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Azure Resource Manager Policies

On the 29th of September we could see some new announcements at AzureCon. One thing that did not get that much attention was the announcement of Azure Resource Manager Policies. The announcement was a bit hidden in the following video: Azure Resource Manager Policies at 22 min 44 seconds. To me this was a pretty cool announcement, because you can control your deployments by using policies. Policies are like Role Based Access applicable on subscriptions, resource groups and individual resources. Policies are allow by default. The following scenarios can be arranged with policies: Chargeback, you have to apply a tag otherwise a deployment will fail; Geo Compliance, you want to roll out resource only in certain regions, like North and West Europe; Service curation, only roll out the services that you allow (compute, networking, storage, resources) and nothing else; Naming convention, make sure you resources are named according the pattern you…

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The Definition of Cloud

You would think that nowadays most people know what cloud computing or in short cloud is, but is that assumption correct? The reason for writing this blog is that I found out that this assumption is incorrect, there are many people that have a different idea of what cloud is. When I asked several people during workshops and trainings the answer that I got most was: a storage far away…. hence the term cloud. This told me it was time to write a short blog about the definition of cloud to clear up the “mystery”. Cloud is no buzzword anymore, but it has become part of our modern world. We probably all use something or some services that are connect to cloud services. The search for the definition of cloud leads to NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) in the United States. If you click here a pdf of NIST will be opened with the…

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ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 Cloud Distribution Point In Azure

This blog will show you how to create a cloud distribution point from Configuration Manager in Azure. I chose to create 2 tabs in this blog one called “Create The Cloud DP” and the other “Certificate Creation”. I did this to not make this a lengthy blog and to keep it readible. There are a couple of things that are needed before you can create the Cloud DP. The following things need to be arranged: Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 [icon  icon=”0101.png”][/icon] A PKI Infrastructure [icon  icon=”0101.png”][/icon] Windows Azure Subscription [icon  icon=”0101.png”][/icon] Certificate needed for secure communication [icon  icon=”0101.png”][/icon] Import the certificate in Windows Azure (*.cer file) [icon  icon=”0101.png”][/icon] Export the private key of the certificate (*.pfx file) [icon  icon=”0101.png”][/icon] Create the Cloud distribution point [icon  icon=”0101.png”][/icon] The first 3 steps are clear, no need to say anything about that. The 4th point on the list is creating the certificate. Steps 4 to 6…

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