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

Microsoft released a new feature some month ago that allow you to create a service catalog, for your team, directly in Azure. With this feature, you can prebuild templates, control parameters, and give the possibility to your teams to deploy applications, without doing mistakes or select big VM size that are expensive.

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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?

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

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


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

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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Posted by Florent Appointaire on January 17, 2018
Start configuring Intune in the new Azure Portal

Microsoft Intune image

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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Posted by Augusto Alvarez on December 28, 2017
Step by Step: Backing Up Windows System State into Azure

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.

Microsoft Azure Backup image

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Posted by Augusto Alvarez on December 14, 2017
Improving your Azure Experience: How to Create and Configure ExpressRoute Circuits

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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