You are a Windows administrator for the Brisbane office of Globomantics. The datacenter at the Brisbane office was destroyed in a recent flooding of the Brisbane river, which has lead the organization to reevaluate how much infrastructure needs to be kept on premise and how much can be deployed to the public cloud through Windows Azure IaaS. As a part of the cloud pilot program, you will investigate the feasibility of moving different on-site services to Windows Azure IaaS and make a determination about how Globomantics can leverage different aspects of Windows Azure IaaS's functionality. The course will be designed around what can be accomplished with a Windows Azure trial subscription. Instructor demonstrations will be recorded using virtual machines hosted on Windows Azure as well as through a local virtual machine that will be used to interact with the Windows Azure management website.
Introduction to Windows Azure Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) Gooday, and welcome to TrainSignal, and welcome to the Windows Azure Infrastructure as a Service essentials course. Now this course is intended as a concise introduction to Windows Azure Infrastructure as a Service. And, I'm assuming that you've got a basic level of Windows Server administration skills, either on Server 2008, Server 2008-02 or Windows Server 2012 or 2012-02, but I'm not assuming that you've got a whole lot of knowledge of cloud computing. Now a little bit about me - my name's Orin Thomas, I'm a Microsoft MVP, I'm a Microsoft MCT. I've got a bunch of Microsoft MCSE and MCITP certifications, going right back to Windows NT4. I've written more than 25 books for Microsoft Press and I'm a contributing editor at Windows IT Pro Magazine. I've been working in IT since the early 1990's, I regularly speak at events like TechEd in Australia and around the world on Windows Server, Windows Client, Systems Center, and Security Topics. I founded and I run the Melbourne System Center Security and Infrastructure Group. And if you're interested, you can follow me on twitter @orinthomas. So, this course is designed around what you can accomplish with a Windows Azure trial subscription. All of my demonstrations are recorded using virtual machines hosted on Windows Azure, as well as I use a single local management virtual machine for one or two of the demonstrations.
High Availability Hi, and welcome to TrainSignal. My name's Orin Thomas and this is High Availability in the Windows Azure Infrastructure as a Service Introductory course. In this lesson, we're going to be understanding Geo-Redundant Storage, understanding Fault and Update domains, understanding Availability Sets, and configuring Load Balancing endpoints. So to come back to the scenario, our friends at the Brisbane Office of Globomantics want to understand what are the high availability options for Windows Azure. They've heard occasionally of Cloud-based datacenters going down, like after lightning strikes and things like that, and even though they understand these things are rare, they want to get an understanding of what happens if a failure occurs? What happens if the server on the rack that hosts the virtual machine's failed? They want to get an idea of how things will function if a server or something else goes offline. So in terms of Understanding Windows Azure High Availability, there's topics such as Geo-Redundant Storage, Fault Domains, Update Domains, and Availability Sets.