Tag Archive for Microsoft

Office365 Roadmap Website

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Microsoft continues trying to be proactive on where their business and technical features sets are heading in the future.

Here is the link to keep up-to-date with future changes.

http://roadmap.office.com/en-us

~Tony Maddin~

The website to monitor Microsoft Azure status

Microsoft_AzureHere is a link from the Microsoft Azure team to monitor Azure and all the IaaS, Paas, and SaaS layers.

http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/status/

Global Windows Azure Boot Camp – Saturday March 29, 2014

windows_azure_smallMicrosoft has put together a free, global Windows Azure boot camp on Saturday, March 29, 2014.

It’s free to register and attend.  Space is limited so register fast.

 

 

Update:  There is also a free, Microsoft Azure event on March 19th, in Columbus, Ohio.

Here is the link to this event.  https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032576700&Culture=en-US&community=0

Thanks – Jesse Grigsby!

The main website is:

http://global.windowsazurebootcamp.com/

The Columbus, Ohio website and registration.

https://gwabc2-columbus.eventday.com/

~Tony Maddin~

 

Setting up a SMTP service in Microsoft Azure

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I am part of a project team that is building a custom Windows 8 application that is leveraging Microsoft Azure.

 

 

My project role is multi-tenant infrastructure architect.  This role curtails:

  • Infrastructure as a service design.  To maximize performance while balancing cost in Microsoft Azure.
  • To perform a detail security analysis on all points of data in motion and data at rest.

One of my task items on the project is to come up with a SMTP solution.  My first thought as a system administrator is to leverage a virtual server and enable SMTP as a service.

However, my thinking is changing with the times.  J  Now there are apps for system administrators.

So I looked in the Azure store and found SendGrid.  After doing some internet searches; there have been positive comments about this SMTP application.

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I have activated this application in my Azure subscription. Below are my steps.

Open up the Azure Dashboard, click New, select Store and then choose SendGrid from the App Services Add-ons list.

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We will not be sending over 25,000 emails a month so the free subscription will fit our current business needs.

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The subscription will be tied in with your monthly billing.

I welcome any feedback.

~ Tony Maddin ~

 

A quick guide to create Active Directory in Azure

windows_azure_smallI first read the documentation on Microsoft’s website on how to create a domain controller and Active Directory.

This guide looked intense so I continued my internet searching until I found this blog post.

http://blogs.technet.com/b/keithmayer/archive/2013/01/17/step-by-step-building-a-windows-server-2012-active-directory-forest-in-the-cloud-with-windows-azure.aspx#.UvL66IUeeZQ

I am happy to report these steps worked like a champ!  I have now built my SharePoint 2010 and SharePoint 2013 training farms.

A special thank you to Keith Mayer at Microsoft for his awesome article.

 

Dog Food Conference Columbus, Ohio

I will be presenting the following topics at the Dog Food Conference at the Microsoft Columbus, Ohio office.

 

  • SharePoint Diagnostic Studio 3.0 – Some uses in your SharePoint 2010 environment.
  • SharePoint Search Administration – How to help drive user adoption and maximize your SharePoint investment.
  • Managed Metadata – How to leverage this aspect in your SharePoint Information Worker world!

Please visit Danilo Casino’s blog for more information about this great event!

http://danilocasino.wordpress.com/

Office365 Launched Today

It’s official.  Microsoft launched Office 365 today.  In my humble opinion, its going to change the IT game with regard to fundamental change in infrastructure support.

Click here to visit the official website.