Category Archives : Virtual Machines

07

May

Host multiplayer Minecraft: Education Edition on Azure Virtual Machines

 

The creative nature of Minecraft has made it one of the premier educational tools for the modern classroom. Teachers around the world have designed, modified, and explored collaborative Minecraft projects for all subjects, and with Minecraft: Education Edition it has become even easier for teachers to spin up multiplayer servers right from their own machines and lead their classes in collaborative building and problem solving.

We’re excited to announce the new Minecraft: Education Edition virtual machine (preview) is available on the Azure Marketplace. This release allows teachers to run multi-player Minecraft: Education Edition sessions with the scalability, performance, and security of Azure. Students need only log-in with their school-issued email address to join the learning! And institutions that have a Minecraft: Education Edition license through select Microsoft 365 Education plans need only pay only what they use on the virtual machine itself.

Running Minecraft: Education Edition on Azure can provide teachers more flexibility and control over the learning experience. Many teachers may not have a personal or organized-issued devices that can host large multi-player sessions. Or they aren’t able to leave the multiplayer instance open for students to connect from home, making the environment only accessible during class

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06

May

Introducing new product innovations for SAP HANA, Expanded AI collaboration with SAP and more

For many enterprises modernizing ERP systems is key to achieving their digital transformation goals. At Microsoft we are committed to supporting our customers by offering the single best infrastructure choice that exists for SAP HANA, bar none. 

In terms of raw capabilities we not only have the largest number of SAP HANA-certified offerings (25 configurations that span virtual machines and purpose-built bare metal instances from 192GB to 24TB), but also the widest footprint of regions with SAP HANA certified infrastructure (26 with plans to launch 8 more by end of 2019). We also support some of the largest deployments of SAP HANA in the public cloud, such as CONA Services.

We, in partnership with SAP, are very happy to announce multiple enhancements to SAP on Azure at SAPPHIRE NOW. We will offer our customers even more choices in infrastructure giving them greater VM memory, even more options around bare metal instances and business continuity.

In addition to this we are announcing deeper integration between SAP and Azure around AI, data protection and identity integration. These integrations will help our joint customers accelerate their digital transformation with the power of the cloud.

Here’s what’s new:

6 TB and 12 TB VMs

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01

May

Azure Stack IaaS – part seven

https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/azure-stack-iaas-part-seven-2/

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23

Apr

Migrating SAP applications to Azure: Introduction and our partnership with SAP

Just over 25 years ago, Bill Gates and Hasso Plattner met to form an alliance between Microsoft and SAP that has become one of our industry’s longest lasting alliances. At the time their conversation was focused on how Windows could be the leading operating system for SAP’s SAPGUI desktop client and when released a few years later, how Windows NT could be a server operating system of choice for running SAP R/3. Not long after in 1996 we started our own SAP project based on Windows NT/SQL Server and complimented our SAP alliance that has continued to evolve since then, while meeting the needs of SAP customers of all sizes.

That said, with 90 percent of today’s Fortune 500 customers using Microsoft Azure and an estimated 80 percent of Fortune customers running SAP solutions, it makes sense why SAP running on Azure is a key joint initiative between Microsoft and SAP. At the SAPPHIRENOW conference in 2016, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and SAP CEO Bill McDermott were on stage talking about the significant progress of SAP and Azure, especially with the release of SAP HANA on Azure Large Instances. Most of our conversations with large scale SAP customers at the time

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22

Apr

Azure SQL Data Warehouse reserved capacity and software plans now generally available

We’re excited to share more ways to optimize your Azure costs. Today we are releasing the general availability of Azure SQL Data Warehouse reserved capacity and software plans for RedHat Enterprise Linux and SUSE.

Save up to 65 percent on your Azure SQL Data Warehouse workloads

Starting today, you can purchase Reserved Capacity for Azure SQL Data Warehouse and get up to a 65 percent discount over pay-as-you-go rates. Select from 1-year or 3-year pre-commit options.

Reserved capacity is purchased in increments of 100 cDWU. Multiple warehouses in the same region can use a single pool of Reserved Capacity. The fully elastic properties of the service remain and operations beyond the reserved capacity will be billed using pay-as-you-go pricing. As always, storage is charged separately from compute and will continue to be charged separately when purchasing Reserved Capacity.

More flexibility with exchanges and refunds

We’ve made it easy to exchange your reserved capacity and make other changes, like region or term. You can also cancel the reserved capacity at any time and get a refund (terms apply).

Next steps Visit the pricing page to learn more about Azure SQL Data Warehouse pricing. Purchase SQL Data Warehouse reserved capacity in the

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08

Apr

Azure Stack IaaS – part seven
Azure Stack IaaS – part seven

It takes a team

Most apps get delivered by a team. When your team delivers the app through virtual machine (VMs), it is important to coordinate efforts. Born in the cloud to serve teams from all over the world, Azure and Azure Stack have some handy capabilities to help you coordinate VM operations across your team.

Identity and single sign-on

The easiest identity to remember is the one you use every day to sign in to your corporate network and check your email. If you are using Azure Active Directory, or your own active directory, your login to Azure Stack will be the same. This is something your admin sets up when the Azure Stack was deployed so you don’t have to learn and remember different credentials.

Learn more about integrating Azure Stack with Azure Active Directory and Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS).

Role-based access control

In the virtualization days my team typically coordinated operations through credentials to VMs and the management tools. The Azure Resource Manager include a very robust role-based access control (RBAC) system that not only allows you to identify who can access the system, but allows you to assign people to roles and set a scope

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02

Apr

https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/self-service-exchange-and-refund-for-azure-reservations/Azure Reservations provide flexibility to help meet your evolving needs. You can exchange a reservation for another reservation of the same type, and you can refund a reservation if you no longer need it. Exchange an existing reserved instance You READ MORE

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27

Mar

Analysis of network connection data with Azure Monitor for virtual machines

Azure Monitor for virtual machines (VMs) collects network connection data that you can use to analyze the dependencies and network traffic of your VMs. You can analyze the number of live and failed connections, bytes sent and received, and the connection dependencies of your VMs down to the process level. If malicious connections are detected it will include information about those IP addresses and threat level. The newly released VMBoundPort data set enables analysis of open ports and their connections for security analysis.

To begin analyzing this data, you will need to be on-boarded to Azure Monitor for VMs.

Workbooks

If you would like to start your analysis with a prebuilt, editable report you can try out some of the Workbooks we ship with Azure Monitor for VMs. Once on-boarded you navigate to Azure Monitor and select Virtual Machines (preview) from the insights menu section. From here, you can navigate to the Performance or Map tab to see a link for View Workbook that will open the Workbook gallery which includes the following Workbooks that analyze our network data:

Connections overview Failed connections TCP traffic Traffic comparison Active ports Open ports

These editable reports let you analyze your connection data

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27

Mar

Azure Stack IaaS – part six
Azure Stack IaaS – part six

Pay for what you use

In the virtualization days I used to pad all my requests for virtual machines (VM) to get the largest size possible. Since decisions and requests took time, I would ask for more than I required just so I wouldn’t have delays if I needed more capacity. This resulted in a lot of waste and a term I heard often–VM sprawl.

The behavior is different with Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) VMs in the cloud. A fundamental quality of a cloud is that it provides an elastic pool for your resource to use when needed. Since you only pay for what you use, you don’t need to over provision. Instead, you can optimize capacity based on demand. Let me show you some of the ways you can do this for your IaaS VMs running in Azure and Azure Stack.

Resize

It’s hard to know exactly how big your VM should be. There are so many dimensions to consider, such as CPU, memory, disks, and network. Instead of trying to predict what your VM needs for the next year or even month, why not take a guess, let it run, and then adjust the size once you have some historical

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25

Mar

Larger, more powerful Managed Disks for Azure Virtual Machines

Today, we are excited to announce the general availability of larger and more powerful Azure Managed Disk sizes of up to 32 TiB on Premium SSD, Standard SSD, and Standard HDD disk offerings. In addition, we support disk sizes up to 64 TiB on Ultra Disks in preview.

We are also increasing the performance scale targets for Premium SSD to 20,000 IOPS and 900 MB/sec. With the general availability (GA) of larger disk sizes, Azure now offers a broad range of disk sizes for your production workload needs, with unmatched scale and performance.

Some of the benefits of using larger disk sizes are:

Grow your virtual machine (VM) disks’ capacity independently of the VM size you are using. You can attach more disk capacity per VM without having to upgrade to larger VM sizes or leveraging multiple VMs. For instance, you can now attach two 32 TiB data disks on the smallest B1 Azure VM to achieve total disks capacity of 64 TiB. Our largest VMs can now support up to 2 PiB of Disks Storage on a single VM. This provides a cost-effective solution to migrate data hosted on-premises disks, NAS, or backup data to Azure. Lift and shift

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