Times change … sometimes faster as expected

Hi everyone,

it’s more than one year since I became an MVP and join that awesome program but it will be my first and last year as regular MVP. I decided to leave the program and join Microsoft itself.

With the beginning of July I will start my career at Microsoft Germany. I will start as Cloud Solutions Architect and follow awesome guy’s and friends like Daniel Neumann, Anton Staykov or Alessandro Cardoso. Aidan Finn would say “I will go blue” referring to my new batch color which is changing from purple (Microsoft Partner) to blue (Microsoft Employee).

Even as Microsoft FTE I will continue my community and try to support you with the new experiences I will make in the future.

Thank you for your great support over last years and thank you to all my MVP Friends, Microsoft PG and the MVP Program Leads. 🙂

My 1st book is ready for order “Implementing #Azure Solutions”

Hi everyone,

as many of you already know. Last year around that time I started together with Oliver Michalski (MVP Azure) and Jan-Henrik Damaschke (MVP Cloud & Datacenter Management) to write a book about implementing Azure Solutions. After one year of hart work and many struggles and even more changes because of the rapid development of Azure, the book is now ready for order via Packt and Amazon 🙂

We are very happy with the result. Hopefully you have as much fun ready than we writing the book.

Order via Amazon.com // Order via Packt


What this book covers
Chapter 1, Getting Started with Azure Implementation, … Within that chapter the reader will get an overview about Cloud service models, Cloud deployment models, Cloud characteristics, and Azure services.
Chapter 2, Azure Resource Manager and Tools, … Within that chapter the reader will learn all about the Azure Resource Manager and his concepts (Azure Resource Groups/ Azure Resource Tags/ Locks), The reader will also get an introduction in the working with ARM Templates area.
Chapter 3, Deploying and Synchronizing Azure Active Directory, … Within that chapter the reader will get an overview about the deployment, management and functionalities of Azure Active Directory and its relation to a Microsoft Azure Subscription.
Chapter 4, Implementing Azure Networks, … Within that chapter the reader will learn how networking in Azure works, how to plan Azure network components and how to deploy the different network components within Azure.
Chapter 5, Implementing and Securing Storage Accounts, … Within that chapter the reader will learn all about Azure Storage Management and his concepts (Blob / Table / Queue / File). The reader will also get some basic storage configurations.
Chapter 6, Planning and Deploying Virtual Machines in Azure, … Within that chapter the reader will learn the difference between the Azure Virtual Machine types, the common use cases for the different types and how to deploy Virtual Machines.
Chapter 7, Implementing Cloud Services, … Within that chapter the reader will learn all about Azure Cloud Services, the Cloud Service architecture, Azure Cloud Service vs. Azure App Services and how to create your first Cloud Service.
Chapter 8, Exploring and Implementing Containers, … Within that chapter the reader will learn the basic knowledge about the Azure Container Service area and how to create your first container service. The reader also learns the necessary steps for working with the service afterwards.
Chapter 9, Securing an Azure Environment, … Within that chapter the reader will learn all about Azure Security concepts (Identity Management with Azure AD / Role based Access Control / Azure Storage security) and the Azure Security Center.
Chapter 10, Best Practices, … Based on a common use case and migration scenario, the reader will get a basic overview how classic applications and services can be placed in the Microsoft Cloud ecosystem and which tools can be used for the migration.

“Cache Zones” with Storage Spaces Direct & Hyper-V for Azure & AWS

Hi community,

while working with lots of customers in different Azure projects I often here that they want to minimize and reduce their hardware on prem. or even bane every piece of server from their office locations.

In many cases that isn’t really possible. Mostly there are still applications which become very fuzzy with a latency above 30 ms between service and user.

To resolve that gap and reduce the systems on premises to a minimum and save as much money as possible, I started to place Windows Hyper-V Servers with Storage Spaces in the office were I needed lower latency.

At the end we are able to reduce the needed infrastructure to at least two servers, two switches and one router or firewall. I personally call those pieces of hardware “Cache Zone”. The picture below shows a schematic view.

With that I’m able to place services on prem. and cover them via redundancy in the cloud. Currently I have a list of a few basic services like Domain Controller, File Servers, Print Servers or internal Webservers. For the covering of File Servers you can find my post here.

So how does it look like, first you need to connect your office with your cloud provider, either via VPN, MPLS or with some services via HTTPS or other direct services via the internet. You place one partner for example a Domain Controller on prem. the other ones are placed in the cloud.

That’s nearly everything you need. If you use Windows Server 2016 Datacenter for the host, you have also all licenses you need for the features of the virtual machines like Storage Replication.

As server systems, I currently have some small systems von Secure Guard in my testlab.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me.





Speaking at Cloud & Datacenter Conference Germany

Hey everybody,

this week I got a mail from Carsten Rachfahl the inventor and host of the Cloud & Datacenter Conference Germany. The CDC is one of the biggest IT Conferences in Germany and Carsten offered me a Speaker slot at his conference 🙂

I’m so proud that I match Carsten’s high quality standards and will be able to share some knowledge about Microsoft Azure. The topic I’m speaking about isn’t completely clear yet but I think it will be Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute and Azure Networking. 🙂