End of support: DirSync and Azure AD Sync on 13th of April 2017

DirSync an Azure AD Sync will no longer be supported after 13th of April 2017. Make sure to move to Azure AD Connect now!

Hey folks,

Microsoft previously offered two synchronization tools for hybrid identity implementation: Windows Azure Active Directory Sync (DirSync) for single forest Active Directories and Microsoft Azure Active Directory Sync (Azure AD Sync) for multi-forest and other advanced scenarios. Continue reading “End of support: DirSync and Azure AD Sync on 13th of April 2017”

StorSimple – hybrid storage in a cloudy IT

Learn how StorSimple can improve your TCO and why it’s best suitable to support your cloud strategy.

Howdy folks,

nowadays, talking about IT infrastructure means talking about weather. Clouds are everywhere and in order to avoid thunderstorms you need to have an appropriate transition strategy. Azure StorSimple is one of those services that are often underrated but can improve your TCO enormously.

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Architectural proposal for highly resilient cloud infrastructures on Azure

Amazon’s AWS outage teached us that having mission-critical business systems running in the cloud doesn’t mean you don’t have to plan for high availability. Learn what you need to consider in this blog post.

One week ago, Amazon’s AWS customers impressively experienced what it means to depend on a cloud provider’s infrastructure as the US-EAST-1 region came down due to an employee’s error. Since, I’ve had lots of discussions about resiliency, reliability and redundancy of cloud infrastructures, especially of Microsoft’s Azure and Office 365 datacenters. But what happened? And is there any possibility to avoid your business coming down if there is a hardware outage in one of the Azure/Office 365 regions?

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Restore-as-a-Service with Azure Backup Instant Restore

Learn about the easiness of Restore-as-a-Service with Azure Backup Instant Restore.

Hello folks,

today, Microsoft announced public preview for a feature I really appreciate: Azure Backup Instant Restore! Instant Restore is a feature that allows you to recover single items on file and folder level from an Azure Backup restore point to a Windows operating system. How it works? Go on reading.

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Save the date and get your ticket for Azure Saturday 2017

Get ready for Azure Saturday 2017 in Munich!

Ouh yeah,

I’m excited to announce the first international Microsoft Azure community conference in Germany: Azure Saturday 2017! Azure Saturday is a free community event organized by Max Melcher, Benjamin Abt and Thomas Janetscheck (me). The first Azure Saturday ever will take place on 24th of June 2017 in Munich in Microsoft Germany’s Headquarter. Continue reading “Save the date and get your ticket for Azure Saturday 2017”

Customize your Azure VMs with Custom Script Extensions

Custom Script Extensions are a possibility to customize ARM VMs without using ARM templates. All you need is PowerShell. Sounds great? Then give it a try!

Howdy folks and a happy new year to all of you,

today I’m gonna show you a way to automatically deploy and customize virtual machines in Azure Resource Manager without using ARM templates. Custom Script Extensions can help you to achieve your goal by only leveraging PowerShell.

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