Extend your Datacenter: Integrate your on premises Hyper-V with Azure with no public Internet traffic using ExpressRoute

Microsoft announced the general availability of the Azure ExpressRoute service.

ExpressRoute allows you to connect your existing datacenters to Azure without having to flow any traffic over the public Internet, and enable–guaranteed network quality-of-service and the ability to use Azure as a natural extension of an existing private network or datacenter.

It can also be a cost-effective option for transferring large amounts of data such as datasets for high performance computing applications or moving large VMs between your dev/test environment in Azure and on-premises production environment

Microsoft is also offering enterprise SLA for the service, as well as a variety of bandwidth tiers.

Several provider partnerships with ExpressRoute are in place, including: AT&T, Equinix, Verizon, BTLevel3, TelecityGroup, SingTel and, Zadara.

Here you can find pricing details about the service: http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/pricing/details/expressroute/

ExpressRoute will allow you to build applications that span on-premises infrastructure and Azure without compromising security or performance. For example, you can have your corporate front end intranet application running in Azure (SharePoint for example) and the back end using an on-premises SQL Server, serving all corporate users without traffic ever routing through the public Internet. This can also be used to guarantee, if you have data sovereignty policies that your data will always stays in the country.

You can get more information on the ExpressRoute website.

Virtual Machines. Security Extensions : Built-in Anti-Virus Support

Microsoft announced during TechEd NA 2014 the release of 3 new security extensions that enable  Built-in Anti-Virus Support via the VM Agent for Azure Virtual Machines:

  •  Microsoft Antimalware
  • Symantec Endpoint Protection
  • TrendMicro’s Deep Security Agent

The VM Agent is a lightweight and unobtrusive process that you can optionally enable to run inside your Windows and Linux VMs. The VM Agent can then be used to install and manage extensions, which are software modules that extend the functionality of a VM and help make common management scenarios easier.

These extensions enable you to add richer security protection to the Virtual Machines hosted in Azure using industry security products.

To enable it, in the Azure Management Portal, in the Virtual Machine Configuration, check Install VM Agent and then select the desired Anti Virus protection:

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You can also use the command line (PowerShell) to enable it.

Windows Server 2012 Update – released today

Today is a big day with the release of Windows Server 2012 R2 Update!

Windows Server 2012 R2 Update is a cumulative update of every hotfix released for Win2012 R2 to date. This just radically simplified our set of recommended hotfixes.

New Win2012 R2 Cluster Recommended hotfixes:
1. Windows RT 8.1, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2 Update April, 2014

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2919355

2. CSV snapshot file is corrupted when you create some files on the live volume

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2929869

Springboard Series Insider – Spotlight of the month. @MSSpringboard

Microsoft Windows releases a monthly newsletter called Springboard Series Insider. This is a vastly popular online publication targeting IT Pros and anyone interested in Windows.

Only a few are listed in the Springboard Series Insider. So I am really happy and proud for this recognition. Thank you!

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The Insider provides their subscribers with

  • New Resources
  • Windows Tip of the Month
  • Something to Blog About
  • Tips and Tricks
  • Internet Explorer IT Corner
  • Tweet Alert
  • Events and Training
  • Sneak Peek: For Insiders Only

This month the main theme is Windows 8.1 updates, which provides a number of features designed to improve the Windows 8.1 experience for enterprise environments.

If you haven’t signed up yet, now it is time :

Sign up for the Springboard Series Insider newsletter

Note: As always, if you have any suggestions on content you’d like to see or resources you need, please reach out to Microsoft anytime at springboard@microsoft.com. In the meantime, enjoy this month’s edition of the Springboard Series Insider and be sure to try out Windows 8.1 Update!

 

MVP Comm Camp : System Center 2012R2 Operations Manager slide decks

Hi

For those who were able to attend the MVP Community Camp last Saturday, a big thank you attending and for the positive feedbacks.

Great to hear that more and more you are utilizing System Center.

System Center 2012R2 Operations Manager – Comprehensive monitoring of  physical, virtual, and cloud infrastructure. Operations Manager offers key capabilities,  monitoring diverse environments, assuring physical, virtual, and cloud infrastructure health, ensuring reliable workload configurations

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Through this discussion,  we hope you see how System Center uniquely delivering on the key areas :

Hybrid IT – Consistent with the notion of Cloud OS, “hybrid” is built into System Center.   System Center truly enables common management that spans Windows Server and Windows Azure environments., be it provisioning, self-service or monitoring.
Enterprise-class performance:  System Center infrastructure management capabilities are enterprise grade and ready to use today.  Not only is System Center best-of-breed for Windows environments and Microsoft workloads (like Exchange, SharePoint and SQL) but it also enables robust management of heterogeneous datacenters.
•Reduce datacenter complexity: We’re constantly striving to reduce complexity in your datacenter by making it easy to provision, manage and operate infrastructure services with System Center.
Application focused: System Center has a relentless focus on optimizing your apps and workloads by arming you with rich insights to help you deliver predictable application SLA (after all,  apps are what your business cares about and infrastructure exists to support them)

As promised, here is the slide deck for Monitoring with Operations Manager – Overview

MVP Comm Camp : System Center 2012R2 Virtual Machine Manager slide decks

Hi

For those who were able to attend the MVP Community Camp last Saturday, a big thank you attending and for the positive feedbacks.

Great to hear that more and more you are utilizing System Center.

System Center enables robust management of heterogeneous datacenters, reduce datacenter complexity and enables common management that spans Windows Server and Windows Azure environments., be it provisioning, self-service or monitoring

Through this discussion,  we hope you see how System Center uniquely delivering on the key areas :

Hybrid IT – Consistent with the notion of Cloud OS, “hybrid” is built into System Center.   System Center truly enables common management that spans Windows Server and Windows Azure environments., be it provisioning, self-service or monitoring.
Enterprise-class performance:  System Center infrastructure management capabilities are enterprise grade and ready to use today.  Not only is System Center best-of-breed for Windows environments and Microsoft workloads (like Exchange, SharePoint and SQL) but it also enables robust management of heterogeneous datacenters.
•Reduce datacenter complexity: We’re constantly striving to reduce complexity in your datacenter by making it easy to provision, manage and operate infrastructure services with System Center.
Application focused: System Center has a relentless focus on optimizing your apps and workloads by arming you with rich insights to help you deliver predictable application SLA (after all,  apps are what your business cares about and infrastructure exists to support them)

As promised, here is the slide deck for VMM System Center VMM 2012R2 – Overview

Cheers

MVP Comm Camp : Windows Server 2012R2 Hyper-V slide decks

Hi

For those who were able to attend the MVP Community Camp last Saturday, a big thank you attending and for the positive feedbacks.

The session was all about understanding the various technologies in Windows Server 2012R2 that can reduce downtime for a private cloud deployment

As promised, here is the Hyper-V – Windows 2012 R2 – Overview slide deck.

Cheers!

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