In this article, I am going to explain Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) in detail. First, we’ll cover what it is, how it works in the backend, and our options in DRS settings. DRS is not to balance the load perfectly across every host. Rather, DRS monitors the resource demand and ensures that every Virtual Machine (VM) is entitled to the resources. When DRS determines that a better host exists for the VM, it recommends moving that VM. Two Primary functions […]

Gain control with Azure Management Groups As enterprises start to move to Azure, managing subscriptions becomes tedious with the growing number of subscriptions. In an organization, there are usually many employees and, in some cases, many applications. If all these employees are provided Azure subscriptions and start creating Azure resources at will, it may soon become difficult to control, manage, and track who creates what. Eventually, the costs may go out of control. However, organizing your subscriptions using Azure Management […]

Microsoft Azure Government DC is a group created for anyone in the IT world modernizing Government to bring real-world lessons to innovators in Government. AIS has supported and presented during these events since there were just five members. Now, the group is nearing 4,000. The July meetup focused on getting your agency to next-level cloud adoption with Microsoft Azure. Check out the recording and overview below. Here’s What You Missed Cloud Adoption has come a long way over the years. […]

We used the following techniques for an ESXi upgrade. Although upgrading is a standard process, I’ve compiled some tips and best practices that worked well for the team. Read on to learn how we did it. Why is it Essential to Upgrade the Environment? It’s recommended to upgrade VMware vSphere as per VMware standards because VMware vSphere adds many features, which helps to scale up the infrastructure and efficiently manages new or existing infrastructure. To be compatible and benefit from […]

What is Azure Web Application Firewall (WAF)? Azure Web Application Firewall (WAF) filters, monitors, and blocks HTTP traffic. It uses Open Web Application Security Project® (OWASP) rules to protect your application. It also provides centralized protection to web applications from common exploits and vulnerabilities and protects against threats and intrusions. Supported Services We have three different options to create a WAF in Azure: Azure Front Door: Global, scalable entry-point that uses the Microsoft global edge network to create fast, secure, and […]

Our team enters the fiscal year 2022 with excitement, intention, and confidence. In 2022, AIS turns 40. We’ve thrived through four decades of IT consulting and continue to achieve record growth numbers while keeping pace with technology advancements. As we enter another year alongside our partners and teammates at Microsoft, we reflect on and take great pride in our accomplishments and the innovative, dedicated people that help drive them forward. It is also the time of year we look ahead […]

Prototyping in Axure vs. Power Apps As I described in part one of this blog series, prototyping was an integral step of our user-centered design/discovery process. When we first started on the project, the UX Architect and I used Axure, a well-known prototyping tool familiar to us. However, as the project progressed, we moved into prototyping in Power Apps directly. Several reasons led to such change: Our client’s security policy required that we keep the prototypes in their tenant. Axure […]

Microsoft affirms its commitment to the Java ecosystem by offering open-source distribution of Java with the Microsoft Build of OpenJDK™. It’s a no-cost, Long-Term Support (LTS) distribution of OpenJDK currently available for preview. The preview build includes the binaries for Java 11 available on x64 server and desktop environments on Windows, macOS, and Linux. An early-access release for Java 16 is available for Windows on ARM. Microsoft is currently collecting feedback on the packing and installer of the build on […]

So you’ve written Infrastructure As Code, Automated All The Things, and drank deeply of the DevOps Kool-Aid on your current project – what’s next? You’ve been reaping the rewards of DevOps at some scale, and your one-off DevOps effort has earned a lot of positive attention – now, management would like you to implement DevOps for all the projects! How do you spread the DevOps wealth, and what do you need to be successful? Delivering DevOps What is DevOps? For […]

Azure API Management service has been around since 2014. AIS has been implementing solutions using Azure API Management for almost as long. I am working on a project that recently introduced new requirements that seemed like a good fit for API Management, so we looked into it. As a result, we decided to use Azure API Management and recently deployed it into production. I want to share some of the considerations in making that decision and some of the implementation […]