Migration to the Cloud easy or not ?
Trial and error is a fundamental method of solving problems and in many cases the method to get to the cloud no testing, bud did you know there are great tools that you can use to see if your environment is ready for the cloud ? there is Windows Azure Virtual Machine Readiness Assessment and the MAP tool kit Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit
Windows Azure Virtual Machine Readiness Assessments for Active Directory, SharePoint Server and SQL Server. Also available on Windows Azure Portal here: http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/downloads/vm-readiness-assessment/
Ready – Set – Move: Download your Virtual Machine Readiness Assessment today. This assessment will automatically inspect your on-premises environment, whether it be bare metal or already virtualized. After that, we will provide you with tailored guidance and recommendations for migrating your environment to Windows Azure. If you’re running Active Directory, SQL, or SharePoint this tool will make it easy for you to get started.
easy wizard and a scan will take place. On the selected items
As in the report my AD is ready for the Cloud ( pssst it is already in the cloud )
How to get Windows Azure ?
Get a subscription
If you do not already have an Azure subscription, getting one is easy. Whether you are just learning the platform around or running a production deployment, there are many options available for creating an account.
· Free Trial. Windows Azure offers a free trial to everyone. You can sign up here:
· MSDN Subscription. As an MSDN subscriber, you are entitled to free Azure credits. You can activate your account here:
Jouni Heikniemi created a Windows Azure poster. The poster is somewhat developer-focused, and I have intentionally de-emphasized features that are typically only relevant to IT pros or certain deployment scenarios (such as virtual networks and firewall configurations inside Azure).
get your own copy download this PDF version
There are new Virtual Machines available in Windows Azure.
The following versions of Windows Server are offered in the Windows Azure image gallery: Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2. Prices as shown in the table below apply to all versions except Windows Server 2012 R2, which is currently in preview and is being offered for customers to test and experience at Linux rates (see pricing details under the "Linux" tab).
Memory-intensive VMs in Windows Azure provide larger amounts of memory and are optimal for running high-throughput applications such as databases. For more information, visit the Virtual Machines webpage.
Provide optimal set of compute, memory and IO resources for running a vast array of applications. Detailed configuration of the instances is available azurehere.
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|Extra Small (A0)
|Extra Large (A4)
Memory Intensive Instances
Provide larger amounts of memory optimal for running high-throughput applications, such as databases or SharePoint server farms. Detailed configurations of these instances are available here.
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||PRICE PER HOUR
Windows Azure Benefit for MSDN Subscribers:
If you are a Visual Studio Professional, Premium or Ultimate with MSDN subscriber, activate your MSDN benefit now to start development and test on Windows Azure. Build native cloud applications, test existing applications in virtual machines or create hybrid applications that span your datacenter and Windows Azure. Eliminate the cost of buying hardware for testing purposes by using the Windows Azure credits that are included with your MSDN subscription. Take advantage of instant provisioning to develop and test applications faster. Use elastic scale to test real world scenarios. The Windows Azure MSDN benefit meets your growing needs:
Flexibility with Windows Azure Credits
You get up to $150 credits per month with your Windows Azure MSDN subscription. The choice is now yours on how you use your Windows Azure credits. Use them on any Windows Azure service based on your needs including, Virtual Machines, Web Sites, Cloud Services, Mobile Services, Storage, SQL Database, Content Delivery Network, HDInsight, Media Services, and many more.
Virtualize with Lower Rates
Speed up your development and test using Windows Azure virtual machines. Your credits now last longer because MSDN subscribers receive discounted hourly rates.
No additional charge for MSDN software !
Monthly Windows Azure Credits
For the first month after activation of your benefit, all MSDN subscribers receive $200 of Windows Azure credits. After the first month, we provide following amount of Windows Azure credits every month.
Source : http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/pricing/member-offers/msdn-benefits/
Preview of SSL for sites hosted on Windows Azure Web Sites Reserved instances with custom domain names
Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) helps you secure traffic to your sites with custom domain names hosted on Windows Azure Web Sites.
What is SSL?
SSL is a key piece of technology for companies that want to do business on the web and is used to help secure traffic between the website and the browser. We are announcing support for SNI-based and IP-based SSL certificates for Web Sites Reserved instances. SNI is supported by most modern browsers in use today. SNI-based SSL allows websites without a dedicated IP address, which is a key feature for websites hosted in cloud environments. IP-based SSL works in all browsers. For more information on SSL, please refer to the Web Sites Services webpage.
What does SSL cost?
Refer to the table below for SNI-based and IP-based SSL preview and general availability pricing. For additional pricing information, please see the Pricing Details webpage.
BizTalk Services preview: integrate the cloud and the enterprise
By using Windows Azure BizTalk Services, you can integrate your Windows Azure services, software as a service, and on-premises applications easily though a configuration-driven experience.
BizTalk Services helps you manage your trading partners with rich Electronic Data Interchange capabilities. You can connect any cloud endpoint to on-premises line-of-business systems using ready-to-go adapters for SAP, Oracle, SQL Server, and PeopleSoft. You can do all this in an on-demand, security-enabled, and dedicated environment.
With the drag-and-drop interface, you can build integration message flows to receive messages from various sources (such as HTTP, FTP, SFTP, and REST), validate and transform them to destination formats, and route the messages to endpoints in the cloud or on-premises.
Windows Azure BizTalk Services is available in Developer, Basic, Standard, and Premium offerings. Refer to the table below for BizTalk Services preview and general availability pricing. For additional pricing information, please see the Pricing Details webpage.
Microsoft Endpoint Protection for Windows Azure provides the ability to include an antimalware protection agent in each Windows Azure virtual machine running your Windows Azure service. It extends the Windows Azure SDK by providing an antimalware import which provides antimalware configuration and deployment capabilities.
Deploying Microsoft Endpoint Protection for Windows Azure.docx
Microsoft Endpoint Protection for Windows Azure Privacy Statement – Final.rtf
Monitoring Microsoft Endpoint Protection for Windows Azure.docx
Before you get started, you should already have a Windows Azure account configured and have an understanding of how to deploy your service in the Windows Azure environment. You will also need Microsoft Visual Studio 2010. If you have Visual Studio 2010, the Windows Azure Tools for Visual Studio, and have written and deployed Windows Azure services, you’re ready to go.
If not, do the following:
1. Sign up for a Windows Azure account
2. Install Visual Studio 2010
3. Install Windows Azure Tools for Visual Studio