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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 [...]

What Are Azure Virtual Networks

October 5, 2015 // 0 Comments

When I started learning how to use Azure IaaS, I probably spent most of my time learning about Azure virtual networking. I found VMs to be easy; it’s just self-service virtualization and it’s based on Hyper-V so it was an easy evolution for me. But the networking required a bit of learning, [...]

Understanding Azure Premium SSD Data Storage & Pricing

October 5, 2015 // 11 Comments

If you are deploying services that require fast data then you might need to use shared SSD storage for your data disks, and this is made possible using a Premium Storage Account with DS-Series or GS-Series virtual machines. Read on to learn more. More Speed, Scottie! A typical virtual machine will [...]

Understanding Azure Standard Storage and Pricing

October 1, 2015 // 0 Comments

Imagine that you’re brand new to Azure. You’ve been asked to price up a solution with some virtual machines. You use the best pricing tool for Azure and land at a page that has a bewildering collection of 12 items. You read through them, and are left none the wiser. I’m going to try cut [...]

Azure Virtual Machine Specs

October 1, 2015 // 4 Comments

This post is a part of a series: Understanding Microsoft’s Explanation of Azure VM Specs The Different Azure Virtual Machine Types Picking an Azure Virtual Machine Tier Azure Virtual Machine Specs (this post) Any prices shown are Euro for North Europe and were correct at the time of writing. Pick [...]

The Different Azure Virtual Machine Types

September 30, 2015 // 4 Comments

This post is a part of a series: Understanding Microsoft’s Explanation of Azure VM Specs The Different Azure Virtual Machine Types (this post) Picking an Azure Virtual Machine Tier Azure Virtual Machine Specs “Just give me a normal virtual machine” … AAAARGGHHH! Deploying a type of virtual [...]

Picking an Azure Virtual Machine Tier

September 30, 2015 // 0 Comments

This post is a part of a series: Understanding Microsoft’s Explanation of Azure VM Specs The Different Azure Virtual Machine Types Picking an Azure Virtual Machine Tier (this post) Azure Virtual Machine Specs If you are looking at deploying an A-Series virtual machine in Azure then there are two [...]

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, [...]
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