Microsoft Azure Certification Exams Get Major ARM Refresh

December 22, 2016 Comments off

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Over the last 2 years, since the 3 core Microsoft Azure certification exams were originally published there have been a tremendous amount of changes to the Microsoft Azure platform and ecosystem. These 3 core exams targeted towards Architecture, Infrastructure, and Developer roles were originally published before Azure Resource Manager (ARM) existed and fully covered Azure Service Manager (ASM). Not only has ARM been released since then, but also a very large number of new Microsoft Azure services have been released too! Newer services like Azure Functions, Logic Apps, DocumentDB, and others weren’t covered on these original exams.

However, these core Azure certification exams have been updated a couple times over the last 2 years. This has kept them relevant over the years, but the most recent previous update was published in March 2016, and it didn’t even full cover Azure Resource Manager (ARM) as well as a few other features and…

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Single Instance VMs Now With 99.9% SLA

December 22, 2016 Comments off

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Since the initial release of the Virtual Machine (VM) hosting service within Microsoft Azure there’s been a limitation on achieving the minimum requirements for the 99.9% SLA guarantee. This limitation has been that you needed to provision at least 2 VMs to get the SLA guarantee. That is until now. Now, there is an option to provision a single instance VM and have the 99.9% SLA guarantee too!

Microsoft is constantly working to improve and add new features / services to the Microsoft Azure platform. Among the latest of these changes is to support a 99.9% SLA with SINGLE instance VMs. While this isn’t a replacement for multi-instance VM configurations, this offers enhanced reliability for workloads where a single VM instance works.

Single Instance VM SLA Requirement

There are a few requirements that need to be met in order to achieve the 99.9% SLA guarantee for a single instance VM…

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CSP Reseller Cloud and Proud Azure technical training @WestcoastCloud

December 21, 2016 Comments off

All seats filled for the second day of our Cloud and Proud Azure technical training at the solutions labs today with #AzureArchitect #SteveMiles  aka #FutureIsCloudy .#CSP

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Azure Weekly: August 15, 2016

August 16, 2016 Comments off

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Are you having difficulty keeping up to date on all the frequent changes and updates in the Microsoft Azure space? Then the Build Azure Weekly has the solution you’re looking for. Build Azure Weekly is a weekly blog post that includes all the latest Microsoft Azure Service Updates from the week in addition to links to many other blog articles, podcasts and videos from all over the Internet.

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Service Updates

Here’s a list of the Microsoft Azure Service Updates from over the past week:

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Bye Bye Azure RemoteApp your time is up…All Hail Citrix XenApp express #RIP_RemoteApp #Sunset

August 15, 2016 Comments off

“…In a surprising move, Microsoft have announced that they are sunsetting Azure RemoteApp in favour of Citrix XenApp “express” on August 31st, 2017C…”

” … Customers have provided us consistent feedback that they want a comprehensive, end-to-end, cloud-based solution for delivering Windows apps. The best way for us to deliver this is with Citrix through XenApp “express”, currently under development. XenApp “express” combines the simplicity of application remoting and the scalability of Azure with the security, management, and performance benefits of XenApp, to deliver Windows applications to any employee on any device…”

“…Given this, we will gradually wind down the delivery of Azure RemoteApp over the next year. We are absolutely committed to ensuring our existing Azure RemoteApp customers have a smooth transition. Additional options for customers include moving to a hosted solution through one of our many hosting partners, as well as Remote Desktop Services deployed on Azure IaaS…”

Microsoft Azure Architecture Blueprints & Free Visio Symbols

August 3, 2016 Comments off

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Microsoft distributes some really nice looking Azure architecture diagrams / blueprints (like the one on the right) in various materials and even includes them in keynotes, presentations and other places. These really seem like they must be created with Photoshop by a graphic designer. However, this is not the case.

These architecture diagrams are created using Visio! If you have Visio, you too can get your hands on the various assets necessary to create your own awesome architecture diagrams like these!

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