Introducing Server management tools

As I promised in my earlier blog post, I will now demonstrate how you are able to manage you servers and of course Nano server from Azure. It is still in preview phase, but there are lot of things what you are able to do and numbers are counting.
Just keep in mind that if you have some core servers in you your datacenter you will get a possibility to manage them via different GUIs as well.

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Using Nano Server

Lately I have been working with Nano and needed to say that it´s really something what we are looking for. If you compare it to full server you have quite many benefits to use Nano server for example as Hyper-V host. You don´t need to update it as much as you need to do with full server and the management is really easy. Let me show you an example how to quickly build up Nano server.

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Windows Containers in Azure

It has been a while after last blog post, but there has been reason for it. We have been fully working with new products and now we would like to share some great new stuff.
This blog post will contain step by step guide to install Windows Server 2016 Core with Containers Tech Preview 4 to Azure. We will also install Windows Container with IIS and show how to use NAT module for networking. Refer MS container documentation for more details.

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Azure Site Recovery, Between an on-premises with Enhanced VMWare to Azure

As I´m big fan of ASR I definitely wanted to test ASR Enhanced version of VMware to Azure. I will show you the steps which you need to do to get it up and running.
This post include also vCenter configuration steps.
Just a short reminder of some possibilities what you can do with ASR:
Migration (for example migrate VMs to Azure)
Disaster Recovery (DR to Azure or another datacenter)
Dev/test (for example test production env on Azure with isolated network)

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Azure Automation: How to easily schedule ARM VMs automatic start/shutdown

This blog post shows the steps how to easily schedule Start/stop your ARM VMs.
For example on demo/dev environments you can save costs when turning VMs off when you are not using them.

I will show you the easiest way and therefore I will do everything from the portal without needing any scripting knowledge.
We are going to use Graphical Runbooks which are provided by Microsoft. With these Runbooks you are able to schedule start/stop ARM VMs for Azure subscription or resource group or a single named VM.
In this example I have already create Resource Group called Demo and it contains one VM.

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