Introduction to MySQL & PHP on Azure App Services (WIMP)

As there doesn’t seem to be masses of info on how PHP works on Azure App Services, I figured I’d do something around on the subject now having played around with it a bit. PHP has been an option for an Azure web-app runtime for a while now as you may have noticed already: That’ll…

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SharePoint Performance Monitoring with Azure

Aside from epic scaling possibilities, another cool ability Azure gives us is HTTP endpoint monitoring – the ability to check our SharePoint apps are responding nicely, even from various locations around the world if we want it. This is fairly quick article mainly thanks to the brilliant simplicity of how this works. Add Endpoint Monitoring…

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Create SharePoint Farms in the New Azure Portal

Azure has a new management portal that unlocks some cool new toys & features in Azure; stuff that SharePoint admins can benefit from it too if you know it’s there. A key new feature of the new portal is the new marketplace – it’s a much improved version of the previous marketplace, mainly because you…

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Hosting SharePoint Content Databases in SQL Azure

Another great feature of Azure which we can harness for SharePoint farms for is SQL Azure. SQL Azure is basically SQL Server as a service; you never manage the SQL Servers running the service for your databases – it’s all managed for you with you just having a SQL endpoint to consume. Frankly it’s preferable…

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Creating a Cloud Workstation with Azure

Just a quick one – I had an idea the other day about how I could work at home, on any device but using all my apps & other goodness I normally need a laptop for (read: that don’t work on a tablet). I often work at home and often I can’t be bothered to…

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Running SharePoint Farms in Azure

Running SharePoint farms is an increasingly popular IT workload for the cloud/Azure for all sorts of reasons. There are though some important differences in running SharePoint on-premises to on-cloud, and this is mainly what this blog-post is about. But first, some Cloud Kool-Aid… Why Azure Absolutely Rocks for SharePoint Farms In short, Azure lets you…

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Creating SharePoint VM Templates for Azure SharePoint Deployments

Running “on-premises” SharePoint farms in Azure is becoming a fairly common configuration now, given how much flexibility Azure gives in terms of scaling for the price. However, deploying new SharePoint servers in Azure can be a confusing if you’re new to this “run SharePoint in Azure” game – for experienced Azure engineers there’ll be nothing…

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