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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 Networks Dashboard page of the Azure Management Portal, as shown below. Azure Management Portal: Virtual Network Dashboard page BUT ... what if we want to see the details of each individual client IP address that is currently connected to the VPN? Luckily, with a bit a PowerShell and the Azu... (more)

Step-by-Step: Automated Provisioning for Linux in the Cloud with Microsoft Azure, XPlat CLI, JSON and Node.js ( Part 2 )

There's lots of tools that can be leveraged for automating Linux workloads on Microsoft Azure, including Azure Automation, PowerShell DSC for Linux, VM Agent Custom Scripts, Cloud-Init, XPlat CLI for Azure, Vagrant, Docker and third-party tools such as Chef and Puppet.  Azure provides a wide variety of automation options so that you can choose the tools with which you're most familiar and, in some cases, may already have an existing investment. In Part 1 of this two-part article series, we stepped through the process for getting our Linux admin workstation setup for Azure cloud a... (more)

TechNet Radio: (Part 15) Building Your Hybrid Cloud - Getting Started with Automating the Hybrid Cloud using PowerShell

In part 15 of our “ Building a Hybrid Cloud ” series, Keith Mayer and Andy Syrewicze show us to get started automating our hybrid cloud environment using PowerShell. Tune in for this great overview session on why IT Pros should think about automating their processes and how they can get started with the Microsoft Azure VM Agent Custom Script extensions, Azure PowerShell Module and the Azure Pack. [ 1:45 ] Why Automate? [ 7:23 ] DEMO: Microsoft Azure VM Agent Custom Script Extensions Azure PowerShell...(read more ) ... (more)

Quick Tip: List all Static IPs on an Azure Virtual Network using PowerShell

We can assign static internal IP addresses for Azure Virtual Machines on a Virtual Network using either PowerShell or the new Azure Preview Portal. This is a useful capability for provisioning VM workloads that may require fixed IP address assignments, such as DNS servers. Provisioning a VM with a Static internal IP address using Azure Preview Portal Question: After provisioning a set of VM's with static internal IP addresses, how can I display a list of all VMs with static addresses in my subscription? Answer: You can list all Azure VM's configured with static internal IP addre... (more)

Deck and Resources: SQL Server Options in the Cloud with Microsoft Azure

Thanks for attending my presentation today at the Columbus SQLPASS User Group chapter on SQL Server Options in the Cloud with Microsoft Azure. We discussed various hybrid cloud options for leveraging Microsoft Azure as part of a SQL Server deployment, including the following scenarios: Off-site cloud backups for databases and logs Disaster recovery of on-premises databases Production quality cloud-based Dev & Test environments Extending on-premises applications to the cloud Migration of existing applications to the cloud Cloud-designed business and SaaS applications In this articl... (more)