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How to load balance cloud services with Azure Traffic Manager

How to load balance cloud services with Azure Traffic Manager

Azure offers a
number of features that can help improve performance and availability of Microsoft's cloud
platform. For example, Azure
Traffic Manager
provides you with the ability to “control the distribution of
user traffic to your specified endpoints, which can include Azure cloud services, websites, and other
endpoints”.

With Azure Traffic Manager you can deploy cloud services in a variety of regions and
then load balance them across those regions based on a couple of options:

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Creating SharePoint Relative Links

Creating SharePoint Relative Links

Site Templates in SharePoint can be extremely useful, however one of the major shortcomings is that any links you put into the site template will be relative to the site collection, and not to the site. This can be overcome with some simple HTML embedded in Script Editor web part, meaning creating SharePoint relative links is quite … Read More

Microsoft Azure – The jump to Hyperscale

Microsoft Azure – The jump to Hyperscale

There’s really no better way to describe yesterday’s Azure announcement except to say that everything is getting bigger and better. Before we discuss new announcements let’s look at where we are now. Per this excellent Ars Technica Article, Azure is already massive: 600,000 servers per region More than 11 million total servers Moving forward, … Read More

How to auto-scale virtual machines with Microsoft Azure

How to auto-scale virtual machines with Microsoft Azure

Running Azure
Websites over a virtual machine (VM) makes it easy to scale up or down as required. If you are using the
Standard Tier for Azure Websites, you get automatic scaling of up to three VM sizes and up to ten
instances based on schedules and/or CPU. I explained how to configure scaling in a post
on The Lazy Admin blog earlier this year … Read more

Moving to Office 365: Enabling OneDrive for Business

Moving to Office 365: Enabling OneDrive for Business

In our first OneDrive for Business blog post, we outlined why businesses that currently have or are considering moving away from on-premise Microsoft Office to a hosted Office 365 environment should also consider taking advantage of OneDrive for Business as a cost-effective way to store and share documents, files and video content in the cloud.  … Read more