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  • Blog Post: Static vs Dynamic Routing Gateways in Azure

    I was recently designing an Azure Hybrid Cloud implementation and was asked some questions regarding Azure routing that I had to research. The questions were something like… “Why can my Cisco ASA only establish a Static Routing VPN connection to Azure?” “My Cisco ASA can route dynamically so why can...
  • Blog Post: Multihop Routing in Azure

    There is some great documentation on how to Configure a Multi-Site VPN connection in Azure. I wanted to configure a similar scenario using a design other than the Full Mesh (single hop) model specified in the MSDN documentation . I also want every Virtual Network (vNet) in my environment to be able to...
  • Blog Post: Create a Multi-NIC VM with a Public IP in Azure

    We recently announced support for virtual machines (VMs) with multiple network interface controllers (NICs). I’m still trying to understand all the new scenarios this functionality enables, but first I just wanted to test it out myself. My scenario is to use PowerShell to build out a VM with two NICs...
  • Blog Post: Deploying Virtual Machines in Azure using Service Manager and SMA Part III

    This is the 3rd post in a 3-part series on deploying VMs in Azure using System Center Service Manager and Service Management Automation (SMA) . In this post we’ll cover using the Service Manager Self-Service Portal to trigger an SMA Runbook which deploys a new VM in Azure. Part I: Preparing your VM for...
  • Blog Post: Deploying Virtual Machines in Azure using Service Manager and SMA Part II

    This is the 2nd post in a 3-part series on deploying VMs in Azure using System Center Service Manager and Service Management Automation (SMA) . In this post we’ll cover deploying your Azure VM using PowerShell and SMA. Part I: Preparing your VM for upload, uploading it to Azure, and configuring Azure...
  • Blog Post: Deploying Virtual Machines in Azure using Service Manager and SMA Part I

    Earlier this year I worked with Brad Watts on some automation: Deploying Virtual Machines in Azure using the Service Manager Self-Service Portal . Our primary VM deployment mechanism was System Center Orchestrator . I decided to do something similar using Service Management Automation (SMA) . This series...
  • Blog Post: Shutting down your Azure Virtual Machines during non-working hours

    I have a few Azure accounts which I use for labs, mainly virtual machines running various applications such as System Center. It works great but I want to limit the utilization of these virtual machines to minimize the associated costs. Since these are just labs I usually don’t need them late at night...
  • Blog Post: DMVMUG 2014: DC, Maryland, Virginia Management User Group Conference

    On Saturday, March 8th I am presenting at the DMVMUG 2014 User Group Conference with a group of my peers: Brad Watts – Premier Field Engineer Chris Maiden – Premier Field Engineer Christine Gerth – Premier Field Engineer Phil Bracher – Premier Field Engineer Our presentation...
  • Blog Post: Deploying Virtual Machines in Azure using the Service Manager Self-Service Portal

    This post is the 2nd in a series focused on making common administrative tasks in System Center and Azure available via the Service Manager Self-Service Portal. This solution allows for the provisioning of Azure VMs using the Service Manager Self-Service Portal. This post was authored by Brad Watts ...
  • Blog Post: Using the Service Manager Self-Service Portal for Common Tasks in Configuration Manager, Operations Manager, and Azure

    This post is the first in a series focused on making common administrative tasks in System Center and Azure available via the Service Manager Self-Service Portal. Series Using the Service Manager Self-Service Portal for Common Tasks in Configuration Manager, Operations Manager, and Azure Deploying Virtual...
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