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And here’s another article in the series on Azure – this time covering the new Security Center. A single place to track the security posture of all (not yet but coming) your Azure resources. Read it here.

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Azure Resource Manager (ARM) is a very important part of how to deploy and manage cloud resources in Azure going forward. I covered ARM here. Recently, Microsoft added ARM policies, a way to control where (which region), what type (VM, WebApp, Databases etc.), enforcing naming conventions and requiring deployments to have specific tags attached for tracking. It’s pretty cool, check it out here.

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Recently Microsoft really upped their game in cloud backup with the new MABS server. Previously, you could only backup volumes to Azure, no application backup, no VM awareness etc. By taking System Center Data Protection Manager and cutting out some features, there’s all of a sudden a very good backup tool for both on-premises and cloud backup. The only catch is that, unlike with DPM, even if you only backup to local disk with MABS, you pay per backed up server, per month. Read it here.

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My most recent Azure piece is now online at 4Sysops. I look at the new Azure Active Directory Domain Services that make it possible to host domain joined VMs in Azure IaaS without having to host VMs in Azure that are Domain Controllers from your own domain.

Read it here.

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Continuing my investigation of Azure and new developments in Microsoft’s public cloud, my piece on the Ibiza preview portal is online at 4sysops. Read it here.

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In this second part we look at Virtual Machine Manager’s support for the new Shielded VM functionality in Hyper-V 2016, along with the Host Guardian Service attestation service. Read it here.

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Now that we’ve finally reached Technical Preview 3 in System Center, there’s enough new features there to see what’s coming next year. This part 1 for 4sysops covers management of rolling cluster upgrades, Storage Spaces Direct (S2D), Storage Replica, SOFS in front of SANs, centralized storage QoS management and Azure IaaS VM management. Read it here.

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This post covers what a shielded VM is in Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V for 4Sysops, based on the information presented at Ignite 2015 in the US. I look at how it works, what you need to use them and scenarios where Shielded VMs would make sense. Read it here.

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Storage Spaces Direct (S2D) is a very interesting technology, coming in the next version of Windows Server. Pooling the internal storage (SAS, SATA and NVMe) in each storage node together for performance and resiliency, this is another option for storage for Hyper-V (and presumably SQL Server). Read it here.

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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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