How to Use Azure DevTest Labs?
Posted by Nicolas Prigent on February 15, 2018
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Azure Dev Test 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. Let’s imagine that you have developers that want to be able to test their application using the latest version of SQL Server. You must:

  1. Deploy the VM
  2. Configure the VM
  3. Test the VM
  4. Configure RBAC
  5. Send the VM information with credentials to the Dev Team
  6. Check with the Dev Team if everything is ok
  7. If not, you must reconfigure the VM
  8. Check once again with the Dev Team

And so on…

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Nested Virtualization in Azure with StarWind Virtual SAN. Part 2: Hybrid Cloud
Posted by Dmytro Malynka on February 13, 2018
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Hybrid deployment architectures

You all probably know that our main goal is delivering all the “building blocks” required to construct a full-stack IT infrastructure. This is ensured by a portfolio that has solutions for most business problems for IT systems. With the ever-increasing popularity of cloud computing, StarWind has recently created an easy-entry-to-cloud solution suitable for any businesses. It ensures that your data is always safe and readily available, regardless of outside factors.

Before we take a deep dive into StarWind Hybrid Cloud, let’s overview common cloud deployment models.

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Migrate On-Premises VHD files to Azure
Posted by Nicolas Prigent on February 8, 2018
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Azure Virtual Machines

You may need to move a couple of Azure Virtual Machines from on-premises to your Azure subscription. Thanks to Windows PowerShell, uploading a VM to Azure is really easy to do! You must check only one prerequisite before uploading your VM to Azure: you will need to check what type of virtual hard disk is being used by the virtual machine. Hyper-V can use either VHD or VHDX based virtual hard disks. However, only VHD disks can be uploaded to Azure. Azure does not support VHDX disks.

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Enroll your devices in Intune and deploy a new App in the Azure Portal
Posted by Florent Appointaire on January 24, 2018
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Microsoft Intune

After seeing on how to start with Intune in the new Azure Portal, we will see how to enroll devices (iOS, Android & Windows 10) and how to deploy applications on them.

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Start configuring Intune in the new Azure Portal
Posted by Florent Appointaire on January 17, 2018
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With the new Azure portal launched some months ago now, Microsoft is trying to move all management console in this new portal, and it’s the case with Microsoft Intune.

To manage your Intune subscription now, you need to pass through the Azure Portal.

To remember, Intune is a service to manage the mobility of your IT environment (mobile phone, laptop, etc.).

I’ll now explain to you how to start with this new interface.

To start, be sure to have an Intune subscription associated with your account.

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Step by Step: Backing Up Windows System State into Azure
Posted by Augusto Alvarez on December 28, 2017
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Using the Azure Backup features for your on-premises platform is a great way to start introducing your organization into cloud services. So, if you haven’t explored the service yet, this is a good option since it should not be disruptive with your current backup process or any critical service you are providing. In this article, we’ll review a simple step-by-step process to set a System State backup of one of your on-premises machines to Microsoft Azure.

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Improving your Azure Experience: How to Create and Configure ExpressRoute Circuits
Posted by Augusto Alvarez on December 14, 2017
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One of the main objectives for an organization moving to a public cloud, in any type of shape or form, is regarding the overall performance experience: It cannot be a downgraded version of what they have with their on-premises services. Microsoft is well aware of that, therefore created some time back the possibility to use private connections from your datacenter to MS Azure’s datacenters in order to guarantee this performance.

ExpressRoute Circuits configuration diagram

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[Azure] Azure Site Recovery with ARM – Part 2
Posted by Florent Appointaire on November 29, 2017
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Here is the second article of 2 for the Azure Site Recovery implementation with ARM:

  1. Preparation of the environment (Part 1)
  2. Start the replication and Failover/Failback

Replicate your first VMs

Now that the Azure infrastructure is ready, we will go to step 2 to replicate VMs/Applications. Choose from where you want to replicate VMs (On-Prem for me) and to which the Hyper-V site that you created in the first article.

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[Azure] Azure Site Recovery with ARM – Part 1
Posted by Florent Appointaire on November 28, 2017
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Azure Site Recovery logo

Today we will see how to implement a DRP solution, with Azure Site Recovery. I’ll deploy this solution, based on the ARM. ASR can be used to migrate your VMs to Azure, from VMWare to Azure, etc.

In my DRP plan, the service that I defined as critical for my business is a website. I’ll replicate this VM on Azure, with ASR. You can do the same work with a multi-tier application.

In my architecture, I have a VPN S2S to Azure. Attached to this network who is connected to the VPN, I have a second domain controller, who is acting as DNS.

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Enhancing Security in the Hybrid Cloud: Step-by-Step to Connect Advanced Threat Analytics to Azure Security Center
Posted by Augusto Alvarez on November 15, 2017
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We have been talking on this blog before about the importance Microsoft and the rest of cloud providers are giving to security features and products in the last couple of years. The well-known security incidents present in the industry just in 2017 generated to companies billions in a loss, hence a large number of releases from Microsoft to face these incidents and, above all, provide calm to their customers around the cloud.

Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics (ATA) combines several of the latest security enhancements. In this article, we will review how to connect the ATA platform to Azure, guaranteeing a reliable monitoring.

Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics sequence

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