Azure Backup MARS Agent System State Support is GA

November 13, 2017 // 1 Comment

Microsoft announced last week that they made support for backing up system state using the MARS agent generally available. System State backup was one of those “I must have this” features that I’ve been hearing about for 3+ years. Today it’s there – update your version of the MARS agent [...]

Microsoft News Summary – 8 October 2014

October 8, 2014 // 0 Comments

Welcome to today’s cloud-heavy Microsoft news compilation. Windows Server What’s New in Remote Desktop Services for the next version of Windows Server? RDS in the next version of Windows Server builds on a strong foundation (WS2012 and WS2012 R2) and adds support for the scenarios included [...]

Microsoft News Summary – 15 August 2014

August 15, 2014 // 0 Comments

Here’s the latest from the last 24 hours: New – Configurable Idle Timeout for Azure Load Balancer: Microsoft announced that the Azure Load Balancer now supports configurable TCP Idle timeout for your Cloud Services and Virtual Machines. This feature can be configured using the Service [...]

Microsoft News Summary – 7 August 2014

August 7, 2014 // 1 Comment

Very little happening. These quiet times are great for rumours. Oh – and don’t use Generation 2 virtual machines on WS2012 R2 Hyper-V. A story of how Generation 2 VMs caused performance issues: This, on top of secure boot up cert update issues lead me to advising: STICK WITH GENERATION 1 [...]

How My New Azure VM Web Server Is Configured

April 1, 2014 // 1 Comment

Following yesterday’s “I’ve moved to Azure” post, I decided to write a bit more about what I’ve done. For obvious reasons, I will not get into deep specifics. The first step was to create a cloud service. Each cloud service in Azure should be seen as an external point of contact … a [...]

Azure Services For Windows Server

February 28, 2013 // 0 Comments

Microsoft likes to talk about how they are the only company offering both pubic (Azure) and private (Windows Server and System Center) cloud solutions.  What about hosting partners?  Can they implement Azure?  In the immortal words of Vicky Pollard: no but yeah. You can’t buy Azure [...]

Windows Server 8 IIS 8 Improvements

March 7, 2012 // 0 Comments

I once worked in a hosting environment where we had many thousands of websites per physical web server host.  I was witness to much of the fun with that sort of scale on IIS. Windows Server 8 brings a lot of improvements to IIS 8, particularly for spinning up websites and SSL scalability (SSL [...]

More Microsoft Downloads to Consider

April 13, 2011 // 0 Comments

Windows Server 2008: Planning for Active Directory Forest Recovery “This guide contains best-practice recommendations for recovering an Active Directory forest, if forest-wide failure has rendered all domain controllers in the forest incapable of functioning normally”. iSCSI Initiator Users [...]

Dynamic IP Restrictions Extension for IIS Beta

August 26, 2010 // 0 Comments

DDOS was the topic of the week with the CAO office in Ireland being repeatedly attacked.  Microsoft released a beta of a new IIS module, called Dynamic IP Restrictions Extension for IIS.  The idea is that the web server will deny connection requests from detected DDOS and brute force [...]