Month: July 2014

WPC 2014 – One-click deployment of SharePoint Farm on Azure

At WPC 2014, Scott Gu announced several new capabilities in Azure and one such new capability is the templates available for ready deployment. Scott demonstrated creation of a SharePoint 2013 farm that can be highly available and demonstrated that we can customize the SQL and other settings. This is a great feature and I couldn’t wait to try this. Here is a quick overview. TL;DR This is a great step towards demonstrating the platform capabilities. I am really excited to see this capability. I can expect many more Microsoft teams and partners creating such templates for faster deployment of multi-tier applications. For all the virtual machines, we can customize host name prefixes and pricing tiers. Each VM tier has a different set of pricing options you can select from. When it comes to customizing the farm configuration, there are limited set of options here. Domain Controllers: You cannot specify an existing AD forest. You can select the size of the DC VMs. There are not many settings you can customize here. SQL Servers: You can …

Windows Azure Pack: Infrastructure as a service – MVA

If you are in the Microsoft Virtualization, System Center or Cloud expertise, there is a Microsoft Virtual Academy event planned for Windows Azure Pack. This event is scheduled to happen on July 16th and 17th. IT Pros, you know that enterprises desire the flexibility and affordability of the cloud, and service providers want the ability to support more enterprise customers. Join us for an exploration of Windows Azure Pack’s (WAP’s) infrastructure services (IaaS), which bring Microsoft Azure technologies to your data center (on your hardware) and build on the power of Windows Server and System Center to deliver an enterprise-class, cost-effective solution for self-service, multitenant cloud infrastructure and application services. Join Microsoft’s leading experts as they focus on the infrastructure services from WAP, including self-service and automation of virtual machine roles, virtual networking, clouds, plans, and more. See helpful demos, and hear examples that will help speed up your journey to the cloud. Bring your questions for the live Q&A! This jump start has an all-star team and is a great start for IT professionals looking …

Azure Automation and PowerShell at PS Bangalore User Group

I will speaking about Azure Automation at the upcoming PS Bangalore User Group (PSBUG) meeting on July 19th, 2014. Also, the theme of this user group is to talk about PowerShell in the context of Azure and System Center. We have our newly awarded PowerShell MVP, Deepak, joining us for a session on System Center Configuration Manager. Here is the Eventbrite link for the July 19th meeting: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/powershell-bangalore-user-group-psbug-monthly-meeting-tickets-12220565039 Agenda: 9AM – 9.30AM – Registrations 9.30AM – 9.45AM – Welcome Note 9.45AM – 10.30AM – Getting Started with Azure Automation, Ravikanth Chaganti 10.30AM – 11.15AM – Getting started with PowerShell for System Center Configuration Manager, Deepak Dhami 11.15AM – 11.30AM – Break 11.45AM – 12.30PM – Getting started with PowerShell for System Center Service Manager, Vinith Menon 12.30PM – 12.45PM – Open House and Closing Notes The venue and other details are available in the ticket.

Windows PowerShell MVP for another year!

I am happy to share this news once again. In fact, for the fifth time 🙂 The past year has been a very interesting one. With the release of PowerShell 4.0 and DSC, I had a chance to reach out to large number of community members and help them understand the new technology. I am sure this will only get better in the coming year. I am looking forward to it.