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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 ......

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... ......

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. ......

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 ......

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 ......

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 ......

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 ......

Windows Azure for the ITPro presentation at MCT Summit

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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 ......

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 ......

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 ......

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... ......

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 ......

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. ......

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. ......

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