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…


Understanding subscriptions, licenses, accounts, and tenants

Are you confused about how to mix and match subscriptions and licenses across Microsoft’s cloud offerings? I hope not. But if you are, the new Subscriptions, licenses, accounts, and tenants for Microsoft’s cloud offerings article attempts to make all of this clearer by discussing the structure of: Organizations – Subscriptions – Licenses – User accounts Here is…


Join us for the CAAB October 2016 webinar

On Tuesday, October 25, 2016, we will hold the next Cloud Adoption Advisory Board (CAAB) webinar. CAAB webinars are one hour and consist of brief presentations followed by time for open feedback. The Skype for Business/Lync Meeting will open at 7:45 AM Pacific Daylight Time. The session will begin promptly at 8:00 AM and run to 9:00…


“Contoso in the Microsoft Cloud” poster describes how a global organization is adopting the Microsoft cloud

The new Contoso in the Microsoft Cloud poster shows how the Contoso Corporation, a fictional but representative global organization, is embracing a cloud-inclusive IT infrastructure that includes all of Microsoft’s cloud offerings (Office 365, Microsoft Azure, Dynamics 365, and Microsoft Intune). This new poster contains the following: An overview of the fictional Contoso Corporation, its…


Get your cloud adoption kick-started at the Microsoft Ignite conference

If you are attending the Microsoft Ignite conference Sept 26-30, don’t miss these sessions presented by Microsoft cloud experts and content developers Brenda Carter and Joe Davies: Kick-start your team’s cloud adoption plans (first session) Time: Tue, Sept 27 from 10:20 to 10:40 AM Place: Bldg A Theater – Level 3 Kick-start your team’s cloud…


New Office 365 dev/test environment

The new Test Lab Guide: Create an Office 365 Dev/Test Environment describes how to build out the following: The resulting configuration consists of: A simplified organization intranet connected to the Internet, hosted in Microsoft Azure infrastructure services. This intranet has the Windows Server AD domain (DC1), a general application server (APP1), and a client/admin computer (CLIENT1)….


New Exchange 2016 dev/test environment in Azure

If you are curious about the new features and functionality in Exchange 2016 or need to test your Exchange app, you can set up a single Exchange server in Azure infrastructure services. The new Exchange 2016 dev/test environment in Azure takes you step by step through building out the following: This resulting environment consists of: A Windows…


Closing the loop: The new Microsoft Cloud Networking for Enterprise Architects poster

At the November 2015 CAAB Webinar, Brenda Carter presented the current set of Microsoft Cloud for Enterprise Architects Series posters. These posters are designed for IT decision makers and architects to determine the ideal solutions for their workloads and to make decisions about core infrastructure components. They address all of Microsoft's cloud services and platforms,…


Azure AD Connect – It's the new DirSync

The DirSync tool, which you can use to synchronize your on-premises Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) with an instance of Azure Active Directory (AD), has been updated with the new Azure AD Connect tool. You typically use the DirSync or Azure AD Connect tools to configure either password synchronization or single sign-on so that…


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…