Tutorial: How to setup and configure Microsoft Azure Backup Server, part 2: configuring

06. October 2017 Technical 0
In the previous post, we discussed Microsoft Azure Backup Server, and covered the basic setup/installation process for this software. In today’s article, we will cover configuration of the software. Pre-requisites We have covered almost everything in the previous article, but to review, and to begin moving forward with configuration: Obviously, you need an Azure subscription ...

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 ...

New ransomware variant also finds & deletes backups?!

11. April 2017 Technical 0
I recently came across this forum thread on Veeam’s website, which scared the crap out of me. Coincidentally, Veeam published this article the same day. If these reports are accurate, then it means most organizations have some work to do to better secure themselves against the latest emerging rasomware / crypto-variants. It makes sense. Probably ...

Without a backup, your pants are on fire

01. December 2016 Business, Opinion 1
I shouldn’t even need to write this article. It’s silly, but I have to do it anyway.  So here it goes… Not having a backup of mission critical applications and data is an emergency equivalent to having your pants on fire. Most business owners and stakeholders already assume that you have a backup–they assume that, even ...

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 ...