Can the new Office 365 SKUs be used in an RDS environment?

Rob Waggoner I have a number of discussions around RDS, especially around Microsoft Azure and the question of What Office 365 SKUs can I use in an Azure based RDS environment?  The Office 365 ProPlus, E3 and E4 SKUs are the only Office 365 SKUs supported in an Azure based RDS environment, the new Office…


Shutting down your Azure VMs automatically

Rob Waggoner I’ve talked about the ability to schedule the shutdown and restart of your VMs in Azure and I wanted to share some detail on how to do that.  While this script could get much more complex, here are some of the basics. First be sure to install PowerShell for Microsoft Azure here.  The…

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How do I setup my Cluster in a Box?

Rob Waggoner I received a question around setting up a cluster for a Cluster-in-a-Box (CiB) configuration similar to the device I talked about here.  The trick to configuring clustering is ensuring you have access to shared storage.  Clustering requires shared storage so that each compute node has visibility to the clustered resources. In my configuration…


Azure Price Drop

Rob Waggoner If you haven’t seen it yet, we just lowered the prices on a number of Azure services.   Kathleen mentioned the improvements in Azure Backup here, and backup is one of the items that has seen a price reduction.  With backup, the biggest cost concern is around storage and we lowered the cost of…


Azure Site Recovery

  Rob Waggoner I’ve had the opportunity to review and deploy Azure Site Recovery (ASR) and I’m really please at what I’ve found.  What does it do for me?  Think of it as Hyper-V Replica to Azure.  We have the ability to send the Hyper-V replicas to Azure and even start them up in Azure…

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Antimalware on Microsoft Azure

  Rob Waggoner As we talk about security and Microsoft Azure, traditional antimalware is still a topic of discussion and something that is still needed.  If you’ve created a Virtual Machine in Azure through the gallery, you’ve probably seen that you now have the ability to add security extensions to your virtual machines. What this…


Can I encrypt my Azure VMs?

Rob Waggoner 12/8/2015: Update:  Azure Disk Encryption for Linux and Windows Virtual Machines is now in Public Preview.  You can review the latest information here.  As we look at Microsoft Azure and securing our Virtual Machines, encryption typically comes up.  Now there are multiple forms of encryption, but encryption at rest is usually part of…


I hope to see you at WPC this year!

Rob Waggoner I hope to see you at WPC along with my colleague, Rob Simpson, our US Partner Marketing Lead, as we will be presenting a session on Selling Hyper-V, High Availability and Microsoft Azure. Selling Hyper-V: High Availability and Resiliency at an SMB Price Point, for US Partners In this session, Sales Professionals that…


Setting up a File Share for the new Azure File Service

Rob Waggoner I’m excited about the Preview of the Microsoft Azure File Server and today and I want show you how I got it working.  I am using a test account, so I will share all of the details with you as I set this up.  And yes this storage account was deleted before I…

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How do I use PowerShell to upload a VM when I have multiple Azure subscriptions?

Rob Waggoner As I’ve worked with Microsoft Azure, PowerShell has been a tool that has made my life easier.  When I just managed one subscription, PowerShell was easy because I was able to do a few quick Bing searches and find the type of PowerShell cmdlet’s I needed to accomplish my task.  Once I added…

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My on-premises VM already uses D:, can I still move that VM to Azure?

Rob Waggoner Question: I am considering moving some of my existing VMs to Azure, but I see that Azure already uses the D: drive.  My application server requires the use of D: drive.  Can I still move my workload to Azure?  If so, how can I prevent this drive letter conflict? Answer: Yes, Microsoft Azure…

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How do I scale / manage my IOPS in Microsoft Azure?

Rob Waggoner Question: I’ve received this question a number of times so I wanted to address it here.  How can I manage / improve the IOPS for a specific Virtual Machine? Answer: Use multiple storage accounts to support the storage requirements of your particular virtual machine.  We have a couple articles that talk about this…

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Can Azure VMs use Static IPs?

Rob Waggoner I’ve spent a lot of time lately working with Virtual Machines and Virtual Networks on Microsoft Azure.  One of the questions that continues to com up is; “Can I have a Static IP address for my VM?”.  The answer is yes, but you need to use PowerShell to configure the IP address.  There…

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Can I mail my data and VMs to Microsoft Azure?

Rob Waggoner Question: Can I mail my data and / or Virtual Machines to Microsoft Azure because they would take too long to upload? Answer: Yes you can send Microsoft Azure a hard drive of your data and / or VMs to be Imported into Microsoft Azure.  The instructions are here: Use the Azure Import/Export…


How to ensure you are not being charged for Azure VMs when they are shutdown

Rob Waggoner We’ve all become accustomed to shutting down our VMs when we don’t need them, but in Windows Azure, it takes more then just shutting down the OS (within the VM) to ensure your runtime costs stop accumulating.  In Azure, you have to make sure the VM is Stopped (Deallocated) not just Stopped.  In…

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Windows Azure Availability Sets

Rob Waggoner I’ve been spending a lot of time with Windows Azure, and as always, I’m focusing on how we can get the best value for our spend.  As I look that the Windows Azure cost model; running VMs will likely be the most expensive item on your Windows Azure bill, so I wanted to…

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If I’m using Windows Azure for IaaS do I still need backups?

Rob Waggoner That one makes you think a minute, doesn’t it?  The answer of course is that yes, you probably still need backups.  Windows Azure ensures, when geo-redundancy is enabled, that your data won’t be lost if a datacenter does down, but Windows Azure does not keep a history of your data, only a current…

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Backup Possibilities in Windows Azure

Rob Waggoner As we continue to look to Windows Azure as a way to provide Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) to our customers, I want to remind you that Windows Azure can also handle the backups for your on-premises infrastructure and your cloud based infrastructure.  Now you are thinking, storing my backups within the same…

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Is it Supported on Windows Azure?

Rob Waggoner As you can tell from my prior blog posts, I’m really digging into Windows Azure and as I talk about Windows Azure, one question continues to come up.  “Is this supported on Windows Azure?”.  The answer depends on the scenario, but we have a knowledge base article here that lists the Microsoft server…


Windows Azure: Syncing Domain Controllers between on-Premises and Windows Azure

Rob Waggoner   In my first post on Windows Azure, I showed you how I setup site-to-site connectivity between my on-premises network and my Windows Azure network.  In this post, I’ll show you how I got my Domain Controllers in my Windows Azure virtual network so that I can synchronize them with my on-premises Domain…