(Cloud) Tip of the Day: Back up Azure VMs directly from the VM blade

Today’s Tip… Azure Backup provides the capability to back up a virtual machine directly from virtual machine management blade. You do this by using a Recovery Services vault and a backup policy. The backup policy defines the schedule at which backups will run and how long to retain those backup copies.   For more information, please…

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(Cloud) Tip of the Day: Announcing Auto-Shutdown for VMs using Azure Resource Manager

Today’s Tip… We are excited to announce you can set any ARM-based Virtual Machines to auto-shutdown with a few simple clicks! This feature was previously only available for VM deployed in DevTest Labs.  However, we learned from quite a few customers that they have their centrally managed DevTest workloads already running in Azure and simply…

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(Cloud) Tip of the Day: Azure VM Single Instance SLA

Today’s Tip… We have done extensive work to improve availability of the Azure infrastructure, including innovative machine-learning to predict failing hardware early and offering premium storage to help improve reliability and performance of attached disks. As of December 12th, we are announced a new 99.9% single-instance availability SLA to better support applications that cannot easily…

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(Cloud) Tip of the Day: Use PowerShell to check domain availability for Office 365 and Azure

Today’s Tip… To extend a previous tip on checking domain availability even further, one could use the following PowerShell function to check the domain name availability:   function Test-DomainAvailability {       param(              [Parameter(mandatory=$true)]              [string]$DomainName        )        $descriptions = @{               Unknown   = ‘Domain does not exist in Office 365/Azure AD’               Managed  …

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(Cloud) Tip of the Day: Azure Key Vault Explorer

Today’s Tip… Note: This is a Community Project. This is not supported by Microsoft. On October 25th the Azure Key Vault Explorer tool was released to the general public under a MIT license. The code is open sourced at GitHub. Azure Key Vault Explorer can be used to manage different Azure Key vault accounts, for…

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(Cloud) Tip of the Day: Azure is Gold: CSA STAR Certification achieved

Today’s Tip… We are happy to announce that Azure recently obtained the CSA STAR Certification. This is very exciting for us since Microsoft Azure is the only major public cloud service provider to earn this certification with the highest possible Gold Award for the maturity capability assessment. The CSA STAR Certification for Microsoft Azure can…

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(Cloud) Tip of the Day: Configurable Token Lifetimes

Today’s Tip… Released to GA on January 6th, Configurable Token Lifetimes allow an Administrator or Developer to specify the lifetimes of tokens issued by Azure AD. Token lifetimes can be configured for all apps in an organization, for a multi-tenant (multi-organization) application, or for a specific Service Principal in an organization. For more information review…

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(Cloud) Tip of the Day: Certificate Based Authentication

Today’s Tip… Certificate Based Authentication, released to GA on December 14th, enables Users to be authenticated by Azure Active Directory with a client certificate on an Android or iOS device when connecting their Exchange online account to: Office mobile applications such as Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Word Exchange ActiveSync (EAS) clients Configuring this feature eliminates…

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(Cloud) Tip of the Day: Step by Step – Create E-mail Alerts for Windows Events on Azure Virtual Machines

Today’s Tip… There’s great power offered by the Log Analytics + Operations Management Suite and its “Solutions” which can be used as plug-ins to the OMS. However, one customer asked the simple question of how he can set up Email alerts on specific VM Windows Events, with just the tools offered by the Azure platform,…

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(Cloud) Tip of the Day: Microsoft Azure Germany now available via first-of-its-kind cloud for Europe

Today’s Tip… Microsoft Azure is now generally available from the new Microsoft Cloud Germany.  This new cloud provides a differentiated option to the Microsoft Cloud services already available across Europe, creating increased opportunities for innovation and economic growth for highly regulated partners and customers in Germany, the European Union (EU) and the European Free Trade…

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