Moving Hyper-V to Azure

This past week I needed to move a client’s Hyper-V machine to a Windows Azure VM.  If you haven’t figured it out already, the process isn’t as straightforward as one may hope – especially, since there’s a rather large chasm between the new and old Azure management portals as neither offer an entire end-to-end solution.  As with most things Microsoft nowadays, PowerShell seems to be the best solution for truly accomplishing your needs.

Below, you’ll find a resource for tackling all of the different components of moving a Hyper-V VM to Azure.  There are some ways to do parts of this through the various GUI’s, but, again, none of the GUI’s offer a complete solution.

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Using OLEDB with SQL Native Client

This week, while moving a client’s VM to Windows Azure, I was also required to upgrade their database from SQL 2005 to SQL Azure.  While not extremely difficult, there were a few gotcha’s along the way.  These “gotacha’s” were primarily features that had been deprecated.  Those deprecated features aren’t the purpose of blog post, however.  This post is addressing a connection string issue.

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