CloudTip #17-Build Connected Windows 8 Apps with Windows Azure

Yesterday in Dallas we had Scott Guthrie (@ScottGu) and the Azure team put on a great event at the Irving Convention Center to show off what’s new in the Microsoft Cloud story and to dive into getting started with the tools and services that make it work. Chris Koenig did a great job of coordinating…

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CloudTip #16-Meet the new HTML based Windows Azure Management Portal

Windows Azure has seen a number of upgrades. The latest announced today, along with a series of events to showcase and explore the features and capabilities of the Microsoft cloud platform (https://aka.ms/MeetAzMB), clearly shows the move towards simplicity, ease of use, and the speed to which you can get started with Azure. While I can’t…

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CloudTip #15-MEET Windows Azure

The Cloud comes in many flavors, types and shapes and the terminology can be daunting. You’ve got Public vs. Private. vs. Home grown. You’ve got compute, storage and database not to mention identity, caching, service bus and many more. Then there are the several players including Microsoft, Amazon, Rackspace, Force, and too many others to…

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CloudTip #14-How do I get SQL Profiler info from SQL Azure?

Your application is running slow. You need to find out what’s going on. If you’ve used SQL Profiler on a local database you might be familiar with how you can capture a trace of database activity and use it to figure out where your resources are going. The visibility makes it MUCH easier to tune…

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CloudTip #13-What do you need to know to get started?

There are many ways to learn a new technology. Some of us prefer to read books, others like videos or screencasts, still others will choose to go to a training style event. In any case you need to have a reason to want to learn, whether it’s a new project, something to put on the…

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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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