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Azure Enablement Show Introduction to the hybrid and multicloud Scenario

Azure Enablement Show: Introduction to the hybrid and multicloud Scenario

Today I can announce a new episode of the Azure Enablement Show with an introduction to the hybrid and multicloud scenario and the landing zone accelerator for Azure Arc-enabled servers. In this video, I talked with Lior Kamrat about the new hybrid and multicloud scenario and how customers can take advantage of the Azure landing zone accelerator.

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Introduction to the hybrid and multicloud Scenario

As organizations adopt modern cloud services and as business requirements dictate, they may choose to run services in more than one public cloud service, known as hybrid and multicloud scenarios.

In this episode, Thomas and Lior discuss how Microsoft Azure features, such as landing zone accelerators, Azure Arc, and ArcBox can assist organizations configuring and deploying hybrid and multicloud environments.

0:00 Introduction
0:29 Why are hybrid and multicloud so important?
1:36 Whare are some of the solutions offered by Azure, such as Azure Arc?
3:14 What are scenarios?
4:44 What is included in the hybrid and multicloud scenario?
6:28 How does the landing zone accelerator fit into the conversation?
8:19 What is Azure ArcBox and how should customers use it?
10:38 Where can customers go to learn more?

Microsoft launches landing zone accelerator for Azure Arc-enabled servers

If you want to learn more Vijay Kumar (Director, Windows Server and Azure Product Marketing) wrote a blog post about the official launch of the landing zone accelerator for Azure Arc-enabled servers.

Today we’re launching the Azure Arc-enabled servers landing zone accelerator within the Azure Cloud Adoption Framework. The landing zone accelerator provides best practices, guidance, and automated reference implementations so that customers can get started with their deployments quickly and easily.

Azure Arc-enabled servers landing zone accelerator makes it easier for customers to increase security, governance, and compliance posture on servers that are deployed outside of Azure. Along with Azure Arc, services such as Microsoft Defender for Cloud, Azure Sentinel, Azure Monitor, Azure Log Analytics, Azure Policy, and many others are included in the reference implementations that can then be extended to production environments.

Microsoft launches landing zone accelerator for Azure Arc-enabled servers

Getting started

Hop over to the Hybrid and multicloud Cloud Adoption Framework page and explore the Azure Arc-enabled servers landing zone accelerator, the critical design areas, and sandbox automation.

Hybrid News:

You can also watch Liors and my livestream recording for the Hybrid and Multicloud news for Microsoft Ignite.

Resources

If you want to learn more, check out my other blog posts and feel free to ask you questions in the comments below.



Microsoft Cloud Adoption Framework for Azure Enablement Show

An introduction to the Cloud Adoption Framework Manage methodology

I am happy to let you know that I became the new host of the Microsoft Azure Enablement show for the Cloud Adoption Framework for Azure part. It is a great honor to be selected as the host for this show to help our customers be successful with their cloud journey. As part of the Azure Enablement Show I am going to meet with different experts to learn about the Cloud Adoption Framework for Azure, and how it can help our customers and partners with proven guidance for their cloud journey. In the first episode I had the opportunity to meet with Wayne Meyer to talk about the Azure Cloud Adoption Framework Manage methodology.

Do you have questions about how to get your cloud environment ready? Join Wayne Meyer and Thomas Mauer for a discussion of the Manage methodology of the Cloud Adoption Framework for Azure. You’ll learn about Azure Landing Zones, how the Cloud Adoption and Well-Architected Frameworks align, hybrid and multi-cloud scenarios, and how to organize your business and technical teams.

  • 00:00 Introduction
  • 00:26 Quick overview of the Cloud Adoption Framework for Azure
  • 01:34 How can companies prepare their cloud environment ready?
  • 02:40 How should companies manage their environments?
  • 04:08 How do the Manage methodology and the Well-Architected Framework align?
  • 05:54 How does the Cloud Adoption Framework help companies with hybrid and multi-cloud scenarios?
  • 07:12 How should companies think about strategy and management?
  • 09:00 What roles and functions are needed to manage cloud environments?
  • 11:42 Where can people go to learn more about the topics we’ve covered?

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Azure Arc enabled Data services video series

Azure Arc enabled Data services video series

With Azure Arc we are not just allowing you to use the Azure control plane to manage resources like servers and Kubernetes clusters outside for Azure, we are also bringing Azure services to the customer hybrid locations on-premises, at the edge, or even other cloud providers. In a video series, I had the chance to talk with Travis Wright (Principal Group Engineering Manager at Microsoft) and Dhananjay Mahajan (Principal Program Manager at Microsoft) about Azure arc enabled data services.

What are Azure Arc-enabled data services?

Azure Arc makes it possible to run Azure data services on-premises, at the edge, and in public clouds using Kubernetes and the infrastructure of your choice. Currently, the following Azure Arc-enabled data services are available:

  • SQL Managed Instance
  • PostgreSQL Hyperscale (preview)

You can learn more about Azure Arc-enabled data services on Microsoft Docs.

Azure Arc-enabled SQL Managed Instance

Azure Arc-enabled SQL Managed Instance has near 100% compatibility with the latest SQL Server database engine, and enables existing SQL Server customers to lift and shift their applications to Azure Arc data services with minimal application and database changes while maintaining data sovereignty. At the same time, SQL Managed Instance includes built-in management capabilities that drastically reduce management overhead.

You can learn more about Azure Arc-enabled SQL Managed Instance on Microsoft Docs.

Choose the right data solution for your hybrid environment

Learn how to understand your hybrid environment and set up the right solution for success. This session covers use cases for Azure Arc – enabled data services in both connected and disconnected scenarios.

Azure Arc – enabled data services in connected mode

Get an overview of the end-to-end experience for deploying Azure Arc – enabled data services in connected mode. This session also covers aspects like high availability, scalability, and monitoring.

Azure Arc – enabled data services in disconnected mode

In this session, you’ll explore the end-to-end experience of deploying Azure Arc – enabled data services in disconnected mode. You’ll also learn about the tools available for managing and monitoring your local environment.

Azure Arc – enabled data services with Azure Stack HCI and Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS)

Explore the comprehensive Azure hybrid solution and how Azure Arc – enabled data services run on top of Azure Stack HCI and AKS.

Learn more:

I hope the Azure Arc enabled Data Services video series was helpful. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below.



Inside Azure for IT Azure Arc

The new Inside Azure for IT program

Today, Erin Chapple (Microsoft Corporate Vice President, Azure Core) just announced the new inside Azure for IT program, which delivers the latest Azure best practices, technical training and tools, and inside information from Azure experts. The Inside Azure for IT program is designed to help you get the most from your hybrid cloud investments.

  • Learn: Stay current on the most recent Azure tips and best practices.
  • Connect: Ask Azure experts and your peers your toughest questions.
  • Achieve: Transform your IT operations and infrastructure to drive business growth.

You can find out more here.

I am happy to let you know that the first videos of the expert series are available right now focusing on Azure Arc, SAP on Azure, Azure VMware Solutions, Azure Stack HCI, Linux on Azure, and many more! I had the chance to work with some fantastic people to create some of the Inside Azure for IT Expert Series videos! These videos help you, to improve your cloud infrastructure skills with the advanced guidance offered in this on-demand video series led by Azure infrastructure experts. Learn about the latest Azure tools and capabilities and get insider recommendations to modernize your IT infrastructure on-premises, in the cloud, and at the edge.

You can find more directly on the Inside Azure for IT website, and find some of the Azure Arc videos here:

The Inside Azure for IT program also offers:

  • Executive fireside chats -Hear insights on how to solve today’s real-world IT problems in Inside Azure for IT, a new web series hosted by Erin Chapple, Corporate Vice President of Azure Core.
  • Ask the experts live – Ask product experts your most difficult infrastructure questions in this live video series. You’ll also hear tips and best practices for implementing, optimizing, and building infrastructure solutions—direct from the Azure infrastructure as a service (IaaS) team.

I hope you enjoy the new Azure for IT program!



Azure Enablement show Microsoft Azure Certifications

Azure Enablement Show: How and why to earn an Azure Certification

I am happy to let you know that I was part of the Azure Enablement show with April Edwards, to talk about Azure Certifications!. In this video, April and I discuss why Microsoft Azure certifications are worth your time and energy; and how they can lead to more confidence and clarity in your job. Thomas and April share their own experiences and recommendations on how to prepare for exams and how to approach getting your own certifications.

You can watch the full Azure Enablement Show: How and why to earn an Azure Certification video here on Microsoft Channel 9.

You can learn more here:

Also make sure you check out my blogs on Microsoft Certification:

And my Microsoft Azure certification exam study guides!

I hope this Azure Enablement show video on Microsoft Azure certifications and the included information is valuable for your Microsoft Azure certification journey! If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment below!



Azure unblogged Azure Arc Jumpstart

Azure Unblogged – Azure Arc Jumpstart Project

In this episode of Azure Unblogged, Thomas Maurer speaks with @liorkamrat  about the Azure Arc Jumpstart project. The Azure Arc Jumpstart project is designed to provide a “zero to hero” experience so you can start working with Azure Arc right away!
With step-by-step guides for independent Azure Arc scenarios that incorporate as much automation as possible, detailed screenshots and code samples, and a rich and comprehensive experience – The Jumpstart project has you covered!

You can watch the video here or on Channel 9

Learn more:

I hope you enjoyed the Azure Unblogged Azure Arc Jumpstart Project episode! If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment.



425Show Secure Hybrid Cloud with Azure Arc with Thomas Mauer

425 Show – Secure Hybrid Cloud with Azure Arc

Yesterday I had the chance to be on the 425 Show live stream on YouTube with Christos Matskas and John Patrick Dandison from the Microsoft Identity team. We spoke about how you can use Azure Arc to secure and manage your Hybrid cloud environment including Linux and Windows Server, as well as Kubernetes clusters. We had a look at the different management features and we talked about how to use the Managed Identity of the Azure Arc enabled servers as well as how to leverage the new Azure Arc Key Vault extension. And we also added some PowerShell stuff as well! Trust me, I had a lot of fun!

I highly recommend that you check out their show on YouTube and you can also follow my YouTube Channel.

If you want to learn more, check out the following resources



Manage hybrid cloud using Azure Arc

Azure Arc Video – Manage your Hybrid Cloud environment

In this Azure Arc video, I want to share the latest Azure Arc hybrid cloud management capabilities. Hybrid Cloud management becomes more and more important for many customers. We are seeing the customers taking advantage of cloud computing, but at the same time have the need to run applications on-premises or at other cloud providers. These can have multiple reasons like data sovereignty, network latency and connectivity, leveraging your existing investments, and many more. However, by running applications and services in different locations, we can also see that most environments get more complex to manage. This is where Microsoft Azure Arc can help you to connect services outside of Azure, running on-premises, other cloud providers, or at the edge, and use Microsoft Azure as a single control plane to manage your hybrid infrastructure and applications.

Azure Arc Azure Management Control Plane
Azure Arc Azure Management Control Plane

A while ago, I presented an overview of Azure Arc with the latest capabilities at an online conference. Since I get a lot of questions, I thought that I should share a recording of my presentation with all of you. Here is my Azure Arc video, 2021 edition:

In this video, you will see how you can manage and govern your Windows and Linux machines hosted outside of Azure on your corporate network or other cloud providers, similar to how you manage native Azure virtual machines. When a hybrid machine is connected to Azure, it becomes a connected machine and is treated as an Azure resource. Azure Arc provides you with the familiar cloud-native Azure management experience, like RBAC, Tags, Azure Policy, Log Analytics, and more.

If you want to learn more on Azure Arc, we also have a Microsoft Learn learning path, which will provide you with some guided learning modules.

To learn more check out the following links:

I hope this Azure Arc video provides you with a short overview of how you can use Azure Arc as a single control plane to manage resources outside of Azure. For more Hybrid Cloud architectures, check out my blog on how to create Azure Hybrid Cloud Architectures. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below.



How to monitor an Azure virtual machine with Azure Monitor

How to Monitor an Azure virtual machine with Azure Monitor

This week in the Azure tip video, we are going to have a look at how to monitor an Azure virtual machine (VM) with Azure Monitor. You can use Azure Monitor to collect and analyze monitoring data from Azure virtual machines to maintain their health. Virtual machines can be monitored for availability and performance with Azure Monitor like any other Azure resource, but they’re unique from other resources since you also need to monitor the guest operating and system and the workloads that run in it.

To learn more about how to monitor Azure virtual machines (VMs) with Azure Monitor, you can check out the following links:

  • Microsoft Docs: Monitoring Azure virtual machines with Azure Monitor
  • Quickstart: Monitor an Azure virtual machine with Azure Monitor

You can also check out how you can connect Windows Server machines in hybrid environments to Azure Monitor using Windows Admin Center here. If you have any questions, comments, or another great idea for an Azure tip video, feel free to leave a comment below.



Azure Stack Hub Bordonaro IT

Azure Stack Hub Partner Solutions Series – BORDONARO IT

This week, Tiberiu Radu (Azure Stack Hub PM) and I, had the chance to speak with Microsoft MVP Dino Bordonaro from Azure Stack Hub Partner BORDONARO IT. BORDONARO IT is an Azure Stack Hub partner and Preferred SI that focuses on managed services. They are lead by Dino Bordonaro, who is an Azure Stack Hub MVP, and together with his team, they are delivering value to their customers by creating hybrid solutions on Azure and Azure Stack. BORDONARO IT runs the Center of Excellence where they offer Validation as a Service and PoC environments that partners and customers can use.

We created this new Azure Stack Hub Partner solution video series to show how our customers and partners use Azure Stack Hub in their Hybrid Cloud environment.  In this series, as we will meet customers that are deploying Azure Stack Hub for their own internal departments, partners that run managed services on behalf of their customers, and a wide range of in-between as we look at how our various partners are using Azure Stack Hub to bring the power of the cloud on-premises.

Links mentioned through the video:

I hope this video was helpful and you enjoyed watching it. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below. If you want to learn more about the Microsoft Azure Stack portfolio, check out my blog post.