Microsoft Workloads on AWS

Automate the Upgrade of an Amazon FSx for Windows File Server to a Multi-AZ deployment

For many workloads, customers use Amazon FSx for Windows File Server (Amazon FSx), a fully managed storage service based on Windows File Server. For non-production workloads, a single Availability Zone (AZ) deployment may be sufficient. But sometimes, the need arises to add high availability to the storage in an environment. Customers need a simple way […]

Backup SQL Server databases to Amazon S3

In this blog post, I will explore the new functionality in SQL Server 2022 that allows you to run native backups directly to Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3). I will also review the best practices for security and considerations of cost and performance. Solution overview The Backup to URL feature was released with SQL […]

What’s new in SQL Server 2022 on AWS?

Customers running SQL Server on AWS have enjoyed running their workloads with higher reliability and performance, lowered total cost of ownership (TCO), flexible licensing options, and using the broad and deep capabilities of AWS, all while leveraging greater security and identity services. Microsoft released SQL Server 2022 for general availability (GA) on November 16th 2022, […]

Using AWS Migration Hub Orchestrator to simplify and accelerate Microsoft SQL Server migrations to AWS

This year, Amazon Web Services (AWS) introduced AWS Migration Hub Orchestrator, a feature which provides customized migration templates with a predefined set of migration tasks, migration tools, and automation features. Moreover, it allows customers to track their migration progress in one place. From a SQL Server migration perspective, customers often run into challenges, like not […]

Extracting microservices from a monolithic ASP.NET Web Forms application

AWS Microservice Extractor for .NET is an assistive tool that simplifies refactoring monolithic .NET applications into independent microservices. AWS Microservice Extractor for .NET helps extract source code segments as microservices or shared libraries from legacy ASP.NET based applications, and ports those directly to modern cross-platform .NET. This new capability of extract and port workflow now enables developers […]

Automate Active Directory domain join activities at scale with AWS Systems Manager

In a previous blog post, I showed how you can use AWS Systems Manager Automation to dynamically automate domain join and unjoin activities with Microsoft Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) for your Windows instances on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2). The previous solution showed you how to manually domain join/unjoin activities against single or multiple […]

Reduce failover times for SQL Server on Amazon EC2 instance using Network Load Balancer

This blog post will show you how to use AWS’ Network Load Balancer (NLB) to reduce outage time for legacy clients in response to a SQL Server Always On availability group failover A popular option to achieve SQL Server high availability (HA) is to implement SQL Server multi-subnet clustering for Always-On availability groups (AO-AG) across […]

Reserve your seat: Microsoft workloads on AWS sessions-including .NET-at re:Invent 2022

Reserve your seat: Microsoft workloads on AWS sessions–including .NET–at re:Invent 2022

In just a few weeks, Amazon Web Services (AWS) will host its 11th annual re:Invent for both in-person and virtual attendees. Join us in Las Vegas from November 28th through December 2nd for a full week of keynotes, leadership sessions, bootcamps, breakout content, and technical deep dives. This year, there is a new Enterprise & […]

Increasing sustainability for your Microsoft workloads on AWS

Increasing sustainability for your Microsoft workloads on AWS

At re:Invent 2021, Amazon Web Services (AWS) launched the sustainability pillar as part of the AWS Well-Architected framework. It focuses on minimizing the environmental impact of running cloud workloads. Key topics include a shared responsibility model for sustainability, understanding impact, and maximizing utilization to minimize required resources and reduce downstream impact. In this blog post, […]