I’m a big fan of configuring remote SQL server logging with Microsoft Forefront TMG 2010. I’m also a big fan of Azure, and combining the two just seemed natural! As you can spin up a SQL server in Azure in short order with relatively unlimited resources, I thought I’d explore the configuration of a SQL server hosted in Azure for use with Forefront TMG 2010 logging. Read my latest article on ISAserver.org to learn more!
I love Azure! There are so many great features included with the service it’s amazing. One of them I discovered recently is the Azure Traffic Manager. It provides intelligent and granular network traffic distribution using DNS. Essentially it is a cloud-based virtual Global Server Load Balancing (GSLB) solution. Easy to take advantage of and works for on-premises workloads too! Read my latest article on CloudComputingAdmin.com to learn more.
Can you install Microsoft Forefront Threat Management Gateway (TMG) 2010 in Microsoft Azure? Should you? Are there any uses cases for which installing TMG in Azure is a good fit? I answer these questions and more in my latest article on ISAserver.org. Check it out!
One of my favorite things about the Microsoft Azure public cloud is the SQL database options that are available. Whenever I’m building a test lab that requires an SQL database, in the past it would take quite a long time to get a VM provisioned and SQL installed and configured. Also, with limited local resources, my test lab SQL servers were often significantly underpowered. With Azure-hosted SQL databases, that’s no longer a problem. I can provision a Windows Server 2012 R2 VM with whatever version of SQL I require in just a few minutes. In addition, I’m no longer constrained by local resources. Now I routinely provision very powerful VMs, typically with at least 8 cores and 14GB of RAM, which makes testing much easier. Microsoft Azure also features SQL database as a service options too, which doesn’t require provisioning a VM. This works quite well in many cases. For more information about SQL database options in Microsoft Azure, be sure to read my latest article on CloudComputingAdmin.com.
The WindowSecurity.com monthly newsletter is out! This month I discuss my recent trip to the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WWPC) in Washington, D.C. and share details about Microsoft’s increased focus on security for their online services. I also provide details about Microsoft’s current state of security and compliance for the Azure public cloud offering. Check it out!
I’ve really enjoyed working with Microsoft Azure over the last few years. The service continues to add new features at a rapid pace, and I’m finding myself using Azure virtual machines much more frequently that in the past. Recently I decided to configure a full, standalone Windows Server 2012 R2 lab hosted entirely in Azure. The first challenge I faced was configuring the domain controller. As it turns out, there are a few things you have to do to make it work. Read my latest article in CloudComputingAdmin.com to find out the details.
PowerShell is an amazing tool for configuring and managing Windows hosts. But what happens when you implement new or migrate existing workloads to the Microsoft Azure public cloud? Not to worry…PowerShell is there! That’s right, you can leverage PowerShell to configure the Azure public cloud infrastructure too. Read my latest article on CloudComputingAdmin.com for an introduction to PowerShell for the Microsoft Azure public cloud.
What are Windows Azure Endpoints? That’s the topic I covered in my latest article published on CloudComputingAdmin.com. Endpoints in Windows Azure are essentially TCP and/or UDP ports that are configured to be publically available. They allow you to expose network services running on hosted Windows Azure virtual machines securely to outside entities. Read the article for all the details!
Recently I had the privilege of authoring a post for the Microsoft MVP Award Program blog. It was published today, so be sure to read Enable Cross-Premises Network Connectivity to Windows Azure using Windows Server 2012 R2 now!