Windows Azure SDK v2.1 for .NET

Trying to keep up with the latest and greatest SDK’s is sometimes a dizzying task but such as life when dealing with technology. That said, SDK v2.1 of the Windows Azure SDK for .NET was recently released. This is a major refresh of the Windows Azure SDK and it includes some great new features and…

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Windows Azure IaaS is Live

Windows Azure Infrastructure Services, Virtual Machines and Virtual Network are now generally available (GA)! With this announcement these new services make it possible for you to move your applications into the cloud as is.   This announcement also comes with a commitment to match Amazon Web Services prices for commodity services such as compute, storage and bandwidth….

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Build 2013 Developer Conference

I can’t believe almost 6 months has passed since the last Build conference. This year the event will be held between June 26–28 in San Francisco where Microsoft will share what’s next for Windows, Windows Server, Windows Azure, Visual Studio, and more. Visit the Build site to get yourself registered on April 2 for three days of…

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Windows Azure Services on Windows Server

Yesterday, Microsoft announced the general availability of System Center 2012 Service Pack 1, which brings the full range of System Center management to Windows Server 2012 for private and hybrid cloud. With this release, you will be able to use Windows Server, System Center 2012 SP1 and Web Sites service in your datacenters to offer…

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Microsoft Open Technologies Announces VM Depot

If you’ve been wanting to use Windows Azure but couldn’t because a particular open source virtual machine (VM) wasn’t available or you didn’t have the time to configure one, well you’re in luck. The newly released preview of VM Depot from Microsoft Open Technologies, Inc., (MS Open Tech) allows you to build, deploy and share…

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The Cloud OS Signature Event Series

I recently attended a local event for the US Launch of Windows Server 2012, Visual Studio 2012 and Windows Azure. To say there’s a lot to talk about would clearly be an understatement. While I couldn’t do all the new features/enhancements justice in a blog post I will however touch on a few key aspects…

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Hyper-V on Windows 8

Virtualization was for a long time considered a technology closely associated with enterprises that needed to maximize their hardware investment. Those benefits that come with virtualizing an operating system (OS)/applications weren’t exclusive to big businesses and as such the technology trickled down to consumers who also had a need to use it. I was an avid…

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The Team Foundation Service Build Service

Even though the Team Foundation Service can be updated more frequently than a typical boxed product (current updates are scheduled approximately every 3 weeks), there were some gaps between this service and Team Foundation Server. One of which was building solutions and projects in the cloud. Prior to today this was only possible by procuring a…

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Windows 8 Developer Preview VM

There was certainly no shortage of information and demo’s from the Build event. I think the best part of the conference was the release of the Windows 8 Developer Preview. Those that were there received a tablet with this already loaded but for those of us that weren’t, there was a task at hand that…

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Microsoft Virtual Labs

I’m always looking for training on new Microsoft technology and while white papers and sample code have their place they do leave something to be desired. Videos are definitely an improvement and when combined with the aforementioned items work really well but even then problems arise. The most prevalent being that I have to either…

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