Posted by Nicolas Prigent on December 4, 2018
Configuring Hyper-V Replica on Azure – PART 2

In order to replicate your Hyper-V Virtual Machines between two hosts, the replication process must copy the snapshot from the primary host to the secondary host. Why using the Hyper-V Replica? This allows you to run a standby server with copies of the VMs ready in case of business continuity and disaster recovery.

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Posted by Nicolas Prigent on November 29, 2018
Configuring Hyper-V Replica on Azure – PART 1

If you work with Azure, you probably know that you can run Hyper-V in Azure using the Nested Virtualization. Why? It can be interesting to use this architecture for testing purpose. Of course, the price will be always higher than a local hardware in your own on-premises lab. You can use Nested Virtualization since Windows Server 2016 and Windows 10. To create a new Virtual Machine, you must use one of the instance sizes like Ev3 or Dv3. So, in a next article, I will explain how to create and configure your Hyper-V Host in Azure from scratch, but in this guide, I will use the great JSON template created by Chris Pietschmann to easily deploy the Hyper-V hosts.

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Posted by Florent Appointaire on November 1, 2018
[Azure] Migrate your IIS websites quickly and easily

Microsoft released a very interesting tool, that will help you to migrate quickly and easily your IIS websites, to Azure. I deployed for this test, a Windows Server 2019 server, with IIS and a website.

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Posted by Florent Appointaire on October 30, 2018
[Azure] Migrate your SQL Server databases quickly and easily, with near 0 downtime

After seeing how to migrate IIS websites quickly and easily, we’ll see how to migrate SQL Server databases, with a reduced time of unavailability, to Azure SQL. Be careful, this functionality is in Preview.

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Posted by Romain Serre on October 2, 2018
Deploy a virtual Kemp load-balancer appliance

Kemp provides a product called LoadMaster that provides a load balancer. Load Master is available in physical and virtual appliances. The virtual appliance is also called VLM (Virtual LoadMaster). LoadMaster can be deployed either in On-Prem and in Microsoft Azure. Today I wanted to show you how to deploy a VLM and the first configuration steps.

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Posted by Florent Appointaire on September 6, 2018
[Azure] Use Azure Site Recovery to migrate to Azure from your VMWare environment

You’re on VMWare ESX 5.5, 6 or 6.5 and you want to migrate to Azure? Don’t worry, it’s pretty simple now, just follow this article. To start, you must run one of the following VMWare version, supported by Microsoft, 5.5, 6.0 or 6.5. After that, you need an Azure subscription to be able to migrate to Azure.

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Posted by Florent Appointaire on June 19, 2018
[Azure] Deploy a Service Catalog for your different teams in your company

Some month ago, Microsoft released a new Azure feature allowing to deploy service catalogs right in the public cloud. What is that thing for? To make teamwork in Azure a breath! Now, thanks to prebuilt templates and controlled parameters, your teams can deploy web apps or VMs so that they won’t break your budget (if you set everything right, of course). Learn how to deploy service catalogs in Azure in the full article by Florent Appointaire.

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Posted by Florent Appointaire on April 5, 2018
[Azure] Deploy Cloudyn to manage the cost of your subscriptions

Some months ago, Microsoft acquires the Cloudyn company. This company developed an interface to manage your cost and to have billing information, for one or multiple subscription, on one console. They support some other cloud service provider like AWS and Google Cloud, it’s why it’s very interesting. For Azure, it’s free of charge to use this software. You can connect your EA, CSP or other subscription. For AWS, it’s free until June, after it will cost 1% of your revenue (on AWS or Google Cloud).

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Posted by Nicolas Prigent on March 21, 2018
How to DevOps with Azure?

In this article, I will not explain what is and what is not DevOps. I just want to describe how to implement a DevOps Project in your Azure subscription through the new service called “DevOps Projects”. This new service has been released in November 2017. The “DevOps Projects” service allows you to deploy and monitor your application in Azure. Visual Studio Team Services and Team Foundation Services are Microsoft’s DevOps solutions for Azure. I’m not a VS or TFS expert, but as you will see, implementing DevOps with Azure is very straightforward. Microsoft says that you can implement your project in less than 5 minutes! Let’s see if it’s true.

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Posted by Nicolas Prigent on February 15, 2018
How to Use Azure DevTest Labs?

Official Microsoft description:
“Azure DevTest Lab is a service that helps developers and testers to quickly create environments in Azure while minimizing waste and controlling cost. You can test latest version of your application by quickly provisioning Windows and Linux environments using reusable templates and artifacts.”

In other words, Azure DevTest Labs is a great service that will help you to implement DevOps in your organization. Azure DevTest Labs will allows you to easily deploy Virtual Machines in order to test your workload in Azure. Setting up a development and test environment can take lots of time for your Ops Team.

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