Shawn Weisfeld

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Running Azure Marketplace solutions in Azure Government

** UPDATE 10/25/2016: The official Azure Marketplace has been launched in Azure Government. Most of the content in this post is now obsolete. View details about the launch here. ** When deploying a virtual machine into Azure you need a source Image. The image is pre-configured generalized copy of the operating system you want to deploy...
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How To: Backup to SQL Server directly Azure Government Storage Account

You might run into some problems importing your Azure Government publish settings file into SQL Server. However you can still backup to Azure Government Storage Accounts using the Storage Account keys. Step 1: Create a credential USE master CREATE CREDENTIAL <name of cred> WITH IDENTITY='<the storage account name>', SECRET='<...

How To: Use the Azure CLI with Azure Government

UPDATE: official documentation on how to do this can be found here The Azure CLI provides a cross platform command line interface for working with Azure. If you are on Windows you might want to take a look at PowerShell, see Ryan’s post here on how to configure that.   You should ...
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What type of SQL on Azure is right for me?

***** NOTE: take a look at this video, while not Azure Gov specific, it goes into much more depth on this topic: https://channel9.msdn.com/Series/SAIIK-SQL-Server-on-Azure-IaaS-Implementation-Kit/SAIIK-PaaS-vs-IaaS   I get asked this question frequently by customers. Figured I would share my thoughts on the topic with you guys, and some...

Deciding on the right number of Azure Subscriptions for your ISV solution

I work with a number of independent software vendors (ISVs) that are building solutions for or moving existing solutions to Azure. After they see our enterprise portal, I commonly get a question on if they need to separate their workload across multiple subscriptions. The answer to this question is complicated and depends a lot on how the ...
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Distributing load across Azure Regions using Azure Traffic Manager

NOTE: I implemented the below example using the Azure Government cloud, however this technique will work exactly the same using the public Azure cloud. Before we get started take a look at my other article on how I set up my 3 VMs in a cloud service and wrote a little client app to showcase the load balancing and failover behavior of load ...
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Implement automatic failover with load balanced sets to ensure high availability of VM workloads in Azure where only one VM can respond to requests at a time

NOTE: I implemented the below example using the Azure Government cloud, however this technique will work exactly the same using the public Azure cloud. If you are using the public Azure cloud take a look at our Application Gateway offering, it does layer 7 load balancing and supports sticky sessions (http://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/services/...
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Configuring High Availability for IaaS Virtual Machines

NOTE: I implemented the below example using the Azure Government cloud, however this technique will work exactly the same using the public Azure cloud. To ensure a highly available service you want to run at least two IaaS virtual machines in a load balanced set. In this post we will build a basic stateless ASP.NET workload, distribute it ...
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Connecting to a Media Services account located in Azure Government

The full details of how to connect are listed in this MSDN article, however the connection information for Azure Government is a bit different then on the public cloud.https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/azure/jj129571.aspx Connecting a two-step process, first you setup your credential and then you create your context. To connect to Azure...

Using Azure File Storage with Azure Government

So you have looked at the docs and you would like to give Azure File Storage a try, but you are having trouble connecting it to Azure Government following the instructions posted on the public Azure site? http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/storage/files/ Let me guess you are getting an error that says: “The Remote name could not be ...