Azure Backup & SCDPM Public Feedback Opportunity

December 11, 2014 // 0 Comments

Microsoft is giving you the chance to provide feedback and vote on existing ideas for Azure Online Backup and System Center Data Protection Manager. This is a great idea. Personally speaking, it’s validating a number of things that I have fed back to Microsoft already, and a number of things that [...]

You Cannot Switch To Azure Open Licensing – Yet

September 19, 2014 // 0 Comments

There are a number of ways that you can purchase Azure. You can get it as a part of an enterprise agreement (high cost of entry, but highest value). You can get it via one of these means: Pay direct (credit card) Trial MSDN benefit We in the licensing biz bundle those options up as MOSP (Microsoft [...]

How My Site Went Offline On Friday, July 25th 2014

July 25, 2014 // 0 Comments

My site is hosted on Azure in the Dublin (Europe North) region. On Friday morning, I was checking something when I saw my site was not loading correctly – it was either offline or VERY slow. So I check the Azure status and saw it was offline. I restarted the application pool and the problem [...]

Microsoft Data Centres Going Greener

July 23, 2014 // 0 Comments

Microsoft’s data centres are pretty “green”. And when I say green, I mean that they build & install only what they absolutely need, and they focus very heavily on power. A common measurement stick is Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE), which Wikipedia defines as: … how much energy is used [...]

Creating a VNet-to-VNet VPN in Microsoft Azure

July 4, 2014 // 1 Comment

A while ago I read about how to connect VMs between two VNets and it was nasty: before we could create a VPN tunnel we had to open Endpoints (punch holes through firewalls) and hope for the best! Since TechEd NA 2014, we have had new functionality where we can connect two VNets, in the same or [...]

My AidanFinn.Com Blog Has Moved To Microsoft Azure

March 31, 2014 // 1 Comment

Tonight I completed the migration of this WordPress blog to Windows Azure.   I was having performance and health issues with the VM that I was renting from a local hosting company. The admin portal was proving to be a nightmare. I had upgrade the VM but the VM wasn’t upgraded. The hard disk [...]

Set A Static IP Address For An Azure VM

March 24, 2014 // 3 Comments

Windows Azure (errr Microsoft Azure) has a weird system for assigning IP addresses to VMs in virtual networks. Like VMM, it uses a pool of IP addresses. And that’s where the similarities end. Azure’s method appears to be more like DHCP. For example: When you log into the guest OS, the VM is [...]
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