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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] What’s new in Windows Server 2016 TP4? [1:...
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 ...
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 acces...
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.  However, at the same time, the applications within their VNET...
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! to either of these questions, you’ll find that you’ll likely need to make a co...
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.  Recently, a UI create experience was surfaced in the NEW Azure Portal to make it even ...
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 release...
Continuing their  "Build Your Hybrid Cloud" series, Keith Mayer and Andy Syrewicze  dive into Azure Resource Manager and show us we can deploy, organize and manage applications  in our IT environment. [1:40] What is Azure Resource Manager? [6:20] Deploying wi...
We’ve part 25 in our ongoing " Build Your Hybrid Cloud " series and in today’s episode Keith Mayer and Andy Syrewicze show us how to implement SQL High Availability in Azure with SQL Server FCI clusters and Azure Files. [ 2:11 ] SQL High Availability in Azure overview [ 7:13 ...
Continuing their " Build Your Hybrid Cloud " series, Keith Mayer and Andy Syrewicze dive into Azure Resource Manager and show us we can deploy, organize and manage applications in our IT environment. [ 1:40 ] What is Azure Resource Manager? [ 6:20 ] Deploying with Azure Resou...
Custom IP routing topologies on Azure Virtual Networks have been available for several months via native User-Defined Routing (UDR) and IP Forwarding features.  However, recently I’ve been receiving questions on how to configure IP forwarding and user-defined routes via...
Conor Hyland, Product Manager at IMEC Technologies joins Keith Mayer in this “Cloud Solution Innovators” edition as they discuss Inspector , a data collection software solution that can help your organization easily perform your field inspections. [ 1:24 ] Can you tell us a bit about I...
Alan Nelson and Lynn Batty from August Systems join Keith Mayer as they discuss their latest cloud solution built on the Azure platform, CareWhen . Tune in as they walk us through their home healthcare management software solution. [ 1:03 ] Can you tell us a bit about August Systems an...
Jerry Goguen from IntraLearn Software joins Keith Mayer to discuss his cloud solution, NanoLearn which helps organize and validate training and learning resources through SharePoint training courses. [ 1:02 ] Can you tell us a bit about IntraLearn Software and what solutions you delive...
Brandon Kirby, Vice President of Technology & Business Development at Halo BI joins Keith Mayer in this “Cloud Solution Innovators” edition as they discuss how Halo BI can help your data discovery needs with a with their complete business intelligence solution suite and services. [...
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.  In this article, we’ll be looking at several ways to manage these environments pos...
John Peluso, Vice President of Product Development at AvePoint joins Keith Mayer for this “Cloud Solution Innovators” episode as they discuss how AvePoint can help onboard organizations with their move to the cloud with Microsoft Azure and the Office 365 suite of services. [ 1:20 ] Can...
Rohit Bakhshi, Sr. Product Manager at Hortonworks joins Keith Mayer as they discuss how Hortonworks can help with your Big Data and Hadoop needs. Tune in as they provide us with an in-depth demo of their solutions and learn how you can get started on the Hortonworks Data Platform. [ 1:...
Brett Brohl, CEO of BoomBoom Prints , joins Keith Mayer on this episode of Cloud Solutions Innovators as they discuss how BoomBoom Prints allows you to purchase and customize artwork from amazing artists around the country. Built on the Azure platform, their solution is great for both ...
Upen Patel, President & CEO of AaNeel Infotech , joins Keith Mayer in this “Cloud Solution Innovators” edition as they discuss their innovative software based solutions based on Microsoft technologies for the managed healthcare industry. [ 0:35 ] Can you tell us a bit about AaNeel ...
Keith Mayer and Tommy Patterson are back for part 4 of their series on " Open Source + Azure " and today they show us how to implement Big Data Solutions using Hadoop on Azure. [ 2:30 ] Let’s talk about Big Data solutions on Azure. What industry trends are we seeing and h...
Dr. Bernard Upshur, President of InfoBid , joins Keith Mayer as they discuss InfoBid’s competitive vendor bidding solution based on Microsoft technologies such as Microsoft Azure. [ 1:55 ] Can you tell us a bit about InfoBid and its solutions? [ 4:55 ] How do you leverage Microsoft Azu...
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. VNET-to-VNET connections are ...
Support for provisioning and managing Azure IaaS virtual machine environments via Azure Resource Manager (ARM) was recently launched as a Generally Available (GA) feature! There’s several HUGE advantages that ARM provides over the existing Azure Service Management (ASM) API, incl...
Keith Mayer and Tommy Patterson are back for part 3 of their series on " Open Source + Azure " and today they show us how to build and deploy a web app using Node.js and Azure. [ 1:56 ] Let’s talk about deploying a Node.js web app using Azure [ 8:58 ] DEMO Deploying Open ...
Continuing their data protection through encryption episodes in their " Build Your Cloud " series, Keith Mayer and Andy Syrewicze explore Azure Key Vault , a new feature found in Azure that increases security and control over keys and passwords used in cloud apps and services...
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. In this article, I’ll provide a simple ...
Continuing our " Build Your Cloud " series Keith Mayer welcomes Steven Murawski from Chef as they discuss how you can orchestrate Hybrid Cloud using Chef and Azure. Tune in for this in-depth, demo heavy session and learn how you can get started with Chef using the Chef cookbo...
Role-Based Access Control (RBAC) is a great new feature of Azure Resource Manager and the Azure Preview Portal for delegating granular access to Azure resources.  Recently, I was asked for an easy way to enumerate the list of resources to which a particular user is assigned. ...
James McDonough, CEO & Co-Founder of SEE Forge , joins Keith Mayer in this “Cloud Solution Innovators” edition as they discuss the various service offerings SEE Forge can help your organization implement. Tune in and learn how your business can eliminate paperwork and easily manage...
Following up on their data protection through encryption episode in their " Build Your Cloud " series, Keith Mayer and Andy Syrewicze take an inside look at transparent database encryption options for SQL Server and Azure SQL database. [ 1:42 ] What are some database encrypti...
Keith Mayer and Andy Syrewicze are back for the next part in their “ Build Your Cloud ” series and in today’s episode they discuss how you can protect your data in the cloud through At-Rest Data Encryption. [ 1:59 ] What are some at-rest data encryption options? [ 20:02 ] DEMO: How to ...
Keith Mayer and Andy Syrewicze continue our ongoing series on how to “ Build Your Cloud ” and in this episode they show us how to manage monitoring and alerting for Azure workloads. Tune in they cover various options for monitoring a hybrid cloud environment using built-in tools on Azu...
Keith Mayer and Tommy Patterson are back for part 2 of their series on “ Open Source + Azure ” and today they show us how to implement MySQL databases inside Linux VMs on Azure. [ 2:06 ] Besides MySQL on Azure IaaS, what other options are available to me? [ 11:55 ] DEMO Quick Creat...
Keith Mayer and Tommy Patterson are back for part 2 of their series on “ Open Source + Azure ” and today they show us how to implement MySQL databases inside Linux VMs on Azure. [ 2:06 ] Besides MySQL on Azure IaaS, what other options are available to me? [ 11:55 ] DEMO Quick Creat...
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 s...
Resizing existing Azure VM data disks just got a whole lot easier with the introduction of an enhanced Update-AzureDisk PowerShell cmdlet in the latest version of the Azure PowerShell module. In this article, I’ll step through the process of using this new cmdlet to increase the...
Keith Mayer and Tommy Patterson kick off a new series today on “ Open Source + Azure ” and in part 1 they cover the building blocks and how to for Linux in the Cloud with Microsoft Azure. [ 2:44 ] Open Source and Microsoft? How does that work? [ 8:11 ] Why should someone pick Azure...
Next up in our ongoing series to “ Build a Hybrid Cloud” Keith Mayer and Andy Syrewicze look at automated provisioning for Linux in the cloud with Microsoft Azure. Tune in as they explore the various ways in which you can automate workloads for Linux in Azure by using either Azure Auto...
Keith Mayer welcomes special guest Tommy Patterson to the series as they discuss end-to-end IaaS workload provisioning in the Cloud with Azure Automation and PowerShell DSC. Tune in as they break down automation into 3 main categories of tasks (managing and orchestrating the overall pr...