Windows Azure PaaS – Role instance health and load balancer requests.

There is a very common question I get asked on a regular basis, and that is “How does Windows Azure determine role health, and how can I take machines in/out of the load balancer rotations?”  There’s lots of information out on the web, but I wanted to re-post some relevant information to get you up…

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Azure PowerShell Tip

Many tutorials or operations call for the use of Windows Azure PowerShell cmdlets.  Assuming you have them installed via WebPI with the latest SDK, you might have noticed the Azure PowerShell shortcut simply sets the path to the commandlet module manifest file, and then imports the requisite modules. I’m all about PS from the default…

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Dogfood: The joys of eating healthy, and the joys of Windows Azure

Been quite awhile since I blogged.  I’ve been inundated with Microsoft work, having spent the last two years an an integral member of our Windows Azure ESWAT team. (ESWAT standing for Enterprise Strategy Worldwide Windows Azure Team.)  Now that our fiscal year has passed, I can disclose a bit more of where we have been,…

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Now Available: Windows Azure June 2012 Training Kit

The Windows Azure Training Kit June 2012 Update is now available. The June 2012 update includes 42 step-by-step hands-on labs and 20 presentations covering the new Windows Azure features. Some of the highlights of this update include: · 12 new hands-on labs for Windows Azure Virtual Machines · 11 new hands-on labs for Windows Azure…

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New Windows Azure IaaS Features – Resources

Digital Chalk Talk Videos – detailed technical overviews of the new Windows Azure services and supporting technologies as announced June 7, including Virtual Machines (IaaS Windows and Linux), Storage, Command Line Tools http://www.meetwindowsazure.com/DigitalChalkTalks Windows Azure Scenarios Videos on You Tube – “how to” guides, including “Create and Manage Virtual Networks”, “Create & Manage SQL Database”,…

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Win 8 Consumer Preview and Paint Shop Pro X4

OK, so anyone who knows me very well knows I’m a big fan of Paint Shop Pro.  I’m not a huge Photoshop fan, although I like Fireworks, and some other graphics programs.  See, I started out on Aldus Photostyler, and was a big IrfanView user, when Jasc originally came to market with PSP.  Anyhow, I’m…

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The easy way of collecting Security Logs from your Windows Azure Roles.

One common customer request that comes in is that they would like to collect the Security Event Logs from their Windows Azure roles, in addition to their Application, System and other Event Logs, when collecting diagnostics information using the Windows Azure Diagnostics capabilities.  Security event logs are notoriously tricky, because to write them you require…

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