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Thank you for attending our recent Partner Tech Night in Columbus OH on What's New in Microsoft Azure for Infrastructure and Development Partners. In this article, I've included a copy of our session deck and additional next step resources ... ...(read more) ... (more)

Quick Tip: List Current Client Connections on Azure Point-to-Site VPN with PowerShell and REST API

Microsoft Azure provides secure access to cloud-based VMs for developers and IT operations teams via Point-to-Site VPN (aka. Client VPN) connectivity.  This solution uses SSTP (Secure Socket Tunneling Protocol) to provide a secure, firewall-friendly solution that uses the native VPN client built-in with Windows 7 and later.  In a future article, we'll also look at a cross-platform Client VPN connectivity option to Azure for Linux and Mac OS X clients. After configuring Point-to-Site VPN connectivity in Azure, it's pretty easy to see the overall connection status on the Virtual N... (more)

Leveraging the Azure Service Management REST API with Azure Active Directory and PowerShell / List Azure Administrators

The Azure Service Management REST API can be a great compliment to the Azure PowerShell module when automating certain Azure cloud tasks for which there's not yet a defined set of PowerShell cmdlets.  In previous articles, we've leveraged this API for specific scenarios, such as: Configuring health monitoring alert rules for Azure VMs Listing current client VPN connections on Azure Point-to-Site VPNs Revoking and reinstating client VPN certificates for Azure Point-to-Site VPNs However, in each of our previous articles, we've used management certificates to authenticate to our Azur... (more)

Extending SQL Server 2014 AlwaysOn Resource Group with Storage Spaces on Microsoft Azure

The new Azure Preview Portal makes it super-easy to configure a highly available SQL Server 2014 AlwaysOn Availability Group cluster with a new Azure Resource Group Template.  After completing 4 fields of information and clicking a single Create button, a complete cluster environment including an Azure Storage Account, Virtual Network, Active Directory Domain Controllers and SQL Server 2014 AlwaysOn cluster will be automatically configured.  Of course, if you wish to customize any of the options, you're given the ability to do that too - but that's a few extra clicks! ;-) When t... (more)

Step-by-Step: Build Linux VMs in the Cloud with Windows Azure

The Windows Azure Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offering supports running Windows virtual machines and Linux virtual machines in the Cloud. In this article, I provide step-by-step guidance for running a new Linux virtual machine in the cloud using our Windows Azure platform. Linux? That’s right, Linux! Windows Azure runs Linux VMs as a first-class citizen on our cloud platform, with support in the Preview offering for four common Linux distributions: SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 11 SP2 OpenSUSE 12.1 CentOS 6.3 Ubuntu 12..04.1 and 12.10 The best news is … you can try t... (more)