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This just in: More Updates to Azure Backup

The Azure Blog just posted some exciting news about improvements and updates to Azure Backup, specifically around the backup and retention of Azure Virtual Machines (VMs). “Oh yeah?  How can they make it any better?” Well, for starters.. How would you like to be able to retain a backup of a Virtual Machine for up… Read more

Video: Deploy an Application with Azure Resource Manager Templates

In this video (which complements the documentation found at https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/resource-group-template-deploy/) I walk you through the process of deploying an application with Azure Resource Manager Templates.   … Read more

Azure Site Recovery (ASR) now available in all US Azure Datacenter Regions

This just in… Today, Microsoft has increased the number of datacenter regions that will support Azure Site Recovery.  Datacenter regions added: Central US East US2 North Central US, and South Central US “Cool.. but what is Azure Site Recovery?” Ah.. in case you, like my friend here, don’t know; Azure Site Recovery is Microsoft’s “Disaster… Read more

TechNet On Tour: Disaster Recovery using Azure

To follow up on my post of a couple of days ago, I thought I’d share this awesome introductory video discussing our up-coming September/October US events… Have you signed up yet?  GO HERE to select your city and date: https://aka.ms/TechNetTour Hope to see you there!… Read more

Find an Azure VM image using the Azure CLI or PowerShell

Recently my team has been fortunate enough to be able to contribute to and augment the online Microsoft Azure documentation through the creation of video demonstrations.  My first two contributions can be found on this page: Navigating and Selecting Azure Virtual Machine images with PowerShell and the Azure CLI Of course, I need to brag… Read more

Azure for Disaster Recovery: The US Tour

We Technical Evangelists are at it again!  This September and October, we will visit 10 cities to talk about using Microsoft Azure as part of your disaster recovery plan. Attendees will receive a free Microsoft Azure pass and the opportunity to complete several disaster recovery related labs during the course of the workshop. 9/1 –… Read more

New Microsoft Virtual Academy Course – Microsoft Azure Fundamentals: Virtual Machines

Bob Tabor (an MVP who I recently learned a lot of C# from) has created a multi-module course for Microsoft Virtual Academy entitled Microsoft Azure Fundamentals: Virtual Machines.  This is definitely worth a look, as the number of modules (35) and depth of topics really look to be more quality and in-depth than the title… Read more

If you’re in the area of Saint Louis and can get away from work on May 19, 2015…

We’re hosting another of our IT Camps on Microsoft Azure and how to extend your datacenter into the cloud.  It’s a free, full-day of learning, including hands-on-labs and great resources for further investigation. Go to https://aka.ms/AzureITCampMO for details and to register.  (Hurry.. space is limited!) PS – We’ll also have a drawing for someone to… Read more

Lab 6 (Optional): An Ubuntu Linux VM in Azure (Jan-June 2015 Azure Hybrid Cloud IT Camps)

This post contains Lab 6 of the 5 labs created for our current set of US DX IT Camps.  Yeah.. this is one I just added for good measure. The complete set of labs are listed here: Lab 1 – Building the Foundation (Virtual Network, Storage, and Cloud Service) Lab 2 – Building Workloads (Creating… Read more

Step-by-Step: Windows Azure Backup

Azure Backup “is a simple and reliable data protection solution which enables customers to back up their on-premises data to Microsoft Azure.”  Remember Windows Server Backup?  Well, like that perennial utility, this one backs up from or restores items to your Windows File System.  “But this one backs up to or restores from Azure?” Bingo.  And… Read more