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Microsoft #CloudOS : Make Hybrid Cloud with Virtual S2S VPN Gateway with #WindowsAzure #SCVMM #Hyperv

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Now we have made the Microsoft NVGRE Gateway in System Center VirtualMachine Manager for our Private Clouds :

Making a NVGRE Gateway with System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager

It’s Time to make Hybrid Cloud with a Virtual Site-2-Site VPN Gateway with Microsoft Azure.

Here is our configuration on-premisses :

Private Cloud Rack TestLAB

More information on the Config is here

To make a Microsoft Virtual Site-2-Site VPN Gateway with Microsoft Azure follow the next step-by-step guide :

Go to the Management portal of Microsoft Azure : and login with your ID.
When you don’t have a Microsoft Azure subscription you can get a Free Trail here

s2s VPN Gateway 1Go to Network and Create a Virtual Network

s2s VPN Gateway 2Here you create the following items :

  • The name of your Virtual Network in Microsoft Azure ( We called it YellowAzure Because we have also a Private Cloud called YellowTenant )
  • Select the region
  • And we Created a new Affinity Group Name called YellowAffinityGroup

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Here we set two items for the Site-2-Site VPN Gateway :

  • Our DNS Server on-premisses YellowDC01 with IP-address
  • And we mark checkbox Configure a Site to Site VPN

More information on Virtual Network Overview in Microsoft Azure is here

s2s VPN Gateway 4Here you set the following items :

  • The Name of the On-Premisses VPN Site, we called YellowTenant.
  • The outside IP-Address of your VPN Device, that’s our Microsoft RAS Server. ( Remote Access Server)
  • And you add the local address Space, in our case

s2s VPN Gateway 5Here we select the Address Space for the Microsoft Windows Azure VM’s with the subnets and Gateway range.


Up to 5 Virtual Networks are allowed per subscription and up to 5 Local Networks are allowed per subscription. Each Virtual Network can connect to only one Local Network (one gateway) but there can be multiple subnets on that Local Network for routing purposes.




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All the information is there to create the Microsoft Azure VPN Gateway.

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s2s VPN Gateway 12Creating the Gateway takes a few minutes.

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The Gateway is ready now on Microsoft Azure, go to the right site of the screen and download the VPN Device Script :

s2s VPN Gateway 14s2s VPN Gateway 15With the right VPN Device Script you connect your on-premisses VPN Device with the Microsoft Azure Gateway you just created.

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Here you can choose your VPN Device, we have a Microsoft Server 2012 R2 with RAS role active so we choose this one.

VPN Requirement List AzureMore information about Supported VPN Devices for Virtual Network you can find here

s2s VPN Gateway 17Save the file on the RAS Server.

s2s VPN Gateway 18Open Windows Powershell ISE on the RAS Server.

s2s VPN Gateway 19Open VPNDeviceScript.cfg

s2s VPN Gateway 20Select all and run script.

s2s VPN Gateway 21Done your finished.

s2s VPN Gateway 22Status Windows Azure ready to connect.

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The Virtual S2S VPN Gateway is active and running, we have HYBRID CLOUD.

To see this work we made a Cloud Service in Microsoft Azure by the next steps :

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The Cloud Service YellowAzure is made and now we are going to provision a Virtual Machine in this Cloud with our own IP-Address :

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s2s VPN Gateway 30Here you can select lot of templates, but we choose for Windows Server 2012 R2

s2s VPN Gateway 31UserName is here blank but use your local admin name and choose the Size of the VM.

s2s VPN Gateway 32Here we select our Virtual Network SubnetYellow

s2s VPN Gateway 33Here you can make your endpoints with the VM

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s2s VPN Gateway 35s2s VPN Gateway 36Here we are pinging from our Private Tenant with the YellowRAS01 virtual Server to the new Windows Azure VM

s2s VPN Gateway 37YellowAzureVM01 resource of Azure Virtual Networks.

We joined the YellowAzureVM01 Virtual Machine to the on-premisses domain and is working with servers in the private Cloud called Yellow Tenant.
Hybrid Cloud is working great with Microsoft CloudOS 🙂


Microsoft #OData Source for Microsoft #SQL Server 2012 #Cloud


The Open Data protocol (OData) lets you access a data source, such as a database, by browsing to a specially constructed URL. This allows for a simplified approach for connecting to and working with data sources that are hosted within an organization.

There are many OData sources available in enterprise and in cloud:
•SharePoint Foundation 2010
•SharePoint Server 2010
•SQL Azure
•Windows Azure Table Storage
•Windows Azure Marketplace
•SQL Server Reporting Services
•Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011
•Windows Live

For a list of producers of OData services, see the Open Data Protocol website.

Connecting to OData sources quickly without any coding is the primary design goal of OData Source for SQL Server 2012. The OData Source component enables SSIS packages to communicate with OData sources. Developers can add the component to an SSIS package and configure it to receive data from an OData source without writing any code.

Here you can download Microsoft Odata Source for Microsoft SQL Server 2012

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THE Michiel de Ruyter Thinking virtual about Microsoft #CloudOS #sysctr #WindowsAzure #WS2012R2

Michiel HybridCloudThe Dutch Most skilled Admiral

Your business requires a flexible IT infrastructure that can scale on demand. With a private cloud in your datacenter, you can be more agile and manage resources more effectively. When you extend your datacenter to meet the public cloud, you are working in a hybrid cloud model. A hybrid cloud gives you the best of both worlds, so you can take advantage of external resources when it makes sense for your business. The Microsoft hybrid cloud combines Windows Azure, Windows Server, and Microsoft System Center, giving you Microsoft’s enterprise-grade technology in both your company’s own datacenter and our global datacenters.

Extending into the cloud should expand your options without adding complexity. A Microsoft hybrid cloud lets you easily move workloads from your datacenter to Windows Azure or a hosting service provider’s datacenter, while still maintaining a complete view of the infrastructure. You can build hybrid applications that leverage both on-premises and cloud resources. And you can take advantage of storage, backup, and recovery options with increased efficiency and reduced cost.

Here are some Great examples of Microsoft Hybrid Cloud :

Microsoft SQL 2014 Platform for Hybrid Cloud with WindowsAzure

CloudOS Roadshow : Microsoft Hyper-V Recovery Manager in WindowsAzure

CloudOS Roadshow : System Center 2012 R2 DPM and WindowsAzure Backup Vault Storage

Our Dutch System Center User Group has all the links for Microsoft CloudOS, so you can try It your self :


Here are some Great Microsoft Blog sites to follow and keep yourself Up-To-Date on Hybrid Cloud :

InTheCloud Blog

Brad Anderson TwitterYou can follow Brad Anderson also on Twitter

An other Great Microsoft Cloud blog is BUILDING CLOUDS :

Building Clouds

Go to :

DUTCHGO for Microsoft Hybrid Cloud


Microsoft #SQL 2014 Platform for Hybrid Cloud with #WindowsAzure

SQL-Server-2014-LogoMicrosoft will release SQL Server 2014 on April, 1 2014

Together with Windows Azure, SQL Server can help you reduce costs, lower RTO and improve your disaster recovery capabilities.

New in SQL Server 2014, Managed Backup to Windows Azure schedules, performs and maintains backups based on the activity of the data, eliminating the need for custom code and manual backups. You also gain the benefits of Windows Azure storage, which offers geographic redundancy at a lower cost than maintaining additional hardware.

Achieve high availability and faster recovery using active AlwaysOn replicas in the cloud. Now with SQL Server 2014, easily create asynchronous replicas using a Windows Azure Virtual Machine.

Also in SQL Server 2014, you can move your database files to Windows Azure while keeping your applications on-premises for bottomless storage in the cloud and greater availability. The SQL Server Data Files in Windows Azure configuration also provides an alternative storage location for your database backup files by allowing you to restore from or to Windows Azure Storage.

SQL2014 Database to WindowsAzureDeploy your Database to WindowsAzure

Backup to AzureBackup your Database to Windows Azure

Allways OnMake Allways On replica’s in the Windows Azure Cloud.

Cloud computing brings a new paradigm shift in computing and organizations continue to realize the potential cost benefits of running their database applications in the cloud with greater scale and flexibility. Microsoft SQL Server runs very well in the cloud environment—your organization can deploy SQL Server in a private cloud, hybrid cloud, or public cloud easily and can experience familiar tools for development and management. In the public cloud, you can choose to run SQL Server in Windows Azure Virtual Machine or Windows Azure SQL Database. Microsoft SQL Server in a Windows Azure Virtual Machine provides full feature parity with on-premises SQL Server. Windows Azure SQL Database offers a strong foundation for building cloud-based relational database applications that scale out to millions of users.
More information on SQL Hybrid Cloud Scenario’s in this WhitePaper


Microsoft Windows Azure Service Dashboard monitoring #Cloud #WindowsAzure

Windows Azure Service Dashboard

When you have a Microsoft Windows Azure subscription you can watch here the health Dashboard of all Windows Azure Services in the Cloud.
You can choose your own region :

Regions Windows Azure

Windows Azure infoThe Information you can see in the Health Dashboard.

And you can see the history of Windows Azure events :

Windows Azure History

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Join us on Microsoft TechDays 2014 Event #CloudOS #sysctr #WindowsAzure #Hyperv #WS2012R2 #Techdays

TechDays 2014

Join us on Microsoft TechDays 2014, I will be there too 😉  => Read all the information of this Great Microsoft Event here :
Here is the website of TechDays 2014 Netherlands to Sign Up