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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 this out for FREE by signing up for a FREE Windows Azure 90-day Trial of our Virtual Machine Preview. Do It: Sign up for your FREE Windows Azure 90-Day Trial Account so that you can follow along with the steps in this article. NOTE: When activating your FREE Trial for Windows Azure, you will be ... (more)

Containers with Docker and Azure | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps #Microservices

(Part 5) Open Source + Microsoft Azure - Deploying Linux Containers in the Cloud with Docker and Azure In part 5 of our “ Open Source + Azure ” series, Keith Mayer welcomes Tatiana Lavrentieva to the show as they discuss how you can deploy Linux Containers in the cloud using Docker and Microsoft Azure. [ 2:32 ] What is Docker and how are organizations using Docker and Azure together? [ 6:24 ] What are the main components of Docker? [ 10:00 ] Traditionally, Docker tools run on Linux ... is there support for running Docker tools on Windows as well? [ 18:00 ] How does networking w... (more)

Right-Size IT Budgets with Windows Server 2012 "Storage Spaces"

What is the Largest Single Cost Category in Your IT Hardware Budget? If you're like most of the enterprise customer organizations that were surveyed when we were designing Windows Server 2012, your answer is probably the same as theirs: STORAGE! For the organizations we surveyed, we found that as much as 60% of their annual hardware budgets were allocated to expensive hardware SAN solutions due to ever-increasing storage requirements. Wouldn't it be nice to have some of that budget back for other IT projects? YES! We agree too ... that's why the server team included "Storage Space... (more)

Step-by-Step: Speaking iSCSI with Windows Server 2012 and Hyper-V

Windows Server 2012 and our completely free Hyper-V Server 2012 certainly have some really cost-effective new storage options, with Storage Spaces and Hyper-V over SMB 3.0.  However, many IT Pros have already invested in iSCSI shared storage and, as a result, many Hyper-V deployments also need to be able to leverage these existing storage investments. iSCSI? No problem! Windows Server 2012 and Hyper-V Server 2012 include native support for a software iSCSI initiator as well as MPIO ( Multipath IO ) for  resiliency and load balancing of storage IO over multiple network paths. In t... (more)

Windows Server 2012 Jumpstart Technical Training Videos Now Available

Microsoft Learning partnered with the Microsoft Server and Tools team and Developer and Platform Evangelism (DPE) to deliver the "Windows Server 2012 Jump Start: Preparing for the Datacenter Evolution" on June 20-21, 2012. Thanks to an amazing product and a phenomenal team effort, this event shattered two Jump Start records with 2,064 attendees from 103 different countries and extremely positive event feedback! We are excited to announce the release of the HD-quality video recordings available on TechNet Videos now! Special thanks and congratulations to the instructor team of Ric... (more)