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Link feature for Azure SQL Managed Instance: Connecting SQL Server 2022 to the cloud, reimagined

Part of theSQL Server 2022 blog series.We are excited to announce general availability (GA) of the link feature for Managed Instance for SQL Server 2022the most Azure-enabled release of SQL Server yet. We are also excited to announce a limited ... continue reading
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VM Backup Tiering with Azure Automation

Hi folks! My name is Felipe Binotto, Senior Azure Customer Engineer, based in Australia. The purpose of this article is to demonstrate how you can have different Backup Tiers for your VMs and how you can automate the backup configuration ... continue reading

Performance of Azure Shared Disk with Zone Redundant Storage (ZRS)

On September 9th, 2021, Microsoft announced the general availability of Zone-Redundant Storage (ZRS) for Azure Disk Storage, including Azure Shared Disk. What makes this interesting is that you can now build shared storage based failover cluster instances that span Availability ... continue reading
Azure Backup Monitoring and Alerting

Azure Backup Monitoring and Alerting

Hello Folks, If you’ve had to manage the backuprestore processes for your environment, you know how important keeping up with the status of said process. No one wants to end up having to recover a VM from an incomplete/failed backup ... continue reading
Azure VMware Solution (AVS) for VMware Admins Primer

Azure VMware Solution (AVS) for VMware Admins Primer

It’s funny to think there was such a pushback on virtualization when it first came out versus being the norm for most of us now. As a VMware admin myself, I remember all the discussions with application teams trying to ... continue reading
Video 6 of the Azure VMware Solution Zero to Hero Series! FINAL VIDEO!

Video 6 of the Azure VMware Solution Zero to Hero Series! FINAL VIDEO!

The last video of the Azure VMware Solution (AVS) zero to hero video series releases today! In this video, Shabaz Darr (@ShabazDarr) and I cover third party integrations for Azure VMware Solution, finally taking you to hero in the sixth ... continue reading

5 new capabilities to automate Windows Server management with Azure Automanage

Customers of all sizes trust Windows Server to run their business and mission-critical workloads. With the launch of Windows Server 2022, we've added new capabilities that bring the best of Windows Server and Azure together. Whether you're migrating to the ... continue reading
Learn about Azure VMware Solution migrations

Learn about Azure VMware Solution migrations

In the early 2000s, before the arrival of Hyper-V, I learned how to run multiple servers on one piece of hardware using VMware Workstation. This gave our small organisation a level of local redundancy, running two internal clustered Lotus Domino ... continue reading
Am I billed for an Azure Virtual Machine if it's shut down?

Am I billed for an Azure Virtual Machine if it's shut down?

Come to the cloud, it has consumption-based billing! But what does that mean, exactly? Is my virtual machine free if it is shut down? Let's explore the billing components of an Azure Virtual Machine. Resources in Azure all have particular ... continue reading
Automation in Azure Backup for management-at-scale

Automation in Azure Backup for management-at-scale

As you manage your operations in Azure, your backup estate might expand by including new diverse set of workloads or scale-up in volume. At small-scale, actions such as identifying the right machines to be backed up, configuring backup, monitoring their ... continue reading