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Some very basic thoughts to Windows Azure...

Windows Azure is

  • SAAS - Software in cloud - i. e. Office 365
  • PAAS - Platform in cloud - for developer Application
  • IAAS - Infrastructure as a service - AD, DNS, IIS, ...

Synchronisation

Considerations must be made of the sync. Dirsync.exe can be used to sync the local environment with Azure and copy user, groups and passwords. But you should prefer to establish a real real DC in Azure and do regulary synchronisation. Your local environment will be connected to Azure via VPN.

  • Set up Azzure Account
  • Configure Network
  • Add VMS
  • Configure sites
  • Use DHCP (Azure has very long lease-times)
  • Add VMS (DC, DNS - point to corporate DNS - take care to use non cached Disk for NTDS)