Recently Microsoft announced two new datacenters that are dedicated to U.S. government customers only. This includes Federal, State, Local, and Tribal governments and their solution providers. Benefits of this Government Community Cloud are:
- Physically isolated datacenter and network
- Data, applications, and hardware reside in the continental United States
- Provides true geographic redundancy with datacenters located more than 500 miles apart
- Operated by screen U.S. persons
- Committed to meeting rigorous compliance requirements and government policies
To learn more about the Microsoft Azure Government cloud check out the latest information on the Microsoft Azure Government website.
Since the Azure Government cloud is physically isolated, there are a few additional steps that must be completed in order to connect with Microsoft Azure PowerShell:
- Get a publishingsettings file from your Azure Government subscription. This can be accomplished using the following URL: https://manage.windowsazure.us/publishsettings/index?client=xplat
- Define an Azure Government environment in PowerShell by running the following commands using the Microsoft Azure PowerShell:
- add-AzureEnvironment -name “AzureGovernment” -PublishSettingsFileUrl “https://manage.windowsazure.us/publishsettings/index?client=xplat” -serviceendpoint “https://management.core.usgovcloudapi.net” -managementportalurl “http://manage.windowsazure.us” -StorageEndpoint “core.usgovcloudapi.net”
- Set-AzureEnvironment “AzureGovernment”
Once the PowerShell environment has been setup the next step is to use the Import-AzurePublishSettingsFile cmdlet to import the settings file you saved in the first step. After the PublishSettings file has been imported you can use the standard Azure PowerShell cmdlets to manage your Microsoft Azure Government subscription.
If you need to revert back to the Microsoft Azure public cloud you can use the command Remove-AzureEnvironment “AzureGovernment” in Microsoft Azure PowerShell.