Design and deploy SharePoint Server 2016 farms in Azure

Although Microsoft recommends SharePoint Online in Office 365, if that is not the best option for you right now, you should use SharePoint Server 2016. You can deploy SharePoint Server 2016 farms in your on-premises datacenter or in Microsoft Azure infrastructure services, where you can take advantage of faster deployment of servers, easier scaling, and…

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Design Azure infrastructure services to host a multi-tier LOB application

Deploying typical multi-tier line of business (LOB) applications as virtual machines in Azure is a combination of what you already know and new information about the networking, storage, and compute elements of Azure infrastructure services. To help you figure it all out, determine the design of the Azure environment by addressing the following: Resource groups…

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New SharePoint 2016 dev/test farm in Azure

Creating dev/test configurations in Microsoft Azure infrastructure services is a great way to evaluate new products or do testing of an application for the new version of a product. Case in point is SharePoint Server 2016. Instead of standing up a simple SharePoint 2016 farm on a local Hyper-V server, you can quickly and easily…

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November 2015 CAAB Webinar announcement

On Thursday, November 19, 2015, we will hold the eleventh Cloud Adoption Advisory Board (CAAB) (previously known as the Solutions Advisory Board [SAB]) webinar. CAAB webinars are one hour and consist of brief presentations followed by time for open feedback. The meeting will open at 7:45 AM Pacific Daylight Time. The session will begin promptly…

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Resources for ramping up on Azure Resource Manager

In the July 2015 SAB webinar, I presented Azure Resource Manager as the new deployment model for compute, storage, and networking resources in Azure infrastructure services. Resource Manager is designed to eventually replace the classic deployment model, which has been the model up to now for deploying virtual machine-based workloads in Azure. As I described…

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Solution design and planning: Azure Infrastructure Services Implementation Guidelines

I recently published Azure Infrastructure Services Implementation Guidelines. This new article takes a step-by-step approach to the planning and design of an IT workload in Azure and provides guidance and best practices on many practical aspects of Azure IT workload deployment: 1. Naming conventions 2. Subscriptions and accounts 3. Storage 4. Virtual networks 5. Cloud…

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SAB March 2015 webinar announcement

On March 18, 2015, we will hold the seventh Solutions Advisory Board (SAB) webinar. SAB webinars are one hour and consist of brief presentations followed by time for open feedback. We will have two sessions at different times on March 18 to accommodate our members worldwide. We have sent every SAB member Lync meeting invitations…

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Closing the loop: New topic for creating Windows-based Azure virtual machines with PowerShell is based on your feedback

Greetings SAB Members, At the October 2014 SAB Webinar, I talked about using PowerShell command blocks to automate the configuration of Azure virtual machines. I had a brief poll slide to gauge your comfort level with PowerShell. The consensus was that many of you were comfortable enough with PowerShell to create or use blocks of…

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