March 2011 Entries

Deploying an RDP enabled Azure Package outside of Visual Studio

This is a lesson that did not come easy but it sure was helpful to discover. When creating an Azure deployment package as a developer because you will hand-off to a deployment group within IT, pretty much you published your Azure component to generate the package and configuration files. When deploying to enable RDP, in my conversation with many developers the concern in the end was, I have to do the deployment through Visual Studio to enable those options. The answer is both Yes and No. The items ......

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. ......

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 ......

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 … ......

The tale of how the PowerShell CmdLets got installed with Azure SDK 1.4

I installed the Azure SDK 1.4 while rebuilding my laptop and ran the installation for the Windows Azure Service Management PowerShell CmdLets. Kicked off the installation script for the WASM PowerShell CmdLets by locating the path to which WASM PowerShell CmdLets was deployed to. Double clicked the startHere command. It will then open the WASM installation dialog. Click Next. Click Next. Notice the red x next to the Azure SDK 1.3, the problem is I have SDK 1.4 Here is the workaround, I go back to ......

More goodness: Scrum for Team System Migration Tool from EMC

I have always liked how SfTS works, and the functionality it offers. In an earlier assessment I wrote of their toolset, the only issue I had encountered was the migration of environment that had been created and worked on for a while in the TFS 2008 world using SfTS 2.0 to the TFS 2010 SfTS 3.0. There were several elements (Work Items and such) that were not moving correctly. Anyway, that is now in the past! Congratulations to Crispin Parker and Team for the release of the Migration Tool. You can ......

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. ......

TFS Hosting: discountasp.net TFS

In the last month or so I have been able to test and experience first hand the offering from discountasp.net for hosted TFS 2010. This first part is a description of the setup process for the account itself and getting some additional information on what you will find through the portal on their site. Not long ago, I posted a little tidbit on hosting TFS. Through it I also did a shameless plug to my employer, our services and the type of hosting we recommend. So, wouldn’t me running on discountasp.net ......

Applying Service Pack 1 to Team Foundation Server 2010

Disclosure: I performed the following activities on my Windows 7 SP1 system, Visual Studio 2010 SP1 and a local Basic installation of TFS 2010. As with any deployment of a service pack into a server environment, take your recommended precautions and be aware of the changes you are putting in. With that said, make sure you backup your databases, and that you have an exit/rollback strategy in the event of an unexpected situation. Team Foundation Server 2010 Service Pack 1 corresponds to KB2182621. ......

A bunch of goodness is being let out the door

Soma was the keynote speaker at TechEd Middle East in Dubai. And during this, he announced a couple of items being let out the door to now being releases. First, Visual Studio 2010 SP1. Available for subscribers on March 8th, and the rest of the world on March 10th. TFS-Project Integration Feature Pack, Visual Studio Load Test Feature pack and Lightswitch Beta 2 are also part of the releases out and available. Check Soma’s blog … http://blogs.msdn.com/b/som... ......

SQL Server MCM Changes and Readiness Videos

Towards the end of 2010, Microsoft made some changes to the Microsoft Certified Master for SQL Server 2008 program. The process to certification required to have a 3 week bootcamp/course in Redmond. This has changed now. It has been mapped to 2 exams. Get information from Microsoft Learning with regards to the changes, process, resources and pricing for the certification exams. http://www.microsoft.com/le... What has happened here too, is some SQL MCM rotation ......

Update: TFS Power Tools March 2011

There is an update available for the TFS Power Tools and the TFS Build Power Tools. Among the updates to the Tools: Changes to the Team Foundation Server Backups Add-In for TFS Admin Console. Added functionality to the Windows Shell Extension. Changes to the tfpt command line tool that allows you to script build management commands. For a full detail of the changes, read Brian Harry’s post http://blogs.msdn.com/b/bha... ......

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... ......