Step-by-Step: Building a Windows Server 2012 Storage Server in the Cloud with Windows Azure

Big data is everywhere, and the cloud is no different! Windows Server 2012 can leverage the new Storage Spaces feature and integrated iSCSI Target Server role to provide SAN-like storage capabilities when presenting storage to other servers.  When studying these features in Windows Server 2012, we can provide a functional shared storage lab environment using…

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Step-by-Step: Adding a Windows Server 2012 Replica Domain Controller to Active Directory in the Cloud with Windows Azure

In this article, we’ll be continuing on in our “Early Experts” Cloud Quest lab scenario to add a Windows Server 2012 Replica Domain Controller ( DC ) to our cloud-based lab on the Windows Azure cloud platform. NOTE: This Step-by-Step guide builds on the cloud-based lab configuration started in Step-by-Step: Building a Windows Server 2012…

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Step-by-Step: Extending On-Premise Active Directory to the Cloud with Windows Azure – 31 Days of Servers in the Cloud – Part 20 of 31

Extending an on-premise Windows Server Active Directory ( AD ) infrastructure into the cloud is an important topic to consider when planning the migration or implementation of cloud-based applications.  Many existing applications require Active Directory for authentication and identity management.  When migrating applications to the cloud, having a locally accessible Active Directory is an important…

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Step-by-Step: Building a Windows Server 2012 Active Directory Forest in the Cloud with Windows Azure

Often times, applications that we’re deploying to the cloud may expect Windows Server Active Directory to be present for authentication and identity management.  With Windows Azure Virtual Machines and Virtual Networks, we can deploy Windows Server Active Directory on the Windows Azure cloud platform to support these security needs.  Best of all, you can test…

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Step-by-Step: Templating VMs in the Cloud with Windows Azure and PowerShell – 31 Days of Servers in the Cloud – Part 17 of 31

In previous articles in our 31 Days of Servers in the Cloud series, we’ve stepped through the process of building out various lab environments in the cloud, such as Windows Server 2012, SQL Server 2012, SharePoint 2013, Windows 8 App Dev and even Linux,  on the Windows Azure cloud platform. Note: If you’ve missed some…

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Step-by-Step: Running FREE Linux Virtual Machines in the Cloud with Windows Azure

The Windows Azure Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offering supports running Windows virtual machines and Linux virtual machines in the Cloud. In this article, I provide step-by-step guidance for running a new Linux virtual machine in the cloud using our Windows Azure platform. Linux? That’s right, Linux! Windows Azure runs Linux VMs as a first-class…

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FREE Hands-on Training: Build Virtual Machines in the Cloud with Windows Azure

With Windows Azure, you can easily deploy and run Windows Server and Linux virtual machines on your own virtual network in the cloud. These capabilities can be really useful for several scenarios, such as: building virtual lab environments, piloting new software in the cloud, deploying hybrid IT applications that connect on-premises datacenter workloads with cloud-based…

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Hands on Lab: Connecting PaaS and IaaS Applications in the Cloud with Windows Azure Virtual Networks

Our Windows Azure cloud platform provides both Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) features for migrating and running virtual machines in the cloud and Platform as a Service (PaaS) features for developing new cloud-based applications.  Together, these capabilities can be used by IT Pros and Developers working together to build interesting hybrid application solutions that involve both virtual machines…


Options for Building Active Directory in the Cloud with Windows Azure

Today, my friend and colleague, Yung Chou, has written a great article overviewing the features provided by the Windows Azure cloud platform.  You can check out Yung’s article at: Windows Azure Features Overview One of the specific features that is a frequent topic of conversation at IT Pro events relates to supporting Active Directory on…

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31 Days of Servers in the Cloud – Getting Started

Windows Azure Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offerings provide IT Pros with the ability to quickly and easily provision new Virtual Machines ( VMs running both Windows and Linux ) and Virtual Networks in the cloud.  I’ve found that these capabilities can be really useful for a number of scenarios, including: Building virtual lab environments…

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