Hybrid Cloud Best Practices

Technical blog about hybrid cloud scenarios – Microsoft Azure, Service Providers and Private Cloud.

SQL Server license flexibility for CSP Partners

One of the great benefits of Azure is the ability to achieve significant cost savings with the Azure...

Author: Rob Davies msft Date: 11/27/2018

Migration from SQL Server to Azure SQL Database Managed Instance

Today we'll review how you can migrate databases, running on SQL Server, to a new Azure SQL Database...

Author: Kirill Kotlyarenko [MSFT] Date: 11/02/2018

Datacenter migration updates from Ignite 2018

Microsoft Ignite 2018 took place in Orlando, Florida few weeks ago. It is an annual Microsoft...

Author: Kirill Kotlyarenko [MSFT] Date: 10/18/2018

Why it is important to create Azure support requests

Why is it so important to create a support request when something is wrong with your workloads in...

Author: Kirill Kotlyarenko [MSFT] Date: 08/30/2018

Act now! Migrate your customers running Windows Server and SQL Server 2008/2008 R2 to Azure

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Author: Rob Davies msft Date: 08/27/2018

Moving Windows Server and SQL Server licenses from SPLA to CSP

As you may heard, now CSP partners can buy Windows Server and SQL Server licenses on behalf of their...

Author: Kirill Kotlyarenko [MSFT] Date: 08/08/2018

Azure CSP Documentation released

I'm glad to announce that Azure CSP documentation was published today as a part of Azure technical...

Author: Kirill Kotlyarenko [MSFT] Date: 09/20/2017

Migrating Datacenter to Azure - Part 2

This post provides an overview of key technical considerations, actionable recommendations and...

Author: Robert van der Ent Date: 06/15/2017

"Helping ARM" - Azure Resource Manager step-by-step training

Talking to service providers in CEE it seems that Azure Resource Manager - ARM - the JSON based...

Author: attila.macskasy Date: 06/13/2017

Migrating Datacenter to Azure - Part 1

Background Quite  a while back a Managed Service Provider partner (hereafter referred to as "the...

Author: Robert van der Ent Date: 06/05/2017

Identity and Rights Management in CSP model - Part 2

The CSP program is currently rolling out at scale and many service providers are embarking on the...

Author: Robert van der Ent Date: 06/05/2017

Azure Germany in CSP

Azure in Germany was launched in 2016, and if you've heard about that, you may already know, that...

Author: Kirill Kotlyarenko [MSFT] Date: 03/23/2017

StorSimple in CSP

In February a long-awaited Azure solution - virtual StorSimple - became available for all CSP...

Author: Kirill Kotlyarenko [MSFT] Date: 02/27/2017

OMS in CSP

A lot of CSP partners ask about OMS availability in CSP. In this article I'll show what OMS...

Author: Kirill Kotlyarenko [MSFT] Date: 02/17/2017

Azure subscription rights challenge in CSP

Let's imagine a situation when you are a CSP Partner and you provide Azure services to your...

Author: Kirill Kotlyarenko [MSFT] Date: 01/28/2017

Quickly deploy RDS 2016 in Azure

In this post I'll show how to deploy a minimal Windows Server 2016 Remote Desktop Services farm in...

Author: Kirill Kotlyarenko [MSFT] Date: 01/09/2017

N-series - first Azure VMs with GPU

Great news - Azure N-series Virtual Machines are now available in public preview. N-Series instances...

Author: Kirill Kotlyarenko [MSFT] Date: 12/13/2016

Building Database-as-a-Service on SQL Server 2016

Many service providers wish to offer new types of services to their customers. They want to move...

Author: Kirill Kotlyarenko [MSFT] Date: 12/02/2016

New RDS Capabilities in Windows Server 2016 for Service Providers

Remote Desktop Services (RDS) were significantly improved with a release of Windows Server 2016....

Author: Kirill Kotlyarenko [MSFT] Date: 11/15/2016

Windows Azure Pack lifecycle was extended to 2027

Good news! Windows Azure Pack lifecycle was updated. It means that: Azure Pack is not dead, and it's...

Author: Kirill Kotlyarenko [MSFT] Date: 11/14/2016

Shielded VMs in Windows Server 2016

A lot of customers ask service providers: "How can you guarantee, that your technical staff won't...

Author: Kirill Kotlyarenko [MSFT] Date: 11/07/2016

First look on Azure Stack TP2

By now, there are many reviews of Azure Stack TP2 on the public internet. In this article, I would...

Author: attila.macskasy Date: 10/27/2016

Azure Stack TP2 Deployment

Azure Stack Technical Preview 2 was recently released and now available for download. In this...

Author: attila.macskasy Date: 10/26/2016

Windows Server 2016 - What's new for Service Providers

Windows Server 2016 is finally released, and it's a breakthrough version of Microsoft's server...

Author: Kirill Kotlyarenko [MSFT] Date: 10/17/2016

Windows Server 2016 RTM, System Center 2016 RTM and Azure Stack TP2 - now available

Great news! Windows Server 2016 was launched yesterday on Microsoft Ignite conference. Windows...

Author: Kirill Kotlyarenko [MSFT] Date: 09/27/2016

Azure AD now available on the New Azure Portal

Recently Azure AD management capabilities were added to the New Azure Portal. It means that...

Author: Kirill Kotlyarenko [MSFT] Date: 09/22/2016

Windows 10 in CSP

On the 1st of September a new item was added to the list of services on Partner Center - Windows 10...

Author: Kirill Kotlyarenko [MSFT] Date: 09/09/2016

Hybrid Cloud Identity Part 4: Monitoring

At this step we have On-Premise Active Directory, integrated and federated with Azure AD using AD...

Author: Kirill Kotlyarenko [MSFT] Date: 09/06/2016

Azure Subscription Migration to CSP

This blog post is outdated and won't be updated. Instead, review the official Azure EA to CSP and...

Author: Kirill Kotlyarenko [MSFT] Date: 08/26/2016

Hybrid Cloud Identity Part 3: Multi-factor Authentication

When you use Hybrid Cloud and your logical network extends your physical network barriers, you...

Author: Kirill Kotlyarenko [MSFT] Date: 08/19/2016

Hybrid Cloud Identity Part 2: Hybrid Exchange

On the previous step we've connected On-Premise Active Directory with Azure AD. We've deployed Azure...

Author: Kirill Kotlyarenko [MSFT] Date: 08/06/2016

Hybrid Cloud Identity Part 1: AD and Azure AD

Identity is the important part of cloud era. To show how it reflects on Hybrid Cloud story, I will...

Author: Kirill Kotlyarenko [MSFT] Date: 07/12/2016

Building a hybrid LAN: On-premise + Azure Pack + Azure

In a previous post I've announced that I will cover in details most popular hybrid cloud topics. And...

Author: Kirill Kotlyarenko [MSFT] Date: 07/06/2016

New series: Building a hybrid cloud

As you remember, this blog is related to Hybrid Cloud. I've already wrote a long far ago what...

Author: Kirill Kotlyarenko [MSFT] Date: 07/04/2016

List of Azure services in CSP

List of Azure services, available CSP, is available here:...

Author: Kirill Kotlyarenko [MSFT] Date: 06/29/2016

Identity and Rights Management in CSP model

Today I will describe how identity works in CSP model, because it is not obvious for CSP Partners....

Author: Kirill Kotlyarenko [MSFT] Date: 06/08/2016

Azure Technical Materials for CSP Partners

As an addition to Office 365 technical training course for CSP partners, I've prepared similar...

Author: Kirill Kotlyarenko [MSFT] Date: 06/03/2016

Virtual machine CPUs in Azure

My partners often ask which CPUs are used in Azure virtual machines. So, let's check that. There is...

Author: Kirill Kotlyarenko [MSFT] Date: 05/26/2016

Manage the list of services in Azure CSP Subscriptions

In some cases CSP Partners wish to limit the list of Azure services, available in Azure...

Author: Kirill Kotlyarenko [MSFT] Date: 05/25/2016

Office 365 Technical Materials for CSP Partners

Last week I’ve prepared Office 365 technical training course for CSP partners. This course is...

Author: Kirill Kotlyarenko [MSFT] Date: 05/19/2016

Azure Recovery Services in CSP: Site Recovery

I've already mentioned in my previous post, that Azure Backup and Azure Site Recovery functionality...

Author: Kirill Kotlyarenko [MSFT] Date: 04/11/2016

Azure Recovery Services in CSP: Backup

Great news! Starting this week, Azure Recovery Services (which include Azure Backup and Azure Site...

Author: Kirill Kotlyarenko [MSFT] Date: 04/05/2016

Partner Center SDK for CSP

Good news for partners, participating in Microsoft CSP Direct program. Last week Partner Center SDK...

Author: Kirill Kotlyarenko [MSFT] Date: 03/15/2016

Azure Connector for Azure Pack

Great news! Last week Microsoft Azure connector for Windows Azure Pack was released for the public....

Author: Kirill Kotlyarenko [MSFT] Date: 03/10/2016

Microsoft Azure and CSP

UPD: This post is outdated. Use Azure CSP Documentation to get the latest updates about the...

Author: Kirill Kotlyarenko [MSFT] Date: 03/04/2016

Introduction to CSP model

I'm starting a new post series to uncover a new hot topic for Microsoft called "Cloud...

Author: Kirill Kotlyarenko [MSFT] Date: 03/03/2016

Azure Stack TP1 Review

Recently Microsoft launched a first early preview version of Azure Stack - Technical Preview 1...

Author: Kirill Kotlyarenko [MSFT] Date: 02/24/2016

SPLA Reporting - Creating and submitting inventory report

OK, we're on a finish line. Let's check: SILA installed Hyper-V, vSphere, KVM and Xen...

Author: Kirill Kotlyarenko [MSFT] Date: 02/17/2016

SPLA Reporting - Configuring SIL

This is a 4th post in the series about SPLA Reporting toolset from Microsoft. Previous posts are...

Author: Kirill Kotlyarenko [MSFT] Date: 02/17/2016

SPLA Reporting - Adding virtualization hosts to SILA

In previous posts I've described the components of Microsoft SPLA Reporting toolset and...

Author: Kirill Kotlyarenko [MSFT] Date: 02/11/2016

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