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#RedShirtAMS Wednesday 24th of May 2017 with @scottgu in Amsterdam #DevOps #Developers #Azure #AzureStack

 

Experience the newest technologies in Microsoft Azure by joining Scott Guthrie for sessions on how you can do more on the intelligent cloud. Scott will present a deep dive into Microsoft’s cloud services, advanced workloads and capabilities. He’ll do several demonstrations first-hand to show how these solutions can enable you to achieve more using the best of the Linux ecosystem and the best of the Windows ecosystem, together. Demos will include the latest in infrastructure – VM scale sets, managed disks, Hybridcloud, Azure Stack, enterprise mobility + security, Xamarin/mobile development, SQL, Data Lake, Cognitive Services, Machine Learning, AI, R, open source capabilities, Logic Apps, Power BI, Flow, developer tools and services, containers and more.

JOIN US

Wednesday 24th of May 2017, 09:15 AM – 16:00 PM, doors open at 08.45

Amsterdam RAI, Europaplein 2, 1078 GZ, Amsterdam

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Video Security and Compliance in Microsoft #AzureStack #HybridCloud

Learn how Azure Stack adopted the “Assume Breach” and “Hardened by Default” principles to bring state of the art Security and Compliance to the next generation hybrid cloud solution.

Read more about Microsoft Azure Stack POC architecture here


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Install #Azure CLI 2.0 and Run Script for VM with Operations Management Suite Agent #MSOMS

Download Python for Windows here

Be sure to install the Pip component when you install Python. After the install completes, add Python to your PATH environment variable
(the installer will prompt you).

The Azure CLI 2.0 is Azure’s new command-line experience for managing Azure resources. It can be used on macOS, Linux, and Windows.

Azure CLI 2.0 is optimized for managing and administering Azure resources from the command line, and for building automation scripts that work against the Azure Resource Manager.

Open Command Prompt and type : python –version

To install Azure CLI you have to type the following command :
pip install –user azure-cli

Installing Azure CLI 2.0

Done.
Type Azure

With Microsoft Azure CLI 2.0 scripts you can deploy complete solutions, like this example for a Virtual Machine with Microsoft OMS agent active :

Sample script

#!/bin/sh

# Update for your admin password
AdminPassword=ChangeYourAdminPassword1

# OMS Id and OMS key.
omsid=<Replace with your OMS Id>
omskey=<Replace with your OMS key>

# Create a resource group.
az group create --name myResourceGroup --location westeurope

# Create a virtual machine. 
az vm create \
    --resource-group myResourceGroup \
    --name myVM \
    --image win2016datacenter \
    --admin-username azureuser \
    --admin-password $AdminPassword 

# Install and configure the OMS agent.
az vm extension set \
  --resource-group myResourceGroup \
  --vm-name myVM --name MicrosoftMonitoringAgent \
  --publisher Microsoft.EnterpriseCloud.Monitoring \
  --version 1.0 --protected-settings '{"workspaceKey": "'"$omskey"'"}' \
  --settings '{"workspaceId": "'"$omsid"'"}'


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JOIN The #Microsoft Tech Community Today #MStechSummit #Azure #MSOMS #AzureStack #Sysctr #Winserv

Sign Up Here for the Microsoft Tech Community

Jeff Woolsey in action Talking about Windows Server 2016 Security and Containers
Thanks Jeff Great Sessions !

Of course It’s a tradition that @ClusterMVP & @WSV_GUY  & @Jamesvandenberg are on a Picture 😉
Cloud and Datacenter Management Rocks

#MVPbuzz Time with Ask Me Anything (AMA) sessions at the Microsoft Tech Summit 2017
Great questions and feedback on Microsoft :

Azure
AzureStack
Windows Server 2016
Hyper-V
System Center
Operations Management Suite (OMS)
Containers

Microsoft Tech Summit 2017 Amsterdam Dutch MVP’s at the Booth
#MVPbuzz

Multitasking showing of the Microsoft Surface Studio and supporting the Microsoft Tech Community
Thanks Ladies !

Microsoft Tech Summit 2016-17

Build your cloud and infrastructure skills with a two-day free technical training event
Here you can see in which cities the Microsoft Tech Summit 2017 is

Thank you Microsoft and Community for these Awesome two Cloud and Infrastructure Days in Amsterdam !  😉


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UPDATE Microsoft Azure Storage Explorer Tool #Azure #Storage #Cloud

What’s New in Microsoft Azure Storage Explorer Tool version 0.8.9 :

  • New
    • Storage Explorer 0.8.9 will automatically download the latest version for updates.
    • Hotfix: using a portal generated SAS URI to attach a storage account would result in an error.
    • You can now create, manage, and promote blob snapshots.
    • You can now sign in to Azure China, Azure Germany, and Azure US Government accounts.
    • You can now change the zoom level. Use the options in the View menu to Zoom In, Zoom Out, and Reset Zoom.
    • Unicode characters are now supported in user metadata for blobs and files.
    • Accessibility improvements.
    • The next version’s release notes can be viewed from the update notification. You can also view the current release notes from the Help menu.
  • Fixes
    • Fixed: the version number is now correctly displayed in Control Panel on Windows
    • Fixed: search is no longer limited to 50,000 nodes
    • Fixed: upload to a file share spun forever if the destination directory did not already exist
    • Fixed: improved stability for long uploads and downloads
  • Known Issues
    • While zoomed in or out, the zoom level may momentarily reset to the default level.
    • Quick Access only works with subscription based items. Local resources or resources attached via key or SAS token are not supported in this release.
    • It may take Quick Access a few seconds to navigate to the target resource, depending on how many resources you have.
    • Having more than 3 groups of blobs or files uploading at the same time may cause errors.

You can download the Microsoft Azure Storage Explorer Tool here

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#Microsoft AzureStack Technical Preview 3 Available for Download #AzureStack #Cloud

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Azure Stack Architecture

Today Microsoft released Azure Stack Technical Preview 3 for customers to do Proof of Concept (POC) with Azure Cloud Platform Services in your own Datacenter.

You can download Microsoft AzureStack TP3 here

What’s new in Azure Stack TP3 ?

Content, services, and tools

    • Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) support provides identity options for scenarios where network connectivity is limited or intermittent.
    • You can use Azure Virtual Machine Scale Sets to provide managed scale out of workloads.
    • Use Azure D-Series VM sizes for increased performance and consistency.
    • Deploy and create templates with Temp Disks that are consistent with Azure.
    • Marketplace Syndication allows you to use content from the Azure Marketplace and make available in Azure Stack. 

Infrastructure and operations

  • Isolated administrative and user portals and APIs provide enhanced security.
  • Use enhanced infrastructure management functionality, such as improved alerting.
  • Using the Windows Azure Pack connector, you can view and manage IaaS virtual machines that are hosted on a Cloud Platform System (CPS) stamp. For this preview release, you can try this only with a CPS environment and additional configuration is required.

More Technical documentation of Azure Stack TP3 and Deployment :

What is Azure Stack Technical Preview 3?

You can download here a complete Azure Stack documentation in PDF format

cloud-toolsAzureStack Cloud Tools on GitHub

 

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#Microsoft MAP Toolkit 9.6 Now Available! #Winserv #SQL2016 #Azure #Office365 #Cloud #Tool

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Microsoft MAP Toolkit 9.6

The Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit (MAP) is an agentless, automated, multi-product planning and assessment tool for quicker and easier desktop, server and cloud migrations. MAP provides detailed readiness assessment reports and executive proposals with extensive hardware and software information, and actionable recommendations to help organizations accelerate their IT infrastructure planning process, and gather more detail on assets that reside within their current environment. MAP also provides server utilization data for Hyper-V server virtualization planning; identifying server placements, and performing virtualization candidate assessments. More information about MAP Toolkit can you find here

Software Requirements:
        • Operating system. Any of the following:
          • Windows 10 (Professional, Enterprise and Ultimate editions only)
          • Windows 8.1 (Professional and Enterprise editions only)
          • Windows 8 (Professional and Enterprise editions only)
          • Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 (Professional, Enterprise, and Ultimate editions only)
          • Windows Server 2012 R2
          • Windows Server 2012
          • Windows Server 2016
          • Windows Server 2008 R2 with Service Pack 1
        • .NET Framework 4.5 (download from http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=389161)
        • Installation of all updates for the operating system. Note: In some cases updates may not install automatically. To download updates for your computer manually, go to http://update.microsoft.com/.
        • By default, the MAP Toolkit will install SQL Server 2012 Express LocalDB during setup. You may also use an existing installation of SQL Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 R2, or SQL Server 2012 if you create an instance named “MAPS” before running the MAP Toolkit installer. The MAP Toolkit requires the collation order of the database engine to be set to “SQL_Latin1_General_CP1_CI_AS”.

Notes:

        • Some of these prerequisites require restarting your computer. You may have to restart multiple times if all the prerequisites are not met prior to running Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit setup.

Scenario-dependent requirements:

    • For machines that will be used to run the Forefront Endpoint Protection Usage Tracking, Lync Usage Tracking, Exchange Server Usage Tracking, or Volume Licensing scenarios, please note: PowerShell 2.0 or higher must be installed.
    • For machines that will be used to collect Oracle schema information, please note: The 64 bit Oracle client must be installed on the MAP machine to collect the schema information. If the 64 bit client is not installed, MAP will only be able to collect instance information. MAP will not collect schema information if the 32 bit Oracle client is installed.

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Export results in Excel for Windows Server 2016 Assessment Example

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Microsoft Azure Virtual Machine Sizing Example in Excel

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With MAP Toolkit Training available 😉

You can download MAP Toolkit 9.6 here

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