Using MSBuild to deploy your AppFabric Application

As the hosting of applications moves from our local staging environments to the cloud, one of the areas that needs to improve is the ability to include deployment in our automated build processes. Using the June CTP AppFabric bits, Visual Studio does an excellent job of enabling developers to design, build, and deploy AppFabric applications….


Configuring, deploying, and monitoring applications using AppFabric Application Manager

In the previous blog post on developing AppFabric Applications, we showed you how to create a simple AppFabric application. This app was an ASP.NET web site that used a SQL Database. In this blog post, we’ll use the AppFabric Application Manager to configure, deploy, and monitor that application. Here is a breakdown of what we…


Developing a Windows Azure AppFabric Application

In this post, we will go through developing an AppFabric application that contains a web frontend and a database. Before we can develop an application, we’ll sign into the AppFabric LABS Portal at https://portal.appfabriclabs.com using our Live Id. Since this is a limited CTP, only approved users will have access to the service, but all…


Lead Hosts versus SQL Server for Windows Server AppFabric Caching

Note: This is only relevant the on-premises version of the Caching service which is part of Windows Server AppFabric Introduction The following would go over the concepts of lead host and offloading in both network share configuration (aka XML configuration) and SQL configuration for the AppFabric Caching technology. In addition, it will also explain when…


Nice post covering Windows Azure AppFabric Applications

Neil Mackenzie, a Windows Azure MVP, has written a great blog post regarding Windows Azure AppFabric Applications which were introduced as part the Windows Azure AppFabric June CTP. Neil summed up the concept very nicely in his post: “I am a great advocate of the PaaS model of cloud computing. I believe that AppFabric Applications…


Client Side Tracing for Windows Azure AppFabric Caching

In this post, I will describe how to enable Client-side traces for AppFabric Caching Service. I will also touch upon some basic problems you might face while trying out the same. To configure the cache client to generate System.Diagnostic.Traces pertaining to the AppFabric cache, please follow the below steps: Configuration File Option In your app.config/web.config…


Windows Azure AppFabric will be available on the Official Windows Azure Platform Team Blog

We are combining all Windows Azure platform related content into one place: the Windows Azure Platform Team Blog at www.WindowsAzureBlog.com. This will be the new destination for all product releases, resources, tools and news around the Windows Azure platform. You can bookmark this new blog location and sign up for the Windows Azure AppFabric RSS…


Windows Azure AppFabric – Service Bus Access Control Federation and Rule Migration

In the Windows Azure AppFabric May 2011 CTP, we released enhancements to Service Bus including the new message-oriented middleware features around Queues and Topics. More details regarding these features can be found here: Introducing the Windows Azure AppFabric Service Bus May 2011 CTP. These enhancements will go live with an update to the commercially available…


Announcing the Windows Azure AppFabric June CTP!

Today we are excited to announce the release of the Windows Azure AppFabric June CTP which includes capabilities that make it easy for developers to build, deploy, manage and monitor multi-tier applications across web, business logic and database tiers as a single logical entity on the Windows Azure Platform. This CTP release consists: AppFabric Developer…