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Step-by-Step: Deploy Windows Server 2016 Storage Spaces Direct (S2D) Cluster in Microsoft Azure

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In this short video, we’ll walk through deploying a Windows Server 2016 Storage Spaces Direct (S2D) Cluster to a Microsoft Azure subscription using Azure Resource Manager (ARM) Templates. Storage Spaces Direct (S2D) on Microsoft Azure.

Windows Server 2016 – What’s New for Web Servers with IIS 10

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Windows Server 2016 includes a new version of Internet Information Server IIS – in this episode we will reveal all of the great new features and performance enhancements included so that you can understand how this may affect your deployment decisions with Windows Server 2016.

Improve Deployment Speed and Reduce Overhead with Containers in Windows Server 2016

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Learn how containers work in Windows Server 2016 and how they can be used to increase deployment speed, workload density and decrease server overhead to create a more efficient IT environment.

Windows Server 2016 Storage will Blow Your Mind! – Part 2

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The second in a three part series covering the amazing storage features found in Windows Server 2016. In this second video we will focus on the amazing capabilities provided by Storage Replica features in Windows Server 2016. Windows Server 2016 Storage Replica. [ 1:10 ] What is Storage Replica? [

Massive Performance, Scale and Manageability Gains in Hyper-V with Windows Server 2016

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In this episode , you’ll learn about the huge performance and scale improvements made available with Hyper-V in Windows Server 2016.

Windows Server 2016 Storage will Blow Your Mind! – Part 3

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The third in a three-part series covering the amazing storage features found in Windows Server 2016. In this third video, we will focus on the amazing capabilities provided by Storage Quality of Service features in Windows Server 2016. Windows Server 2016 Storage Quality of Service (QoS). [

Embracing Open Source Workloads with Windows Server 2016

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You may be surprised to learn that Microsoft has embraced open source in Windows Server 2016 and across applications and development tools. Watch this video learn how you can work with Linux and other Open Source platforms and applications with Windows Server 2016.

Microsoft Azure for Amazon AWS Cloud Professionals: 5-Part Series

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Over the past several months, there’s been a strong surge of interest in the community around Microsoft Azure from customers who are currently using Amazon AWS as part of their cloud computing strategy.

Get the “Lowdown” on Windows Server 2016 Essentials and the “Essentials Experience” Role

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In this episode, we’ll get you up-to-speed on all things relating to Windows Server 2016 Essentials. It covers who should use Essentials edition, scenarios it is good for, organizational sizing considerations, licensing and pricing considerations.

8 Steps for Using Azure AD Service Principal Certificate Authentication with Azure Automation PowerShell Workflow Runbooks

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Lately, I’ve been working with several customers that are getting started with Azure Automation runbooks to help operationalize their Microsoft Azure subscriptions. As part of this process, runbooks need to securely authenticate to Azure with a minimum of administration overhead.

TechNet Radio: Build Your Hybrid Cloud - Delegating Management in the Azure Cloud with Role-Based Access Control (RBAC) - Part 26

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Continuing their " Build Your Hybrid Cloud " series, Keith Mayer and Andy Syrewicze show us how to delegate administration to infrastructure admins, application admins, and help desk roles in the Cloud with Azure Role-Based Access Control (RBAC). [1:20]

Building Your Hybrid Cloud – Getting Started with Azure Stack TP1

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Microsoft Azure Stack enables your organization to deliver Azure-consistent services from your own datacenter to help you realize the full value of a hybrid cloud strategy.

Building Your Hybrid Cloud - Nested Virtualization in Windows Server 2016

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Keith Mayer and Andy Syrewicze take us through an in-depth walkthrough of one of the newest features in Windows Server 2016 – Nested Virtualization. Find out what it is, why you should use it and how you can use it in your organization. [1:20]

Build Your Hybrid Cloud – Enhanced VMWare Disaster Recovery to Azure

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Your environment can be protected by automating the replication of the virtual machines based on policies that you set and control. Azure Site Recovery can protect Hyper-V, VMware and physical servers and you can use Azure or your secondary datacenter as your recovery site. Click to Play Episode.

18 Steps for End-to-End IaaS Provisioning in the Cloud with Azure Resource Manager (ARM), PowerShell and Desired State Configuration (DSC)

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Support for provisioning and managing Azure IaaS virtual machine environments via Azure Resource Manager (ARM) was recently launched as a Generally Available (GA) feature!

8 Steps to Building Site-to-Site VPN Connections for V2 VNETs using Azure Resource Manager in the NEW Azure Portal

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In a prior article , we walked through the process of scripted provisioning for V2 virtual networks and site-to-site connections using Azure Resource Manager (ARM) and Azure PowerShell together.

Step-by-Step: Automate Building Outbound Network Security Groups Rules via Azure Resource Manager (ARM) and PowerShell

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Lately, I’ve been working with several organizations that need to selectively restrict outbound Internet access from within their Azure Virtual Networks (VNETs) to conform to their own internal security policies.

Step-by-Step: User-Defined Routing in the Cloud with Azure Resource Manager and Azure PowerShell 1.0 Preview

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Custom IP routing topologies on Azure Virtual Networks have been available for several months via native User-Defined Routing (UDR) and IP Forwarding features.

Step-by-Step: Provisioning Azure ExpressRoute Private Peering with UltraPerformance VNET Gateway via new Azure CLI 2.0

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The new Azure CLI 2.0 was recently released for general availability on Linux, macOS and Windows (see this article for the announcement). In this post, I’m providing a step-by-step walk-through of using the Azure CLI 2.0 to provision ExpressRoute Private Peering with the new UltraPerformance VNET Gateway that provides up to 10Gbps throughput. Note that you can also clone or fork this sample script snippet via my Github repo.

Quick Tip: Using Azure PowerShell with Web Proxy and Fiddler

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Does your organization use a web proxy server for securing outbound Internet access? Do you use third-party tools, such as Fiddler , that rely on HTTP/HTTPS proxying? If you’ve answered yes!

Building Your Hybrid Cloud – Nested Virtualization in Windows Server 2016

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Keith Mayer and Andy Syrewicze take us through an in-depth walkthrough of one of the newest features in Windows Server 2016 – Nested Virtualization. Find out what it is, why you should use it and how you can use it in your organization. [1:20]

NEW Windows Server Technical Preview: FASTEST Way to Spin-Up Your Test Lab Environment in the Cloud with Microsoft Azure

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With all of the buzz this week around the recently announced Windows 10 Technical Preview , you may have missed this announcement that a Technical Preview for the next version of Windows Server and System Center is also now available.

Step-by-Step: Capturing Azure Resource Manager (ARM) VNET Gateway Diagnostic Logs

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UPDATED for Azure PowerShell 2.x and 3.x . A while back, I published an article that stepped through capturing diagnostic logs for v1 “Classic” virtual network gateways (aka VNET Gateways or VPN Gateways) on Azure via the Azure Service Management (ASM) API and PowerShell. Since then, the Azure team has released Azure Resource Manager (ARM) as our new management API along with new V2 virtual networks with an improved provisioning model.

Step-by-Step: Deploy a Highly Available SharePoint Server Farm in the Cloud – in ONLY 8 Clicks!

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As of today, the Azure Preview Portal now has the ability to deploy and manage IaaS workloads, including Virtual Machines, Virtual Networks and Cloud Storage!

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Accelerating DevOps with the Cloud using Microsoft Azure and Friends: The Series

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Have you heard about DevOps? Enterprise IT organizations are increasingly driven by business demands for faster, better solutions delivered more quickly than ever before.

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HOW-TO: Building V2 VNET-to-VNET Connections with Azure Resource Manager and PowerShell in 5 Steps

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As a follow-up to my original End-to-End IaaS scenario using Azure Resource Manager (ARM), PowerShell and DSC, this article expands our configuration to include a VNET-to-VNET connection between Azure Virtual Networks provisioned via the new v2 ARM stack.

Export Azure Subscription Usage to CSV with NEW Billing API and PowerShell

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The Azure Billing REST API was recently made available as a Public Preview, and there’s been a ton of interest from customers in leveraging this API to collect and track usage of cloud services in their Microsoft Azure subscriptions. UPDATE: Version 0.9.4

Quick Tip: List all Static IPs on an Azure Virtual Network using PowerShell

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We can assign static internal IP addresses for Azure Virtual Machines on a Virtual Network using either PowerShell or the new Azure Preview Portal. This is a useful capability for provisioning VM workloads that may require fixed IP address assignments, such as DNS servers.

Step-by-Step: Managing Azure Resources with Azure Resource Manager (ARM) and PowerShell

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In the past few articles , we’ve been focusing on provisioning end-to-end IaaS environments on the Microsoft Azure cloud platform using the new Azure Resource Manager API and PowerShell.

Tools for Building Professional Cloud Architecture Diagrams

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I’m frequently asked about templates, stencils and shapes that are available for documenting the architecture of cloud-based solutions on Microsoft Azure , Azure Pack and Office 365.

Step-by-Step: Automated Provisioning for Linux in the Cloud with Microsoft Azure, XPlat CLI, JSON and Node.js ( Part 1 )

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Since previously publishing the Quick Start Guide for Building Highly Available Linux Servers in the Cloud on Microsoft Azure , several people have asked me about ways in which Linux workload provisioning can be automated with Azure.

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Automating Azure Autoscale Rules via PowerShell and REST API

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In recent articles, we've walked through automated provisioning for an Azure VM environment using Azure Automation and PowerShell DSC. We've also explored leveraging the Azure Cross-Platform CLI for automated provisioning of Linux workloads on Azure.

Step-by-Step: Encrypting Data Volumes in the Azure Cloud with Windows Server 2012 R2, PowerShell and BitLocker

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The Microsoft Azure cloud platform has supported at-rest encryption of Windows Server VM data volumes via BitLocker for some time now, but I’ve found that there’s often a desire to completely automate the BitLocker configuration as part of virtual machine provisioning and startup tasks.