The Cloud is Faster Because it is More Iterative

28. April 2016 Business, Productivity 0
It is perhaps no surprise that many organizations have been adopting cloud and mobility the way they would have adopted a new server upgrade in the past, but that’s not quite right. We have been trained to take changes in larger leaps and bounds, and less often. In the cloud, there cloud be several new features being released into ...

Knowledge is Power: What does it mean?

25. April 2016 Opinion, Philosophy 0
Knowledge is Power. Everyone knows that. But not all forms of knowledge were created equally. The same is true of the corresponding power. There are many different shades of knowledge in life, and we do not always distinguish among them in common everyday discourse. However, in most real-life working environments, these various shades do eventually come into play, ...

Should I Supercharge Office 365 with the Enterprise Mobility Suite?

21. April 2016 Technical 0
Hello! Now that I have amassed a few different posts that outline differences between Microsoft’s Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS) and the built-in features that are included with certain Office 365 plans, I thought it would be nice to summarize our findings in one place.  If you are having trouble deciding whether or not to purchase EMS, perhaps this ...

How to Use Azure as a DR Site

18. April 2016 Technical 0
Hyper-V Replica (HVR) has been available since Windows Server 2012, bringing easy and affordable DR to the SMB space. Using HVR, virtual machines can be replicated over secure, higher-latency (but reliable) links across the Internet. However, until recently, many SMB’s did not have a place to replicate to. Building a DR site requires a serious outlay of cash ...

How to initiate a test failover to Azure Site Recovery

14. April 2016 Technical 3
If you’ve been following along with this series, we have already: Extended our On-Premises Network to Azure Virtual Network Replicated Hyper-V Virtual Machines to an Azure Site Recovery Vault In this post we are going to perform a test fail-over of on-premises virtual machines to Azure. Since we have all the component parts necessary, including an ...

How to Replicate Hyper-V VMs to Azure Site Recovery

11. April 2016 Technical 0
We have already seen how to setup an Azure Virtual Network for less than $100.00 USD / month in our previous article. Today we are going to see just how easy it is to turn this network into a fully functional DR site using Azure Site Recovery at a fraction of the cost of building a co-location. ...

Extend Your On-premises Network with Azure Virtual Network

07. April 2016 Technical 2
One of my favorite use cases for Azure Virtual Networks and Azure Virtual Machines is to create a secondary (DR) site for a fraction of what it would cost to build your own co-location. With one of the smaller-sized basic or even standard tier VM’s to act as a backup Domain Controller, the basic components of this solution ...

A Crash Course in Azure VMs

04. April 2016 Technical 0
So you got that Azure trial subscription and deployed your first virtual machine in just a few clicks–good for you! As you proceeded through the deployment, no doubt you would have been asked about stuff like deployment models, resource groups, locations, affinity groups, storage accounts, cloud services and more. Hm, what are those? You think, “I dunno, ...