An Open Letter To Scott Guthrie About Azure Backup

July 2, 2015 // 9 Comments

Oh baby, it’s one of those posts where Aidan Smash! I think Azure Backup has amazing potential to OWN the online backup market, but thanks to the leadership of that group, Azure Backup is irrelevant. Read on to find out why. [Update] Microsoft modified the below announcement and details were [...]

Microsoft News – 29 June 2015

June 29, 2015 // 3 Comments

As you might expect, there’s lots of Azure news. Surprisingly, there is still not much substantial content on Windows 10. Hyper-V What is the Windows Server Network Controller? A post I wrote for Virtual Machine Compute Resiliency in Windows Server 2016: Dealing with transient cluster [...]

Living with & Paying for Azure VM Backup

May 28, 2015 // 6 Comments

This site is running on an Azure Basic A2 VM with 127 GB of storage. I back it up in two ways: There is an Azure Backup (AB) agent installed in the guest OS, and that backs up an export of MySQL and the IIS content. I use the (preview) feature that allows you to grab a daily backup of a VM. This is [...]

Azure Now Supports Backup Of Running Azure VMs

April 10, 2015 // 0 Comments

I recently blogged on how you can configure backup of Azure virtual machines. This is a superb addition to Azure, making it ready, in my opinion, for production VM hosting. The Way it Was Previous to the addition to this feature, there was no way to backup a running Azure virtual machine [...]

Microsoft Blogs About New Azure Backup Pricing

April 1, 2015 // 0 Comments

It’s April Fool’s Day, and the new pricing system for Azure Backup comes into force today. Make of that what you want 😀 I am not a fan of the new pricing system. I am all for costs coming down, but I can say from 8 months of selling Azure, complex pricing BLOCKS sales efforts by Microsoft [...]

Microsoft News – 27 March 2015

March 27, 2015 // 1 Comment

Welcome to the Azure Times! Or so it seems. Lots of Azure developments since I posted one of these news aggregations. Windows Client Reducing Windows Deployment time using Power Management: Saving up to 50% of time. Azure Creating a Recovery Plan for Hyper-V VM failover to Microsoft Azure: A post I [...]

Giving Feedback to Azure WORKS

March 27, 2015 // 1 Comment

I’ve voted on a number of feedback items in Azure, mainly in backup, and I’m delighted to see that feedback having an impact. I was presenting last months on Azure to partners in Northern Ireland when I was able to talk about an email I had received that morning that announced new features [...]

The Price Of Azure Online Backup is … I Don’t Know!

February 27, 2015 // 9 Comments

Microsoft sent out emails last night to inform Azure customers that the pricing of Azure Online Backup is changing. Currently, you get 5 GB free and then pay €0.149/month (rounded to €0.15) in North Europe for each additional 1 GB. On April 1st, the pricing structure changes: So, 5 GB free. [...]

Video: Microsoft Azure For Small-Medium Businesses

February 26, 2015 // 0 Comments

Earlier today I produced a video for my employers to discuss the role of Microsoft Azure infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) in the SME/SMB market. In the video I talk a little about what Azure is, the economic sense of a service like Azure for these businesses, how the Open licensing scheme works, [...]

Microsoft News – 19 February 2015

February 19, 2015 // 0 Comments

Here’s the latest in the Microsoft world. Shame on Lenovo for pre-installing adware that is a man-in-the-middle attack. Crapware must die! Hyper-V Hyper-V Backup doesn’t interrupt running virtual machines (anymore): A post on the improved backup in Hyper-V, moving to a file-based backup. System [...]
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