A new Azure Marketplace feature has come to life called “Test Drives”. This will give you the opportunity to deploy and play with some applications on Azure for a limited amount of time (2hr) without the need to open an Azure subscription or give your credit card details.
About a week ago Veeam introduced “Direct Restore to Azure”. In the last couple of days, I’ve been playing with it and I have to say I was surprised to see how easy it is to take a backup file and make an Azure VM out of it.
Lately I’ve been playing around with Azure DevTest labs. This is a great way for provisioning rapidly deployed policy-driven environments in Azure for developers, testing, QA, DevOps and other teams in the organization.
In the previous posts I showed you how to deploy Azure Active Directory Services as a Service. Rather you did this just for fun or for a PoC, there is always the possibility to undo and delete the domain.
Now that we have set the stage, let’s take an Azure virtual machine and make it a member in our new “onmicrosoft.com” domain.
I have to say, since joining Microsoft I talk “as-a-Service” almost every day. Among all of the cool PaaS capabilities you will find Azure Active Directory (AAD). Before diving in, let’s all be on the same page here – I’m not going to deploy any domain controller or run DCPROMO on a VM god forbidden, it is all about the PaaS ladies and gents 🙂 .
I guess it was just a matter of time for me to write my first “Azure” post since I’ve joined Microsoft. As I am starting to dig my way through the platform and exploring BC/DR related areas, I am very happy with how easy it is to perform Azure VM backup and restore with no 3rd parties what so ever. A bit of background… So you have an Azure VM up and running, that’s nice but just the fact it’s in the cloud doesn’t mean you have a backup for it. The nice thing about Azure VM backup and restore [Read More]
WOW, 2015 is finally over and what a year it was! Saying this was probably the hardest year in my career will be an understatement. They say that without knowing your past you don’t know where you are going… so let’s recap. I’ve started the year as a member of VMware’s Professional Services. Had lot’s of fun, met great friends and eventually decided to move on. The next stop was Amdocs where I started as a Principal Cloud Architect – we will get back to that in a minute. Between VMware and Amdocs there was a little thing called VCDX. No doubt, that took the best of me but the work is not over yet as my [Read More]