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Continuing my long running series on Azure at 4sysops, this time I look at Azure Active Directory, synchronising it with your on-premises Active Directory and the benefits it offers, as well as the Azure service Cloud App Discovery. This service (CAD?) inventories the cloud services in use in your network (commonly called Shadow IT) to help IT departments to actually know what’s happening instead of guessing. Read it here.

Enjoy! And thanks for reading. 

A little while ago my review of the cloud service Knowledge Vault was published at 4sysops. This service gives you monitoring and reporting that far outpaces the built in tools for Office 365.

Read it here.

Enjoy! And thanks for reading.

Continuing my series on Azure technologies at 4sysops, this article looks at the VM agent for IaaS VMs in Azure. It brings a lot of different functionality to the table that it’s important to take into consideration when planning the deployment of production VMs in Azure. Read it here.

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My article on what’s coming in Hyper-V in Windows Server vNext has now been published over at virtualizationreview.com. Read it here.

I cover the new production checkpoints, the new configuration file formats, mixed versions in Hyper-V clusters, Windows update delivering integration services updates, along with secure boot for Linux VMs and hot adding memory and NICs to running VMs.

Enjoy! And thanks for reading.

Continuing my series of posts on aspects of Azure for IT Professionals on 4Sysops this article covers Azure Operational Insights – a (currently free – in preview) service for analysing log data. It’s really cool, easy to use and you can read all the details here.

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At the same time as Microsoft released the Windows Server Technical Preview back in October, they also released Technical Previews of the System Center suite. This are very, VERY early code, and the only scenarios to test are support for SQL 2014 and Windows Server vNext. So for new features I had to do a little bit of digging.

There was enough there for a single post however and I cover some things that aren’t in the preview yet but that are coming, read it here.

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My bloggin in 2014 review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,100 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 3 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

My review of this interesting, and very competitively priced service is online at 4sysops, read it here. If you like automation but don’t like to write scripts or code, it might just be the answer. There’s a free community edition that is a great place to get started.

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Back in May / June / July I wrote a three part articles series, looking at Azure from an IT Professional’s perspective. Because so much changes in the cloud, and so quickly I updated the article and it’s now been published on virtualizationreview.com. Read it here.

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The fifth part of looking at new features in the Tech Preview of Windows Server vNext for 4sysops I look at Remote Desktop Services and MultiPoint as a role. Read it here.

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