Posted by on Apr 22, 2015 in #Azure | 0 comments

There is a couple of questions that always pop up when I speak to people about Azure. It’s not that the resources and answers to these questions doesn’t exist – believe me, there’s a ton of great articles and resources out there!

But if you don’t know where to look, it can be tricky – so I took the liberty of compiling a list of great resources with regards to these common questions.

Migrating and deploying web apps to Azure

Have a look at this article and inspect the Azure Website (Web App) Migration Assistant:
https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/azure/hh420322.aspx
http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/web-sites-migration-from-iis-server/
https://www.movemetothecloud.net/

You can also use FTP to access your web apps:
http://blogs.msdn.com/b/avkashchauhan/archive/2012/06/19/windows-azure-website-uploading-downloading-files-over-ftp-and-collecting-diagnostics-logs.aspx 

In addition, check out the continuous deployment capabilities of App Services:
http://azure.microsoft.com/sv-se/documentation/articles/web-sites-publish-source-control/

Migrating local virtual machines to Azure

Here is a straight forward guide to migrating your existing virtual machines to Azure.
http://blogs.technet.com/b/cbernier/archive/2014/01/27/move-vm-s-between-hyper-v-and-windows-azure.aspx

Virtual machine disks

This tutorial by Kathy Davies walks you through attaching new disks to your virtual machines in Azure.
http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/storage-windows-attach-disk/

Check this out for information about disk limits:
https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/azure/dn197896.aspx

IP Address options

I actually wrote a post recently about the different IP address types available in Azure. It’s good to be aware of the different options when architecting your cloud solutions.
http://simonjager.com/azure-dip-pip-and-vip-explained/

Cross-premises connectivity (virtual networks)

Here’s an overview of virtual networks and cross-premises connectivity.
https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/azure/dn133798.aspx

This article will help you to understand which type of connection you will need (Point-to-Site, Site-to-Site or ExpressRoute):
http://azure.microsoft.com/blog/2014/06/10/expressroute-or-virtual-network-vpn-whats-right-for-me/

As for setting up Site-to-Site connectivity, I would like to mention this tutorial by Cheryl McGuire:
http://azure.microsoft.com/sv-se/documentation/articles/virtual-networks-create-site-to-site-cross-premises-connectivity/

Azure Active Directory synchronization

Check out the following articles to gain a better understanding of your synchronization options:
https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/azure/jj573653.aspx
https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/azure/dn790204.aspx

Azure SQL Database vs SQL Server and migration tools

Selcin Turkarslan wrote a great article on understanding Azure SQL Database and SQL Server – I strongly recommend you to read it:
http://azure.microsoft.com/sv-se/documentation/articles/data-management-azure-sql-database-and-sql-server-iaas/ 

A popular tool for migrating between Azure SQL Database and SQL Server is SQL Database Migration Wizard. I’ve used it a couple of times and it has been working great, just make sure to pick the correct version of the tool (depending on the version of your SQL Server).
https://sqlazuremw.codeplex.com/
https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/azure/jj156144.aspx

Azure Backup

Here’s an overview and a tutorial by Mark Galioto:
https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/azure/hh831419.aspx
http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/backup-configure-vault/

Storage tiers

This covers both pricing and the different redundancy levels of Azure storage:
http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/pricing/details/storage/ 

If you need very high performance storage – be sure to scroll down and read about Premium Storage.

Security and SLA

As for security and compliance, here’s an entire Trust Center which you can dig into:
http://azure.microsoft.com/sv-se/support/trust-center/security/ 

You can learn more about the Service-Level Agreements in Azure here:
http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/support/legal/sla/ 
http://www.troyhunt.com/2014/02/the-cloud-never-goes-down-azure-slas.html

Pricing

For detailed pricing information, check out:
http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/pricing/ 

There’s also a nifty cost calculator available if you would like to estimate the expense of your entire solution:
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/pricing/calculator/?scenario=full

-Simon Jäger