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Azure Recovery Services Vault Backup with Windows SBS 2011

Technically, Microsoft does not support Windows Small Business Server 2011 when it comes to backup using Azure recovery services vault. There are certainly some caveats to a successful setup but for us, all of them were acceptable to have this simple backup strategy. There are PowerShell Cmdlets for Azure online backup that you can mix and match to create a PowerShell script for the Azure Recovery Services Agent that get it to run successfully from a scheduled task.


Azure Linux Virtual Machine with No Data Disk

Let’s say you need a Linux Virtual Machine (VM) to do some simple tasks or even host a low to medium traffic web site. You spin up one of the canned Linux images on Azure like CentOS and you find yourself with at least a 32GB disk which has more than 28GB of free space. […]