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Troubleshoot Windows Virtual Machine Performance Problems in Azure with PerfInsights

Microsoft has released a tool to allow for troubleshooting VM problems in Azure. PerfInsights collects various information about the virtual machine, disks/storage pools configuration and performance logs such as: System event logs Network status for all incoming and outgoing connections Task list for all applications currently running on the system SQL Server database configuration settings and error logs (if the VM is identified as a server that is running SQL Server) Storage reliability counters Important Windows hotfixes Installed filter drivers Firewall Rules   Download: PerfInsights  Microsoft recommends running PerfInsights before calling support. Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in Dallas...

Microsoft Will Extend SQL Server and Windows Server Support if Customers Move to the Cloud

Microsoft has devised yet another scheme to get customers to move to its Azure cloud service. For SQL Server 2008 (EOL, July 9, 2019) and Windows 2008 (EOL, January 14, 2020) customers, by hosting their workloads in Azure, Microsoft will get an extra 3 years of support and discounts for Azure. SQL Server 2008 Rehost your SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 with no application code changes in Azure Virtual Machines Get three years of Extended Security Updates at no additional charge, and upgrade to a current version when ready Use existing licenses and save up to 55 percent on migrations to Azure SQL Database with Azure Hybrid Benefit   Windows Server 2008   Rehost Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 workloads to Azure Get three years of Extended Security Updates at no additional charge, and ...

Microsoft Updates the Azure Active Directory Connect Health Agent

For those running Azure AD services on-premises, Microsoft has developed an installable agent to report on the health of the identity services. The agent is installed on servers. Azure AD Connect Health helps monitor and gain insight into your on-premises identity infrastructure. It offers you the ability to view alerts, performance, usage patterns, configuration settings and much more. This is accomplished using an agent that is installed on the targeted servers. Microsoft has now refreshed the tool for those that are already using it. For those not already using the agent, its free to download and install. Download: Azure Active Directory Connect Health Agent Required platforms and software… Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2, W...

Microsoft Announces GA of Azure SQL Data Sync

Microsoft has now taken the public wraps off its sync service that allows organizations to store SQL Server data in two locations – both on-premises and in the cloud. This gives organizations redundancy should a connection to Azure be faulty or down. It allows companies to take a hybrid approach to storing and using SQL Server data. We are delighted to announce the general availability (GA) of Azure SQL Data Sync! Azure SQL Data Sync allows you to synchronize data between Azure SQL Database and any other SQL endpoints unidirectionally or bidirectionally. It enables hybrid SQL deployment and allows local data access from both Azure and on-premises application. It also allows you to deploy your data applications globally with a local copy of data in each region, and keep data synchroni...

Microsoft Replacing Windows with Linux for PowerShell in the Cloud

Some saw this coming all along, but others thought it just wouldn’t happen. Microsoft is a Windows company, right? PowerShell for Azure is going all Linux, based on PowerShell Core 6. To ensure the best command-line tools experience while using Azure Cloud Shell, the PowerShell experience will be switching to a Linux container running PowerShell Core 6. This change will enable a consistent toolset experience across the PowerShell and Bash experiences in Cloud Shell. According to the announcement post, this will also help improve PowerShell performance. And, about Windows… In Azure Cloud Shell, there will no longer be a Windows-based experience. Since most of the operations from Cloud Shell happens against some service endpoints and there is little to no need to manage things in...

Free Book on ARM Templates for Microsoft Azure

If you’re wanting to get more practical knowledge on using ARM templates with Microsoft Azure, there’s a new book available called: Quick and Practical Guide to ARM Templates: Become Experts in Developing ARM Templates for Azure without any prior knowledge Description: This is an unconventional book. This is a quick and practical approach to learning ARM Templates for Microsoft Azure. It covers only the most essential topics that you will need 95% of the time while working with ARM Templates. The goal is to have you working faster and quicker on ARM Templates without compromising any of the best practices. The book assumes that you do not have prior knowledge of ARM Templates. Even if you have no development background this book is for you. It starts by building the fundamental...

Microsoft Azure for AWS Professionals

See how your knowledge as an AWS Professional easily translates to Microsoft Azure. Get the key differences between these two comprehensive cloud platforms in a 5-minute comparison.   Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in Dallas, Texas in 2018!

Microsoft Provides Guidance for Azure Stack Customers to Protect Against Meltdown/Spectre

Microsoft’s partnership with hardware vendors to deliver Azure cloud capabilities for on-premises operations is also vulnerable to the outbreak of the Intel and AMD processor bugs, Meltdown and Spectre. The company has now provided complete guidance on how to protect against these vulnerabilities. The protection includes a patch, firmware, and attention to Virtual Machine instances. See: Azure Stack guidance to protect against the speculative execution side-channel vulnerabilities   Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in Dallas, Texas in 2018!

Microsoft Makes Azure More Enterprise Friendly with Avere Systems Acquisition

According to blogs posted by both Avere Systems and Microsoft, Avere will be joining Microsoft to bring its hybrid cloud approach to Microsoft’s cloud platform. Avere Systems produces technology that allows company’s to still maintain a local datacenter, but offload resources and compute cycles when needed to Azure. This will allow companies to continue with their on-premises investments but take advantage of Azure to expand local resources when needed. Microsoft’s announcement: Microsoft to acquire Avere Systems, accelerating high-performance computing innovation for media and entertainment industry and beyond Avere’s announcement: Avere Systems: Joining Microsoft to bring Scalable Hybrid Solutions With Azure According to the Avere, the technology allows customers ...

Microsoft and VMware Make Nice to Spread Holiday Cheer

Remember recently when Microsoft went off on its own to host VMware in its Azure services? If not – check HERE: VMware Does not Recommend or Support its Products Running on Azure Since that public hubbub, it appears that there have been ongoing discussions between the two companies. Where VMware originally stated (the original post has been edited to eliminate the nasty supportability statement) that it would not support its products running on Azure, it now says… Recently, Microsoft announced a preview of VMware virtualization on Azure, a bare-metal solution that is stated to run a VMware stack on Azure hardware, co-located with other Azure services in partnership with VMware-certified partners. This offering is being developed independent of VMware, however it is being offere...

Download the Developer’s Guide to Microsoft Azure Free eBook

Microsoft Press has delivered a free download for those developing (or wanting to develop) for Microsoft Azure apps and services. Here’s the chapter breakdown: Chapter 1: The Developer’s Guide to Microsoft Chapter 2: Getting started with Microsoft Azure Chapter 3: Adding intelligence to your application Chapter 4: Securing your application Chapter 5: Where and how to deploy your Microsoft Azure services Chapter 6: A walk-through of Microsoft Azure Chapter 7: Using the Microsoft Azure Marketplace   Download: https://aka.ms/azuredevebook   Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in Dallas, Texas in 2018!

Microsoft Extends Classic Azure Portal Retirement to January

The classic Azure Portal was originally scheduled to be shutdown on November 30, 2017, but Microsoft has had a change of heart, it seems. The company today has announced it is extending the deadline to Monday, January 8, 2018. The reason for the extension is ultimately unclear, but in the same breath as announcing the new deadline, the company also introduces new tools in the new portal to help customers migrate policies between the old and new versions. You can make your own assumptions based on that.   Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in Dallas, Texas in 2018!