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

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

Windows Azure Virtual Networks and IKE Versions

Have you heard about Windows Azure Infrastructure Services? If not, then you’re in for a treat! Windows Azure Infrastructure Services enable you to put your virtual machines in the cloud. There are a lot of reasons why you might want to do this. Maybe your datacenter is at capacity and you need to stand up… Read more

Active Directory Considerations in Azure Virtual Machines and Virtual Networks – Part 6 – Name Resolution and Geo-distribution

This is the end, the end, beautiful friend, this is the end, my only friend, the end. Did you think this series would never come to an end? It has. This is the last post in our blog series on Active Directory considerations for Azure Virtual Machines and Virtual Networks. In the first part of… Read more

Azure Site to Site VPN Fails to Transmit Data–Tales of NAT Traversal

Yuri Diogenes and I have recently been working on a project that includes connecting an on premises network to a Windows Azure Virtual Network. In order to do this, you need to establish a site to site VPN connection between your corporate network and the Azure Virtual Network. To do this in a supported fashion,… Read more

Active Directory Considerations in Azure Virtual Machines and Virtual Networks Part 5 – Domains and GCs

In the first part of this series on Active Directory considerations in Azure Virtual Machines and Virtual Networks we talked about Hybrid cloud and how you can leverage hybrid cloud to extend you corporate network. In the second part, we went over some Azure Virtual Machines and Virtual Networks basics so that you had a… Read more

Active Directory Considerations in Azure Virtual Machines and Virtual Networks Part 4 – RODCs and Site Considerations

Are we at part 4 already? Wow! Not sure how many more parts there are going to be, but I’m hoping it will end up being less than 10. As of now, we have three parts in the can – the first part was about hybrid IT and what hybrid IT brings to the plate…. Read more

Active Directory Considerations in Azure Virtual Machines and Virtual Networks Part 3 – Virtual DCs and AD File Placement

In the first part of this series on Active Directory considerations in Azure Virtual Machines and Virtual Networks we took a look at Hybrid IT and how Hybrid IT can solve some important problems in your datacenter. In the second part of the series we took an overview of key Azure Virtual Machines and Virtual… Read more

Active Directory Considerations in Azure Virtual Machines and Virtual Networks Part 2 – Azure Virtual Machines and Virtual Networks Basics

In the first part of this series on Active Directory in Azure Virtual Machines and Virtual Networks, I went over the concept of hybrid cloud and talked about some of the advantages a hybrid cloud could provide you. If you missed that article, check out at Active Directory Considerations in Azure Virtual Machines and Virtual… Read more

Active Directory Considerations in Azure Virtual Machines and Virtual Networks Part 1 – Hybrid IT

If you haven’t heard about Azure Virtual Machines and Virtual Networks, then you’re in for a treat. This new service, which is currently in Customer Preview mode, allows you to put virtual machines on the Azure Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offering. This means that you will be able to take advantage of Azure to… Read more