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Cruise and Team Foundation Services
Recently I have been working with a customer where we wanted to migrate some source code to TFS Services for source control but we had an existing Build Server setup running on-premise with Cruise Control. We did not want to change this over to any other continuous integration server so we were hoping to just point to our new TFS server in the cloud and it would all be straightforward. Unfortunately it wasn't this easy. The core of our problem is that the CCnet plug in for Team Foundation Server ......

Posted On Thursday, March 28, 2013 12:48 PM

Azure VM - The word or phrase you selected is not allowed
Just wanted to put a note out for anyone who gets caught out like I did on this one.I was trying to create an azure VM and kept getting the below error message and Azure wouldnt even create my VM."The word or phrase you selected is not allowed"I tried different combinations of all of the settings but with no luck! It turns out that apparently there is a list of naughty words and common phishing terms which you are not allowed to use. The below forum posts talks about this but in relation to web and ......

Posted On Sunday, March 24, 2013 11:11 AM

Exposing your API via Windows Azure Service Bus Queues and Topics
Recently I wrote an article for UK MSDN Flash about using Windows Azure Service Bus Queues & TopicsIve had some great feedback on this article from friends! Check it out below ......

Posted On Friday, March 15, 2013 10:05 AM

Pondering Azure PAAS vs IAAS
I was having a chat with one of the guys in the office today and was wondering about the considerations you would make when deciding between a web/worker role and a VM in Azure.To give an example we have a solution which runs some web services and pages in a web role component which has 2 small instances and also some background processes which run in a worker role which has 2 small instances.This configuration gives us enough scalability at this stage and gives us a basic high availability ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 5, 2013 1:12 PM

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