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Microsoft Azure IaaS: Integration, Optimization and Automation

Don’t miss the new Microsoft Azure Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) book written by Pete Zerger, 10-time MS MVP, Anders Bengtsson, Microsoft Premier Field and John McCabe, Microsoft Premier Field.

Veeam® is offering an exclusive, FREE look into “Microsoft Azure IaaS: Integration, Optimization and Automation,” which serves as the first volume of the “Inside the Microsoft Cloud” series. This book delivers technical coverage of the latest Azure IaaS capabilities in a clear, concise format designed specifically for IT professionals.

Check out this book to learn more about topics like:

  • Taking an in-depth look at Azure virtual networking, storage and virtual machines
  • Optimizing Azure virtual machines (VMs) for enterprise workloads like SQL, SharePoint and System Center
  • Automating VM provisioning and life cycle management
  • Integration with on-premises to achieve hybrid cloud capability
  • Introduction to Windows Azure Pack (coming in volume 2)
  • And more!

Chapter 3: Azure Virtual Networking

Azure Virtual Network, or VNet, is a private network that ties together cloud-based Azure VMs and applications. VNet provides a mechanism for Azure resources to communicate both with each other and with your on-premises resources via a site-to-site VPN connection or ExpressRoute service.

This chapter will familiarize you with the basic Azure network components and guide you through the Azure networking planning and deployment. You’ll learn some of the capabilities that will enable you to manage and maintain your Azure VNets efficiently and securely. Before going into network design, this chapter will cover the core concepts of Azure virtual networking in Azure Resource Manager (also called ARM or Azure v2), as well as common scenarios for Azure networking. The scope of this chapter also includes topics like load balancing and tunneling between networks as well as using PowerShell and JSON Templates for Azure network deployment.

Chapter 7: Azure Virtual Machines

In many ways, Azure virtual machines (VMs) are like traditional, on-premises VMs, so experience with administering VMware vSphere or Microsoft Hyper-V VMs will help you to understand how to deal with them. However, there are some specific Azure cloud concepts that you need to be familiar with in order to efficiently manage enterprise-scale Azure VM deployments.

This chapter covers end-to-end VM planning and deployment in Azure Resource Manager (or Azure v2), including hands-on examples and best practices for disk configuration and performance optimization. You will learn how to construct template-based deployments (including the ARM JSON template option), maintain security with role-based access control, manage Azure resource groups and organize resources with tagging. As one of the fundamentals, this chapter focuses on Azure VM architecture, including storage, networking and an overview of the VM series available in Azure. You will also get many recommendations and scripting examples of how to configure VMs using the Azure PowerShell module and Azure VM Extensions.

Chapter 10: Automation and Self-Service

For companies using hybrid cloud environments, automation and self-service can make IT services more quickly available, and service delivery more reliable. For example, resetting passwords and securing new password delivery via a self-service portal is quicker, and it can make life for internal IT departments much easier.

This chapter covers planning and implementation of an efficient Azure process automation strategy. It presents an overview of several self-service and automation options for Azure services including System Center Orchestrator, Service Management Automation (SMA) and Azure Automation. You’ll learn the pros and cons of each platform, understand their integration with each other and get recommendations on choosing the primary tool for automating in Azure. Since almost any manual process in Azure services can be automated, you will learn how to identify candidates for automation from both business and technical perspectives. Additionally, you’ll see several real-world examples of using Orchestrator, SMA and Azure Automation and addressing some common scenarios. This chapter also provides you with downloadable code samples and examples of creating runbooks in Azure Automation.

Chapter 12: Azure Backup and Disaster Recovery

Microsoft Azure guarantees at least 99.9% Availability for most of its services. Yet, the Availability of services and the Availability of critical corporate workloads running in Azure are not the same. Companies need a solid backup and disaster recovery strategy for their Azure virtual machines (VMs). The latest data protection features in Microsoft Azure offer ways to ensure the Availability of corporate data in the cloud.

This chapter provides a deep-dive into the Azure-integrated backup and recovery options. It discusses how to work with such tools as Azure Backup, Azure Site Recovery Manager and System Center 2012 R2 Data Protection Manager. You’ll get step-by-step instructions for backing up Azure VMs and on-premises systems with Azure Backup. You’ll also learn how you can leverage Azure as part of your SQL backup and recovery strategy. To help you better understand disaster recovery options for both Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware vSphere VMs, this chapter will give an overview of Azure Site Recovery engine. Additionally you’ll see the different ways you can use Veeam® Backup & Replication™ for Azure VM backup and recovery.

Chapter 13: Monitoring and Reporting

Microsoft Azure is responsible for the Availability of the hardware layer and running the VMs (virtual machines), so your hybrid cloud infrastructure won’t let you down. Yet, the health and performance of VMs and applications running in Azure is your responsibility. You still need to provide system management just like you provide it on-premises.

This chapter covers Microsoft Azure monitoring and reporting. It discusses all available alternatives for monitoring of VMs running in Microsoft Azure. You’ll learn about the light-monitoring functionality in the Azure Management Portal, and also see the deep-monitoring options in System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager and Microsoft Operations Management Suite. In the reporting section of this chapter, you’ll also learn how to leverage reports for cost control and how to generate reports on resource usage, performance and the capacity of VMs running in Microsoft Azure.

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