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One step closer to Microsoft Azure Stack

Great news coming from Microsoft – we are so close to finally getting the Microsoft Azure Stack preview! But… not this calendar year, unfortunately.

Azure Stack will be a combination of Windows Server 2016, Azure Pack and Azure Service Fabric. Combined together, these components will deliver the new “private cloud” solution (or more precisely hybrid solution because you will be able to expand with “public cloud” resources, if needed), which looks and feels like the “big Azure”. Bottom line is that the experience using Azure Stack or Azure will be identical (i.e. Microsoft brings it’s Azure to our on-premises datacenter). Sounds cool! Smiješak

Microsoft released a “teaser” with hardware requirements for its Azure Stack, and who better to explain them than Jeffrey Snover himself. Enjoy this short video.

And the best thing of the whole video is that you’ll need only ONE standard server to host the Azure Stack. One to rule them all. Smiješak

Don’t forget to take a look at the official announcement here (and to purchase additional server if needed, so that you can play with Azure Stack Preview once it gets available).



Microsoft Azure (IaaS) Cost Estimator Tool

One question that I get rather frequently: “How much would running my machines on top of Microsoft Azure really cost me?” (or something similar).

Well, you probably know that the first answer that comes to mind is “It depends.” (probably can be used on any occasion in IT, what do you think? Smile). I hope that the next step is “Well, let’s take a look what do have, what do you really use, what can be migrated, let’s profile the usage, and then we will calculate it (using Excel, of course), and…”.

Good news is that now you have the tool for this scenario, called Microsoft Azure (IaaS) Cost Estimator Tool! Smile



The tool itself looks very nice, and it’s easy to use (do I need to mention that this tool is also free?), so I really can’t think of a reason not to use it (or just give it a try). It also downloads the updated XML that verifies that the latest version is installed and that the latest pricing is used.

You can download this great tool here (it’s about 3,5 MB in size), with walkthrough here.

If it says that Microsoft Azure maybe is not right for you (based on the data you fed it with), you can still take a test-drive of Microsoft Azure, and decide for yourself (after all – it is a tool, it can be wrong Smile).

Have a nice day!

P.S. Let’s not forget about the awesome Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit, which is also freely available out there… Smile


Microsoft Azure Active Directory Premium trial is now available. What are you waiting for?

Well, for anyone who’s been asking when will it be available, it finally is – as of today, you can activate Microsoft Azure Active Directory Premium trial!

All that you need to do is the following:

  • login to your Microsoft Azure subscription
  • go to the Active Directory section
  • click on the directory on which you want to activate trial (or create a new one)
  • go to licenses section


  • after a few moments, trial with 100 licenses will be activated and it will stay active for 90 days


How cool is that??? Smile

UPDATE (July 1st, 2014): You can read more about it here. There is also a new, long-awaited feature, AAD Tenant Deletion, and you can find more about it here.

Have a great week ahead!

P.S. If you still don’t have Microsoft Azure (trial or the “paid version”), you can acquire it here.


Microsoft Azure Backup (WinDays14)

Not so long ago (just before the WinDays14 conference in Croatia), I’ve written an article about Windows Azure Backup (now called Microsoft Azure Backup because of a renaming scheme that followed little after the article was sent to be published). This article was written for the special, conference edition of Mreža magazine.

Unfortunately (for some), this article is in Croatian.

In general, it’s a 2 page Microsoft Azure Backup overview – what can it do, how easy it is to set-up, how it can ease the burden of doing backups, how can it be incorporated into the current backup policy and extend it off-premise, etc.

You can find and read the article using the specialized Windows 8/8.1 app called Bug & Mreža (or direct link) – app created for reading the digital editions of two of our largest IT magazines, Bug and Mreža).

With weekend just around the corner, maybe now is the right time to try Microsoft Azure and, more specifically, the Microsoft Azure Backup feature? Smile

Have a great weekend!

UPDATE (June 14th, 2014): This article was re-published in Mreža magazine, "regular" (not WinDays) edition, July 2014. Makes me proud. Again. Smile