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The Windows Azure Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offering supports running Windows virtual machines and Linux virtual machines in the Cloud. In this article, I provide step-by-step guidance for running a new Linux virtual machine in the cloud using our Windows Azure platform. Linux? That’s right, Linux! Windows Azure runs Linux VMs as a first-class citizen on our cloud platform, with support in the Preview offering for four common Linux distributions: SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 11 SP2 OpenSUSE 12.1 CentOS 6.3 Ubuntu 12..04.1 and 12.10 The best news is … you can try this out for FREE by signing up for a FREE Windows Azure 90-day Trial of our Virtual Machine Preview. Do It: Sign up for your FREE Windows Azure 90-Day Trial Account so that you can follow along with the steps in this article. NOTE: When activating your FREE Trial for Windows Azure, you will be ... (more)

Step-by-Step: Extend Your Network to the Cloud with Windows Azure Virtual Networks

This month, my fellow IT Pro Technical Evangelists and I are authoring a new articles series on 20 Key Scenarios with Windows Azure Infrastructure Services.  You can catch the full series at http://aka.ms/CloudTop20.  In today's article in this series, we'll discuss extending our On-premises Datacenter into a Hybrid Network Infrastructure with Windows Server 2012, Windows Azure Virtual Networks and Site-to-Site VPN Tunnels. Windows Azure Virtual Networks allow us to securely extend our Private Cloud with a hybrid network infrastructure that leverages the best of two worlds: the ... (more)

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

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] How do we control access to Azure Resource Manager using Role Based Access Control? [13:17] DEMO: How RBAC works through the Azure Portal and PowerShell Best Practices: Use Azure AD for admin identities Connect Azure AD with Windows Server AD on-premises Enable multi-factor auth Manage access via Azure AD Groups Use Azure Resou... (more)

Microsoft Announces "Early Experts" Challenge on Windows Server 2012

The new Microsoft certification exams for MCSA on Windows Server 2012 will be released over the upcoming weeks and to help you prepare early for certification on Windows Server 2012, we're launching a new "Early Experts" peer study group that is available online for FREE.  By joining and participating in this study group, you'll gain access to a monthly set of structured step-by-step study materials that align with the exam objectives for each of the new certification exams for Windows Server 2012.  Each month, we'll be targeting a specific exam and a specific set of exam objec... (more)

Getting Started with Hyper-V Server 2012

With all the news this week around the launch of Windows Server 2012, you may have missed that Hyper-V Server 2012 has also launched! I've provided details on this equally important launch milestone along with helpful resources to get started below ... What is Hyper-V Server 2012? Hyper-V Server 2012 is a FREE (yes, completely free!) purpose-built product that includes the core of Windows Server 2012 and Hyper-V. The result is a streamlined Type-1 hypervisor that provides the same virtualization scalability and high availability features as the Hyper-V role in the full version o... (more)