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

How Do I Extend My Datacenter in Microsoft Azure?

How do you grow your puppy into a full fledged dog? It takes time, patience, work, and some knowledge of raising and training up a dog right. It’s not easy, but if you do the work, the benefits are enormous. How do you extend your current on-premises datacenter into Microsoft Azure? Again, I could say… Read more

White paper: Modern Application Modeling and Configuration for Infrastructure Clouds

  Hello readers! This blog post introduces the “Modern Application Modeling and Configuration for Infrastructure Clouds” white paper from the Enterprise Cloud Group (ECG) CAT team, that you can download at the link below. We hope you will find this resource useful! Audience This document is for IT professionals or application owners interested in understanding… Read more

Microsoft Infrastructure as a Service Virtualization Platform Foundations

This document discusses the virtualization platform infrastructure components that are relevant for a Microsoft IaaS infrastructure and provides guidelines and requirements for building an IaaS virtualization platform infrastructure using Microsoft products and technologies. Table of Contents (for this article) 1 Introduction 2 Virtualization Platform Architecture     2.1 Virtualization Platform Features     2.2 Hyper-V Guest Virtual… Read more

Microsoft Infrastructure as a Service Compute Foundations

This document discusses the compute infrastructure components that are relevant for a Microsoft IaaS infrastructure and provides guidelines and requirements for building an IaaS network infrastructure using Microsoft products and technologies. Table of Contents (for this article) 1  Introduction  2 On-Premises     2.1 Compute Architecture  3 Public Cloud     3.1 Azure IaaS  4  Hybrid Cloud… Read more

Custom Resource Providers in Windows Azure Pack – Moving from Hello World to your own Resource Provider

Today we have again Torsten Kuhn as a guest blogger! Torsten is a Principal Consultant from Microsoft Consulting Services in Germany and he will walk us through the process of moving from the Hello World Custom Resource Provider to your own Resource Provider in Windows Azure Pack! Hello readers I'm Torsten Kuhn a Principal Consultant… Read more

Managing Windows Azure with SMA

Hello readers, Jim Britt and Victor Arzate here. This time we will show you how you can manage Windows Azure services via Service Management Automation (a.k.a. SMA). Up until now we have shown you many samples on how to leverage SMA for automating processes for on-premises deployments (take a look at the August 2013 was… Read more

Contoso Labs-Table of Contents

This is a table of contents for the entire Contoso Labs series.  Posts will be categorized by main topics that they cover. Introduction and Planning Introduction Who are the Users? What is the Service? Hardware Resources Fabric Choices (Storage) Fabric Choices (Network) Storage Purchasing (JBODs) Storage Purchasing (File Servers) Storage Purchasing (SAS config) Network Purchasing… Read more

Deploying a VM to Windows Azure with Orchestrator leveraging the Service Manager CMDB – Part 1

Hello readers! I’m Tiander Turpijn, I’m a Program Manager within the Customer Architecture & Technology (CAT) team here at Microsoft and I will start contributing to our Building Clouds team blog as of today. I will be focusing on Datacenter and System Center automation, but will also talk about other System Center components like for… Read more

I have a Surface RT and going away for a few days, now what??? I have a MSDN subscription :-) (Part 1)

I know many of you have seen the super cool blog post where my fellow team members build a private cloud out of their new Surface Pros. It was a cool idea and people really loved the video.   The cool thing about the Surface Pro is that it’s a normal PC and you can… Read more