How to use Azure's new connectivity features


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Microsoft has beefed up the cloud software's networking and infrastructure options and made it much easier for users to connect to Azure data centers

This spring, Microsoft released some updates to its Windows Azure cloud service that make it much easier for users and companies to connect directly into Microsoft-owned Azure data centers and work with machines and services that are running on Azure as if they were local.

This is accomplished through various types of VPNs and, in this piece, I'll look at each type, what's new in Azure and how to do some of the heavy lifting in the setup process so you can start using it. By the way, there are no release numbers on Azure any longer; Microsoft has stopped numbering the releases because there are so many updates.

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