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Manage your MySQL Database on Windows Azure
From your Add-ons, select your instance: A couple of pieces of information to get here: 1) Your Connection info 2) General management details of your subscription with SuccessBricks To get your connection info, click on the Connection Info toolbar at the bottom of your Management Portal. That reveals the following to be able to use the connection string in your apps. Now, to get additional details on your subscription Then click on the right-pointing arrow to review your add-on’s settings: This will ......

Posted On Thursday, May 23, 2013 9:27 AM

Windows Azure IaaS General Availability
You may have been working with Windows Azure for a while and likely you tested the IaaS beta/preview. Today, early today, was announced by Scott Guthrie the general availability of the Infrastructure as a Service piece. And with it prices, additional capabilities and new templates. Check the announcement here … http://weblogs.asp.net/scot... ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 16, 2013 10:34 AM

Windows Azure Step by Step, Roberto Brunetti; Microsoft Press
A while back I started my path with Windows Azure and in general the surrounding technologies and changes that have happened since the start of it. Finding resources now has become rather easy, from the blog posts to the amazing resources available through the Training Kits and such. But the books have also been key. And that where the Windows Azure Step by Step by Roberto Brunetti and published by Microsoft Press, has been a great book. It gives a well rounded intro into Cloud Services in general. ......

Posted On Monday, May 7, 2012 9:42 PM

Getting started with the Azure Hosted TFS (aka TFSPreview): Connecting Team Explorer and Visual Studio 2010
The updates are installed, all you want to do now is get connected, authenticated and get going. The first step needed here is to open Visual Studio 2010, once opened then you need to get to Team Explorer. Once there, you will click on the Connect to Team Project button on the toolbar. If you had a connection defined to another TFS environment, this will be adding one more, so you click on Servers… On the next dialog, you will click on Add… Then you will proceed to provide the details of your Team ......

Posted On Saturday, November 5, 2011 10:05 AM

Getting started with the Azure Hosted TFS (aka TFSPreview): Updates for Visual Studio 2010 Tools and such
Once you have configured your online preview, then you can proceed to connect to it using Visual Studio 2010. In order to get Live ID authentication working and such, there is an update you need to apply. This is something that can be accessed through the Administration page, and then clicking on download software. Clicking on that link will take you to the Visual Studio ALM + Team Foundation Server Blog. From this page, you will be able to download the needed component to connect and authenticate ......

Posted On Saturday, November 5, 2011 9:45 AM

How do you manage your Azure?
Recently in preparation for a project, I was pointed to the Azure MMC. This is a great tool, while the portal gives you the capabilities that come with managing the creation and basic upkeep of the environment, the MMC tool gives you the option of looking at metrics and understand performance elements of what you are running and running against in terms of performance. Give it a download and then try it out. When you download, it is an executable files that will deploy a project. When that deployment ......

Posted On Sunday, August 1, 2010 7:25 PM

Getting started with the Azure Hosted TFS (aka TFSPreview): Creating a New Team Project
Once you have successfully signed in to your environment, you are at the welcome screen, from here we will need to go to Administration. Once there, if you have not done so already, add a Team Project to your Collection. Once there, provide a Name, give a description and select your Process Template, then Click on Create Project. It will run through the process of creating your team project Once it completes, you will see the following message and click on Close. The next post is about navigating ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 2, 2011 7:24 PM

Windows Azure for the ITPro presentation at MCT Summit
Azure for the ITPro View more presentations from Enrique Lima ......

Posted On Sunday, October 30, 2011 6:07 PM

Working with the Windows Azure Platform Training Kit–Web Installer October 2011
We have gone through several iterations of the Windows Azure Platform Training Kit in the past, and while it was not a complex process to get up and running for me, well that was not the story for many. I had the chance of participating in a Windows Azure Bootcamp, and while the attendees were aware of the requirements on the systems, well it was not as easy to get going. You can get the October refresh here: http://www.microsoft.com/do... I believe that is the reason for ......

Posted On Saturday, October 29, 2011 12:14 PM

Speaking at the MCT Summit in San Francisco, Oct. 19th-21st
As an MCT it is always exciting when I travel to conferences because it becomes a reunion. Well, one more chance this year to make it so, but this time (unlike the last MCT Summit) I am also presenting. Thanks to Chris Harrison (@GeekTrainer) for the gentle nudge! Follow @MCTSummitNA too! The topics I will be presenting are (at least the ones I got confirmation on): Requirements Management: From Vision to Mission to Success Session Level: 300 Team Foundation Server and SharePoint Technologies have ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 13, 2011 5:48 PM

Does Visual Studio LightSwitch have a place in the SharePoint space?
Recently, I have found myself using Visual Studio LightSwitch more and more. And needless to say, it got me thinking about a strategy for LightSwitch in a SharePoint environment. Yes, the product positions itself as a tool to develop LOB apps in a rather fast fashion. There will be those that will deem it as a prototype tool, many RAD tools end up being that. But, LightSwitch had this “je ne sais quoi” about it. Actually, I feel I know what it is. If you are still with me, step into this thought ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 3, 2011 5:29 PM

Apparatus to host Windows Azure boot camp in Indianapolis
Apparatus is sponsoring and hosting the Windows Azure boot camp in Indianapolis. This will take place on September 24th, 2011. I will be one of the presenters for the event. Join us! Details are here: http://www.windowsazureboot... ......

Posted On Friday, July 22, 2011 1:06 PM

Developer Training Kits
Microsoft has released a number of training kits that have hands-on labs, articles, presentations and loads of information. The have become available for a range of products. They have also been updating them as more features or service packs come out. The links to them are listed below: Visual Studio 2010 and .NET 4 Training Kit http://www.microsoft.com/do... Windows Azure Training Kit http://www.microsoft.com/do... SQL Server 2008 R2 for Developers ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 12, 2011 8:00 AM

SQL Azure Backups: The options
One of the things that I have really enjoyed in the process of working with SQL Azure is the SQL Azure Management options. Mind you, it does not have a built-in backup tool, yes there are other options. redgate SQL Azure Backup Currently, Red Gate has a SQL Azure Backup tool (since it is Beta, it is free for the time being). Obviously, in order to use the tool the network/ip address from which you will be connecting has to be enrolled into the Azure Firewall for your account. The first step … connect. ......

Posted On Sunday, July 3, 2011 9:09 AM

My experiences with WordPress running on Windows Azure
The installation process took some getting used to. but understanding the purpose and work done with the Azure Companion helped tremendously. There are 3 different ways from getting this in place, using the With SSL package, the Without SSL, and the source code version. It is always helpful when someone has gone through the trouble of documenting their steps. So, in implementing my Intentional Thinking 2.0 blog site running WordPress on Azure, I followed the post/article published by John White. ......

Posted On Sunday, July 3, 2011 8:57 AM

INETA Speaking engagement, July 14, Ft. Wayne, IN.
A while back I decided to get back to speaking engagements and such. For the most part I had kept that to some local User Groups and some conferences like TechEd. I decided to sign up for the INETA Speaker program. Well my first gig came through. I will be speaking at the SharePoint Users of Ft. Wayne, Indiana meeting on July 14th. The topic is on Building Solutions for SharePoint using Visual Studio LightSwitch ......

Posted On Thursday, June 30, 2011 7:22 AM

Windows Azure and SQL Azure Videos
Great content available to get started with Windows Azure and SQL Azure. Windows Azure SQL Azure Introductory Videos Introductory Videos Deep Dive Deep Dive Tutorials Case Studies Case Studies Events Events ......

Posted On Saturday, June 4, 2011 6:46 PM

Backup Tool for SQL Azure
For those that attended TechEd NA 2011 last week in Atlanta it should be no surprise that more and more companies are betting on the Azure platform, whether it is Windows Azure or SQL Azure. There have been developments, changes and improvements for every aspect of the Windows Azure platform in general. And with that tools from 3rd parties to enhance or extend the experience. That is the case when we look at SQL Azure Backup from Redgate. A way to simplify and sync your SQL Azure data to local SQL ......

Posted On Tuesday, May 24, 2011 11:14 AM

Cool Resources: Windows Azure Edition
The very first thing that needs to happen is the need for a Windows Azure account. Try it free! http://www.microsoft.com/wi... The Learning Plan http://learning.microsoft.c... The Training Kit http://www.microsoft.com/do... The General Toolset Assessment and Planning ......

Posted On Sunday, May 8, 2011 9:32 AM

The road to getting the MCPD:Windows Azure credential. Part 1 of 4
I have mentioned I will be speaking on a Cram 4 exam session at the upcoming TechEd North America 2011 in Atlanta. The topic is the prep for exam 70-583: Designing and Developing Windows Azure Applications. This is a PRO Level exam. There are two other exams needed to get the MCPD Azure credential, those exams are TS level exams. Those exams are: EXAM 70-513 TS: Windows Communication Foundation Development with Microsoft .NET Framework 4 EXAM 70-516 TS: Accessing Data with Microsoft .NET Framework ......

Posted On Friday, May 6, 2011 8:13 PM

Getting the Azure MMC to work on Windows 7 SP1 and SDK 1.4
As I posted earlier on getting the Azure PowerShell CmdLts to install and such on Windows 7, working with the Azure MMC is also another item that requires a tad of a workaround to get it going. If you attempt to install, you will run into the first roadblock of the OS being a non-supported OS. The way around that is to find the working installation folder for Azure MMC (normally, C:\WindowsAzureMMC). Once there, then we need to look for the setup folder, inside the setup folder we will look for Dependencies.xml. ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 30, 2011 12:10 PM

Web Platform Installer issues deploying Azure SDK 1.4 on refreshed systems.
Recently I have been doing quite a bit of testing on different means to deploy the Azure SDKs and such. After a very successful couple of systems, I started running into issues last night. Here is the problem, if I go to the Windows Azure Website, and go to Develop, then click on the SDK and Tools, then Get Tools & SDK, it launches the Web Platform Installer. All seems well at that point, except it will go through the initial process, will find the SDK files for 1.4, but since the tools for Visual ......

Posted On Saturday, March 12, 2011 11:03 PM

And the fun continues, access to Azure Reporting and Data Sync secured
Got a couple of emails yesterday to enable more fun stuff to try out, test and share. So, how do I go about getting started with Azure Reporting? There is a wealth of information and guidance available . Here is a link to get more information about it http://www.microsoft.com/en... And more information from a dev standpoint. http://msdn.microsoft.com/e... Again, more to follow … ......

Posted On Saturday, March 12, 2011 4:27 PM

Installing the Windows Azure Tools for Visual Studio March 2011 and SDK 1.4
Coming from the joys and new features the SDK 1.3 version gave us back in November/December, we are now again at the doors of another update, Version 1.4 To get it, go to the Windows Azure website, the click on the Develop Menu option. Once there, Click on the Get Tools & SDK button. This will start the download to activate the Web Platform Installer, when you review the information on it, you get this. Click Install. And Accept the EULA. Installation starts at this point. And you are finished. ......

Posted On Thursday, March 10, 2011 12:38 PM

Update: Windows Azure Training Kit February 2011
An updated version of the Windows Azure Training Kit has been posted. There is an online version of the Training Kit here … http://msdn.microsoft.com/e... And the offline kit … http://www.microsoft.com/do... ......

Posted On Sunday, March 6, 2011 8:03 AM

How to enable and connect to RDP on a Windows Azure Web Role Instance?
We all know there have been some updates to Windows Azure, and one of the biggest I would say is the capability of being able to remote into the “OS level” of the image running a role. And I am not talking about VM Role, I am talking about a Web Role for example. As developers we use Visual Studio, and when we are getting ready to deploy a project, we have the option of enabling this. Here is how: 1. We publish our Project 2. On the Deployment dialog, provide all the details for your account, and ......

Posted On Sunday, February 27, 2011 10:07 AM

Awesome Read: Buck Woody’s post on the proper use of the Windows Azure VM Role
I have heard some service providers (or cloud providers), hosting companies and such complain, criticize or even venture to call foul on Microsoft’s Azure VM Role. The problem: None of them have gone through the effort of truly understanding (or perhaps not wanting to know) what is going on there. Many have jumped right into the “purist” definition of IaaS, or PaaS for that matter. Ok, Buck’s post is a true gem (my opinion) in the sense it gives you parallels of what the VM Role is and is not. And ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 28, 2010 4:05 PM

Windows Azure Platform Tools and Training Kit
As we have transitioned into a new release of the Azure Platform with added features, like the VM Role among other great things, it is time to get some additional functionality into Visual Studio as well. Below you will find links to the tools refresh and also the new training kit for November. Tools http://www.microsoft.com/do... Training Kit http://www.microsoft.com/do... ......

Posted On Wednesday, December 1, 2010 6:53 AM

Windows Azure Platform New Portal
Not sure when it changed or how long it has been available. The thing is, tonight I logged on to my Azure account to work on a couple of projects, and there it was, a new way to manage and service my Azure environment. So, here is a quick preview as I plan on diving deeper into the new features and the beta components. Look pretty interesting … ......

Posted On Monday, November 29, 2010 9:32 PM

Azure Management Pack for SCOM
Over the last number of weeks, I have been involved in a project that required getting IIS log information from an Azure WebRole. The process established was to use Cerebrata’s Diagnostic Manager (I can’t do it justice to tell you how awesome this tool is) to monitor real-time and also to download the information collected through the transfer rate configured for the service. Then once the information had been downloaded, I would then use WebLog Expert to create a nice pdf report of the activity. ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 5, 2010 5:08 AM

August and my intro to Azure Diagnostics
August for some reason has been the busiest month I recall in a while. It has had a good doze of the products I love to work with, and it has given me the opportunity to get into one more, Azure. There has been BizTalk Server, SharePoint, SQL Server and Team Foundation Server and the surrounding tools. But I have been enjoying working with Azure. It’s a nice complexity full of good stuff (so far). In working with a client’s deployment the task came to needing to monitor the implementation. And since ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 31, 2010 11:02 PM

Desarrollando utilizando la plataforma Azure, Parte 2
Siguiendo con el proceso de implementar una solución simple en Azure, vamos a crear una aplicación Web basada en ASP.NET, vamos a empacar esa solución y luego llevarla a Azure para luego entrar y utilizarla. En esta demostración veremos como: 1. Creando la aplicación Your browser cannot play this video. Learn how to fix this. 2. Compilar y generar la solución Your browser cannot play this video. Learn how to fix this. 3. Configurando Windows Azure Your browser cannot play this video. Learn how to ......

Posted On Sunday, July 25, 2010 12:42 PM

Desarrollando utilizando la plataforma Azure, Parte 1.
El primer paso a completar es el tener una cuenta en Azure, hay que tener muy claro que esto representa algo que va a significar en costo y cargos por utilizar los servicios. Lo que haremos es ir a www.azure.com . Veremos una página como esta El siguiente paso es acceder a la cuenta de la siguiente manera, haciendo click en Account llegamos a la siguiente página… 1. Si ya se tiene cuenta en alguno de los servicios, pues se hace click en las opciones de la derecha. 2. Si no se tiene cuenta, entonces ......

Posted On Sunday, July 25, 2010 9:33 AM

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