Azure Government

Insights, how-tos and updates for building solutions on Microsoft's cloud for US government

Announcing Dv2-Series Virtual Machines in US Gov – Iowa
Announcing Dv2-Series Virtual Machines in US Gov – Iowa
In the last few weeks, we have made Dv2-Series VMs available in the US Gov – Iowa region for Azure Government. This means that both Azure Government regions now have access to D-Series VMs.  US Gov – Virginia has the original D-Series VMs. Dv2-Series VMs (a follow-on to the original D-Series VMs) feature similar memory and hard disk ...
Participate in DC-area National Day of Civic Hacking
Participate in DC-area National Day of Civic Hacking
Calling all architects, developers and cloud professionals to participate in the 2016 National Day of Civic Hacking.  In support of this exciting initiative, Microsoft is supporting two key events--we hope you can join us! DC Azure Meetup--May 24 As a proud supporter of this National Day of Civic Hacking event, Microsoft will provide ...
New Azure Government Onboarding Guides
New Azure Government Onboarding Guides
The Azure Government Onboarding presentations have been refreshed with a new theme and updated content.  If you are an Azure Government customer and have not already scheduled your complimentary onboarding, we highly recommend that you schedule a time (see full instructions below).   The onboarding session will provide an overview and ...
Newly-published VM images available for Azure Government
Newly-published VM images available for Azure Government
We are pleased to share with you the most-recently published VM images now available for Microsoft Azure Government customers. In the next month you will also see SharePoint and Remote Desktop Host as we continue to bring VM images to Azure Government. As always, we welcome your comments and suggestions to help us improve your ...
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...