Microsoft Azure

Microsoft Azure, formerly known as Windows Azure, is Microsoft’s public cloud computing platform. It provides a range of cloud services, including those for compute, analytics, storage and networking. Users can pick and choose from these services to develop/test/stage and scale up/down new applications, or run existing applications, in the public cloud.

Microsoft Azure is widely considered both a Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offering.

I’m fascinated how fast and how quick the offerings are growing inside Microsoft Azure and also what fancy things you can do on a really easy and simple way. especially looking around the network section in Azure it is amazing how you can setup complex network scenarios without having deep networking knowledge.

Below are some quick links around Azure and I will start blogging around Azure Powershell, Azure Networks and Platforms soon, please stay tuned

Microsoft Contributes Next Generation Server Design to Open Compute Project:
http://blogs.technet.com/b/msdatacenters/archive/2014/10/31/microsoft-contributes-next-generation-server-design-to-open-compute-project.aspx   
Building and Managing Cloud-Scale Data Centers:
http://rt.ms-studiosmedia.com/events/2014/1403/106208/Cloud_Scale/Default.html  
How Microsoft Designs its Cloud-Scale Servers:
http://download.microsoft.com/download/5/7/6/576F498A-2031-4F35-A156BF8DB1ED3452/How_MS_designs_its_cloud_scale_servers_strategy_paper.pdf  
Azure Fault Domain and Upgrade Domain Explained for IT Pros:
http://blogs.technet.com/b/yungchou/archive/2011/05/16/window-azure-faultdomain-and-update-domain-explained-for-it-pros.aspx   
Manage the Availability of Azure Virtual Machines:
http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/virtual-machines-manage-availability/  
Azure Fabric Controller Internals: Building and Updating High-Availability Apps:
http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Build/2014/3-627   
Azure Regions:
http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/regions/   
Azure Services by Region:
http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/regions/#services   
Developer Notes for Azure in China Applications:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/azure/dn578439.aspx   
Manage the Availability of Virtual Machines:
http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/virtual-machines-manage-availability/  
Traffic Manager and Availability:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/azure/hh744833.aspx   
Disaster Recovery and High Availability for Azure Applications:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/azure/dn251004.aspx   

Design Azure virtual networks, networking services, DNS, DHCP, and IP addressing configuration
Virtual Network Overview:
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/services/virtual-network/
Configure a VNet-to-VNet connection by using Azure Resource Manager and PowerShell
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/vpn-gateway-vnet-vnet-rm-ps/
Create a VNet with a Site-to-Site VPN connection using the Azure Portal and Azure Resource Manager
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/vpn-gateway-howto-site-to-site-resource-manager-portal/
Configure a Point-to-Site connection to a virtual network using PowerShell
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/vpn-gateway-howto-point-to-site-rm-ps/
How to manage DNS Zones using PowerShell
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/dns-operations-dnszones/
Create DNS zones and record sets using the .NET SDK
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/dns-sdk/
Create DNS record sets and records by using the Azure portal
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/dns-getstarted-create-recordset-portal/
Classless Inter-Domain Routing:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Classless_Inter-Domain_Routing  
How to change TCP idle timeout settings for load balancer
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/load-balancer-tcp-idle-timeout/
Log analytics for Azure Load Balancer (Preview)
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/load-balancer-monitor-log/
Understanding Load Balancer probes
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/load-balancer-custom-probe-overview/
Create and modify an ExpressRoute circuit
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/expressroute-howto-circuit-portal-resource-manager/
Create and modify routing for an ExpressRoute circuit
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/expressroute-howto-routing-portal-resource-manager/
Create a Virtual Network for ExpressRoute in the classic portal
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/expressroute-howto-vnet-portal-classic/
Configure a virtual network gateway for ExpressRoute using Resource Manager and PowerShell
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/expressroute-howto-add-gateway-resource-manager/

Introduction to Microsoft Azure Networking Technologies and What’s New:
https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/TechEd/Europe/2014/CDP-B227  
A Records, CNAME, and Using DNS with Windows Azure Web Sites (WAWS):
http://azure.microsoft.com/blog/2013/11/21/a-records-cname-and-usingdns-with-windows-azure-web-sites-waws/

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