Windows Azure Training Kit – April 2011 Update Available!

  It’s been awhile since I have been blogging…  Mostly this has been due to extensive travel and customer site work over the past few months, for the Windows Azure Technical Adoption Program, and Microsoft’s Enterprise Strategy Worldwide Azure Team.  I am an integral team member of both teams, and the past few months I have been teaching…


Windows Azure Training Kit – December 2010

Today we have released an updated version of the Windows Azure Platform Training Kit & Courses – you can download the training kit here or walkthrough the hands-on labs on MSDN here. The December release of the training kit includes several new and updated hands-on labs, demo scripts, and presentations for the Windows Azure November…


Windows Azure – Feature Packed Cloud Power

Working as a lead on the Windows Azure Testing & Adoption Program team over the last two years has been quite a lot of fun work.  I have been engaging and navigating our select group of “bleeding-edge” customers through a ton of new features that have kept it even more challenging and exciting daily.  To…


Windows Azure Security 101

I get a bunch of security-related questions daily specifically targeted toward Windows Azure everyday.  I’m always steering people in the the direction of information readily available online.   I want to reiterate some of the key guidance to refer to before deploying Windows Azure cloud applications.  Through enhanced knowledge, you have the ability to reduce the…


Step-By-Step Windows Azure Signup for MSDN Subscribers

By now you should know that yesterday we went live with the Commercial Availability and release of Windows Azure. (WOO_HOOT!) One of the great things is that MSDN subscribers get to utilize Windows Azure for their projects with some great offers. (The offers are outlined elsewhere on my blog, or you can get up to…

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.NET Services November CTP Released

The November CTP of Microsoft .NET Services has released today, and you can get it from http://www.microsoft.com/windowsazure/developers/dotnetservices/.   The latest .NET Services CTP includes some key design changes announced previously to the Service Bus (SB) and the Access Control Services (ACS).   SB and ACS now include the feature set that will be available when we enter…


It’s all about Data

o Data centers we have built from the ground up: Those are Quincy, Washington and San Antonio, Texas. o Data centers currently under construction: Those are Dublin, Ireland and Chicago, Illinois. · How we choose future data center locations: When choosing future data center sites, we take into account over 35 weighted criteria in our…


Less than 75 days left until Commerical Launch of Windows Azure at PDC 2009

Zero Wait for Windows Azure Tokens Now when you sign into Connect for Windows Azure, you can obtain a token for Windows Azure without ANY wait. Tokens are issued immediately for Windows Azure!  Note: You do not need tokens for .Net Services, however SQL Azure still have a short wait while you are being on-boarded.   Windows…


Windows Azure Tools and SDK July Release Now Live!

The Windows Azure Platform has just released an updated SDK and Tools package. You can find both available as follows: Tools: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=8d75d4f7-77a4-4adf-bce8-1b10608574bb SDK: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=aa40f3e2-afc5-484d-b4e9-6a5227e73590 New in the July 2009 CTP SDK  The Windows Azure SDK now supports developing and deploying services containing multiple web and worker roles. The new PowershellRole sample hosts the Powershell runtime…


Getting started with Microsoft Cloud Computing

We have a new section on our Visual Studio Developer Center over at MSDN, for getting started on our cloud computing stack.You will find free downloads, blog postings, developer resource kits, community resources and more linked conveniently from this page.If you’re using Visual Studio, make it a web favorite and/or your VS start page, and you’ll…