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Learning Microsoft Azure Storage

By : Mohamed Waly
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Learning Microsoft Azure Storage

By: Mohamed Waly

Overview of this book

Microsoft Azure Storage is the bedrock of Microsoft's core storage solution offering in Azure. No matter what solution you are building for the cloud, you'll find a compelling use for Azure Storage. This book will help you get up-to-speed quickly on Microsoft Azure Storage by teaching you how to use the different storage services. You will be able to leverage secure design patterns based on real-world scenarios and develop a strong storage foundation for Azure virtual machines. You will start this book with an introduction to Microsoft Azure storage and how it can be used to build large-scale, real-world applications using Azure storage services such as blob, table, queue, and file. This book will also teach you about the different types of Azure Storage. You will then find out the best practices for designing your Azure VM storage, whether it is Windows based or Linux based and how to migrate your storage in different scenarios. You will learn also how to plan and implement your SQL database solution on Azure, and how to build your SQL database in different service models (IaaS/PaaS). Moreover, you will also learn best practices for dealing with Azure Backup, the role of Azure Site Recovery, and the solutions they offer in different scenarios. Finally, you will use StorSimple to unlock the maximum value from all of your data, and some tools that will help you manage your storage on-and off-premise (Azure), such as AzCopy and Storage Explorer. Monitoring your storage in no laughing matter, so you will learn to monitor, diagnose and troubleshoot it.
Table of Contents (9 chapters)

Capturing VMs

Templates … Templates … Templates…

That is what we always seek when we need to create a machine with the same specifications regularly, especially in dev/test environments.

So, what would you do if you wanted to have an image of a VM that you could use later to recreate other VMs without having to do all the steps you did to get this VM up and running?

The answer is very easy to say and easily implemented. You only need to capture the VM, considering that the image will include all the disks added to that VM.

There are two ways to capture the VM from the Azure portal. The first is, if you use managed storage, you will directly capture the image from the VM blade. But if you use unmanaged storage, you will navigate to Images and start capturing the VM.

But before doing any of that, you have to sysprep the VM first.