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1808, 2016

Docker and Containers.

By | August 18th, 2016|Categories: Docker|Tags: , , , |

What is Docker? Docker is an Open-source container technology that lets developers build, run and ship applications inside containers abstracting the virtual machines and Hypervisors and all of the overhead that is associated with it. The thing is, containers have been popularized by Docker Inc. So Docker and Containers seem to go hand in hand. But there is also another player in the market. Core OS have their own command line tool for containers that is called RKT (pronounced rocket). So the next question is what are containers? What is a container? Containers are a lightweight and efficient mechanism of abstracting away the hypervisor layer and the virtual machine layer. Also, they are way in which the run time

1608, 2016

Azure Site Recovery Supported Scenarios

By | August 16th, 2016|Categories: Azure, Azure Site Recovery|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Azure Site Recovery is a very effective service that is offered by Microsoft in the purview of Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS). While being able to migrate workloads from On-premises environments be it virtual or physical, if you want to move from one data center to another data center where Azure Site Recovery would act as a DR orchestrator or from your data center to the cloud and vice versa. The whole point being that you push the downtime in your businesses to near zero or zero if everything pans out very well. In this article, we will take a look at the various scenarios that Azure supports, the various workloads it can migrate. Also, I am going to

208, 2016

Microsoft Azure Key Vault Lifecycle

By | August 2nd, 2016|Categories: Azure Key Vault|Tags: , , , |

In the previous post of Introduction to Azure Key Vault, we learnt about the basics of Azure Key Vault, keys and Authentication mechanism. In this blog we will be continuing with Key Vault lifecycle i.e., go through the process of creating and managing Azure Key Vault with PowerShell. Key Vault lifecycle Azure Key Vault Lifecycle To use the Key Vault service we have to create the Key Vault which can be done by using the cmdlet New-AzureRmKeyVault. It is more than likely that this key vault would have been created for one or more applications to use. You must register those applications in Azure Active Directory. Also one must authorize them to use your vault with the cmdlet Set-AzureRmKeyVaultAccessPolicy. Optionally one can use

208, 2016

Azure Site recovery – Addressing Common issues

By | August 2nd, 2016|Categories: Azure, Recovery Service Vault|Tags: , , , |

Azure Site Recovery is a very effective service that is offered by Microsoft in the purview of Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS). While being able to migrate workloads from On-premises environments be it virtual or physical, if you want to move from one data center to another data center where Azure Site Recovery would act as a DR orchestrator or from your data center to the cloud and vice versa. The whole point being that you push the downtime in your businesses to near zero or zero if everything pans out very well. It is not uncommon for anyone who is trying or testing ASR and run into errors. In this article I give you a glimpse at few

2907, 2016

Tagging Azure Resources

By | July 29th, 2016|Categories: Azure, Resource Manager|Tags: , , , , |

The Azure Resource manager model allows you to logically organize resources within a subscription. Read on to understand how tagging Azure Resources works. To help you manage your instances, images, and other Azure resources, you can assign your own metadata to each resource in the form of tags. A tag doesn’t stand by itself. It has to be applied to a resource once it’s created. Tagging in Azure Tags enable you to categorize your resources in different ways, for example, by purpose, owner, or environment. Each tag consists of a key and an optional value, both of which you define. For example, you could define a set of tags for your virtual machine instances that helps you track each

1807, 2016

VMWare and Hyper-V World

By | July 18th, 2016|Categories: Virtualization|Tags: , , , , , , |

In the world of virtualization, there are many platforms such as Integrity Virtual Machines, Oracle VM server for x86, Power VM etc. This blog focuses on VMWare and Hyper-V world of virtualization. VMWare vSphere: The world of VMWare and the way things work in VMWare can be really confusing at times, since it is a strenuous process and also confusing for new comers in this field. This document should at the least make you comfortable with the terminology if not familiar with these jargons very commonly used in the world of virtualization. VMWare’s workstation player or Oracle’s virtual box which are both decent virtualization platforms to begin with, but enterprises need more powerful platforms than those to run their workloads.

707, 2016

Azure Key Vault

By | July 7th, 2016|Categories: Azure, Security|Tags: , , , , |

Azure Key Vault is a service that enables us to store & manage cryptographic keys and secrets in one central secure vault. All the sensitive data is stored on physical hardware security modules (HSM) - FIPS 140-2 Level 2 certified - inside the datacenter where the data will be encrypted by VMs or directly on the HSM, more on this later. Pricing of Azure Key Vault can be found here. A Vault Owner can create a Key Vault gaining full access & control over the vault. A Vault Consumer can perform actions on the assets inside the Key Vault when the vault owner grants him/her access and depending on the permissions granted. This enables us to give the customers full

3006, 2016

Azure Backup (Azure Resource Manager)

By | June 30th, 2016|Categories: Azure Backup, Recovery Service Vault|Tags: , , , |

In traditional enterprise scenarios, organizations used to store their data on tapes for backup for long term retention. But, over the years that data has started to grow exponentially. Azure Backup is a robust and a simple solution and serves as a solution to the traditional enterprise tape backups. In this blog we will be diving through a the process of creating a Recovery Services vault and backing up an Azure Virtual Machine (VM) using Azure Backup service and at the end you should have a general idea of how Azure Backup works. A Recovery Services vault is an entity that stores all the backups and recovery points that have been created over time. The Recovery Services vault also contains

2706, 2016

Azure Resource Manager

By | June 27th, 2016|Categories: Azure, Azure Portal|Tags: , , , , , , |

ARM or Azure Resource Manager is a new way of building and grouping resources in Azure. A resource is single entity in the infrastructure like a virtual machine or storage account and so on. And now with ARM model you can group these in to a group called resource group. So, is that it? What was the reason for wanting to do this in the first place? Let’s see. Reason 1: Well if you look at the classic portal also known as the ASM (Azure Service Manager) portal when you create resources they just got created and one fine day you would see a list like this containing a mix of types of resources which were created by different people

2406, 2016

Azure Support and managing requests

By | June 24th, 2016|Categories: Azure Portal, Azure Support|Tags: , |

Azure Support Requests A brief guide for those of you who do not know how to raise Azure Support requests and manage them. It’s there but it’s not there. What I mean is it’s easy to actually open azure support request right from within the Azure portal at https://portal.azure.com, but it’s really very easy to miss it. The option is right there on the right-top: Here you can choose to open a new support request or manage existing requests. If you click ‘Help + Support’ it actually takes you support dashboard. One important thing to notice here is that you can straight away link the current subscription at hand to your Microsoft Premier support investment or Azure support plan right