Windows Azure Virtual Network Site-to-Site IPsec VPN with Forefront TMG 2010

Microsoft announced Windows Azure Virtual Network and Windows Azure Virtual Machines in June 2012 to provide IaaS ‘Hybrid Cloud’ functionality.

What this allows is persistent Virtual Machines (which retain the same private addresses) running in Azure that can be joined to your on-premise Active Directory using a site-to-site IPsec VPN. The Azure VMs then act like a branch network with full connectivity and you can add Domain Controllers in the Azure Virtual Network.

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There some great blog posts available which guiding you through and enables cross-premises connectivity with your on-premise environment and Windows Azure. 

Enable Cross-Premises Connectivity to Windows Azure with Forefront Threat Management Gateway (TMG) 2010 source: ISAServer.org / Richard Hicks

Windows Azure Virtual Network VPN with TMG 2010 source: kloud.com.au

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Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 6.5 beta Now Available!

Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 6.5 beta Now Available!

The journey to the cloud is now smoother than ever with the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 6.5 Beta. The MAP Toolkit’s new capabilities help users to securely assess heterogeneous IT environments while enabling the evaluation of workloads for migration to Microsoft’s private and public cloud platforms. Consolidate existing server workloads using the updated Hyper-V® Cloud Fast Track capacity planning feature. The revamped Azure Migration feature in MAP 6.5 provides more in-depth analysis of the suitability of migrating on-premises applications to the Windows Azure platform. Other significant new features in MAP 6.5 include the discovery of active Windows® devices, Software Usage Tracking for Forefront® Endpoint Protection (FEP), and the discovery of Oracle instances on Itanium-based servers with HP-UX to assist in the planning of migration to SQL Server®.

Key features and benefits of MAP 6.5 Beta help you:

        Analyze your portfolio of applications for a move to the Windows Azure platform.

        Accelerate private and public cloud planning with Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track Onboarding.

        Identify migration opportunities with enhanced heterogeneous server environment inventory.

        NEW!Assess your usage of Microsoft software with the Software Usage Tracking feature.

        Discover Oracle instances on Itanium-based servers for migration to SQL Server.

To join the beta review program for Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 6.5, visit Microsoft Connect:http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=219168  

Sources:

www.microsoft.com/map

http://blogs.technet.com/mapblog

www.microsoft.com/solutionaccelerators

Overview of System Center Advisor #sysctr

In this blog I’d like to introduce you to System Center Advisor. What is it, what are the benefits and what’s in for me? In this post I’ll start with some background and go through the installation and configuration of System Center Advisor.

What is System Center Advisor?

System Center Advisor is an online service that analyzes installations of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 (and later versions) and Windows Server 2008 (and later versions). The System Requirements can be reviewed here. Advisor collects data from your installations, analyzes it, and generates alerts that identify potential issues (such as missing security patches) or deviations from identified best practices with regard to configuration and usage. Advisor also provides both current and historical views of the configuration of servers in your environment.

Advisor is developed by the Microsoft System Center Advisor product group in partnership with Microsoft Support engineers to ensure that the issues customers report to Microsoft are detected before they affect your environment. Advisor is regularly updated to reflect the most recent experiences of these engineers, who support customers around the world.

What does Advisor analyze?

With System Center Advisor, the following workloads are analyzed:

Microsoft Assessment and Planning #MAP 6.0 Beta released

The latest beta release from the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) team provides organizations with tools to accelerate the adoption of Microsoft private and public cloud platforms.

MAP 6.0 Beta: Accelerate the adoption of Microsoft private and public cloud platforms

Planning your journey to the cloud just got a bit easier. The next release of the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit—version 6.0 Beta—includes assessment capabilities to evaluate workloads for both public and private cloud platforms. With MAP 6.0 Beta, you now have the ability to identify workloads and estimate the infrastructure size and resources needed for both Windows Azure and Hyper-V Fast Track. Also new to MAP 6.0 Beta is the Office 365 client assessment, enhanced VMware inventory, and Oracle schema discovery and reporting. Expanded assessment and discovery capabilities from MAP help you streamline planning for your next migration project. Plan what’s next with MAP.

New features and benefits from MAP 6.0 Beta release help you:

·        Analyze your portfolio of applications for a move to the Windows Azure Platform

·        Accelerate planning to private cloud with Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track onboarding

·        Identify migration opportunities with enhanced heterogeneous server environment inventory

·        Assess your client environment for Office 365 readiness

·        Determine readiness for migration to Windows Internet Explorer 9

·        Discover Oracle database schemas for migration to SQL Server

The beta materials can be downloaded on Connect: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=219165

This program is now open. The beta review period will run through mid-July, 2011.
To join the beta review program for Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 6.0, visit Microsoft Connect:http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=219168

Migrate from #Sybase, #Oracle, #MySQL and #Access to #SQL #Azure and SQL Server with ease!

Microsoft announced the release of SQL Server Migration Assistant (SSMA) v5.0, a family of products to further simplify the user experience in automating the migration of Oracle, Sybase, MySQL and Microsoft Access databases to SQL server or SQL Azure.

What’s New in this Release?

With this wave of release, customers can now migrate to any edition of SQL Server including the free Express edition.

Migrating From:

Migrating To:

SQL Server all editions
(2008 R2, 2008, 2005, “Denali”)

SQL Azure

Sybase SSMA for Sybase


(New in SSMA 5.0)

Oracle SSMA for Oracle

MySQL SSMA for MySQL

Access SSMA for Access

  • Support for migrating to SQL Server “Denali”
  • Multi-thread data migration for improved scale and performance.
  • Globalization support for migrating non-English databases to SQL Server.
  • Support for installation for SSMA Extension Pack on clustered SQL Server environments.
  • Sybase migration enhancements:
    • Support for migration to SQL Azure
    • Extended data access connectivity to Sybase ASE ADO.NET and ASE ODBC providers
    • Support for conversion of case sensitive Sybase database to case sensitive SQL Server
    • Extended support for conversion of Non-ANSI joins for DELETE and UPDATE statements
    • Removed dependency on separate SYSDB database on target SQL Server
  • Report use of Oracle’s User Defined Type in the database object and inside PL/SQL

Read the whole story here

Opportunity Knocks at the Career Conference: The Cloud: SQL Azure, Windows Azure

The Cloud is here and the Cloud is expanding! Will the Cloud change your job, your business?If Cloud Computing is a growing industry, how do you ensure your share of thepie? Join Lynn Langit at the Microsoft Certified Career Conference and learn more about Microsoft’simplementation of Cloud Computing.  The focus areas will be understandingthe Microsoft offering of Windows Azure, SQL Azure and how to getinvolved.   Lynn will be demoing using familiar tools and processesto get your application working in Microsoft’s cloud.  Lynn has particularexpertise in SQL Azure, having worked directly with the Microsoft product groupsince the earliest betas of Microsoft’s full-RDMS in the cloud.

source: http://borntolearn.mslearn.net/events/mccc/b/weblog/archive/2010/11/05/opportunity-knocks-at-the-career-conference-the-cloud-sql-azure-windows-azure.aspx