Azure Real World: Managing and Monitoring Drupal Sites on Windows Azure

A few weeks ago, I co-authored an article (with my colleague Rama Ramani) about how the Screen Actors Guild Awards website migrated its Drupal deployment from LAMP to Windows Azure: Azure Real World: Migrating a Drupal Site from LAMP to Windows Azure. Since then, Rama and another colleague, Jason Roth, have been working on writing…

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Reflecting on DrupalCon Denver

I saw a Tweet on Monday that nicely summed up the start to my week:The only thing worse than a Monday is a Monday after #DrupalCon. I’m not sure I’ve quoted it exactly, but I’m sure I’ve captured the sentiment. My Monday wasn’t bad as in 3-day-hangover bad, it was just bad in that it…

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Deploying Drupal at Scale on Microsoft Platform

I find that every conference I attend is a humbling experience. There are just so many knowledgeable people that I’m constantly reminded of how much I don’t know. The pre-conference training at DrupalCon Denver was no exception (and the real conference hadn’t even begun!). In the Deploying Drupal at Scale on Microsoft Platform training yesterday,…

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Azure Real World: Migrating a Drupal Site from LAMP to Windows Azure

Last month, the Interoperability team at Microsoft highlighted work done to move the Screen Actors Guild Awards Drupal website from a Linux-Apache-MySQL-PHP (LAMP) environment to the Windows Azure platform: SAG Awards Drupal Website Moves to Windows Azure. The move was the result of collaboration between SAG Awards engineers and engineers from Microsoft’s Interoperability Team and…

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What is Microsoft Doing at DrupalCon Denver?

Microsoft will be at DrupalCon Denver next week, and I have the good fortune of being one of the Microsoft representatives that will be attending. The program looks great – it’s packed with great speakers and sessions, and there are lots of fun events planned. I’m excited about going for those reasons, but also because…

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What SQL Server 2012 Means for PHP Developers

Last week, Microsoft held a virtual conference to announce the availability of SQL Server 2012. The conference included a number of events (speakers, videos, training activities, etc.) that focused on the new functionality available in this release. Now that most of the fanfare has died down a bit, I’d like to take a look at…

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Joomla! 2.5 Adds SQL Server Support!

This is a short post to shareexciting news: Jooma! 2.5, which shipped earlier this week, now has support for SQL Server! Of course, this release contains lots more goodies, but the addition of a database abstraction layer that supports multiple databases is a huge step (support for other databases may arrive quickly now that Joomla!…

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