Azure Government

Updates for building solutions across Microsoft's Clouds for Government

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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Have AzCopy, Will Travel

[Update: Azure uses sparse storage, so only the bits that represent user data are transferred. When transferring disk VHDs that are less than full, this will make the throughput look seemingly much better.] As some of the Azure Government blog posts have eluded to, AzCopy is the preferred way to move files around. Many of us are using Azure ...

StorSimple, MFA, SUSE,and Cloudberry updates on Azure Government

 We are excited to announce some of the latest releases to Azure Government.  These releases are in addition to the services we announced in March.   StorSimple StorSimple provides cloud integrated storage solution for customers which includes a hardware appliance on premises that manages storage by keeping active or "Hot" data...

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...

Adding VM Depot Images to Azure Government

  Azure provides many mechanisms to get the virtual machine of choice loaded into your subscription. The Azure Government gallery includes numerous images from Barracuda, Bitnami, CloudLink, Microsoft, Oracle, and SUSE.  The full list is here.  It is also pretty straightforward to upload your own, or copy one from an ...
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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 ...

Using In-Role Cache in Azure Government

When planning the deployment of a web application to Azure Government, it is important to consider the Azure services that are currently available in Azure Government and to select the platform components your application will use accordingly.  ASP.NET web applications are, of course, a common deployment scenario.  These applications...

Law Enforcement Information Confidentiality and Integrity on Microsoft Azure Government

A revolution in minimization, battery technology, sensors and sophisticated software is fundamentally changing law enforcement. Vast amounts of information enable the reconstruction of a crime scene millisecond-by-millisecond. Data from hundreds of sources can be now correlated, often many miles from the actual scene. This transformation has ...

Using Event Hub and EventProcessorHost on Azure Government

(Cross-posted from http://blog.randomdust.com) There are few needs which apply to almost every industry when it comes to building software and solutions to meet the needs of that industry. Manufacturing, healthcare, industrial, education, home automation, military and public safety (to name a few) all have a need to collect data from hundreds/...