To successfully deliver High Availability (HA), Disaster Recovery (DR) and Backup for SQL Server on Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines (VMs), a high level of knowledge and experience with HADR and backup for SQL Server on Microsoft Azure VMs is required. This document will help delivery consultants to familiarize themselves with the various area of expertise related to HADR and backup related to. It can also be used by Engagement Managers to set expectations for the resources delivering the offering.
It includes links to training and other readiness material that is focused on the offering and will serve as a launching point to update your knowledge and skills as necessary.
This guide contains links to internal and external sources. Keep in mind that links to sources might not be up to date or even unavailable.
References and additional resources
High Availability and Disaster Recovery
Step-By-Step: Creating a SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability Group (Applies to SQL 2014 as well)
Backup and Restore enhancements with Windows Azure storage in SQL Server 2014
All presentations of TechEd, ALM Summit and Build conferences are available on Channel 9. Search on “hadr” or “sql server azure iaas” and you will find lots of presentations which can be watched on demand.
Some interesting ones:
Best Practices from Real Customers: Deploying to Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Services (IaaS)
Building Your Lab, Dev, and Test Scenarios in Microsoft Azure Infrastucture Services (IaaS)
Infrastructure Services on Microsoft Azure: Virtual Machines and Virtual Networks with Mark Russinovich
Microsoft Azure Internals
Getting the Most out of Microsoft Azure Storage
Network and Connectivity, Hybrid and DR
Hybrid Networking Offerings in Microsoft Azure
Achieve High Availability with Microsoft SQL Server on Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines
Designing and Building Disaster Recovery Enabled Solutions in Microsoft Azure
Specific Applications (SQL Server and SharePoint)
IaaS: Hosting a Microsoft SharePoint 2013 Farm on Microsoft Azure
Performance Tuning Microsoft SQL Server in Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines
Virtualizing & Managing SQL Server with the Microsoft Cloud OS: (01) The Cloud OS & Scalability and Performance Reports
SQL Server CAT (Customer Advisory Team)