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Can Windows Azure Backup support a bare-metal restore? (So many questions. So little time. Part 52.)

Recently we’ve been showing off a capability (currently in preview) called “Windows Azure Backup”, which is a simple file system backup and restore to/from Windows Azure storage.  At our IT Camp in Saint Louis a few weeks back, David asked: “Can Windows Azure Backup do a bare metal restore in the event of total failure… Read more

How should I backup my Windows Azure VMs? (So many questions. So little time. Part 51.)

This excellent question was asked by Ralph at our IT Camp in Saint Louis a few weeks ago: “One of the questions asked by our VP relates to Azure backups protecting from user error rather than hardware failure or disaster recovery.  What is the Microsoft guidance on backing up VMs in the cloud?” How do… Read more

How safe is my Windows Azure virtual machine? (So many questions. So little time. Part 50.)

In Saint Louis a couple of weeks ago at our Windows Azure IT Camp, Joe asked me this question: “When dealing with virtual machines and cloud for R&D. If during the process of researching you happen to download a contaminated file, can that file do harm to the actual machine that you are running? Wouldn’t… Read more

Can I use an ACL to protect my Azure SQL Server VM? (So many question. So little time. Part 49.)

At our IT Camp in Saint Louis a few weeks ago, Todd had a great question on protecting his cloud-based SQL Server: Kevin, Not sure this question was asked at the Azure IT boot camp but is there any future plans to segregate or ACL off the subnets in Azure?  Most of our web front… Read more

Why doesn’t remote desktop to my Windows Azure VM work? (So many questions. So little time. Part 48.)

An attendee at our IT Camp in Saint Louis a few weeks ago had an problem that is understandable: “Thanks for training session, I have a question.  Tried to RDP one of my VM’s at work and I can’t connect.  Possible firewall port issue?  I am going to try and connect from home tonight.” You’re… Read more

NEW: Virtualization IT Camps!

Yes!  We’re coming back to a classroom near you (I hope) for an intense, full-day of training and hands-on with Windows Server 2012, Hyper-V, and System Center.  If you’re using virtualization… “What do you mean, ‘if’?” Yeah, good point.  The modern datacenter is already virtualizing, and likely virtualizing using VMware vSphere, vCenter, and so on.  That’s… Read more

Windows Azure and SmartCards? (So many questions. So little time. Part 47)

It’s been over a year now since I posted my last in the series “So many questions. So little time.” “August 20, 2012 to be exact.” Yes indeed.  And now that I’m again giving my IT Camp attendees the ability to submit their questions to me in writing, their questions become a really good source… Read more

Step-by-Step: Get up to $200 in FREE Cloud Services with a Windows Azure Trial Subscription

Using the 4 easy steps provided in this article, you’ll be able to activate a FREE Windows Azure Trial Subscription, suitable for building your Lab in the Cloud for Windows Server 2012 R2 or Linux without the need for local on-premises lab hardware.  This trial subscription provides a tremendous opportunity to gain hands-on experience with… Read more

Road Trip! FREE Microsoft Windows Azure Events in the US

Coming to a town near you, our four IT Pro Evangelists in the US Central Region (Brian Lewis, Keith Mayer, Matt Hester, and Moi) are delivering free, in-person, hands-on learning (otherwise known as “IT Camps”) from now through mid-October. Here is the complete event description: Discover Key Hybrid Cloud Solutions for IT Pros You CAN… Read more

Road Trip! FREE Microsoft Windows Azure Events in the Central US (September Edition)

UPDATE: The FULL list of our events for September and October is now live.  Go to THIS BLOG POST instead. -Kevin Coming to a town near you, our four IT Pro Evangelists in the US Central Region (Brian Lewis, Keith Mayer, Matt Hester, and Moi) are delivering free, in-person, hands-on learning; otherwise known as “IT… Read more