads using System Center 2012 SP1 Data Protection Manager and also demo how to integrate DPM with VMM for seamless backup of VMs even if they’ve been Live Migrated to different virtualization…

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Step-by-step: Planning RPO and WAN Bandwidth for Hyper-V Replica in Windows Server 2012

Windows Server 2012 and the FREE Hyper-V Server 2012 include Hyper-V Replica as a new disaster recovery feature for site-level outages.  Hyper-V Replica provides asynchronous host-to-host replication between sites for Virtual Machines. For more details on implementing and automating disaster recovery with Hyper-V Replica, please see my prior post on this topic HERE. Planning Network Bandwidth…

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Automated Disaster Recovery Testing and Failover with Hyper-V Replica and PowerShell 3.0 for FREE!

Hyper-V Replica is a new built-in feature of both Windows Server 2012 and our FREE Hyper-V Server 2012 products.  Hyper-V Replica enables Hyper-V hosts or clusters to enable distance replication of running VMs to remote Hyper-V hosts over a standard IP WAN connection.  It provides a very cost-effective disaster recovery solution in the event of a…

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