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Using Azure Site Recovery to move Dev-Test workloads up to Azure

Webinar

Sound interesting?

Tired of having to maintain a local DevTest lab or cobble one together on crappy hardware leftover in your office in order to support a project? How about thinking outside of the box and migrating that workload up to Microsoft Azure in order to run it on demand up in a secure public cloud? Does it run off physical hardware, VMWare or Hyper-V? No problems.  Try out Azure Site Recovery as one way to move that Dev-Test workload / project up into an Azure Datacenter near you.

Picture it.  An exact synchronized copy of what you are working on – replicated and failed over to an isolated environment. ASR is one tool you can use to do this.

I’m going to be talking about this on a webinar tomorrow morning (10 am Pacific time) and showing you how to get started with a trial.

Sign up at this link, join in on the webinar and ask your questions.

I’m looking forward to chatting with you!

What’s in your TechBugoutBag for Microsoft Ignite?

Always fun packing. Amplify that when it comes to packing for a conference. I lay out all my stuff to make sure I don’t forget anything ever since I forgot that ever so important “thing-a-ma-jig” a while back.  This time I decided to take a picture and share it here with my inventory list.

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Inventory List:

  • Magnetic Gorilla stand
  • Lumia Camera grip for 1020Nikon D90
    Nikon 70-200 F2.8
  • Promaster 17-50 F2.8
  • Rox strap
  • channel 9 stress toy
  • 12 protein bars
  • Nikon dual battery grip
  • 2 pairs Sennheiser wireless lav mics
  • Roland R26 digital recorder
  • Misc audio cables
  • Actiontech WiDi adapter
  • Energizer AA charger
  • Female Mic cable
  • Handheld mic
  • Logitech presenter clicker
  • Plantronics 620 bluetooth speakerphone
  • short RJ45 cable
  • Kindle paperwhite
  • Surface bluetooth mouse
  • Misc USB cables
  • 4 AA eneloop rechargeable batteries
  • Voltmate 5 port USB charger
  • 1 128GB Ironkey W500 Windows-to-go stick
  • 2 64 gb USB3 sticks
  • Bose QC20 noise canceling headphones
  • power for Asus Zenbook
  • power for surface pro 3
  • mini-vga adapter and ethernet adapter for Asus
  • Mini-DVI Cablematters vga/hdmi/dvi converter
  • lenovo usb Ethernet adapter
  • Monster 4 port travel power strip
  • led flashlight
  • custom fitted earplugs
  • 2 multi-head screwdrivers
  • Huawei Mobile LTE WiFi hub
  • 2200 mAh portable battery
  • leatherman Skeletool CX
  • Kensington laptop lock
  • 3 sharpies
  • 10,000 mAh RavPower dual usb charger
  • misc stickers (channel 9, PatchAndSwitch, RicksterCDN, Azure)
  • Surface Pro 3, i5 128gb
  • Nokia Qi charger
  • Screen wipes
  • Asus Zenbook

That’s about it – spread across my main carry bag, camera bag and checked luggage.

What’s in YOUR TechBugoutBag? Post a picture!

 

 

Can’t make it to Microsoft Ignite? Here’s the details on the LiveStream

On a recent countdown show, we talked about the general format of the Live Stream. I thought it deserved a little more detail and highlights on the schedule.  Since I’m not presenting at Microsoft Ignite this year – my way of contributing during the event centers around this livestream.  I’ve been working overtime with my team to get the right people into the interview chair.

LiveStream

First off: WHERE do you catch it? simple. http://ignite.microsoft.com

Need a reminder? Here’s an ICS calendar reminder for ya.

WHAT is going on? Well – since the conference is just around the corner, I can share MOST of the details of what will be in the livestream. Some things I still can’t share, others I can’t give you too much granularity as of yet. Sorry – that’s just the way it is for now. 😉

Day 1 – May 4th.

This is the highly orchestrated day where we’re trying to hit new audiences with a new level of production Microsoft livestream broadcasts have seen before.  A whole lot of moving parts (some are still moving) in order to bring you the following:

  • Keynote Pre-Show
  • Mainstage keynote
  • Post-Keynote discussion
  • CH9 – Inside Identity and Deployment for Windows 10
  • “hot room” session
  • CH9 – Jeff Woolsey on the Microsoft Datacenter Platform vNext
  • “hot room” session
  • CH9 – View from the Azure CTO, Mark Russinovich
  • Keynote Pre-show
  • Showcase Keynote
  • Post-Keynote discussion and Wrap

Day 2 – May 5th

We’re hitting the Channel 9 Stage for the remainder of the conference. There will be some cool “recaps” that are produced / pre-recorded from the day before and a couple of folks you might know setting the stage and kicking things off with a cuppa coffee.

  • Daily Welcome / morning show
  • “hot room” session
  • CH9 – Corey Sanders and an update on Azure IaaS
  • “hot room” session
  • CH9 – The Endpoint Zone LIVE with Brad Anderson
  • CH9 – Containers on Windows, Azure and beyond with Taylor Brown
  • CH9 – Sharing Protected Information
  • “hot room” session
  • CH9 – SQL unplugged with Scott Klein
  • “hot room” session
  • CH9 – All Things DevOps with Donovan Brown
  • “hot room” session

Day 3 – May 6th

  • Daily Welcome / morning show
  • “hot room” session
  • CH9 – Microsoft’s Security and Assurance strategy in vNext with Anders Vinberg
  • “hot room” session
  • CH9 – <redacted – sorry>
  • CH9 – <redacted – sorry>
  • CH9 – Lead Architect’s vision on Server vNext with Jeffrey Snover
  • “hot room” session
  • CH9 – Microsoft Azure technology introspective with Mark Russinovich
  • “hot room” session
  • CH9 – Microsoft Intune and Mobile Application Management
  • “hot room” session

Day 4 – May 7th

  • Daily Welcome / morning show
  • “hot room” session
  • CH9 – Microsoft’s Storage Strategy & Capabilities in vNext
  • “hot room” session
  • CH9 – Microsoft’s Networking Strategy & Capabilities in vNext
  • CH9 – The Patch and Switch Show LIVE
  • “hot room” session
  • CH9 – Identity in Azure Active Directory
  • “hot room” session
  • CH9 – Linux and Open Source in Azure
  • “hot room” session
  • Microsoft Ignite recap

Day 5 – May 8th

  • Daily Welcome /Recap
  • “hot room” sessions

Cool Stuff to do in Chicago During Microsoft Ignite

As part of the Countdown to Microsoft Ignite show, Joey and I got a chance to do a whirlwind tour of Chicago.  We took along a camera crew and filmed at 25 different locations ranging from breweries, museums, restaurants, bars, public parks and coffee joints. This was an awesome experience organized by one of our colleagues (Denise) who handles (among other things) the community experience during Microsoft Ignite.

These videos have been sprinkled over 6 countdown shows.  I highly recommend you watch the whole series of countdown shows, but if you are JUST looking for things to do – I decided to compile a list with links AND direct video snips of each location.

Enjoy!

Restaurants / Places to Eat

01-GinosEast
Ginos East Deep Dish Pizza (Click For Video)
http://www.ginoseast.com/
Twitter: @ginoseast

02-Portillos
Portillos (Click For Video)
http://www.portillos.com/portillos
Twitter: @PortillosHotDog

04-BerghoffChicago
The Berghoff Restaurant (Click For Video)
http://www.theberghoff.com
Twitter: @BerghoffChicago

Breweries and Distilleries

03-CHDistillery
CH Distillery (Click For Video)
http://chdistillery.com
Twitter: @CHDistillery

06-GooseIsland
Goose Island Brewery (Click For Video)
http://www.gooseisland.com
Twitter: @GooseIsland

22-revolution
Revolution Brewery (Click for Video)
http://revbrew.com
Twitter: @revbrewchicago

24-Lagunitas
Lagunitas Brewery (Click for Video)
http://lagunitas.com
Twitter: @lagunitasbeer

Ultimate Coffee

05-LaColombe
La Colombe coffee (Click For Video)
http://www.lacolombe.com
Twitter: @lacolombecoffee

Bars

07-TavernOnRush
Tavern on Rush (Click For Video)
http://www.tavernonrush.com
Twitter: @TavernOnRush

08-RoofOnTheWit
Roof on the Wit Bar (Click for Video)
http://www.roofonthewit.com
Twitter: @ROOFontheWit

21-PaddyLongs
Paddy Longs (Click for Video)
http://www.paddylongs.com
Twitter: @PaddyLongs

18-BuddyGuyBlues
Buddy Guys Blues bar (Click for Video)
http://bg.buddyguy.com
Twitter: @BuddyGuys

23-RockitBarandGrill
Rockit Bar and Grill (Click for Video)
http://rockitbarandgrill.com
Twitter: @rockit

Things to do:

09MagMile
Magnificent Mile (Click for Video)
http://themagnificentmile.com
Twitter: @TheMagMile

11-ArtInstitute
Art Institute of Chicago (Click For Video)
http://www.artic.edu/
Twitter: @artinstitutechi

12-JohnHancock360Experience
John Hancock tower and 360 Chicago experience (Click For Video)
http://www.360chicago.com
Twitter: @360chiviews

13-RiverArchitectureTour
River Architecture Tour (Click for Video)
http://www.cruisechicago.com/architecture_tours
Twitter: @CFLCruises

14-MileniumPark
Millennium Park (Click for Video)
http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/millennium_park.html
Twitter: @millennium_park

15-UnitedCenter
The United center (Click for Video)
http://www.unitedcenter.com/
Twitter: @unitedcenter

16-ScienceMuseam
Science Museum  (Click for Video)
http://www.msichicago.org/
Twitter: @msichicago

17-SecondCity
Second City Comedy Club (Click for Video)
http://www.secondcity.com/
Twitter: @TheSecondCity

19-CubsWrigleyField
Wrigley field – The Cubs (Click for Video)
http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com
Twitter: @Cubs

20-NavyPier
Navy Pier (Click for Video)
https://navypier.com
Twitter: @navypier

If you made it this far – you might want the list of the episodes these all came from:

I hope to see you at the event! If you see the GreenHat – stop and say Hi !

Azure IaaS Week for IT Pros: Day 4 Speaker Lineup

I talked about this event I’ve been wrangling speakers for a while back, so I thought I’d put together a quick little post brokenhh down by DAY with all the details about speakers and their sessions in one spot. I’ve been capturing these quick intros for each speaker with details about their session and also some fun tidbits about them outside of work. This is the ONE STOP SHOP for day FOUR – a comprehensive list of topics and Speaker Bios you can review before the big event on December 1st through the 4th at http://channel9.msdn.com.

There are four 1 hour sessions per day, each wrapped around a theme. Todays theme is:

Day 4:  Optimize Windows Workload Architecture and Administration Capabilities Within Azure

Identity which of your applications and services are critical in your on-premises environment. Leverage your investment in Active Directory (and other directories) and setup a synchronization with Azure Active Directory to simplify authentication in this Cloud world. You will learn what capabilities each offering has as well as how to configure them to be used for single sign on with over 2000+ Software-As-A-Service offerings like Office365, Salesforce, DropBox enterprise and more.

As an IT Professional managing applications that are currently on premises, you understand what is involved in maintaining all the underpinnings to the IIS Application. What if you could take those applications and move them to a Platform as a Service offering like Azure Websites, where you no longer need to worry about the underlying infrastructure hosting platform, allowing you to focus on what is important to you – your applications. The first step is understanding Azure Websites. Learn how to work with your development team to target a PaaS offering like Azure Websites in order to get ease of scale, load balancing, rapid deployment, staging sites and more

Need a complementary database technology to go along with those PaaS solutions? Want to get some geo-diversified protection that isn’t going to break the bank? With the recent announcements around SQL Azure, more and more organizations are looking at how to leverage these capabilities.

Now that SharePoint is a supported workload on Azure IaaS, the next step is determining the design considerations and limitations that you need to be aware of before deploying your next SharePoint solution. This session has you covered. Learn from the team who has created the detailed spec on how to deploy SharePoint in Azure IaaS and also see how MSIT is doing it for our internal customers.

It is going to be an action packed day!

Don’t forget to register!!!!

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Azure IaaS Week for IT Pros: Day 3 Speaker Lineup

I talked about this event I’ve been wrangling speakers for a while back, so I thought I’d put together a quick little post broken down by DAY with all the details about speakers and their sessions in one spot. I’ve been capturing these quick intros for each speaker with details about their session and also some fun tidbits about them outside of work. This is the ONE STOP SHOP for day THREE – a comprehensive list of topics and Speaker Bios you can review before the big event on December 1st through the 4th at http://channel9.msdn.com.

There are four 1 hour sessions per day, each wrapped around a theme. Todays theme is:

Day 3:  Embrace Open Source Technologies (Chef and Puppet Configurations, Containerization with Docker, and Linux) to Accelerate and Scale Solutions

Most people do not believe that Linux and OSS tools / application layers are first class citizens in our Azure services. We have come a long way in a short period of time to reverse that line of thought. Learn from experts in the Linux and OSS world how to design and deploy Linux and supporting technologies in your Azure environment. You can deploy machines from our Gallery or pull images from our VMDepot to get started quickly without having to re-invent the wheel.

If you are a SysAdmin who already supports solutions on the Linux platform at scale, you are probably familiar with Chef and Puppet. Did you know they are also available in Azure for both Linux and Windows Machines? You can take your existing instructions and configurations and configure agents on your IaaS instances to point to your servers for deployment. Learn how to implement these amazing technologies for your Linux and Windows Azure hosted solutions.

You might have heard about containerization technologies like Docker that allow you to achieve greater density and better performance than traditional full-fledged IaaS Virtual Machines. We recently announced support for Docker on Azure and all the goodness that it brings to your solutions. How should an IT Implementer / SysAdmin deploy and leverage this new technology? This session will tell you everything you need to know.

Attend this session to learn how to leverage the scale and infrastructure of Azure to deploy large sets of Linux VMs in the cloud. If you are running a large Linux server farm and are wondering what steps it takes to move it to Azure, this session will provide you with guidance and best practices. You will see how to script and simplify this effort as well as learn key considerations and principles. We will also walk through best practices for configuring and deploying the data tier of your workload.

It is going to be an action packed day!

Don’t forget to register!!!!

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Azure IaaS Week for IT Pros: Day 2 Speaker Lineup

I talked about this event I’ve been wrangling speakers for a while back, so I thought I’d put together a quick little post broken down by DAY with all the details about speakers and their sessions in one spot. I’ve been capturing these quick intros for each speaker with details about their session and also some fun tidbits about them outside of work. This is the ONE STOP SHOP for day TWO- a comprehensive list of topics and Speaker Bios you can review before the big event on December 1st through the 4th at http://channel9.msdn.com.

There are four 1 hour sessions per day, each wrapped around a theme. Todays theme is:

Day 2:  Dive Deep into Networking, Storage and Disaster Recovery Scenarios

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Yu-Shun Wang is a Program Manager in Azure Networking team working on Hybrid Connectivity and Network Virtual Appliances in Azure. In his free time, he likes camping, skiing, and swimming.

Your infrastructure in Azure can be isolated and purpose built for public consumption. How do you design your virtual networks and access controls to ensure everything is as desired? Now that you understand the fundamentals of Virtual Networks in Azure, let’s dive deeper into hybrid connectivity options using Site to Site VPNs, allowing your datacenter to extend to your Azure environment.  Concerned about speed and latency for your applications? Don’t want your internal data being routed over the public internet? Explore what ExpressRoute can offer as the ultimate connectivity option

Unlike other cloud providers, our story on storage is consistent across all of our Azure offerings. This means as new technologies are introduced to our storage platform, they become available to all of our services in a timely manner. Learn how to get the maximum IOps for your workloads and what new technologies are coming soon.

Disaster Recovery and OffSite replicas of critical workloads used to be a very costly and complex thing to orchestrate. With System Center and Microsoft Azure, you can leverage Azure Site Recovery to coordinate a site failover from one datacenter to another. We recently announced that Microsoft datacenters could be a possible failover target, provided you are aware of the dependencies. Lean how to set up Azure Site Recovery to use your Azure environment as your replica destination to coordinate a failover before disaster strikes. If you’re not ready for a full solution, but looking to migrate specific machines from On-Premises to Azure, we have you covered in this session as well. See how InMage can migrate your workloads from VMware, AWS and Hyper-V to your Azure IaaS environment.

When transitioning your skillset from on-premises to a more hybrid cloud environment, you have to also transition your management techniques from GUI and One-Off solutions to a more reproducible Automated environment.  Learn the ins and outs of Azure Automation Services and the new Automation Script Gallery. Leverage existing scripts or publish your own for others to use in their environments. Looking to take this to the next level – bring in some new DesiredStateConfiguration skills to standardize, configure and maintain your deployments at scale in the cloud.

It is going to be an action packed day!

Don’t forget to register!!!!

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Azure IaaS Week for IT Pros: Day 1 Speaker Lineup

I talked about this event I’ve been wrangling speakers for a while back, so I thought I’d put together a quick little post broken down by DAY with all the details about speakers and their sessions in one spot. I’ve been capturing these quick intros for each speaker with details about their session and also some fun tidbits about them outside of work. This is the ONE STOP SHOP for day ONE – a comprehensive list of topics and Speaker Bios you can review before the big event on December 1st through the 4th at http://channel9.msdn.com.

There are four 1 hour sessions per day, each wrapped around a theme. Todays theme is:

Day 1:  Establish the Foundation: Core IaaS Infrastructure Technical Fundamentals

Mark Russinovich will share his vision on what Azure is today and where Microsoft is taking it in the future. As one of the most trusted Technical Fellows at Microsoft and with his new role as CTO for Azure, Mark has a unique perspective of how Azure is architected and what individuals can do to get the most out of this platform.

Who better than Corey Sanders to take us through the nuts and bolts of what Azure IaaS is and how it works for IT professionals. Corey leads the team that designed and created Azure IaaS and is very passionate about all that it can do. He will move rapidly from the fundamentals to advanced configurations and how to use and interact with your environment.

AND

Drew picks up where Corey left off, going even deeper. He’ll focus on the specifics of how to get the most from your Windows workloads with Azure IaaS.

How do you design your IaaS implementations for optimal performance, maximum redundancy and geo-diversity? How do new machine series gain you better performance and leverage new hardware capabilities in our datacenters? Learn how to design your systems to minimize reboots and downtime due to user error or planned maintenance. This session has it all the answers and more.

It is going to be an action packed day!

Don’t forget to register!!!!

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Countdown to TechEd Europe: One With Things To Do In Barcelona

Joey and I are back again and this week, they share with you our tour of some of Barcelona’s most incredible attractions. Watch the video, and see their top picks that you should add to your itinerary while you’re at Microsoft TechEd Europe 2014. From historic landmarks, museums and parks, to football and Flamenco dancing… this city has it all!

Make sure that you register so you don’t miss out on this amazing experience!

We want to hear from YOU! What are you most looking forward to at TechEd Europe? Let us know:




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What to do in Houston for TechEd 2014

I can’t believe I still get the “TechEd is in Houston? Awww, what am I going to do in Houston during TechEd?”. I was kind of in that boat, since I had never been to Houston except once for an overnight and all I saw was the airport hotel and a training center. Let me tell ya – My perception of Houston has been completely changed after shooting The Countdown Show there a couple of months back. When I inquire about their opinions a bit further – the initial comment about Houston is inevitably clarified with a secondary statement that they’ve never been there and are going on someone else’s comments OR they have been there before – but a long time ago and didn’t find Houston all that appealing. hummm… same as me. I follow up and ask them if they’ve seen the Countdown Show episodes where Joey and I take you along a tour of our new favorite places in Houston. They inevitably answer no – so I have to get them to check them out AND subscribe to The Countdown Show in order to stay up to date. I got tired of sending them to multiple spots, so here is your ONE STOP SHOP for those videos and how to subscribe to The Countdown Show.

Part One: The One With Things Not to Miss in Houston

Part Two: The One With More Things Not To Miss in Houston

Part Three:The One We Finish the Things Not to Miss in Houston Trilogy

 

And – if you are looking for the One Stop Shop for all the LOCATIONS we visited, here are their coordinates and more info.

Lets just say – I’ve discovered there are a LOT of very passionate people in Houston who are eager to share their passions for craft beer / coffee / great food and more. Just come prepared to check your pre-conceived notions at the door. I can’t WAIT for TechEd in Houston May 12th to 15th.

Have YOU registered yet? Get with it!