Cloud Tip #12-Get Started with SQL Azure

Business Software is in the business of data management. Creating, updating, deleting and using information in new ways as well as simplifying how it is collected and reported is key to what we do as technology professionals. With the advent of Cloud Computing being able to take advantage of relational data directly in the cloud…

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Cloud Tip #11-Activate your MSDN Benefits

If you have an MSDN Subscription you get Azure benefits which you can use to develop in the cloud. In this post I’d like to share what’s involved in activating these. As you can see there are some pretty hefty benefits available that you can start using immediately. To get going log into the MSDN…

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Cloud Tip #9-Add Microsoft.IdentityModel to the GAC with a Startup Task

Access Control Services is one of the many services that are part of the Windows Azure Platform which handles an authentication conversation for you, allowing you an easy way to integrate cloud identity from providers like Yahoo, Google, Facebook and Live ID with your application. You need an active Azure Subscription (click here to try…

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Cloud Tip #8-Using ACS without SSL

Today I showed a work around for when you are showing ACS on a site that is running without setting up the SSL piece. <system.web>   <!–Hack to get past request token on non-SSL site—>   <httpRuntime requestValidationMode="2.0" />   <pages validateRequest="false" controlRenderingCompatibilityVersion="4.0"           clientIDMode="AutoID"></pages>           … Note that shutting off validation of requests is not recommended, as…

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Cloud Tip #7-Configuring your firewall at work for cloud development

I had a question after a Windows Azure Camp about what ports need to be opened and enabled at my work environment to enable working with Windows Azure. While the services work with REST there are a couple services that will benefit from adjusting the firewall to allow traffic between on-premise and the cloud. I…

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Cloud Tip #6-Encrypting the web.config with Visual Basic

One of the great things about Windows Azure is that it is a platform that is for the most part agnostic about what frameworks and languages you want to use. While I tend to do most of my demos in C# there is no reason we couldn’t use VB, PHP, Node.js, Java or any other…

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Cloud Tip #5-Secure your settings in Web.config with Encryption

In Windows Azure and especially with SQL Azure we need to store passwords to access things. I wanted to show how you can encrypt the web.config file by adding code to the global.asax file. The cool part of this is that using this technique you can secure application specific settings like connection strings and other…

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Cloud Tip #4-How to migrate an existing ASP.NET App to the Cloud

Suppose you have an existing application that you want to migrate to the cloud. There are many things to look at, from the data to the architecture to considering how you plan to scale beyond one instance. For simple web sites which don’t use a lot of data or stateful information the migration to the…

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