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UPDATE #Microsoft Azure Storage Explorer version with Blob Snapshots ! #Azure #Storage #DevOps

Microsoft Azure Storage Explorer version 0.8.8

Microsoft Azure Storage Explorer  is a standalone app from Microsoft that allows you to easily work with Azure Storage data on Windows, macOS and Linux.


  • You can now create, manage, and promote blob snapshots.
  • Storage Explorer will now automatically download the latest version when it is available.
  • 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.


  • 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

You can download the Microsoft Azure Storage Explorer here


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Deploying Storage Spaces Direct with #SCVMM #S2D #Hyperv

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Storage Spaces Direct in SCVMM

Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview introduces Storage Spaces Direct, which enables building highly available storage systems with local storage. Then, this storage can be leveraged by VM”s running on the same cluster (hyperconverged deployment) or the storage can be exported as a File Share (disaggregated deployment). The hyper-converged deployment scenario has the Hyper-V (compute) and Storage Spaces Direct (storage) components on the same cluster. Virtual machine’s files are stored on local CSVs. This allows for simultaneously scaling both Hyper-V compute clusters and the storage it is using. Once Storage Spaces Direct is configured and the CSV volumes are available, configuring and provisioning Hyper-V is the same process and uses the same tools that you would use with any other Hyper-V deployment on a failover cluster


Here you can read the Complete Document about Deploying Storage Spaces Direct with VMM

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April 2016 Microsoft #Cloud Storage for Enterprise Architects Guide #Azure

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The Microsoft cloud offers a wide variety of storage services and solutions to meet your needs.

Integrating your storage by using Microsoft cloud services gives you access to a broad range of services and cloud platform options. You can use prepackaged solutions that are bundled with existing services, use existing services as a starting point for your storage solution with additional configuration or coding for a custom fit, or use storage building blocks, along with coding, to create your own storage solution or apps from scratch.

Here you can download the Microsoft Cloud Storage for Enterprise Architects Guide

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#Microsoft #Azure Consistent Storage Scenario Validation Guide #AzureStack

ACS Overview

Azure-consistent Storage: Solution View

Azure-consistent Storage (ACS) is a new feature in Microsoft Azure Stack 2016 that delivers three critical Azure-consistent storage services for Azure Stack customers: blob, table and account management. Further, ACS also offers a storage cloud administration service to facilitate service provider administration of Azure-consistent Storage services.

ACS terminology :

  • Storage Developer develops cloud storage applications which consume blobs or tables. Typical Microsoft tools that a Storage Developer uses include Visual Studio, and Team Foundation Server.
  • Storage Tenant Administrator consumes storage services from a service provider. Storage Tenant Administrator also owns the storage account and custom OS image management for their organization, the latter are uploaded as page blobs into tenant storage accounts and referenced by VMs as needed. Typical Microsoft tools that a Storage Tenant Administrator uses include PowerShell and the Microsoft Azure Stack cloud portal.
  • Storage Service Provider delivers storage cloud services to customers on a multi-tenant shared storage cloud infrastructure. Typical Microsoft tools that a Storage Tenant Administrator uses include PowerShell and the Microsoft Azure Stack cloud portal.
  • Storage Fabric Administrator is a role within the Storage Service Provider persona. A Storage Fabric Administrator deploys and manages the traditional storage fabric life cycle, works with storage service administrator for capacity and resource planning. Typical Microsoft tools that a Storage Fabric Administrator uses include PowerShell.
  • Storage Service Administrator is a role within the Storage Service Provider persona. A Storage Service Administrator deploys and manages the storage cloud service life cycle, works with tenants for usage, Plan and Offer management, and works with the Storage Fabric Administrator for capacity and resource planning.
  • Storage Resource Provider (SRP) is the infrastructure component that enables storage cloud service management capabilities on, a Microsoft Azure Stack cloud. An SRP in one MAS region manages all the storage cloud services in that region, facilitating MAS delivery of not only Azure-consistent tenant management API capabilities, but also the storage service administrator management API capabilities.
  • Storage Farm is the collection of storage-related infrastructure and services that are managed and operated by the service provider in a single Microsoft Azure Stack cloud region. While a tenant has visibility and ownership only for self-provisioned subscriptions and storage accounts, a service provider in contrast has the operational and capacity management ownership of the entire multi-tenant Storage Farm
  • Storage Cluster refers to the Scale-out File Server (SOFS) failover cluster in the storage fabric layer. One or more storage clusters may be deployed in a Storage Farm by a service provider. The file shares on the Storage Clusters provide the necessary storage capacity for hosting Azure-consistent blobs and tables.
  • Virtualized Service is any ACS service that runs as a software service within a VM managed by the service provider. Most ACS Virtualized Services are web services, some of which are also externally accessible. All ACS Virtualized Services are also highly-available services powered by Azure Service Fabric and Failover Clustering technologies.
  • Service Role is a distinct role within the scope of an ACS service referenceable by ACS service administration portal and ACS PowerShell cmdlets. For the ACS Blob service, Blob Front-End and Blob Service are the two Service Roles. For the ACS Table service, Table Front-End, Table Master and Table Server are the three Service Roles. For the ACS Management service, Account Container Server, Metric Server and Health Monitoring Server are the three Service Roles.
  • Service Role Instance is a single operational instance of a Service Role. Each Service Role in a Storage Farm in a Microsoft Azure Stack cloud may have one or more Service Role Instances. A single ACS node (VM or physical machine) may host one or more Service Role Instances.
  • Storage Service Provider Resource is an administrative storage resource that a storage service provider uses to manage an aspect of storage cloud service represented by that resource. A File Share, a Storage Service Provider-managed VM, a Table Master instance are all examples of such resources.
  • Fault is an indication of an active problem with one storage service provider resource that typically requires administrative attention. An ACS storage monitoring service monitors each Storage Service Provider Resource and when a problem is detected, a fault is activated on that administrative resource. Storage Service Provider would then take appropriate remediation action to address the underlying issue that triggered the Fault, based on the contextual information provided in the Fault.

Here you can Download the complete Microsoft Azure Consistent Storage Scenario Validation Guide

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#Microsoft Cloud Storage for Enterprise Architects #Azure #Storage #HybridCloud

Microsoft Cloud Storage for Architects View

Integrating your storage by using Microsoft cloud services gives you access to a broad range of services and cloud platform options. You can use prepackaged solutions that are bundled with existing services, use existing services as a starting point for your storage solution with additional configuration or coding for a custom fit, or use storage building blocks, along with coding, to create your own storage solution or apps from scratch.

Download here Microsoft Cloud Storage for Enterprise Architects Guide

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Complete #Microsoft Azure Cloud Services Overview #Azure #Cloud #HybridCloud

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Any developer or IT professional can be productive with Azure. The integrated tools, pre-built templates and managed services make it easier to build and manage enterprise, mobile, Web and Internet of Things (IoT) apps faster, using skills you already have and technologies you already know. Microsoft is also the only vendor positioned as a Leader across Gartner’s Magic Quadrants for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service, Application Platform as a Service, and Cloud Storage Services for the second consecutive year.

Read Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service, for Cloud Storage Services and for Enterprise Application Platform as a Service.

Here you will see an Overview of all the possibilities with Microsoft Azure Services for Hybrid and Cloud solutions :

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Let’s start with all the possibilities with Compute from the Microsoft Azure Cloud :

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Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines

You got a lot of choice in Azure what kind of Operating System you want to choose for your Virtual Machine in the Cloud :

Like all kind of Linux Machines :

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Linux VM’s

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Microsoft VM’s or choose your Own uploaded images

There is also an OpenSource VM Depot available.

Here you can find an Overview of Microsoft Azure Virtual Machine in the Cloud

 Web and Mobile newWeb and Mobile Services

In today’s world it is all about mobility and Applications. On your work, at School, at Home, and even when you do Sport like biking or running. I think that’s why
Microsoft makes One Platform Windows 10 to get the best experience with Applications on every Device.
Making your own websites is really Easy with Microsoft Azure and is Cool to work with.

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Web Apps with SQL or MySQL Databases

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PHP,CMS,Blog,Marketing Web Apps are possible

Here you can find more documentation about Azure App Service

App Services

Here you can find more documentation about Azure Web Apps

Here you can find more documentation about Azure Mobile Apps

Here you can find more documentation about Azure Logic Apps

To run all those Web Apps in the Cloud you need Storage and capacity to store your data save in the Cloud with high security policies.
Microsoft Azure has all kind of diffenrent Storage in the Cloud for your data.

Data and Storage

Microsoft Azure Data and Storage

Learn about Azure Storage, and how to create applications using Azure blobs, tables, queues, and files :

Microsoft Azure Storage Documentation

Learn how to use this fully-managed, scalable, NoSQL document database service :


Microsoft Azure DocumentDB Documentation

Learn how to configure, monitor, and scale your SQL databases in Azure. Documentation, tutorials and more :

Microsoft Azure SQL documentation

High throughput, consistent low-latency data access to build fast, scalable applications :

Microsoft Azure Redis Cache Documentation

Learn how to use StorSimple for primary storage, backups, archive, and disaster recovery :

Microsoft Azure StorSimple Documentation

Search-as-a-service for web and mobile app development :

Microsoft Azure Search Documentation

Learn how to use this fully-managed, scalable, data warehouse service :

Microsoft Azure SQL Data Warehousing documentation

Of course when you have a lot of data, you like to analyze it for the business and make good Reports or Dashboard to
make the right decisions. Microsoft Azure Cloud Services has Data and Analytics :

Data and Analytics

Microsoft Azure Data and Analytics

Learn to create Hadoop clusters, process big data, develop solutions using streaming or historical data, and analyze the results :

Microsoft Azure HDInsight Documentation

Learn how data scientists and developers can embed predictive analytics into applications :

Microsoft Azure Machine Learning Documentation

Learn how to run real-time data analytics and event processing :

Microsoft Azure Stream Analytics Documentation

Learn how to compose data storage, movement, and processing services into streamlined data pipelines :

Microsoft Azure Data Factory Documentation

Learn how to receive telemetry from millions of devices :

Microsoft Events Hub Documentation

Learn how to enable reliable and secure bi-directional communications between millions of IoT devices and applications:

Microsoft Azure Internet of Things (IoT) Hub Documentation

A Hot item is Internet of Things or IoT, connect devices, machines, just things because it’s possible to get data or BIGDATA to work with.


Microsoft Azure Internet of Things

Get Connected with your Device and read here all the information you need about Internet of Things

To get connected with Microsoft Azure we have Software Defined Networking (SDN) in the Cloud to make your Infrastructure work.


Microsoft Azure Networking

Learn how to configure and monitor virtual networks in Azure :

Microsoft Azure Virtual Networks Documentation

Learn how ExpressRoute creates private connections between your infrastructure and Azure datacenters :


Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute

Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute Documentation

Learn how Traffic Manager distributes user traffic to hosted services within or across data centers :

Microsoft Azure Traffic Manager Documentation

Learn about Azure Load Balancing :

Microsoft Azure Load Balancer Documentation

Learn to configure DNS zones and records :

Microsoft Azure DNS Documentation

Learn about secure cross-premises connectivity between Azure and your infrastructure :

Microsoft Azure VPN Gateway Documentation

Learn to create an Application Gateway :

Microsoft Azure Application Gateway Documentation

Media Services is coming more and more from Cloud Services and is video streaming and watching TV interactive.

Media and CDN

Microsoft Azure Media and CDN

Making Video workflows easy from the Cloud :

Microsoft Azure Media Services Documentation

Improve the performance of your website, media, or mobile service by moving content closer to your end users :

Microsoft Azure CDN Documentation

When you are still working on an On-premises datacenter only, Microsoft makes it’s easy to transform your datacenter into Hybrid Cloud Scenarios.
You can think of a Twin Datacenter for your Core Business Applications, or save your longtime protection data into an Azure Backup Vault.


Microsoft Azure Hybrid Integration

Learn how to integrate the enterprise and the cloud with BizTalk Services :

Microsoft Azure BizTalk Services Documentation

Learn about flexible messaging in the cloud :

Microsoft Azure Servicebus Documentation

Learn how to backup your Azure virtual machines, and how to send backup data to Azure for long term retention :

Microsoft Azure Backup Documentation

Learn how to orchestrate protection of physical and virtual machines :

Microsoft Azure Site Recovery Documentation

When you got your Azure Cloud Solution working, you want to manage your Identities to give them secure access to your Azure Solution.

Security and Identity

Microsoft Azure Security and Identity

Learn how to manage identity and access of services and applications :

Microsoft Azure Active Directory Services Documentation

Consumer identity and access management in the cloud :

Microsoft Azure Active Directory B2C

Your domain controller as a service :

Microsoft Azure AD Domain Services Documentation

Learn how to enable added authentication for cloud and on-premises applications :

Microsoft Azure Multi-Factor Authentication Documentation

To make those Microsoft Solutions Available for everyone, you need Developers and Developer Environments.

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Learn how to detect issues, diagnose crashes and track usage of your mobile apps, and web apps hosted anywhere: on Azure or on your own IIS or J2EE servers :

Microsoft Azure VisualStudio Applications Insights Documentation

Developers can also work in the Cloud with Microsoft Visual Studio Online :

VisualStudio Online

Here you find all the information you need for Visual Studio Online for Developers

Cloud Services needs management by ITpro’s or by Developers to keep your Azure Solution Up-to-Date and get your business innovated.


Microsoft Azure Management

You have all kind of Management as you can see in the above picture.

Learn how to collaborate, deliver and scale across the entire DevOps lifecycle :

Microsoft Azure Preview Portal Documentation

Start creating Azure Scheduler jobs and job collections, and using advanced concepts such as history and recurrence :

Microsoft Azure Scheduler Documentation

Learn how to simplify cloud management with process automation :

Microsoft Azure Automation Documentation

Learn how to transform machine data into operational intelligence :

Microsoft Azure Operational Insights Documentation

Learn how to manage cryptographic keys and secrets :

Microsoft Azure Key Vault Documentation

Container Apps

Microsoft Container Apps

 This is a super simple “getting started” experience for deploying single and multi-container Dockerized applications utilizing Azure Resource Manager templates and the new Docker Extension

 Here you see an Example of a Container App from the Marketplace on the Azure Blog

In Microsoft Azure you got also on every item a Marketplace with templates and solutions from Vendors and OpenSource communities.


Microsoft Azure Market Place

Here you go to the Microsoft Azure Marketplace website with almost 3500 products

Azure Marketplace website

For Students you have Microsoft Dreamspark where you can get some of the Microsoft Azure features for students for Free !

 Dreamspark Students

I Hope this Microsoft Azure Overview is helpful for you to make the right decisions for your business, Development or study 🙂
– James van den Berg

MVP System Center Cloud and Datacenter Management.