Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud – Getting Started with Automating the Hybrid Cloud using PowerShell (Part 24)

This article is Part 24 in the Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud series by our US IT Pro team.  After you read this article, be sure to catch the full series for more information and resources. When migrating to Hybrid Cloud, developing automated standards for provisioning and managing application workloads is key to accelerating…


Step-by-Step: Getting Started with NEW Microsoft Azure Automation preview feature

UPDATE: Azure Automation has been updated to support Azure Active Directory authentication to simplify the steps for getting started! As an alternative to the steps below for configuring certificate-based authentication, check out this article by Joe Levy, Program Manager on the Azure Automation team,  for getting started with Azure AD with Azure Automation.. Earlier this…


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 – with an SLA of 99.9% on ExpressRoute connection uptime   Faster speeds…


Dog Food Conference 2014 Infrastructure & DevOps sessions feature Virtualization, Cloud, Automation & MORE!

Dog Food Conference is BACK again this year in Central Ohio on September 29th and 30th, and it’s bigger than EVER! This year, Dog Food Conference will feature local, regional and national speakers to deliver 70+ talks across multiple tracks for Developers, IT Pros, Startups and IT Managers, promising a full line-up of great topics…


Transform the Datacenter MVP Roadshow Event Series: Coming to a City Near YOU!

There’s just 44 weeks left until End-of-Support for Windows Server 2003 and many organizations are getting started planning for server migrations … And our team of awesome Microsoft MVPs is here to help!  This month, a series of Transform the Datacenter MVP Roadshow events are coming to cities across the US.  These events are a…


Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud: Cross-Premises Data Mobility with Microsoft Azure StorSimple (Part 10)

This article is part 10 in our continuing blog series on Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud being published by the US IT Pro team at Microsoft.  In this article, we’ll discuss enabling “cross-premises data mobility” within a Hybrid Cloud by leveraging a new cloud-enabled storage solution: Microsoft StorSimple 8000. Microsoft StorSimple 8000 Hybrid Cloud…


Scripts-to-Tools: Auto-provisioning Azure Virtual Networks with PowerShell and XML

A few weeks ago, I wrote about Auto-Provisioning a New Active Directory Domain Controller in the Azure Cloud using the new VM Agent custom script extension via the Azure Management Portal.  Since then, several people in the community have asked about also automating the steps for provisioning Virtual Networks on Azure. In this article, we’ll…


Step-by-Step: Auto-join a Member Server VM to Active Directory Domain in the Azure Cloud with VM Agent Custom Script Extension

In a prior article, we walked through the process of auto-provisioning a new Windows Server Active Directory domain in the Cloud using a custom script that was processed via the Microsoft Azure VM Agent Custom Script Extension.  In this article, we’ll build upon this scenario by auto-joining a new Windows Server VM as a member…


Step-by-Step: Auto-Provision a New Active Directory Domain in the Azure Cloud using the VM Agent Custom Script Extension

The Azure Virtual Machine Agent Custom Script Extension allows you to download custom PowerShell scripts inside Azure VMs and execute them as part of the post-provisioning process.  Custom Script Extensions provide a great deal of flexibility for customizing the provisioning of new VMs without the need to maintain a distinct custom VM image for every…


Step-by-Step: Deploy a Highly Available SharePoint Server Farm in the Cloud – in ONLY 8 Clicks!

As of today, the Azure Preview Portal now has the ability to deploy and manage IaaS workloads, including Virtual Machines, Virtual Networks and Cloud Storage!  One of the key new enhancements that the new Preview Portal experience provides is the ability to setup complex multi-tier applications in the cloud as a single Resource Group to…