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Azure IoT Edge runtime available for Ubuntu virtual machines

Azure IoT Edge is a fully managed service that allows you to deploy Azure and third-party services—edge modules—to run directly on IoT devices, whether they are cloud-connected or offline. These edge modules are container-based and offer functionality ranging from connectivity to analytics to storage—allowing you to deploy modules entirely from the Azure portal without writing […]

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Simplify Always On availability group deployments on Azure VM with SQL VM CLI

Always On availability groups (AG) provide high availability and disaster recovery capabilities to your SQL Server database, whether on-premises, in the cloud, or a combination of both. Manually deploying an availability group for SQL Server on Azure Virtual Machines (VM) is a complex process that requires understanding of Azure’s infrastructure, but new enhancements have greatly

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Best practices to consider before deploying a network virtual appliance

A network virtual appliance (NVA) is a virtual appliance primarily focused on network functions virtualization. A typical network virtual appliance involves various layers four to seven functions like firewall, WAN optimizer, application delivery controllers, routers, load balancers, IDS/IPS, proxies, SD-WAN edge, and more. While the public cloud may provide some of these functionalities natively, it

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Step-by-Step: How to configure a SQL Server 2008 R2 Failover Cluster Instance in Azure

Introduction If you are reading this article you probably are still using SQL Server 2008/2008 R2 and want to take advantage of the extended security updates that Microsoft is offering if you move your SQL Server 2008/2008 R2 into Azure. I previously wrote about this topic in this blog post. You may be wondering how

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Say good-bye to custom scripts and simplify your workforce identity lifecycle with Workday and Azure

Howdy folks, As more and more enterprises move to Cloud Human Capital Management (HCM) solutions, we see an increasing demand for Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) integrations that tap identity at the source where it first gets created. You’ve told us how enabling such integrations can create transformational ways of managing your workforce. Today, I’m

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Secure Credentials with Self-Signed Certificates for PowerShell Scripts

Hello everyone, I’m Preston K. Parsard, specializing in Platforms, Azure Infrastructure and Automation topics, and I’d like to share some insights for securing PowerShell credentials using certificates. This post is based on a recent customer project, but we’ll also wrap a story around it on behalf of our made-up friends at our fictitious company Adatum.com. Adatum.com

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Apply the latest Azure Site Recovery capabilities with automatic agent update

One of the biggest hassles faced by administrators while using services provided by cloud providers is the need to catch up with the latest release and stay up-to-date. This involves downloading the latest software and performing frequent upgrades. In an enterprise scenario, this means going through various level of approvals and wait time before you

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