Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines: Built-in Anti-Virus Support

During the TechEd 2014 Microsoft announce anti-virus software support for Azure VMs. This service will be integrated through  VM agent coming along with all the Azure Virtual machines. Apart from using Microsoft anti-malware protection Microsoft has extend their arms to welcome two vendors for this server;

  • Symantec Endpoint Protection
  • TrendMicro’s Deep Security Agent

From my opinion this is a good move Microsoft carrying out. Most of the customers want third party applications and purchasing them and applying to Azure is not feasible if they’re planning to use the virtual machines for couple of months. Integrating anti-virus solution to Azure VM’s will make customers life one step easier 🙂

I test this our in my Azure MSDN subscription. During new VM creation,

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you get the chance to select which VM agent you want to install plus the anti-virus software,

 

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Once you log into the VM you’re greeted with web site stating trial version of the Anti-virus is setup and it will work for XX days until we purchase and maintain that. But if you’re a customer who extend your on-prem network with Microsoft Azure then you can use your on-prem AV software in the cloud VM’s and manage them centrally via S2S connection.

Why Microsoft Azure RemoteApp rocks

During the TechEd 2014 in USA Microsoft revealed another cool offer “RemoteApps” via Public Cloud service. This is similar to Server 2012 R2 RDS Application publishing but only difference is hosted platform is public cloud (Azure). At this stage service is in preview mode and limited to 3 hosted applications only.

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Good news is this offering works across the Android, iOS systems as well. At this stage I only could check on Windows and Android only. Some of the screenshots from my Android tablet,

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According to sources OneDrive integration will not work in preview mode. During my test I also found out they have not carried out any integration yet. My understanding is PG team for “RemoteApps” have to work hard on that matter an would be a great challenge for them.

As per the Microsoft motto of “Cloud first and mobile first” this offering match perfectly. After all we expect to work from any device in any location. So there is no better solution than embracing cloud for access availability. To support that future Microsoft making their software readily available from any device concept which I highly believe in for their success.

I’m not sure about other vendors vision but I strongly agree Microsoft will take one of the main initiative to drive Cloud technology to the market and into daily life of people around the world. If you ask why is that? Well Microsoft heavily invest onto Azure and they want to reap out of that. So it’s pretty obvious Microsoft Azure going to be the “de facto” 🙂

Stay tune because this technology has more to offer. So far I only talk about the Cloud-only deployment method only. There is a another “hybrid deployment” model which can integrate with you on-prem network.

Sources – http://blogs.technet.com/b/in_the_cloud/archive/2014/05/16/microsoft-azure-remoteapp-demo.aspx

Reported problems after installing Update Rollup 2 for DPM 2012 R2

Soon after releasing the Update Rollup 2 for System Center 2012 r2 products numerous threads start in technical forums issues related with DPM 2012 R2. Most of them are related to Tape backup & recovery.

Below thread discuss such issue scenario,

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/e9f4801e-6a6f-440f-ad05-65758007db69/dpm-2012-r2-ru2-kb2958100-dpm-accessmanager-service-crash?forum=dataprotectionmanager

Good news is Microsoft DPM team acknowledge the issue nd quickly withdraw the update from the web site,

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2958100

Recovering from the issue is quite complex and need Microsoft support in certain cases. This also remind us the thumb rule of not applying latest updates to production environment without proper study. It’s always ideal to test them in staging environment.

Latest Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Books from MS Press

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Microsoft press has released two books related to HYPER-V technology. The contents on these books are written by over a dozen individuals at Microsoft including Support Escalation Engineers, Premier Field Engineers, Program Managers, Data Center Specialists, and experts from Microsoft Consulting Services. Since most of the contents are written by field engineers you can gain more information about troubleshooting and lessons learns during setup an configurations.

 

Optimizing and Troubleshooting Hyper-V Networking

http://shop.oreilly.com/product/0790145383068.do

Optimizing and Troubleshooting Hyper-V Storage

http://shop.oreilly.com/product/0790145382924.do