Category Archives: Azure

Azure Site Recovery: Preview version vs Classic version

Azure Site Recovery is one of the most useful Azure tools to setup the server DR solution between on-promise and Azure. It replicates workloads running on physical and virtual machines (VMs) from a primary site (mostly on-promise) to Azure. When an outage occurs at primary site, the on-promise VM can be failed over to Azure and access servers and apps from there.

In August 31, 2021, Azure released a Public Preview of a new Azure Site Recovery version (Preview version). This post is to list the key differences the Preview versions and Classic version for quick readers.

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HPE StoreOnce Catalyst Store

HPE StoreOnce is a deduplication storage system providing efficient data compression and deduplication capability and suitable for data backup and long-term retention. HPE StoreOnce can be also be integrated with major backup vendors as the backup target storage.

This post is a quick introduction and demonstration of the HPE StoreOnce Catalyst Store for quick reference.

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Deploy HPE StoreOnce VSA in Azure

HPE StoreOnce is a deduplication storage system providing efficient data compression and deduplication capability and suitable for data backup and long-term retention. HPE StoreOnce can be integrated with major backup vendors as the backup target storage.

In Azure, there is virtual edition of HPE StoreOnce in Azure Marketplace.  Deploying and initializing the HPE StoreOnce VSA is a very pleasant process with a straightforward outcome.

Since the HPE StoreOnce supports the data replication between appliances, the Azure based StoreOne VSA could be a good candidate of remote DR data copy by replicating the data from on-premise StoreOnce system.

It is noted that the VSA deployed in Azure will come with a trail license: “One time instant-on license for up to 90 days with a maximum 500TB capacity. No support provided by HPE.”

This post is to outline the deploying steps for quick reference.

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Deploy Veeam Backup for Microsoft Azure

Veeam backup software family includes a solution to provide the backup capability for Azure virtual machines. As a kind of tradition of Veeam backup solutions, it provides a “Free Edition” to allow 10 VM backup for free. This post is to provide an overview about how to deploy the Veeam Backup for Microsoft Azure.

The first impression of this solution is its simplicity. Not only from the backup methodology, but also the deployment and operation.

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Define Customized Virtual Disk Name in Azure Windows Virtual Machine Deployment

There is no doubt that one of the most common Azure operations is to deploy Windows virtual machine. In most cases, deploying an Azure Windows Server is to utilize the Windows Server deploy wizard in Marketplace, which is also the easiest way in most scenarios.

However, by utilizing the deployment Wizard, we cannot choose the Virtual disk name. The virtual disk name will be automatically populated with an Azure predefined format.

This post to introduce one of the ways to allow user to define the virtual disk name by utilizing the “Azure Templates”. The method used in this post can also be used to define other Azure element name in virtual machines.

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