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Connecting On-Premises Servers to Windows Azure Roles with Windows Azure Connect

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Windows Azure Connect provides a simple mechanism to set up IP-based connectivity between on-premises and Windows Azure resources, making it easier for an organization to migrate its existing applications to the cloud. For example, a company can deploy a Windows Azure application that connects to an on-premises SQL Server database or domain-join Windows Azure services to an on-premises Active Directory deployment. In addition, Windows Azure Connect enables remote administration and troubleshooting using the same tools for on-premises applications.

This scenario walks through the steps in learning about, deploying and managing the technology and products to bridge on-premises and Windows Azure systems. It collects our best articles, videos, and training materials with access to all the products you’ll need.

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To request an invitation to try Windows Azure Connect, please visit the Beta programs section of the Windows Azure Portal. You must have Windows Azure platform account.

Getting Started with Windows Azure Connect
Learn how to activate Windows Azure roles, install local endpoint software on computers or virtual machines, and create and configure a group of endpoints.

Setting up Windows Azure Connect
Follow a step-by-step walkthrough of how to set up network connectivity between a Windows Azure service, its roles and underlying role instances, and a set of local machines.

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Secure Networking using Windows Azure Connect (Video)
Graham Calladine, Security Architect with Microsoft Services, describes potential usage scenarios including joining your cloud-based virtual machines to Active Directory, and more.

Security Essentials for Technical Decision Makers (Video)
Graham Calladine spends 4-1/2 minutes on Windows Azure Connect (30:48 to 35:15) and answers the most common security concerns.

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