Azure AD Connect

Microsoft announces they are releasing a public preview of the “new” Azure AD Connect (you can download it here).

Azure AD Connect is “new” because it is now one integrated tool that includes all the advances of AAD Sync and the features from the beta release of Azure AD Connect into simple, fast & lightweight solution. Azure AD Connect has everything you need to connect your Windows Server AD(s) and Azure AD with only 4 clicks.

Now you can get started using Azure AD in under an hour, no new hardware required!

Read More……

http://blogs.technet.com/b/ad/archive/2014/12/15/azure-ad-connect-one-simple-fast-lightweight-tool-to-connect-active-directory-and-azure-active-directory.aspx

Azure as Your Disaster Recovery Site

Over at the System Center team’s blog site, they talk Azure Disaster Recovery.

Excerpt…

One of the biggest reveals during the TechEd 2014 North America keynote was the Preview of Disaster Recovery to Azure using Azure Site Recovery. Azure Site Recovery (ASR) is the new name for Hyper-V Recovery Manager (HVRM). HVRM was the first use of the Azure public cloud for off-premise automation controlling on-premise private cloud fabric. HVRM had a lot of fans for its simplification of a complex and expensive process (DR site management and failover) but fewer adopters since the solution required customers to already have invested in a physical or partner-hosted DR site running a Microsoft private cloud.

Azure Disaster Recovery

Read more here:

http://blogs.technet.com/b/systemcenter/archive/2014/07/01/microsoft-azure-site-recovery-your-dr-site-in-microsoft-azure.aspx