Azure IaaS Virtual Machines Inside Out

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Who better than Corey Sanders to take us through the nuts and bolts of what Azure IaaS is and how it works for IT professionals. Corey leads the team that designed and created Azure IaaS and is very passionate about all that it can do. He will move rapidly from the fundamentals to advanced configurations and how to use and interact with your environment.

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    The Discussion

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      Stibra

      When we can expect VM backup in Azure?

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      UdoWalberer

      Any Plan for Gen2 VMs in Azure ?

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      Nilesh8C9

      For enterprise customers, EA contracts should allow consolidation of Azure compute offered with MSDN licenses for a quick Azure adoption for dev-test. Current Microsoft approach hinders success for both Microsoft and Enterprise ITs.

      Any plan / thought to address this?

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      JMaldonad​Overcast

      Some one know these: Is in the cost of the VM, included the cost of the VHD to host the OS, or this VHD have an additional cost???

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      RobMer

      Sorry I posted this question on 1st session but it was obviously off-topic so I hope here it might possibly receive an answer...

      Is Azure Files anyhow similar to DFS ?

      Rob

       

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      RicksterCDN

      @Stibra: As Corey mentioned - it's something we're looking into and is a much requested feature on UserVoice. No timelines discussed.

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      RicksterCDN

      @UdoWalberer: As mentioned - we only handle Gen1 VMs at this time. Gen2 is something that does not have a firm timeline at this time. (How's that for non committal. ;)  )

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      RicksterCDN

      @Nilesh8C9:MSDN licensing is something that is MSDN subscription dependent and tied to a subscription holder. EA is for the org and has larger implications on use. I like your thinking and have passed it along to the team.

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      RicksterCDN

      @JMaldonadOvercast: If I understand your question correctly, Costs from each VM includes the OS license and application licenses, if it's provisioned through the gallery. That is why you will see Windows servers having one rate, a different rate if it includes SQL server and a different rate if it is a Linux distro. As for cost of the VHD - you pay for the space used against your storage account when at rest - although it is minimal compared to a running VM.  

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      RicksterCDN

      @RobMer: no similarities between Azure Files and DFS, other than they run SMB protocol. Azure Files is a "no vm solution" file server that your vNet resources can handle. I say "No VM solution" because you don't need to stand up or manage a VM, Azure does that behind the scenes.

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      tkr104

      Do you have plans for GPU support inside the Azure VMs similar to the Amazon G2 Instances?

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      RobMer

      @RicksterCDN: Thanks for clarification Rick. Am I guessing right it that might just appear like a SOFS based file share (a part that clients accessing it may only connect via SMB 2.1) ? (a)

      TIA

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      Jai

      I have a question, not sure if this is the right place to ask, As corey mentioned that shutdown your VMs thorugh Portal or AzureAPI. Now the problem is if we shutdown through portal or AzureAPI, it DE provision the VM and you lost everything.

      I am an IT Pro and using my MSDN subscription. I deployed seven VMs to create a Dev environment for playing around with Identity space. I have ADFS, WAP and AADSync servers.

      I run into a problem where all my credit over in 25 days and machines get de provision. I do not need those machines running all the time but deprovisioning a Domain Controller is not a good idea.

      What solution do you suggest me.

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      DaveVoyles

      Great overview! Simple and easy to understand.

      Also enjoyed the practical examples at the beginning, about holiday shopping and tax

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      RicksterCDN

      @Jai: your best bet is to implement some automation into your account and shutdown your VMs when not in use and start them back up again when they are required.  TO see some examples of that - check out Joe Levy's session on automation in this series. (http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Microsoft-Azure/Level-Up-Azure-IaaS-for-IT-Pros/Learn-the-Ins-and-Outs-of-Azure-Automation-PowerShell-and-Desired-State-Configuration)

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