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How To: Backup to SQL Server directly Azure Government Storage Account
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='<...
SPEC’s CPU2006 benchmarks on Azure
SPEC’s CPU2006 benchmarks on Azure
The CPU2006 suite by SPEC is a complex set of tools and tests that allow the user to measure the performance and throughput of a machine’s CPU. This is done by executing a variety of “tests”, which are executables of real-world scenarios (EG: Compression/decompression of files, Complex quantum chemical computations, 3D Ray ...
Essential Considerations for Azure Architectural Planning
Essential Considerations for Azure Architectural Planning
Getting started in Azure is easy to do, and you can have production workloads running in the cloud in very little time. However, there are some essential aspects of the Azure platform that require some forethought and planning. While it is easy to get up and running quickly, without the necessary planning in some areas, you could find it ...
Configuring ARM on Azure GC
Configuring ARM on Azure GC
**Update 6-12-2016: We posted additional details on Azure Government and PowerShell here. **Update 4-9-2016: The Azure Module no longer requires switch-mode and as such, these references have been removed. The Azure Government environment is now part of the install and is no longer required to be manually added--these instructions have been ...
Azure Backup on Azure Government
Azure Backup on Azure Government
Azure Backup is a secure, scalable, and reliable solution that protects your application data; It enables you to supplement your current backup solution or replace it entirely without the usual high cost of adding capacity (thus lowering the total cost of backing up your data), while still maintaining backups of your data for many years. It...
How To: Use the Azure CLI with Azure Government
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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Building Media Indexing and Analysis Solutions for Law Enforcement on Azure Government
Building Media Indexing and Analysis Solutions for Law Enforcement on Azure Government
Introduction In the law enforcement community, the number of media assets continue to grow by the day. From video captured from body worn cameras as well as audio recordings captured from 911 call dispatch and prison inmate phone calls, the prevalence of media assets within the law enforcement community is becoming a critical business asset to...
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What type of SQL on Azure is right for me?
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
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
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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