Monthly Archive: March 2017

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Azure Backup – Part 4 – System Center and Azure Backup

On the first post (see here), I explained how the Azure backup works. On this post, I’m explaining how to integrate Azure Backup with System Center Data Protection Manager. If your environment contains a large number of systems that require protection, you might want to consider implementing Microsoft Azure Backup Server. Alternatively, if you have an existing implementation of System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM), you will likely benefit from...

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Azure Backup – Part 3 – Backup Virtual Machines

On the first post (see here), I explained how the Azure backup works. On this post, I’m explaining how to backup Virtual Machines with Azure Backup. If the systems that you want to protect are running the Windows or Linux operating systems on Azure virtual machines, then in addition to running Azure Site Recovery agent–based backups (as explained on the previous posts), you also have the option to perform a...

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Azure Backup – Part 2 – Azure Backup Agent

On the first post (see here), I explain how the Azure backup works. On this post, I’m explain how the files and folders are backup with the Azure Backup agent. Azure Backup’s most basic functionality allows you to protect folders and files on 64-bit Windows Server and client operating systems, both on-premises and in Azure. This functionality relies on the Azure Site Recovery agent, which is available for download on...

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Azure Backup – Part 1

One of the first workloads that usually the majority the organizations wants to start to use in Azure is to replace the tape to Cloud Backup. Following the best practices for the backup strategy is Disk-Disk-Cloud. This strategy replaces the previous one, where we use the last place of the backup to a tape. With Cloud backup as the last resource we are leveraging the cloud storage capabilities and resilience....

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How to monitor and manage Azure Classic Virtual Machines

On the last post, I talked about why you should use the classic virtual machines. Could be a lot of reasons or could be the way that you already started a few years and all of your deployment process is built on top of the Azure Service Management model. Saying that, now you have to manage and monitor those workloads. In general, the concepts applicable to managing disks and images...

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Azure Classic Virtual Machines – Why use it?

Other day I was with on a customer that ask me why he should not create Azure classic virtual machines? He did create much of his IaaS infrastructure on the classic portal. He basically wants to understand why he should move or even start to create the virtual machines on the ARM Portal. One of the main distinguishing characteristics of classic virtual machines—in comparison with Azure Resource Manager—is their inherent...

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How to use Blob containers in Azure

I know that Microsoft Azure looks easy, because you create your subscription, then you start to consume all the resources. But in some cases, start to be overwhelming, with so many details that you must take in consideration, it’s not easy to take advantage of what Azure have to offer you. Regarding the Azure storage, sounds easy but, in a lot of cases I’m seeing some implementations that are not...

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Designing your Azure Storage – Part 2

On the previous post, we talked about the designing standard Azure Storage (see here). On this post, I will focus more on the Premium Azure Storage designing. While it is possible to aggregate the throughput of Azure-hosted virtual disks in Azure standard storage accounts by creating multiple disk volumes, this approach might not be sufficient to satisfy the I/O needs of the most demanding Azure IaaS virtual machine workloads. To...

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Designing your Azure Storage – Part 1

On a previous post, I describe the different methods of Azure Storage deployment (see here). When it comes to designing your Azure storage, there is no magic formula. You must understand what is available at the moment on Azure and what is the best solution regarding the functionality that you are looking for. If you use Azure Storage to host information for a custom solution, such as a mobile app...

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How to secure your Azure Virtual Machine

We know that Microsoft Azure offers several technologies that help to keep your data secure in use, in transit, and at rest. But what additional security measures can we implement to increase the security of my virtual machine? One of the way is by leveraging encryption capabilities provided by Azure Key Vault and that apply to Azure VM disk files at rest. What is the Azure Key Vault? Key Vault...