Bringing Kubernetes Support to Azure Container Service

Microsoft announced the next step in Kubernetes on Azure: the introduction of Kubernetes as a supported orchestrator in Azure Container Service (ACS). Kubernetes is availabe in public preview in Azure Container Service today. Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Devs, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in San Francisco in 2017!

Azure Big Data Team to Host AMA November 17

If you’re interested in getting real-time answers to your most burning questions about the various areas of Azure Big Data service, Microsoft is hosting an “Ask Me Anything” session on Thursday, November 17, 2016 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm PST. On hand will be PMs and Developers from the Azure Data Lake, HDInsight, R Server, Data Factory and Stream Analytics teams. More information: Azure big data services host Ask Me Anything session Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Devs, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in San Francisco in 2017!

Hosting and scaling your apps with Azure Container Service

Corey Sanders from the Azure compute engineering team, demonstrates just how fast it is to spin up containers with pre-installed apps using ACS and how to configure and manage an app on the service to meet scale requirements dynamically using a Linux-based environment. If you are a developer, this gives you an agile way to package and deploy your apps; if you are an IT admin, you get a simple infrastructure solution to manage your IT environment and easily spin up or spin down resources as required. As outlined in the show, to try out just go to the Azure Portal and select ACS under containers in the Gallery. Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Devs, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in San Francisco in 2017!

Keep Up to Date with the Azure Government Cloud

Microsoft continues to make inroads into providing the U.S. government with cloud resources. Recent news shows the software company has expanded to more U.S. government branches including developing a dedicated Azure datacenter for the DoD. Those tasked with developing for the Azure Government Cloud, or even planning to implement or transfer on-premises workloads should tag the following resource to get a clearer view of accomplishments and new initiatives: Azure Government Cloud blog: RSS feed link: Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Devs, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in San Francisco in 2017!

Azure Analysis Services in Public Preview, More Announcements

The public preview of Azure Analysis Services was made available today, along with some additional announcements of the following:  ·       SQL Server 2016 DW Fast Track: Provides flexibility of solutions and customer choice across hardware vendors’ technologies, and uses the core capabilities of the Windows Server operating system and SQL Server to deliver a balanced data warehouse with optimized performance. ·       Data migration assistant: Enables customers to upgrade to a modern data platform by detecting compatibility issues that can impact database functionality on your new version of SQL Server. ·       Azure SQL Data Warehouse Expanded Free Trial: Customers can sign up for the exclusive Azure SQL Data Warehouse free trial starting October 25. The trial gives customers one free mon...

DoD Gets Its Own Azure Datacenters from Microsoft has a nice ring to it, and I’m sure Microsoft would institute that naming convention in a second. According to a report at, a show of good faith from Microsoft will net the Department of Defense its own, personal Azure datacenter. This will actually be the 6th Microsoft Azure Datacenter complex. The DoD versions will be the first to operate as a physically separate datacenters, with ribbon cutting happening in 2017 for locations in Texas and Arizona. Read the full report: Microsoft slates new cloud centers dedicated to Defense Department For those participating in any of the US Government Azure datacenters, we are already planning to provide even more government cloud driven content for IT/Dev Connections 2017. Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conf...

Kelverion at System Center Europe 2016 and free draw

As technology has moved forward, so has Kelverion. Building on our extensive Orchestrator expertise we are now releasing integration products for Microsoft Azure Automation, SMA and PowerShell.  The key first step to this journey is our new Runbook Studio Product. Kelverion will be demonstrating these new cloud solutions at the System Center Universe Europe conference in Berlin 24th – 26th August. During the conference we will hold a draw on Wednesday and Thursday for a free 12 month subscription to the Runbook Studio. We are presenting two sessions at SCU which will demonstrate how the Runbook Studio works and how to interact with systems such as SQL Server and ServiceNow using Kelverion’s smart Integration Modules (IM).   We will also show how you can use the Studio and IMs in SMA, Power...

4 Ways the New Kelverion Runbook Studio Makes Azure Automation Even Better

With Microsoft Azure you are finally able to utilise the Cloud to scale your infrastructure according to your needs. Virtual machines are popping in and out of existence at your whim. Today it’s collaborating with SharePoint, tomorrow you’re building databases in Oracle; a cornucopia of business applications await your every command. Furthermore, all this is accessed from any place, anytime, because the Cloud is wherever you need it to be, right? Well, the Cloud is actually wherever you have a reliable Internet connection. And despite Azure’s graphical interface, you’d still better be well versed in PowerShell to get the most out of its automation capabilities. So along comes the new Runbook Studio, a bridge between Azure Automation’s powerful processing portal and the versatile, integrate...

Announcing the Kelverion Runbook Studio making Azure Automation easier to use

As an IT Process Automation specialist who has been using System Center 2012 R2 Orchestrator and Opalis since 2007, I was very excited by Microsoft’s announcement in 2014 of Azure Automation their new cloud based automation platform.  I have been an avid user and follower of Azure Automation since its inception as a pure PowerShell interface, into its graphical authoring capability via the Azure Portal. Azure Automation is an incredibly powerful tool but it does require a high degree of PowerShell knowledge and necessities a constant internet connection to be able to develop anything. We realised at Kelverion that this need for PowerShell knowledge and the internet connection would be a stumbling block for Azure Automation adoption at most customers because not every IT engineer mumbles Po...

Getting the best of the Cloud with System Center & Azure

Sponsored Blog Organizations have a lot of concerns when they start considering moving to the Public Cloud due to its limits of information storage policies and potential security risks. However, the Cloud can offer businesses many benefits. And what about businesses that already have an on-premise System Center environment? Will the cloud replace their investment or can it work as an extension? It is not too late to take advantage of the Public Cloud, after all, a cloud computing solution is only as effective as your IT department can make it. If you want to take advantage of the Public Cloud, Microsoft Azure offers a variety of solutions that you can use together with your on-premise environment. In Savision’s new whitepaper entitled “Make the most of the Cloud with Microsoft Syste...

Scheduling Start and Stop Times for Azure VMs

Below I’ve outlined the steps on how to automate the starting and stopping of a VM.

Mandatory update for Azure Backup to avoid authentication error for ongoing backups

You might encounter the following error in Azure Backup: A server registration certificate was not available to authenticate this server with the backup service. Ensure that you signed in with an administrator account and try again. If the issue persists, register the server again.