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
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)
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)
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 )
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
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
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)