Scripts-to-Tools: Automate Health Monitoring Alert Rules in the Cloud with PowerShell and the Azure Service Management REST API

After successfully provisioning new IaaS virtual machines or PaaS cloud services in Microsoft Azure, the focus often turns to workload monitoring for ensuring the continued health of the solutions we've deployed. Microsoft Azure includes native monitoring and email alerting capabilities for deployed workloads, and you can certainly extend monitoring to more granular levels with additional…


End-to-End IaaS Workload Provisioning in the Cloud with Azure Automation and PowerShell DSC ( Part 2 )

This article is Part 2 of a two-part series on automating the end-to-end provisioning process for IaaS workloads running on the Microsoft Azure cloud platform.  This process includes orchestration of all tasks, provisioning cloud fabric resources, and configuring operating system and application workloads running inside Azure VMs. The end goal of this effort is to…


End-to-End IaaS Workload Provisioning in the Cloud with Azure Automation and PowerShell DSC ( Part 1 )

In prior articles, we've discussed Azure Automation, Azure VM Agent extensions and PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC) as individual tools and approaches for automated workload provisioning.  I'm frequently asked about how these tools can be used together to orchestrate end-to-end provisioning of cloud workloads, including fabric, OS and application components. This article is Part 1…


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…


Deck and resources: Open Source + Microsoft Azure

Thank you to those who attended my webcast event on Open Source + Microsoft Azure last week. It was a great opportunity to discuss and demonstrate the broad support that's available on the Azure cloud platform for Open Source software solutions! In this article, I'm providing a copy of the deck we used for our…


IT Camp deck and resources: Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud

Thank you to those who attended my IT Camp event on Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud today in Chicago IL. I certainly enjoyed discussing cloud migration scenarios with everyone! In this article, I'm providing a copy of the deck we used for our sessions today, as well as a set of additional resources that…


Cloud-to-Cloud: Migrating Ubuntu Linux Virtual Machines to Microsoft Azure from Amazon AWS

A short time ago, I assisted an organization with defining a process for migrating web applications and data running on Ubuntu Linux virtual machines to the Microsoft Azure cloud platform from Amazon AWS.  In this article, I’m documenting the general steps we used in an attempt to help other organizations that may be planning a…


Tools for Building Professional Cloud Architecture Diagrams

I’m frequently asked about templates, stencils and shapes that are available for documenting the architecture of cloud-based solutions on Microsoft Azure, Azure Pack and Office 365. Using the tools described in this article, you can quickly build professional architecture diagrams for cloud scenarios. These tools are also useful when creating presentation decks, training materials, whitepapers…


NEW Windows Server Technical Preview: FASTEST Way to Spin-Up Your Test Lab Environment in the Cloud with Microsoft Azure

With all of the buzz this week around the recently announced Windows 10 Technical Preview, you may have missed this announcement that a Technical Preview for the next version of Windows Server and System Center is also now available.  Windows Server Technical Preview – Server Manager and Start Menu The Windows Server technical preview bits…