Azure Government

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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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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
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
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
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
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
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...