Azure Education Governance Series

One of the challenges education customers face when starting to adopt Azure is understanding how they can effectively use services and still address the need for governance.  In our experience, customers that address governance early on in their public cloud journey have a higher probability of success while reducing compliance/security issues that typically arise from…


Windows and SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 End of Support – free security updates in Azure

OK folks, let’s talk about that stage in a Database Server or Windows Server’s lifecycle in EDU that I’ll call Purgatory for the purpose of this blog post.  Mainstream support has ended, the DB/OS vendor is no longer rolling out security updates, but you haven’t been able to either kill off, replace or upgrade this…


How can you test RA-GRS redundancy?

I had a university in Los Angeles who wanted to walk through how to recover from a secondary RA-GRS storage location in the event of an outage.  I put together a quick FAQ and steps to help clarify a few unclear areas: What is the difference between RA-GRS and GRS? The main difference between GRS…

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The Sprint 132 Update of Azure Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) has rolled out

@Chef Gillani The Sprint 132 Update of  Azure Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) has rolled out to all accounts and includes several features to help you scale your build and release pipeline.     Thanks for joining … Shimail Ahmed Gillani Cloud Solutions Architect Microsost US Education @ChefGillani  @ChefGillani


Recent MS Build 2018 – Azure DevOps Related Announcements

@Chef Gillani Azure DevOps with VSTS by Damian Brady, Abel Wang   Container DevOps in Azure by Steven Murawski, Jessica Deen   Building Windows – how the bits flow from check-in to the fast-ring by Edward Thomson and Jill Campbell   Git patterns and anti-patterns for successful developers by Edward Thomson   Analyze and report…


Where can I find the latest Azure training?

We have many free Azure training offerings available to get started learning Azure. Here are several ones I recommend to customers: Where can I see a quick overview of Azure’s capabilities? For getting a quick overview of Azure and its capabilities I recommend you visit this site here as it has all the Azure cloud…


How to setup Global VNet peering in Azure

Now that Global VNet peering has gone to GA I had a large university in California ask how to set this up. What is Global VNet peering? Global VNet peering in Azure is the ability to peer VNets or virtual networks across regions (see regional availability below). Some benefits of Global VNet peering include: Private…

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Use Azure Policy to help enforce compliance standards for your Azure deployments

Scenario: You need to allow researchers the flexibility to create storage accounts in Azure but you want to ensure they’re using security best practices.  Specifically, you would like to require that secure transfer (HTTPS) be required as they transfer data in & out over the network as well as Server Side Encryption (SSE) be enforced…


How can you change your default Azure AD in your subscription?

There is now a new way to change your default Azure AD in your subscription.  I ran into a few gotchas so I documented them below. Why would you need to change your default Azure AD for your Azure subscription? You might have setup your Azure subscription with the wrong Azure AD and need to…

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