Taking backup of encrypted Azure VMs with ADE (Azure Disk Encryption) using Azure Backup in OMS

We see customers migrating or deploying workloads on Azure have started encrypting their virtual machines using ADE (Azure Disk Encryption) and looking for a backup solution that supports protecting those encrypted VMs in a simple and cost effctive manner. We also heard, loud and clear, that Azure Backup (ABU) is the one which customers prefer… Read more

ARM concepts in Azure Stack for the WAP Administrator – Troubleshooting IaaS in Azure Stack

Hello Readers! This blog is part 8 (and the last) of the series “ARM concepts in Azure Stack for the WAP Administrator.” In this post we’ll discuss and share troubleshooting techniques and resources that we have learned when working with customers and partners that are actively validating Microsoft Azure Stack Technical Preview 1. Note Some information relates to… Read more

Azure Stack API’s – Working directly with the Resource Manager API Layer (Technical Preview 1)

Introduction To work with the Azure’s Resource Manager, you have a number of options. For example, you have these SDK’s to simplify development: Azure .NET SDK’s https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/api/ Azure Resource Manager SDK’s – JAVA, Python, and Ruby https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/azure-resource-manager-preview-sdks/ Azure Resource Manager PowerShell Cmdlets https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/azure/mt125356.aspx Note: I can’t stress enough that this is simply a model I… Read more

ARM concepts in Azure Stack for the WAP Administrator – In-guest configuration with ARM, and technologies such as Virtual Machines Extensions, including PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC)

Hello Readers! This is part 7 of the blog post series “ARM concepts in Azure Stack for the WAP Administrator.” In this post we’ll focus on the VM configuration itself, leveraging Azure Resource Manager (ARM), VM Extensions and PowerShell DSC. Note Some information relates to pre-released product which may be substantially modified before it’s commercially… Read more

Backup & Site Recovery (OMS)

We have recently announced the GA for our Backup & Site Recovery (OMS) in Azure Resource Manager, and I would like to use this opportunity to level set on what we are bringing, as well as give you some context and a real kick-start into deploying these resources. Context Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS) made its… Read more

Part 3: How to configure WDS, Unattend.xml file, Windows PE Image, and Nano Server image to deploy a Nano Server at-a-scale

Over a series of blog posts we will describe a solution for how to deploy Nano Server at scale using Microsoft tools. The blog posts are: Part – 1: Nano Server Domain Join (Deployment-at-a-scale an introduction) Part – 2: How to build a Windows PE and Nano Server image to deploy Nano Server at-a-scale Part… Read more

Part 1: Nano Server Domain Join (Deployment-at-a-scale an introduction)

Over a series of blog posts we will describe a solution for how to deploy Nano Server at scale using Microsoft tools. The blog posts are: Part – 1: Nano Server Domain Join (Deployment-at-a-scale an introduction) (This blog post) Part – 2: How to build a Windows PE and Nano Server image to deploy Nano… Read more

ARM concepts in Azure Stack for the WAP Administrator – Multi-tier applications

Hello Readers! This blog is part 6 of the series “ARM concepts in Azure Stack for the WAP Administrator.” In this post we’ll discuss how the deployment of multi-tier applications concepts you are familiar with in Windows Azure Pack (WAP) map to Microsoft Azure Stack Technical Preview 1. Note Some information relates to pre-released product which may be substantially modified… Read more

Microsoft Azure Stack Advanced Scenarios for TP1: Beyond the Basics

In the last post we deployed JSON templates and also VM Extensions to Windows and Linux VMs running on Microsoft Azure Stack Technical Preview 1. Next let’s look at the installation and configuration of additional PaaS Resource Providers in Microsoft Azure Stack TP1. Resource providers are suppliers of an Azure /Azure Stack service via ARM… Read more