Microsoft’s Windows Azure Preview Portal

Microsoft’s Windows Azure Portal is getting a face-lift, and you can take a look at it in Preview by signing into your Azure account at: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/preview/

I found it to be very intuitive and I liked being able to customize the tiles. Now, if you are not loving on the new UI in Windows 8/2012 then you may have some reservations, but I think they are on the right track here. It makes a nice dashboard to leave up to monitor your VMs and management doesn’t seem to be too bad either. Check it out, and comment to share your thoughts on it.

I hope they add more tiles with graphics, such as usage stats and gauges for individual and group components.

AzurePreview

New Microsoft Press 70-413 Book Released

If you are studying for the MCSE Server Infrastructure certification and haven’t taken the 70-413 exam, be sure to check out the Second Edition MS Press book for the 70-413 that was published on June 27, 2014. At the time of writing this post Microsoft hasn’t updated their exam page yet to reflect this, but they posted in the MSDN blog today to announce the new book.

Exam Ref 70-413: Designing and Implementing a Server Infrastructure [Kindle Edition] by Paul Ferrill and Tim Ferrill

I also updated my blog post to reflect the changes:

JOURNEY TO MCSE IN SERVER INFRASTRUCTURE AND PRIVATE CLOUD IN 90 DAYS