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Q&A from the Hybrid Virtual Event March 28, 2019 - on demand: https://aka.ms/HybridVirtualEvent

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What is the difference between Azure Stack and Azure Cloud servicesAzure Stack is an extension of Azure in your datacenter. It's on-premises software that runs on servers from HPE, Dell-EMC, etc. Azure Stack offers an Azure-consistent Portal, API, IaaS, and select PaaS services like Web Apps, Functions, etc. We are excited to bring more Azure services to Azure Stack moving forward.
Does Azure Stack have support for high-speed interconnects? Can we create VMs which support RDMA like the Azure High-Performance Computing VMs, H16R etc?Azure Stack is offered as an integrated system from major hardware vendors like Lenovo, HPE, Dell-EMC, etc. Every platform comes with (at least) dual 10 GbE interconnect networking with remote direct memory access (RDMA). With Azure Stack HCI solutions, you can choose from over 15 partners and 70 platforms. Check out the catalog at https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/cloud-platform/azure-stack-hci-catalog. For more details, read: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/overview/azure-stack/
Is Azure Stack considered a Hyper-Converged solution? I hear hyperconvergence from many vendors. I don't usually hear Microsoft refer to it in this manner. However, to me it seems consistent with this classification.Short answer: Yes. Azure Stack and Azure Stack HCI both qualify as Hyperconverged infrastructure. The hypervisor (Hyper-V) and software-defined infrastructure (storage, networking)  run on the same host servers. We actually just updated the website this week to make this more clear. Check it out: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/overview/azure-stack/
Difference between azure, azure stack and windows azure pack.?Check out https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/overview/azure-stack/ for the difference between Azure and Azure Stack. The key is to understand that Azure Stack *is* an extension of Azure into your datacenter: it's the same Portal, API, IaaS, and PaaS running on-premises. Conversely, Azure Pack is powered by System Center.
Does azure stack offer inline/post data deduplication?Two part answer. 1) Azure Stack doesn't. 2) If you want unconstrained access to infrastructure features like deduplication and compression, check out Azure Stack HCI powered by Windows Server 2019. The deduplication is post-processing to minimize performance impact. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/overview/azure-stack/hci/
Is Azure Stack FIPS 140-2 and CJIS compliant?For FIPS 140-2, yes! Azure Stack always protects all data-at-rest with encryption powered by BitLocker (you don't need to manage it - it just happens), which is FIPS 140-2 compliant.
How to extend Windows Admin Center with my own services?Windows Admin Center offers an ever-growing extensibility SDK documented online. Here you go: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server/manage/windows-admin-center/extend/extensibility-ove...
What is the difference between Azure Stack and Azure Stack HCI?Azure Stack HCI solutions feature the same Hyper-V based software-defined compute, storage, and networking technologies as Azure Stack. Both offerings meet rigorous testing and validation criteria to ensure reliability and compatibility with the underlying hardware platform. In terms of differences: with Azure Stack, you can run Azure IaaS and PaaS services on-premises to consistently build and run cloud applications anywhere. Azure Stack HCI is a better solution to run virtualized workloads in a familiar way – but with hyperconverged efficiency – and connect to Azure for hybrid scenarios such as offsite backup, cloud-based monitoring, etc.
Can you extend azure stack storage with existing SAN? if so, what connectivity/protocol will be usedNot currently, no. Azure Stack is built on the same hyperconverged infrastructure as Azure Stack HCI, which means Storage Spaces Direct. You can't attach an external SAN or NAS.
are there any migration tool in Azure for premises to Azure ?Absolutely! Check out: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/azure-migrate/
will IaaS solutions be available on Azure Stack HCI?Azure Stack HCI enables organizations to run virtualized workloads in a familiar way, using any capable tools like Windows Admin Center, System Center, even PowerShell. If virtualization means IaaS to you, then yes :) But if you're asking about an Azure-consistent self-service Portal experience, then no. For self-service IaaS with strong multi-tenant isolation, precise usage metering, and chargeback, etc., the better solution is Azure Stack. We’re excited to hear customer feedback and will take that into account as we prioritize future Azure Stack HCI investments. Thanks for your question!
could you provide link of HCI hardware partner?To learn about Azure Stack HCI, check out: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/overview/azure-stack/hci/
The hardware catalog, showcasing over 70  solutions from 15  partners, is here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/cloud-platform/azure-stack-hci-catalog
When blending local AD with AAD, what are the best tools to use to manage Active Directory as a whole?The Azure AD admin center web portal is the central spot for AAD management. You still manage on-prem AD via AD users and computers, AD Admin Center, or AD PowerShell. 
does azure stack offer multiple regions and synchronous replication?Multi-region is on the Azure Stack engineering roadmap, but it's not available just yet. Stay tuned!
will Dataricks Saas be available on Azure Stack?Azure Databricks? Today it's only in Azure, but we’re excited to hear customer feedback and we'll take that into account as we prioritize future engineering investments. We definitely plan to bring additional Azure services to Azure Stack over time.
Does HCI have a devkit similar to what' available for Azure Stack?Strictly speaking, no: there isn't a single-node "Azure Stack Development Kit" equivalent for Azure Stack HCI. The minimum node count is 2. But you can get experience with many of the constituent technology areas, like Hyper-V, by playing with Microsoft Hyper-V Server or even Windows 10. I hope that helps!
Does Azure Stack HCI require different hardware from Azure Stack?There are over 70 solutions available from 15 vendors for Azure Stack HCI. (Some of them are also Azure Stack hardware, yes.) Check them out: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/cloud-platform/azure-stack-hci-catalog
Can we use the Azure service on the data stored in On-Premises data store?This is an excellent scenario for Azure Stack: run services on Azure Stack, and access data that's stored on-premises. Great for compliance or disconnected requirements. Great question!
Is there a reference available for differences between
on-premise data center, azure and azure stack deployments
Check out the diagram and descriptions on the Azure Stack website: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/overview/azure-stack/
Will there be the capability to connect Azure Stack and Azure Stack HCI in the private datacenter?  Both seem to connect to Azure - but will they connect to each other in partnership?Absolutely! :) You can establish network connectivity between apps and/or virtual machines running in Azure, Azure Stack, and Azure Stack HCI.
Are there any changes in the portal for Azure Stack and Azure Stack HCI?Yes. Azure Stack has an operator portal for infrastructure management and an Azure-consistent tenant portal for self-service deployment of IaaS and PaaS. These portals are not part of Azure Stack HCI; instead, you are free to manage Azure Stack HCI using any capable tools you like, such as Windows Admin Center, System Center, or even PowerShell. Check out the diagram here: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/overview/azure-stack/ I hope this helps!
So how is Azure stack delivered? Is it sent to you and you are responsible for setting it up? Or, do you work with someone, or does someone come out to assist with configuration?For Azure Stack, delivery, installation, and configuration are done by the hardware partner chosen by the customer. For Azure Stack HCI, it can be delivered in multiple ways. You can have your preferred vendor or solution integrator come to you, install, and configure it, OR you can simply get Azure Stack HCI hardware and install and configure it yourself. The choice is yours based on your expertise and needs. Great question! 
We have one Azure Stack Scale unit and are planning to get more Scale Units. Would it be possible to have a region with two scale units (when available) with Azure Stack and Azure Stack HCI?You can deploy Azure Stack and Azure Stack HCI together, but Azure Stack won't be able to treat HCI as a region or scale unit per se (e.g. it won't appear in the Azure Stack Portal).
Is Azure Integration services necessary   for hybrid cloudNo, they are optional. You can deploy Azure Stack or Azure Stack HCI completely disconnected (no Internet) and manage them locally.
Just to add onto that last question is there a tool Azure provides which we can run on-prem to gather better stats?Hi Keith, you can use Windows Admin Center to connect on-premises assets (physical servers, virtual machines, etc.) to Azure Monitor, and our engineers are working to make that even easier in the future. There are also new features in Azure Stack HCI for completely on-premises stats, like Cluster Performance History. Check out: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server/storage/storage-spaces/performance-history-for-clust...
Do you have the latest slide comparison of Azure and Azure Stack?Here you go: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/overview/azure-stack/
What is the minimum number of nodes required for Azure Stack HCI? From the software perspective, Microsoft requires just 2 nodes. It depends on the hardware platform. Of the 70  solutions in the catalog today, over 25 are available in 2-node configurations. On the left side, filter by "2-node optimized" here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/cloud-platform/azure-stack-hci-catalog
is there a self-service portal for Azure Stack HCI?  how can I have customers provision VMs and containers on the fly?Not today. The best experiences for VM provisioning on Azure Stack HCI are Windows Admin Center (included free; some limitations) or System Center VMM (paid separately; more powerful). That said, we're excited to hear customer feedback and will take that into account as we prioritize future investments for Azure Stack HCI. Thanks for the question!
does the Az Stack vendor provide all of the updates for firmware etc?For Azure Stack, the monthly update package includes host OS updates, firmware, updates for the Azure software stack itself, all in one package. For Azure Stack HCI, the host OS is updated via Windows Update, and yes firmware comes from the hardware vendor. If you're not familiar with the differences, check out: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/overview/azure-stack/ I hope this helps!
Does Azure Stack HCI have the same features of Azure Stack? Short answer: No. Longer answer: Azure Stack HCI solutions feature the same Hyper-V based software-defined compute, storage, and networking technologies as Azure Stack. Both offerings meet rigorous testing and validation criteria to ensure reliability and compatibility with the underlying hardware platform. With Azure Stack, you can run Azure IaaS and PaaS services on-premises to consistently build and run cloud applications anywhere. Azure Stack HCI is a better solution to run virtualized workloads in a familiar way – but with hyperconverged efficiency – and connect to Azure for hybrid scenarios such as offsite backup, cloud-based monitoring, etc.
are there ROBO versions of azure stack HCI. What is the minimal nodes and footprint? Any specific licensing for ROBO?From the software perspective, Microsoft requires just 2 nodes. You can use Azure or an on-premises file share for quorum (so no need for 3rd node). There is no minimum RAM or CPU requirement. You need 4 drives in each node, and at least a single 10 GbE interconnect link between the nodes. We support switchless "back to back" networking which can help lower costs for ROBO deployments. Of the 70  solutions in the catalog today, over 25 are available in 2-node configurations. On the left side, filter by "2-node optimized" here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/cloud-platform/azure-stack-hci-catalog
Previous positioning was that Azure Stack was only for specific use cases, such as disconnected, security/sovereignty, etc. has this message changed?Not at all. :) With Azure Stack, you can run Azure IaaS and PaaS services on-premises to consistently build and run cloud applications anywhere. Azure Stack HCI is a better solution to run virtualized workloads in a familiar way – but with hyperconverged efficiency – and connect to Azure for hybrid scenarios such as offsite backup, cloud-based monitoring, etc. I hope this helps! Check out the Azure Stack website for the latest positioning: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/overview/azure-stack/
Is time series available on Azure Stack?Not yet. :)
Is there a time restriction of syncing Active Directory from on-prem to the cloud?Interesting question! For the time restriction for AAD Connect sync, you can change the schedule with https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory/hybrid/how-to-connect-sync-feature-scheduler
What is the difference between Azure Stack HCI and WSSD?   Candidly: WSSD for Windows Server 2019 has evolved into Azure Stack HCI. We are continuing to use the WSSD brand for Windows Server 2016. Everything you liked about WSSD is still true with Azure Stack HCI: you buy it the same way, use the same management tools, deploy on the same hardware, etc. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/overview/azure-stack/hci/
Is it on the roadmap to be able to convert a dis-connected Azure Stack to connected Stack?Yes. As far as I know, you can convert from disconnected to connected by re-registering. Good question!
When will Event Hub and IOT Hub be standard features in Azure Stack?We are always working to bring additional Azure services to Azure Stack. Event Hubs and IoT Hub are high on the list. Stay tuned!
Say I have no experience with Azure Stack or Azure Stack HCI.  What is out there to tell me everything I would need to buy hardware wise? For Azure Stack HCI, check out the catalog. There are over 70 hardware platforms available from 15 vendors: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/cloud-platform/azure-stack-hci-catalog
Where can I get more information on the virtual summit the presenter mentioned?Just went live! Check out: aka.ms/WindowsServerSummit
I think MS  should have a clear messaging around Azure, Azure  Stack, Azure Stack HDI etc. Many customers are getting confusedAgreed - we're excited to unite our hybrid cloud and hybrid infrastructure products into one brand family. For clear messaging, check out: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/overview/azure-stack/
Is there a way to configure Azure File Sync where you can use a single namespace regardless of which endpoint (cloud, private) you're using to access the files?Excellent question. Think of it like this: a single namespace is contained in a sync group. Cloud endpoint aka Azure file share and server endpoints aka a directory on a server or the root of a volume are the locations where that namespace lives and is kept in sync. I hope this helps!
For a customer who is evaluating Open Stack for their on-prem solution, what is the comparable value/benefits Azure Stack has to offerAzure Stack is an extension of Azure in your datacenter. The Portal, APIs, IaaS, and PaaS services work just like they do in Azure, providing a consistent development and runtime environment for apps (and for your developers). I hope this helps!
What does Azure offer for SQL databases and servers monitoring? Azure SQL Database has built-in monitoring and tuning capabilities that you can learn more about at https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/sql-database/sql-database-monitoring-tuning-index.  We expose all the underlying performance telemetry and it is exposed through the portal, this can also be streamed to event hubs or blob and consumed by a third party monitoring tool. We offer Azure SQL Analytics, for managing a database fleet, and all the security audit logs and events get surfaced into Azure Security Center.
Is Azure SQL always the most current supported general version?  If so, is this done without disruption and how do you assure compatibility?Yes, Azure SQL DB, as a service, is always up to date.  Updates are provided without disruption and with an eye for backwards compatibility.  Check out our documentation on DB compat levels for more info: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sql/t-sql/statements/alter-database-transact-sql-compatibility-leve...
AzureSQL... can i scale vertical compute temporarily? how?  increase DTU?  Yes, DTUs are a blended mix of CPU, IOPs and Memory. So increasing your DTUs will scale a database vertically.  Moving between performance tiers (standard to Premium or GP to BC) will take longer depending on how much data you have, as this is a size of data operation.
When will Database Migration Service include the DMA component? Now, they are two separate steps.We currently have this on our roadmap, but no ETA as of yet.
where can i get tutorials for azure data lake and azure data factoryTutorials for Azure Data Factory can be found here: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/data-factory/.
In database migration, if you have a couple of hundred SSIS packages, is there a simple method to alter all of the connections?Using ADF you can migrate all your ssis packages to a new SSIS catalog in Managed Instance. This is fairly easy to accomplish with ssis migration assistant.
komatasu sql case study how big was the dataset?Check out the published case study here: http://customers.microsoft.com/en-us/story/komatsu-australia-manufacturing-azure. 1.5TB and growing...
Could you send documentation on best practices to replatform from other database technologies to SQL Server?Hello - check out our database migration guide for more information. https://datamigration.microsoft.com/
LOL.  I own 6 bulldozers and there is no good reception to obtain data.  The dust is such that it ruins cell phones, never mind the nearest tower is an hour's drive away.  So how does this company keep the data coming out where bulldozers are needed and the best satellite will only permit 12 mbps / sec.  Let's get real, folks.I'd recommend checking out the Komatsu case study for more information: http://customers.microsoft.com/en-us/story/komatsu-australia-manufacturing-azure
can you provide a link to the benefits of migrating my 2008 server/ 2008 SQL to azure?Hi there - your best bet is to check out the following page, which contains an abundance of information on migration options for SQL Server 2008: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/sql-server/sql-server-2008
What hardware is required for data box edge and gateway?   Are specific hardware vendors certified to run each product?Data Box Edge is a 1st party Microsoft appliance, the service includes the hardware. Data Box Gateway is a virtual appliance, the minimum requirements are here: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/databox-online/data-box-gateway-deploy-prep#for-the-data-box-...
what is azure databox? can we get some good docsHigh level info: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/databox/edge/
Detailed docs: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/databox-online/data-box-edge-overview
Wow Azure Data Box Edge by MS ? Can share more details ? High level info: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/databox/edge/
Detailed docs: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/databox-online/data-box-edge-overview
differnece between databox edge vs gateway?High level differences are here: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/databox/edge/
can u give me a link on docs/ whitepaper example the ML learning edge for cree.. databox edgeThe Cree video is linked at the bottom of the page here if you want to watch it again: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/databox/edge/
The Data Box Edge data sheet covers all the use cases: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/resources/azure-data-box-edge-datasheet/
AzureML info is here: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/machine-learning-service/

How to extend Azure Data Box Edge and Azure Data Gateway with my own processing?You can deploy containers to Data Box Edge for processing data and compute at the edge: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/databox-online/data-box-edge-deploy-configure-compute
Data Box Gateway is just the storage gateway from Data Box Edge.
What is the difference between IoT Hub and Data Box Hub and and their respective EdgeData Box Edge has IoT Edge built into it. You deploy containers to Data Box Edge using IoT Hub.
There isn't a Data Box Hub, we just use the IoT Hub and IoT Edge. 
Is Microsoft Azure Data Box Gateway can also container of our company mailboxed?Azure Data Box Gateway is not meant as a primary storage solution, it is a data transfer to the cloud solution. If you need to move your mailbox data files to the cloud to migrate or archival, it can handle the transfer for you but its not meant to be the storage your mail server uses.
So is Data Box Edge same as IoT Edge or different and its being renamedIt is different. Data Box Edge is a combination of a storage gateway and containerized edge compute. To enable cloud deploy, management, and updating of containers, we use IoT Edge for containerized edge compute. 
I have an in-house appl that occupies about 7 Tb of data(images) and keeps on growing.  I'd love to move the entire box to the cloud.  what is your suggestion on the moving it to the cloud?  To move the data you could use Data Box Edge or Data Box Gateway, depending on your bandwidth and how long it would take to transfer the data. The other option would be to use the offline Data Box devices and ship the data via UPS: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/databox/data/. You could then use Data Box Edge or Data Box Gateway to keep new image data transferring to the cloud, much like in the Cree video in the event.
Is Azure Policy available on Azure Stack?Today Azure Policy is only available on Azure today. Thanks for your feedback.
How best to setup Subscriptions? 1 Subscription or Subscription based on Prod/Dev/Test?Good question. It depends on the size of your application (or the expected size in the future). for smaller applications, one subscription organized through resource groups would be the best option, but for larger applications it is better to have separate subscriptions organized through management groups.
How granular can you get when setting policy with Hybrid Join?Azure Policy is meant for your resources on Azure. It sits in the core of the platform so you can codify policies into any service that you have in Azure. That way you can control your Azure side of your hybrid environment.
Can Azure Policy apply to resources in Azure Stack and Azure Stack HCI?Today is only on Azure. Thanks for your feedback, we always consider other platforms for the future.
can multiple blueprints create resources all within a single subscription?Yes they can!
Is there a template for Pub 1075 - Federal Tax Information - one of the future blueprints?We are working on getting most or all of our compliance certifications into blueprints. We will post on azure.com/governance whenever a new blueprint template is available.
Will there be Azure Blueprint 'templates' for MARS-E / NIST 800-53 in Azure Gov community cloud?We have many varieties of NIST are planned for the near future, stay tuned ;) you can check availability https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/blueprints/
Is there a webcast that contains more detail on setting up Blueprints and Azure Policy?You can learn more here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=grt6uB9XxvU&t=1553s
You guys covered Azure Blueprints - is that available to use in Azure CSP environments?Yes
Is there a location to find out what regulatory compliances the Azure environments address?  Yes. You can find all information here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/trustcenter/default.aspx
can you repeat the price for Azure Data Box Edge subscription?$695US per month for the service, hardware, and hardware support
Any plans for a Full MSIgnite in the emea region, it was a great loss when TechEd endedWE run Ignite tours in several cities in Europe including berlin, Amsterdam, Stockholm, and London this year from memory.
What's the best way to monitor App Services in terms of performance and uptime (if there is a Azure DC outage)?Use Azure Monitor and instrument you app using AppInsights SDK to get performance info as well as profiling info.
Hi, what tools would you recommend to assess my on-prem environment to better plan an Azure hybrid scenario, despite Azure Migrate?You should find resources to available tools here as well: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/migration/
how can we move on-prem AD to azure ADHere is a whitepaper for you on this topic: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=36391
is there like a Certificate Authority SAAS on Azure instead of having administrators setting their on certificate services on machines?Check this out: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/cloud-services/cloud-services-certs-create
AD connect - Is there a powershell command to add/remove OUs from filtering? I know it can be done via GUI but we want to automate as much as possible.Hope this helps: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/powershell/module/addsadministration/remove-adorganizationalunit?vi...
how we can connect a custom domain to our portal azure stack ADFS deployment?This may help: https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/msoffice/forum/msoffice_o365admin-mso_domains/adding-a-second-fe...
is there any management console to manage both Public Cloud and Private cloud so that the experience is seamless for the end user?The Azure portal has management capabilities for security, backup, dr, patching and more that work both with Azure services and on-premises. So you get a single management console for your hybrid environment in the Azure portal.
the price estimiater is pretty overwhelming. its difficult to select the right combination for VMThanks we hear you. The calculator does give you lots of options.  The advantage of the pay as you go model is that you get to choose only what you use and then pay for it. The downside is you need to know more when you estimate cost than you did on-premises where you paid for all features whether you used them or not.  For VMs the most important measures are the size of the computing part (CPU/memory) and the storage.
When I have some of the accounts of my exchange server in Hybrid mode using 365, where these accounts run on cloud;   do i have a copy of their data (mail boxes) on premNo you don't. Accounts that are using O365, their mailboxes remain in O365.
Wants to build DC with DR. How should i setup network with site to site tunnel so that after recovery VMs can connect to DC in azure?check this out: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/vpn-gateway/vpn-gateway-howto-site-to-site-resource-manager-p....
where can I find about Azure Networking that explains all the layers for networking to understand the overall concept of Azure Networking?Start with this: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-network/
Is it possible to connect my local VMware private cloud to MSFT Azure cloud?Absolutely. You can - you can even do a disaster recovery scenario directly from ESX to Azure or monitor or security VMs on VMware on-premises.
How do I find who my Microsoft channel rep is ? Where is the partner portal?Start from here: https://partner.microsoft.com
How can I establish connectivity between on-premise sharepoint and sharepoint online?Check out this article: http://mstechtalk.com/connect-sharepoint-on-premise-to-office-365/
I'd like to #AskHybridExperts, would you recommend extending your identity infrastructure to azureabsolutely. This is often the first step into the cloud.
is on-prem exchange server still required for hybrid mode?When you still have accounts which have mailboxes on-prem, then yes. Once you have moved all users to O365, you can start to plan on decommissioning on-prem Exchange. 
Please explain pricing for VWAN and ExpressRoute working together. Virtual Wan Pricing: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/pricing/details/virtual-wan/ and Virtual WAN covers branch to branch connectivity using Azure backbone (compare to MPLS). ExpressRoute provide direct connection from organization's datacenter (telco/ISP) to Azure, pricing here: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/pricing/details/expressroute/.
Do you have a guide for new skills that need developed on an IT team moving to Azure?  ThanksWe have updated our certification paths and exams to match new technical skills that are needed for different roles in IT: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/learning/azure-exams.aspx
cam you confirm that Exchange server can be removed after all mailboxes have been migrated to Office365? I was told by O365 support that I should not remove Exchange after migrating to Office365Without knowing the details of your configuration, I can only tell you in general organizations migrate from on-prem Exchange to O365 and at some point they will decommission on-prem Exchange to complete the migration. You should validate if there are specific services you are still relying on your on-prem Exchange environment.
what are the best practices to route network traffic of a webapp through on-premise in a hybrid cloud?Check this out: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-network/virtual-networks-udr-overview and here is a sample scenario that you can use as reference: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/migrate/migrate-best-practices-networking
Could you send some documentation where we can see the comparative of Azure and other cloud (like Amazon)Here is an article that could be useful: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/architecture/aws-professional/services. 
Will Azure help with pen testing/You can run pen tests to your apps on Azure and here is more info: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/security/azure-security-pen-testing. In addition, we do pen tests ourselves: https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/Cloud-Red-Teaming-b837392e
I want to move away from having Citrix VDI machines for employees, and move them to Win 10 RDS in Azure using Thin client boxes. Is there a tool or way to do this?Hi Patrick! Check this out: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/virtual-desktop/
Does Azure have a mapping tool for how the network environment is connected?I think you will like this: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/network-watcher/view-network-topology
how to know more about Azure machine learningYou can find information here: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/machine-learning-service/ and there is also a AI school https://aischool.microsoft.com/en-us/learning-paths
And CJIS compliant?You can find all compliance relevant information in our Trust Center: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/trustcenter/default.aspx
Following up on Dev and Test on premises and deploying in Azure, what are the prerequisites? Can we leverage our existing data center infrastructure? Is there any white paper or documentation on this?You can find more information here: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/devtest-lab/
any lab session is available free  There are some labs here: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/learn/azure/
How can i route network traffic from on-premise, instead of azure network?Here is a doc that will help: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-network/virtual-networks-udr-overview
is on-prem exchange server still required for hybrid AD mode.It really depends on what services you are depending on running in on-prem Exchange. Here is a just published doc that may help: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/exchange/exchange-hybrid
is there a systematic process where way we can migrate and integrate our software solutions in other languages into the Azure Worldyes we run a migration program  with you to helkp your migrate your apps.  A good web starting point is here: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/azure-migrate/
Can you intercept email going to o365  to go through MimeCast before being delivered to o365 users/mailboxes ?Configuring Journaling with Mimecast & Office 365 (https://community.mimecast.com/docs/DOC-1472)
Configuring Outbound routing with Mimecast & Office 365 (https://community.mimecast.com/docs/DOC-1623)
Configuring Inbound routing with Mimecast & Office 365 (https://community.mimecast.com/docs/DOC-1608)
Hi, I am trying to do do a CI/CD between Azure DevOps and Azure portak. Build succeeds but deployment to website fails always  with error "Failed to get resource ID for resource type 'Microsoft.Web/Sites' and resource name" I tried to read the docs but it is confusingSee if the solution that worked for this person applies to you: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/54581088/azure-devops-release-pipeline-fails-every-time
I am interested in Azure Integration services to allow a Docker container app I Azure talk to on prem data...is this something you can ouch upoYes this is doable. Just make sure networking is being configured properly.
I have 3 datacenters interconnected and one data center has established STS with Azure .Is it possible for Azure resources to connect to second and third  DC where STS is not established If you want to route through your main datacenter, yes it is possible. You can also consider Virtual WAN that may reduce management overhead. https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-network/virtual-networks-udr-overview
For Fips 140-2 encryptions do I need to setup external KMs or azure has its own ?Hi Karthik! Check out Azure Key Vault: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/key-vault/
i'm currently looking at the price estimator, what is the diff between 2vcpu and 2 cores cpu?vCPU is a virtual unit that does not pin to specific physical core, and core is a physical core.
How can we route network traffic through on-premise in a hybrid cloud?Take a look at how you can configure routing: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-network/virtual-networks-udr-overview
can we perform  Dev and Test on premises and deploy in Azure?absolutely.  Many customers do this for virtual machines or web apps etc.
where I can get  All VM monitoring and log except Network watcher?  Have you checked out vm insights and the Azure Monitor service?
Does Azure intergrade into SIEM's?  If so which ones? Azure has it's own SIEM called Azure Sentinel that helps solve many of the problems with on-premises SIEMs around cost and elasticity.  It also integrates into other SIEMs you may already have with Event Hub data flowing out of Azure Monitor into your on-premises SIEM.
What is the best backup solution for Azure Stack IaaS VMs?Azure Backup is by far the most used backup solution and more than 1/3 of Azure VMs are backed-up with it.  It's really simple to use you go to your VM, click backup and you are good.
ASR resources?https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/site-recovery/
How does Azure Backup contribute to disaster recovery?  Can it be used for site recovery from on-prem to off prem or ist here another tool for that?Azure backup is used to backup data to make sure you can recover from accidental data loss or ransomware.  Site Recovery is used for real-time replication to ensure that if a region goes down (such as your datacenter) that your most important apps keep running.  You need both of these technologies to have full resilience.
how to access the Azure SIEM to experience itCheck out portal.azure.com and then search for Azure Sentinel or find it in the menu system under security.
where are the details on Azure Security best practices and framework?Check out this: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/security/security-best-practices-and-patterns
any documentation available on how to maintain security measure for any application/product that we want to move as a part of Hybrid - for best practices in Azure security check this out: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/security/security-best-practices-and-patterns
What is the biggest challenge in running hybrid environment from the visibility perspective?You need to make sure you have monitoring that supports your entire hybrid environment. Many existing on-premises monitoring solutions aren't well suited for this so you should consider supplementing them with modern alternatives such as Azure Monitor.
azure security center analzes current CVEs?yes azure security center has threat protection capabilities in the standard edition which uses data from the Microsoft Intelligent Security Graph that analyses 6 trillion signals per day to protect you.
Do you have a link to Azure Sentinel pricing please?In preview we do not charge for Azure Sentinel.  We do charge for the data import into Azure Monitor at the standard rates for Azure Monitor.  We have already announced that Office 365 data will be free and a final business model will be announced before general availability.
azure sentiental has aws connector? its can scan AWS? multicloud?Yes. Cloud trail logs are coming soon (currently in private preview).  We are absolutely building Sentinel as the SIEM for your entire enterprise including on-premises and other clouds.
Where is the list of what Sentinel connects to please?Long list including CEF, Syslog, AWS, Office 365, AD, Palo Alto, F5 and many more (and we are just getting started)
Does the SEIM require the deployment of the advanced threat protection?SIEMs are only as a good as their data inputs. You can choose which data to put into it - we recommend data from Azure Security Center, Azure Threat Protection etc. but none are required.
Can the Azure security tools cover on-premise or Azure hosted unix/Linux servers?  What is and is not possible?Yes the Azure security tools support Linux and Windows (ASC and Azure Sentinel both) and also on-premises servers and Azure services. Azure Security Center gets its information using an agent.
Will Azure Sentinel monitor on Premise Servers and PC'sYes Sentinel will import data from any data source.
What are the charges for data import into Azure Monitor?Azure Monitor pricing is USD $2.3/gb   some additional charges depending on services you use.  More here: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/pricing/details/monitor/
Does Azure Sentinel integrate with Oracle NetSuite?We don't natively integrate currently.  We do have CEF and Syslog log inputs if that helps.
is there any Azure Security technical events you have this year or had last year?we include security at ignite and our ignite tours
We ended up going with a different DLP solution because Microsoft couldn't leverage on-premises data to reduce false positives with compliance policies. Does Sentinel provide that functionality or is it strictly a threat monitoring tool?You can connect on premise data sources - via Syslog or CEF.

Azure Sentinel is a SIEM solution which enables you to connect both your cloud (Azure and AWS cloud trail logs) and on premise environment
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