Use Your Favorite Management Tools on Windows Azure

When you migrate existing applications and services to Windows Azure, you can continue to use many of the same tools to monitor and manage those applications and services in the cloud.

Microsoft System Center 2012 can easily and efficiently manage applications and services across multiple hypervisors as well as across public and private cloud infrastructures. System Center 2012 provides a unified management toolset for your applications and services, so that IT staff can use a single toolset for managing all of the components in hybrid architectures that combine cloud and on-premises resources. You can learn more about System Center 2012’s key capabilities here.

RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol) is a popular technology for remote administration of Windows servers across private and public networks. You can use RDP to manage Windows Azure cloud services deployed to web roles or worker roles, and you can also use RDP to manage Windows Azure virtual machines running Windows Server operating systems. For detailed information about how to enable and use Remote Desktop to manage Windows Azure applications and services, see the MSDN article Using Remote Desktop with Windows Azure Roles.

SSH (Secure Shell) is the most popular protocol for remote access to shell accounts on Linux servers. When you deploy a Windows Azure virtual machine running Linux, you can configure SSH access so that you can use the same tools and techniques to manage your Linux virtual machine as you would use for any other Linux server. For detailed information, see the article How to Use SSH with Linux on Windows Azure.