Azure Weekly

Azure Weekly: June 6, 2016

The Build Azure Weekly series brings a single, consolidated source for the current weeks Microsoft Azure news, blogs, service updates, and other links. The Azure ecosystem is constantly changing, with new features coming all the time. It can be difficult to keep up with, and the Build Azure Weekly series is an attempt to help you stay up-to-date with all that is latest with the Azure platform / ecosystem.

Service Updates

Here’s a list of the Azure Service Updates that were announced by Microsoft for the week:

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InfrastructureOpen Source

Tutorial: Create Minecraft Server in Azure on an Ubuntu VM

Setting up a Minecraft server generally takes a bit of work from installing the Operating System, installing Java, to setting up the Minecraft Server to run itself. This is all in addition to putting some kind of hardware together to run it, and if you do it at home it’s only available to players on your local Wifi / network. When you create a Minecraft Server in the cloud, such as Microsoft Azure, the entire setup is completely automated and the resulting Minecraft Server is available across the Internet to any players you want to invite to your server. Additionally, the cost of running the server is likely much lower than you might expect. In this article, we’ll run through the steps necessary to setup a Minecraft Server to run in Microsoft Azure. We’ll also discuss the cost implications of running a Minecraft Server in the cloud, along with some tips and tricks for keeping the cost as low as possible.

Whether you want to create a Minecraft Server just for yourself, your friends, or your own kids, this article will get you through the setup process and give you the knowledge you’ll need to host your very own Minecraft Server! Read More

Azure Weekly

Azure Weekly: May 30, 2016

The Azure Weekly series from BuildAzure.com brings a consolidated source for the weeks Azure news, blogs, and service updates. There is an incredible amount of things changing in the Microsoft Azure platform and ecosystem on a regular basis. The goal of this weekly list is to help keep up on all that keeps changing.

Service Updates

This is the list of Azure Service Updates announced by Microsoft for the week:

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ArchitectureInfrastructure

Azure Features and Regions, Oh My!?

AzureRegionsMicrosoft Azure has tons of data centers and region. At the time of writing this, Azure is made up of 24 regions with more, new regions announced coming soon. In fact, Microsoft Azure is bigger than both Amazon’s and Google’s cloud services combined!

Microsoft Azure also has a ton of features, however, not all features are available in every data center. The majority of features are, but some are not. To help determine which Azure features are supported in each region, Microsoft has a “Services by Region” page available. This page allows you to easily see which Azure features are available in which regions, and can really help in planning out what regions and data centers you’re going to deploy to in the Microsoft Azure cloud.

The Azure Services by Region page can be found here:
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/regions/#services

Azure Weekly

Azure Weekly: May 23, 2016

The Azure Weekly series from BuildAzure.com brings a consolidated source for the weeks Azure news, blogs, and service updates. There is an incredible amount of things changing in the Microsoft Azure platform and ecosystem on a regular basis. The goal of this weekly list is to help keep up on all that keeps changing.

Service Updates

This is the list of Service Updates announced by Microsoft.

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InfrastructureMarketplace

Azure Marketplace: SharePoint 2013 HA Farm w/ 3-tier Topology

The main methods of hosting SharePoint are either On-Premises or Office 365. There are many reasons to use both solutions, however there is a 3rd option when migrating your business and SharePoint environments to the Microsoft Azure cloud. The Microsoft Azure Marketplace contains a template that can be used to easily setup a full SharePoint 2013 HA Farm that includes Windows Server 2012 R2 domain controllers, two SQL Server 2014 database servers, and four SharePoint Server 2013 servers (two web front ends and two application servers). This makes it extremely easy to setup a Microsoft SharePoint 2013 environment in the Microsoft Azure cloud. Read More

ArchitectureDevelopmentInfrastructure

Interactive Azure Platform Big Picture

The Microsoft Azure cloud platform is really big with tons of features, plus Microsoft keeps adding more, and more, and more all the time. The technology industry can generally be difficult to keep up with, and all that is in Microsoft Azure can be just as difficult to keep track of. With the help of Ricardo Niepel and his Interactive Azure Platform Big Picture graphic / website it’s easy to see all the big features that make up Microsoft Azure. The interactive part is where you can click on a feature to see a short description, as well as links to documentation and pricing to dive in further.

The below image is a screenshot, clicking on it will bring you to the website. Enjoy!

InteractiveAzurePlatformBigPicture