Installing PHP and Zend Extensions on Windows Azure Websites

Introduction You are creating a PHP website on Windows Azure and need to install additional PHP extensions not provided by default (like MongoDB or IonCube), you’ve come to the right post. It is quite easy. Downloading and uploading the extensions I’m going to demo this with 2 extensions; MongoDB and IonCube. The first is a…

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Migrate your old website to Windows Azure Websites using the Visual Studio Online “Monaco” console, cURL and unzip

Introduction Have you considered migration to a Windows Azure website? The thought of downloading the files and content from your old website, then uploading them again to Windows Azure is not appealing? I agree with you! The title might be a bit misleading. What we actually want to do is, zip the content of your…

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Creating a LAMP Stack (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP) using tasksel on Windows Azure

Introduction I’ve covered in my previous post how to create a LAMP stack on Windows Azure using the BitNami provided image. In this post, I’ll alternatively create the lamp stack using Ubuntu’s tasksel, which gives me a more “traditional” barebones setup than the once enforced by the BitNami images. Let’s start Provision the machine Create…

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Creating a LAMP Stack (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP) from BitNami on Windows Azure

Introduction In the previous post, I’ve shown you how to create a WIMP stack (Windows, IIS, MySQL, PHP) on a Windows Azure virtual machine. In this post, we’ll be creating a more traditional LAMP server, but we won’t build things from scratch. I’ll be using the excellent image provided by BitNami which provides a complete…

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Windows Azure Notification Hubs: Tags and creating a breaking news app

This is part 2 of a 3 part series where we will get to know how Notification Hubs work and why they are a cool feature of Windows Azure. You can get the source code of the projects in this blog post here: http://github.com/sabbour/breakingnews Recap In the first part of this blog series, we created…

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November Event: Uganda .NET Usergroup - Windows Azure

In November, our meeting topic will shift to Windows Azure. As you may know, Windows Azure is the cloud offering from Microsoft.  On 29th November you will learn how to take advantage of Windows Azure to develop and host your applications faster and in a scalable platform. Some of the challenges that developers face after…

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Using WordPress on Windows Azure with SQL Server instead of MySQL

Introduction Creating a WordPress based site on Windows Azure is already pretty trivial, you can very easily select WordPress from the gallery when creating an Azure Website. The problem is, by default, WordPress works with MySQL, which means for you that you will either need to get a database from ClearDB, which is more expensive…

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Using SQL Server as a Service on Windows Azure

Having a database on the cloud has never been easier. In this post, I’ll show you how to create your own database server on the cloud and create databases on it. You can even import your own database if you have created it on your own computer. Let’s start Click on New and select Custom…

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