Monthly Archive: May 2017

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New version of Azure Backup Server introduces Modern Backup Storage technology

WOW! What a day for me! Microsoft Azure just announces new and improved features on the new version Azure Backup Server. Let’s start! They announce with Azure Backup Server v2 (MABSv2) you can protect your VMWARE and Windows Server 2016 environment. That is really important feature (in my opinion). Now I don’t need to rely on third party backup software vendors to backup the workloads into Azure, special if the...

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Bigger disks on Azure Storage

If you follow the announcements during the Microsoft Build 2017 conference on the beginning of the month, one of the announcements was the increase of the size of the disks in Azure. Azure had a hard limit of a 1TB size disks. But those days are almost over. Oh Yeah Baby! During one session at the Build 2017 about Big data workloads with Azure Blob Storage, they announce the increase of...

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Options to connect your datacenter to Azure Virtual Networks – Part 3 – Site-to-Site VPN

On the one of the previous post (see here) I briefly describe the options that you have to cross-premise connections to Azure. On this post, I want to explore more one of the options: Site-to-Site VPN. Site-to-site VPNs rely on static routes to direct traffic between on-premises networks and Azure virtual networks. The Azure platform generates these routes when you create the site-to-site VPN connection based on two pieces of data:...

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Options to connect your datacenter to Azure Virtual Networks – Part 2 – Point-to-Site VPN

On the previous post (see here) I briefly describe the options that you have to cross-premise connections to Azure. On this post I want to explore more one of the options: Point-to-Site VPN. A point-to-site VPN employs SSTP to allow direct connectivity to an Azure virtual network from individual computers running any of the following Windows operating systems: Windows 7 (32-bit and 64-bit versions) Windows 8 (32-bit and 64 bit...

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Using PowerShell on Azure Cloud Shell

On the past May 10th, during the keynote of the Microsoft Build 2017 Conference in Seattle (WA), Microsoft announce the Azure Cloud Shell (see post here). Although on the May 4th when I enter at the Azure Portal I saw already the Azure Cloud Shell. Since that day, I was eager to start playing with Azure Cloud Shell, specially using PowerShell. But it’s not yet available (at least for me)....

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Options to connect your datacenter to Azure Virtual Networks – Part 1

In our days, we are starting to see a lot of change how organizations approach the cloud and how they adapt the cloud to their environment. So, why the way you connect to your environment should be different? Instead of maintaining a big infrastructure to support all of that VPN solution, that organizations need to have, so employees and branch offices can connect to, I’m seeing even more frequent that...

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Azure Resource Manager Networking – Part 1

Usually when we talk about Azure Networking, our focus has been on Azure virtual networks and resources that facilitate deployment of virtual machines into virtual networks. However, there are additional resources and services, which deliver additional network-related features, that you can provision by using Azure Resource Manager. Azure Load Balancer You can use an Azure Load Balancer to enhance availability and scalability of virtual machines, by configuring them as a...

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Containers on Azure – Part 2

On the previous post (see here), I talked about the concept of Containers, Azure Container Service and Azure Service Fabric. Now that you know the concept and have an idea how to implement it, let see how can you deploy containers in Azure. Azure offers several ways to provision Azure virtual machines that support Docker containers: Install the Docker virtual machine extension. You can either add the extension to an...

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Containers on Azure – Part 1

In the last decade, hardware virtualization has drastically changed the IT landscape. One of many consequences of this trend is the emergence of cloud computing. However, a more recent virtualization approach promises to bring even more significant changes to the way you develop, deploy, and manage compute workloads. This approach is based on the concept of containers. These series of posts explain containers and the ways you can implement them...

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Azure Cloud Shell Everywhere

WOW! Microsoft did it again! If you didn’t saw the announcements at the Microsoft Build 2017 Conference, you should! They announce a lot of new things, but regarding Azure one of may favorite is the application for IOS specific! I see this App, as a savior in so many ways! Those times that you have a problem and you need immediately access to run a PowerShell script or that an...