Tutorial: How-to Setup Azure Site Recovery using Windows Server Essentials, Part 2: Configuration

07. September 2017 Technical 0
Windows Server Essentials (or the Essentials Experience role) can be leveraged to quickly provision a full Disaster Recovery site in the cloud, and replicate Virtual Machines from your on-premises Hyper-V server(s) to Azure. The built-in integrations that make this possible are Azure Virtual Network and Azure Site Recovery. Image credit: Alex Fields, ITProMentor.com The previous ...

Tutorial: How-to Setup Azure Site Recovery using Windows Server Essentials, Part 1: Pre-requisites

05. September 2017 Technical 0
Windows Server Essentials (or the Essentials Experience role) can be leveraged to quickly provision and enable a full Disaster Recovery site in the cloud using built-in Azure integration features. The solution is composed of two Azure products: Azure Virtual Network and Azure Site Recovery. I have previously written about our struggles to configure this solution ...

A tale of two solutions: Azure VMs vs. On-prem Server

03. August 2017 Opinion, Technical 1
I’ve been studying two different solutions to the same small business problem for a while now, and I think it is high time I finally published an article on it. I run into a fair number of clients who are interested in moving 100% of their services “to the cloud.” In other words, they want ...

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, ...