Free ebook and new MVA Training on Migrating SQL Server DBs to Azure

You also can download the eBook Migrating a SQL Server Database to Azure for free, and/or watch a great MVA training: Migrating SQL Server Databases to Azure

MVA training info:

If you’re an experienced SQL Server database administrator or developer and if you have a need to “lift and shift” databases to the cloud, this course is for you. Carl Rabeler, author of the Microsoft Press book Migrating SQL Server Databases to Azure, and Microsoft Senior Content Developer Chris Randall, who was the book’s technical reviewer, walk you through key topics.

Get an overview of SQL Server in Microsoft Azure, learn how to get started with SQL Server in an Azure Virtual Machine, and explore Azure SQL Database. Plus, find details on migrating a database to Azure, and learn more about authentication, authorization, and data resiliency. Don’t miss this opportunity to dive into securing and protecting your data in Azure in this SQL Server training, as you move to the cloud.

1 | Overview of SQL Server in Microsoft Azure

Get an introduction to the course, and explore the role of SQL Server technologies in a Microsoft Azure environment, including Azure Virtual Machines and Azure SQL Database.

2 | Getting Started with SQL Server in an Azure Virtual Machine

Learn how to provision Azure Virtual Machines using the SQL Server template from the Virtual Machine gallery.

3 | Getting Started with Azure SQL Database

See how to provision an Azure SQL Database, including logical servers, firewalls, and administrator accounts.

4 | Migrating a Database to Azure

Learn how to migrate existing databases from on-premises SQL Server, using a number of mechanisms.

5 | Authentication, Authorization, and Data Resiliency

Dive into securing and protecting your data in Azure.

Learn

  • Get an overview of SQL Server in Microsoft Azure.

 

  • Get started with SQL Server in an Azure Virtual Machine.
  • Get started with an Azure SQL Database.
  • Learn about migrating a database to Azure.
  • Get the details on authentication, authorization, and data resiliency.
  • Prerequisites

    This course assumes that you have more than one year of database administration using Microsoft SQL Server.

 

The Walking Dead: No Man’s Land game soars to #1 supported by Azure DocumentDB | Microsoft Azure Blog

Next Games, is a fast growing gaming company based in Helsinki, Finland. On October 7, 2015, AMC and Next Games released The Walking Dead: No Man’s Land, the official mobile game based on AMC’s record-breaking TV series, for iOS. Within a week, the game quickly skyrocketed to the #1 spot on Apple’s Top Free App chart.

To handle the massive scale and performance requirements for their highly anticipated game (over 1,000,000 downloads and 31M minutes played on opening weekend alone), the Next Games development team chose to implement their backend services on Azure. For their persistence layer, which needed to ingest massive volumes of game profile and state metadata while serving low latency queries (under 10 ms), they selected Azure DocumentDB, the fully managed NoSQL JSON database.

via The Walking Dead: No Man’s Land game soars to #1 supported by Azure DocumentDB | Microsoft Azure Blog.

Azure Cloud Application Design and Implementation Guidance

Designing and implementing applications for the cloud brings a unique set of challenges due to the remoteness of the infrastructure and the very nature of distributed services. Azure provides a comprehensive platform and infrastructure for hosting large-scale web applications and cloud services. However, to be successful, you need to understand how to use the features that Azure provides to support your systems correctly. The purpose of this site is to provide architectural guidance to enable you to build and deploy world-class systems using Azure.

These documents focus on the essential aspects of architecting systems to make optimal use of Azure, and summarize best practice for building cloud solutions. The current set of guidance documents contains the following items:

  • API Design describes the issues that you should consider when designing a web API..
  • API Implementation focusses on best practices for implementing a web API and publishing it to make it available to client applications.
  • Autoscaling Guidance summarizes considerations for taking advantage of the elasticity of cloud-hosted environments while easing management overhead by reducing the need for an operator to continually monitor the performance of a system and make decisions about adding or removing resources.
  • Background Jobs Guidance describes the options available, and best practices for implementing tasks that should be performed in the background, independently from any foreground or interactive operations.
  • Content Delivery Network (CDN) Guidance provides general guidance and good practice for using the CDN to minimize the load on your applications, and maximize availability and performance.
  • Caching Guidance summarizes how to use caching with Azure applications and services to improve the performance and scalability of a system.
  • Data Partitioning Guidance describes strategies that you can use to partition data to improve scalability, reduce contention, and optimize performance.
  • Monitoring and Diagnostics Guidance provides guidance on how to track the way in which users utilize your system, trace resource utilization, and generally monitor the health and performance of your system.
  • Retry General Guidance covers general guidance for transient fault handling in an Azure application.
  • Retry Service Specific Guidance summarizes the retry mechanism features for the majority of Azure services, and includes information to help you use, adapt, or extend the retry mechanism for that service.
  • Scalability Checklist summarizes best practices for designing and implementing scalable services and handling data management.
  • Availability Checklist lists best practices for ensuring availability in an Azure application.

This is a living project. We will be adding more documentation to cover additional aspects of Azure architecture. We also welcome feedback, suggestions, and other contributions to those items that we have already documented.


Note. This documentation is oriented towards architects. You can find detailed code examples and implementation documentation on the Azure website. Additionally, the Performance Optimization site contains further guidance on how to design systems that are scalable and efficient under load.

via mspnp/azure-guidance · GitHub.

Java at Microsoft – A great selection of cloud options for Java developers

By Brian Benz, Senior Technical Evangelist, MS Open Technologies

Are you working with Java and want to know where to start on Microsoft Azure? Are you already on Azure but want to take you Java applications to the next level? We have good news for you! Microsoft Azure has developed numerous resources just for Java developers who want to work with the Cloud. Here’s a full list of what we currently have to offer…

Find the full list under Java at Microsoft – A great selection of cloud options for Java developers | Microsoft Azure Blog.

New Azure services that maximize IT investments and developer agility

Today, we are excited to announce updates to our hybrid strategy with new functionality in Azure Backup and Azure Site Recovery, which will enable Availability on Demand. With the general availability of Azure API Management Premium, customers can now deploy and manage APIs with enterprise level features.

Within the announcement

– New Back up and Disaster Recovery services enable Availability on Demand

– Azure API Management Premium simplifies high availability and massive scale for APIs

– Azure Active Directory enhancements that protect and enhance access to cloud resources

– Azure App Service powers the creation of intelligent web and mobile apps

via New Azure services that maximize IT investments and developer agility | Microsoft Azure Blog.

zkipster – Checking in with ease with a digital guest list app and help from the cloud

App provider zkipster exists for one purpose: to give invited guests a fast, seamless experience when they check in at events. To ensure that happens and to meet growth needs, zkipster moved its environment to Microsoft Azure. Now, the company is enjoying massive growth, getting guests into global events efficiently, and developing innovative new features.

“In 2014, we expanded our client reach from 60 to more than 85 countries, and we saw a 97 percent increase in global check-ins using our app. We saw that growth also because of the scalability of the Azure platform.“
David Becker, zkipster, Co-Founder

via Customer Story.

Free ebook: Microsoft Azure Essentials Fundamentals of Azure

The topics explored in this book include:

  • Getting started with Azure: Understand what cloud computing is, visit the management portals, and learn about billing.
  • Websites and Cloud Services: Learn about Azure Websites, from deployment to monitoring, and gain an understanding of the web and worker roles used in Azure Cloud Services.
  • Virtual Machines: Explore the basic features of Azure Virtual Machines, including how to create, configure, and manage them.
  • Storage: Read about the basics of Azure Storage, including blobs, tables, queues, and file shares.
  • Virtual Networks: Learn the basics of virtual networks, including how to create one, and why a virtual network might be necessary. This also covers site-to-site and point-to-site networking, as well as ExpressRoute.
  • Databases: Explore two relational database options available in Azure: Azure SQL Database and SQL Server in Azure Virtual Machines.
  • Azure Active Directory: Explore basic features of Azure AD, including creating a directory, users and groups, and using the application gallery.
  • Management Tools: Explore three common tools for working with Azure: Visual Studio 2013 and the Azure SDK, Azure PowerShell cmdlets, and the Cross-Platform Command-Line Interface
  • Business Scenarios: Explore four common scenarios for utilizing Azure features: development and test, hybrid, application and infrastructure modernization, and Azure Mobile Services.

Get it on Microsoft Virtual Academy

via MSDN Blogs.