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Azure: Security

June 20, 2014 Leave a comment

Microsoft published an infographic about security in Azure. The Infographic is an overview of security, privacy, and compliance in Azure and it is a great place to start if you are unsure about security in the Cloud space.

 

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You can download the infographic here : http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/infographics/cloud-security/

You can find more about Security in Azure here:

 

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Migrating a Hyper-v VM to Azure. What about the static IP Address?

June 16, 2014 1 comment

When you have an on premises environment you normally configure the virtual machines with static IP’s ( at least in most cases ). But what happens when you want migrate to Azure?

Well some things will need to ensure first:

  • The Hyper-V Virtual Machine was created as Generation 1 VM.
  • The Hyper-V Virtual Machine disk was created with VHD disk and not VHDX (if you have a VHDX, convert it with the Convert-VHD Windows PowerShell cmdlet) and confirm it sizes is less than 1023GB.
  • The Hyper-V Virtual Machine has only ONE network adapter and that it is of type synthetic and NOT legacy.
  • The network connection is configured to obtain its IP address automatically (static IP addresses within the VM will not work).

Last February Microsoft announced the support for static IP’s on the Virtual Machines. The Virtual Network static IP feature is now available through Windows Azure PowerShell (available at the Window Azure website.) . For the steps to  install Windows Azure PowerShell, see: http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/documentation/articles/install-configure-powershell/

The commands to setup the IP are:

#Get the Virtual Machine name
PS C:\> $VM = Get-AzureVM -ServiceName YourCloudServiceName -Name VMWeb01

#Update the Virtual Machine (in my case VMWeb01) with a static IP (10.1.2.30)
PS C:\> Set-AzureStaticVNetIP -VM $VM -IPAddress 10.1.2.30 | Update-AzureVM

Also ,

#Get the assigned IP address of a Virtual Machine
PS C:\> Get-AzureStaticVNetIP -VM $VM

#Removes the static IP address of the VM
Remove-AzureStaticVNetIP – VM $VM

#Confirm availability of a certain static IP address
Test-AzureStaticVNetIP -VNetName WebServersVNet -IPAddress 10.1.2.30

syntax: Test-AzureStaticVNetIP -VNetName <network name> -IPAddress <IP address string>

NOTES :

  • The virtual machine guest operating system still have to be configured  to get IP from DHCP (obtain IP address automatically)
  • The configuration of a static IP address can only be done by using Windows Azure PowerShell. There is no GUI
  • The Virtual Machine must be part of an Azure Virtual Network.
  • As oppose of what many blogs says, you can specify the static IP at any time as long as the VM is stopped. The information that you can only configure a static IP address in the context of the CREATION of the Virtual Machine is not correct

Also Microsoft is now offering VIP Reservation for a virtual Machine, which means that the virtual IP address (public IP) won’t change for example if you move the VM to a different region (e.g. USA to Singapore) or removing and redeploying the services. This together with the ExpressRoute MPLS connections, will open many scenarios like SharePoint Hybrid, External Monitoring, Database backend…

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

May 20, 2014 1 comment

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.

Windows Server 2012 Update – released today

April 9, 2014 Leave a comment

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

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

March 24, 2014 Leave a comment

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

March 24, 2014 Leave a comment

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

March 24, 2014 1 comment

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!