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Manage Windows Azure Active Directory by using Windows PowerShell

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As an administrator, you can use the Windows Azure Active Directory Module for Windows PowerShell cmdlets to accomplish many Windows Azure AD tenant-based administrative tasks such as user management, domain management and for configuring single sign-on. This topic includes information about how to install these cmdlets for use with your tenant.

Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track guides

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Infrastructure-as-a-Service Product Line Architecture Fabric Architecture Guide

“The scope of this document is to provide customers with the necessary guidance to develop solutions for a Microsoft private cloud infrastructure in accordance with the IaaS PLA patterns that are identified for use with the Windows Server 2012 operating system. This document provides specific guidance for developing fabric architectures (compute, network, storage, and virtualization layers) of an overall private cloud solution.”

Infrastructure-as-a-Service Product Line Architecture Fabric Management Architecture Guide

“The scope of this document is to provide customers with the necessary guidance to develop solutions for a Microsoft private cloud infrastructure in accordance with the IaaS PLA patterns that are identified for use with the Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 (SP1). This document provides specific guidance for developing a management architecture for an overall private cloud solution.”

General Availability release of Windows Azure AD

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General Availability of Windows Azure Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)

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Watch this video at:

General Availability of Windows Azure Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)

and the follow links on that page.

Windows Azure Active Directory Graph Team blog

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The Windows Azure Active Directory Graph Team has a blog:

“Windows Azure Active Directory( AAD ) provides identity management and access control capabilities for your cloud applications. The AAD graph API will let you access the information in the directory through a very simple RESTful service.”

This post has an overview and context for AAD and you can try out the Graph API here (and click Use Demo Company).

IGNITE events for Office 365 and Exchange

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Regional Office and Exchange teams run “Ignite” training events for new waves of their products. I have attended online versions from both the US and UK in the past. The events are often over two days and are very useful for getting up to speed. The teams also have related webcasts and a selection covering topics such as: Hybrid deployment, Cutover and Staged migrations, Click-to-run deployment amongst others are available to replay (with presentation downloads) here.

The webcast on Identities and Single Sign on is interesting as it covers Windows Azure Active Directory tenancy and the Graph API that I have mentioned before.

graph

On multi-forest AD the presentation indicates:

Multi-forest AD support is available through Microsoft-led deployments
Multi-forest DirSync appliance supports multiple dis-joint account forests
FIM 2010 Office 365 connector supports complex multi-forest topologies

If you find that presentation relevant then you might also want to check out the session from TechEd 2012 on Office 365 Identity Federation Technology Deep-Dive.

If you are responsible for the on-premise Active Directory that synchronizes to Office 365 using DirSync then you might want to look at the IdFix DirSync Error Remediation tool for object and attribute  sanitization.

Windows Azure: Infrastructure as a Service

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There’s a growing amount of material available on Windows Azure Infrastructure as a Service (think virtual machines in the cloud):

AVMs   AIaaS

but sometimes a concise demo is really helpful. Episode 53 of the (always excellent) EdgeShow at Channel9 has nice demo of Windows Azure IaaS that should whet the appetite of any IT professional be it an infrastructure architect involved in planning for private cloud or a developer thinking about the overhead of running your own test/dev or sandpit environment. The demo starts here; watch it and then read on…

…if building say, an on premise test/dev environment in a virtualisation infrastructure, then looking at the costs of running on Windows Azure and weighing those against the costs and complexity of building your own must be the first step. Information on Windows Azure trials and previews and pricing is here.

If you watch the demo you will (briefly) see the new VMdepot community that allows you to select from pre-built images on a variety of Linux distributions with various platforms e.g. LAMP stack, included.

For a broader overview on there’s a recent talk by John Craddock at the Nordic Infrastructure Conference 2013 on Windows Azure Insights for the Enterprise IT Pro; John explains, in passing, how you can leverage an MSDN subscription to trial the technology.

For a technical deep-dive on Windows Azure IaaS and virtual networks see Mark Russinovich  BUILD presentation; you can also watch Mark’s presentation broken down into smaller modules with related learning materials on the associated Microsoft Virtual Academy course.

For a deep-dive on how to manage Windows Azure IaaS with powershell see Michael Washam BUILD presentation. Channel 9 also hosts a version of Michael’s presentation in bite-size chunks at Windows Azure Virtual Machines & Networking

The image on left above is snipped from the Windows Azure Poster.