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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Azure Active Directory Access Panel on Google Play Store

 

The Access Panel is a web based portal that allows an end user with an organization account in Azure Active Directory to view and launch cloud based application to which they have been granted access by the Azure AD administrator. You can view the portal from this link.

Some of you may prefer to access from android devices compare to use browser and may curious if an app is available on Google Play Store. Well, the answer is “Yes”. Microsoft has released an app called “My Apps Azure Active Directory”.

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To download, click here

Let have a quick walkthrough on the app.

1. Sign in using Azure AD Account. Once key in your user account, page will changed to company branding page.

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2. Once authenticated, you able to access and view your application.

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3. Click on the application and you’ll redirected without enter your password as SSO has kicked in.

To navigate back to your application, you need to click on “My Apps” logo. A bit not user friendly since user may find it difficult to locate. Probably the best is add a HOME button, what do you think? Give it a try and provide feedback at Google Play Store to improve the application.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Free Microsoft eBook on Google Play

If you’re using android devices, this freebies may suitable for you. we found out some free ebook available on Google Play Store. These ebook is available for FREE and you can view it using Google “Play Book” app. The experience to view it on tablet was great and experience is similar like view it on Kindle.

Here is the screenshot of Microsoft Azure and System Center ebook that might interest you.

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Just head to here to get it. Enjoy!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Slide Session: How Secure is Azure, Common Scenario to Start With and MAP Toolkit

 

Today we had a workshop organized by Microsoft Malaysia. The workshop session was about Windows Server 2003 End of Support and here is our agenda.

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I’ve presented three session during this workshop.

Feel free to view the slide

Session 1:- How Secure is Azure?

In this session, we have talked about security of Microsoft Azure that most customer concern with. We go through on physical security, communication traffic, storage, virtual machine, data, identity and access.

Session 2:- Common Scenario to Start With

In this session, we have talked about few customer scenario on migration and few scenario to migrate Windows Server 2003 workload to on-premise, Azure and Hybrid Cloud.

Session 3: MAP Toolkit

In this session, we have walkthrough on how MAP toolkit play an important roles to perform inventory,  performance assessment and server consolidation on desktop, server, virtualization and VM readiness at Microsoft Azure

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

NIC 4th Edition Conference Recording on Hyper-V

During NIC 4th Edition Conference, Ben Armstrong has presented on two sessions. Credit to Charbel who share the link.Feel free to view the recording.

Topic 1 :- Microsoft, Container and You

Topic 2:- Getting the best performance out of Hyper-V

Enjoy!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Starwind Updates: 24 Feb 2015

1. StarWind V2V Converter Update

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StarWind V2V Converter allows the user to convert VMs from one format to another, basically "cloning" them and keeping the original copy intact. It comes either with any version of StarWind Virtual SAN, or as a standalone free tool. We have just updated StarWind V2V Converter to version V8 Build 161, adding a number of convenient features.

Here is the list of latest improvements:

  • Added support for MS VHDX container format. It requires running on Windows 8/2012 or higher version of Windows.
  • Windows Repair Mode may be activate for converted image, allowing virtual machines to adapt to hardware environment of new hypervisor automatically.
  • Command-line utility extended to support VHDX format and repair mode option.
  • New style of GUI in V2V Converter Wizard.
  • Help file added to installation.

Download StarWind V2V Converter V8 Build 161 here!

2. Newly Released Technical Paper “Near-FT Support of OLTP Applications using StarWind Virtual SAN and a Hyper-V Cluster”

If you consider yourself to be an advanced StarWind user, please check this technical paper out and find out how to use StarWind Virtual SAN in OLTP applications and what the best configurations for this case are.

Moreover, the analysis contains testing data that’s completely relevant to real business conditions.

So, trust us, it is worth reading!

3. Tap Room Meeting: How to get more from Microsoft SoFS with StarWind

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(26 Feb, 11 am PT / 2 pm ET)

Host: Anatoly Vilchinsky, Head of Support Department of StarWind Softwar—É

Imagine there is no CapEx, Neo.
This Thursday we will taste the single malt scotch while discussing how exactly StarWind helps to improve the IT infrastructure for Microsoft fans and users. Our base line here – piece of cake.
*The only place where it's allowed to put the elbows on the table while dining*

Order a table!

4. Webinar: 10x faster back-ups: Virtual Tape Libraries

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(3 Mar, 11 am PT / 2 pm ET)

Speaker: Max Kolomyeytsev, Product Manager, StarWind Software Inc.

Tapes will never die. They are ideal for long-term vaulting and are an absolute winner in the capacity/price competition versus any disk storage.

But even being long lasting and cost-effective, tapes are considerably slower compared to even commodity hard disks. As amounts of data used by companies are constantly growing, tape backup speed becomes a major vulnerability in modern BC and DR strategies. As soon as a backup job exceeds its backup window, it starts consuming application performance during business hours. The problem is solved by rebuilding and extending the tape backup infrastructure, but it’s extremely cost-consuming. Or you can implement Virtual Tape Library to complement physical tape storage.

Join StarWind Product Manager Max Kolomyeytsev and learn how to:

  • Shrink backup window by implementing Disk-to-Disk-to-Tape strategy using fast and cost-effective SATA as a primary backup storage,
  • Keep up with regulatory requirements without disrupting IT infrastructure work
  • Replace physical tape with VTL completely

Register!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Secure Windows Azure Pack Environment by Using 5Nine Cloud Security Azure Pack Extension

 

[Updated 16 Feb 2015]

Recently we have been given an access by 5Nine to test 5Nine Cloud Security Azure Pack Extension (Release Candidate) on our WAP environment. Here is our test lab environment setup

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[Preparation]

  • Windows Azure Pack environment should be ready.
  • 5Nine Cloud Security has deployed on Hyper-V environment

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  • Management Service & Console should deploy on a virtual machine dedicated for 5Nine
  • Host Management Service deploy on each Hyper-V server
  • Extension for Azure Pack deploy on WAP Portal VM
  • SCVMM compliance extension deploy on SCVMM VM

[WAP – Admin Portal]

With 5Nine Cloud Security Azure Pack Extension,it provide a security solution that enables its users to manage firewall configurations and protect their Windows and Linux virtual machines.

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Tenant has an option to subscribe Cloud Security on their WAP Plan.

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At the moment of writing the extension only include with Virtual Firewall functionality only which provide a protection to isolate VMs and control traffic. Leverage integration into the Hyper-V Virtual Switch on the host and monitor all traffic flowing to and from the VMs to provide agentless security. Click here to check out the virtual firewall features.

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With the plan created and set to Public, it is time for Tenant to subscribe.

[ WAP- Tenant Portal]

On Tenant Portal, you can enable cloud security on  virtual machine that has deployed previously using WAP

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By default, no rules has defined. Tenant has chance to configure security regulations themselves and increase their privacy. Now they can set up security policies, settings, and firewall rules directly through the Azure Pack portal.

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To begin with, start by creating a “User defined security group”. By default, all Virtual machine will park under “All VMs” Group which will apply default rules when enable virtual firewall. We want to apply rules to certain member of the virtual machine.

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Next step is create user define template which consist a set of rules that you want to apply to group.

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In the templates, you can start to add rules/policy to it

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End result:-Web server rules Template

  • Allow ping from any direction
  • Allow HTTP from inbound connection

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With templates created, it is time to enable virtual firewall and apply to VM. Just click on Use Template and select “Web Server Rules template” and then click “Virtual Firewall ON”

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That’s all for today. 5Nine Cloud Security Azure Pack Extension is free so give it a try and test on your Windows Azure Pack environment. Good luck!

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Friday, February 13, 2015

Installation of Cloud Cruiser Express for Windows Azure Pack Failed

 

To configure chargeback and use on Windows Azure Pack, the extension which support it is using Cloud Cruiser Express. During installation of Cloud Cruise Express, you will notice the installation will failed and to know more detail, you can click on the link which point to the installation log.

You will notice that error message mentioning about JRE issue on some part has skipped. Sorry, forget to take a screenshot and busy on troubleshooting to find the root cause. The log is located in C:\Program Files\CloudCruiser\Install\

We have encountered the same when performing the installation on a virtual machine running

  • Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Installed with Java version 8
  • Cloud Cruiser Express Installer 3.5.0.6

[Resolution]

  • Uninstall Java version 8
  • Download Java version 7 either 32bit or 64 bit from here.
  • Re-install Cloud Cruiser Express for WAP

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Webinar–Microsoft Clustered Storage Spaces and Hyper-V Failover Clustering Virtualizing ROBO without Breaking the Bank

 

1. Newly Released Whitepaper

Read a new featured ‪‎whitepaper by Jon Toigo "Microsoft Clustered Storage Spaces and ‪‎StarWind Virtual SAN for a Complete Software-Defined Storage Solution"

Feel free to download it here.

2. Tap Room Meeting (Thu, Feb 19, 2015 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM EET)

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Topic: Microsoft Clustered Storage Spaces, StarWind and a clear head in the morning

To blend or not to blend, that is the question!
Whether tis Nobler in the mind of suffer
The I/O blender and bottlenecks of outrageous Fortune,
Or to take StarWind against a Sea of troubles?
…the only tap room that welcomes laughing out loud from under the table.

Book a table here!

3. Webinar: Hyper-V Failover Clustering: Virtualizing ROBOs without Breaking the Bank

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(Wed, Feb 18, 2015 at 11:00 am PT / 2:00 pm ET
Speakers: Howard Marks, Founder and Chief Scientist, DeepStorage

Ryan Post, Inside Systems Engineer, Veeam Software, Inc.

Max Kolomyeytsev, Product Manager, StarWind Software

Regardless of whether you call them stores, branch offices, plants or something else, remote sites present a unique set of engineering challenges. Customer facing applications require high availability but replicating the solutions we use in the data center to tens, or thousands of sites would cost more than the GDP of a small country.

Hyper-converged architectures, which turn server local storage into highly available, shared storage, promise to be more affordable, but some appliance solutions cost as much or more than the traditional server and SAN solutions.

This webinar will explore how StarWind Virtual SAN can fulfill the promise of hyper-convergence providing a highly available platform for virtual machines while Veeam Backup and Replication protects it from the unexpected.

Register here!