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In the continuing series on Azure for 4sysops my latest post is now online. This time I look at Azure Resource Manager (ARM), an underlying technology in Azure which is going to become required learning for IT Professionals, just like DNS or AD. Read it here.

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After looking at Nano server for 4Sysops my article on what’s new in Windows Server TP2 for Hyper-V has just been published. This one covers only what’s new since TP1, including virtual TPM, shielded VMs, resiliency in clusters and PowerShell Direct. Read it here.

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Following on from my first part on virtualizationreview.com last month, the second part has just been published. This time I’m looking at how the fictional company JABB Systems International start setting up VMs in Azure IaaS, set up a Domain Controller in Azure, migrate LOB systems and backup. Read it here.

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Looking further into what was revealed at the Build and Ignite conferences last month Nano Server is starting to take more of a concrete shape. This tiny foot print Windows Server OS will be good as a Hyper-V and Scale Out File server infrastructure OS. My post on Nano is up on 4Sysops, read it here.

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I’ve done a couple of in-depth technical article looking at Azure for virtualizationreview.com. These are available here, here, here and here.

Recently published is part 1 of a new series that looks at Azure (with all the changes since those first articles were written incorporated) from a “real world” perspective. I take a fictitious company on their journey to a hybrid cloud, applying the technologies to their business problems. Part 1 covers setting up a virtual network, linking it to on-premises, how to think about administrative delegation and so forth. Read it here.

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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.

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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.

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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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