Backup

How Do I Connect Disks To Import Data/Backups To Azure?

May 23, 2016 // 0 Comments

How do you connect your disks if USB is out of the question? I recently had some experience on a customer site and learned a few things. The first thing to note is that you always use a naked 3.5” SATA II/III disk, and never a NAS or USB disk. You use a disk dock/duplicator. You connect this [...]

My Early Experience With Azure Backup Server

February 25, 2016 // 21 Comments

In this post I want to share with you my early experience with using Microsoft Azure Backup Server (MABS) in production. I rolled it out a few weeks ago, and it’s been backing up our new Hyper-V cluster for 8 days. Lots of people are curious, so I figured I’d share information about the quality [...]

Microsoft News – 19 October 2015

October 19, 2015 // 2 Comments

It turns out that Microsoft has been doing some things that are not Surface-related. Here’s a summary of what’s been happening in the last while … Hyper-V Microsoft Loves Linux Deep Dive #2 – Linux and FreeBSD Integration Services Core Features: Talking about the services that are [...]

Understanding & Pricing Azure Virtual Machine Backup

October 8, 2015 // 1 Comment

In this article I want to explain how you can backup Azure virtual machines using Azure Backup. I’ll also describe how to price up this solution. Backing up VMs Believe it or not, up until a few weeks ago, there was no supported way to backup production virtual machines in Azure. That meant you [...]

Azure Backup Project Venus Has Gone Live

October 6, 2015 // 5 Comments

Woohoo! Azure Backup has started the evolution from a very basic online backup service to something very interesting – the price is already super competitive versus MozyPro and the gazillions of Ahsay-based vendors but functionality has been a challenge. If you’re not aware of Venus, then [...]

Microsoft News – 30 September 2015

September 30, 2015 // 2 Comments

Microsoft announced a lot of stuff at AzureCon last night so there’s lots of “launch” posts to describe the features. I also found a glut of 2012 R2 Hyper-V related KB articles & hotfixes from the last month or so. Hyper-V The uptime value of the Hyper-V Management console changes to the [...]

Clarifying Some Of Yesterday’s Azure Announcements

September 30, 2015 // 0 Comments

Yesterday, Microsoft marketing published a blog post where they said a lot of things about new services, features, and locations for Azure. Let’s just say that some content in the announcement was less … correct or clear than one might hope for. I’m not saying that this was deliberate, [...]

News for IT Pros from AzureCon

September 29, 2015 // 6 Comments

Microsoft announced a bunch of new stuff in the Azure world today for AzureCon. Here’s a summary of the stuff relevant to IT pros. Azure is growing still: Azure Container Service Microsoft describes this as: … an open source container scheduling and orchestration service which builds on our [...]

Microsoft News – 28 September 2015

September 28, 2015 // 0 Comments

Wow, the year is flying by fast. There’s a bunch of stuff to read here. Microsoft has stepped up the amount of information being released on WS2016 Hyper-V (and related) features. EMS is growing in terms of features and functionality. And Azure IaaS continues to release lots of new features. [...]

Microsoft GAs The Last Vital Piece For VM Hosting

September 11, 2015 // 4 Comments

Microsoft announced that Azure Backup for Azure IaaS virtual machines (VMs) was released to generally availability yesterday. Personally, I think this removes a substantial roadblock from deploying VMs in Azure for most businesses (forget the legal stuff for a moment). No Backup – Really? [...]
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