Storage Quotas and Core Allocation on Windows Azure

This has been documented as part of other posts (cf. footnote #1), here it is presented in FAQ format, focusing on the quotas and core allocation. What is the quota for storing data within Windows Azure storage? For a given subscription, during the CTP, each token grants you 2 storage accounts, and each storage account…

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New role instance allocation

Since we launched the Windows Azure CTP last year up until yesterday, a regular Windows Azure token would grant you the following Windows Azure assets: 2 storage accounts 1 hosted service with 2 deployment slots, each with up to 5 roles (any combination of web or worker roles), each with up to 2 instances, which…

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Windows Azure Storage Made Easy

There are three tools that came up on my radar that allow to manipulate your Windows Azure storage quite easily and intuitively. The first one, which I have been using for a while is called Cloud Storage Studio from Cerebrata Software, and I like it a lot. It has a slick and intuitive UI from…

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Custom Domain Names in Windows Azure

This is a topic that comes up quite frequently, and I always find myself referencing Steve’s post on the matter of mapping a Hosted Service running in Windows Azure (for example http://frogs69.cloudapp.net) to a custom domain that you otherwise own. So here is a permanent reference to this most useful blog post. http://blog.smarx.com/posts/custom-domain-names-in-windows-azure Another (similar)…

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How to redeem a Windows Azure token?

Quick refresher as this still comes up a lot: Where can I get a token for Windows Azure? Read my previous post about this How do I redeem a token once I have one? Go to the Windows Azure portal on http://windows.azure.com Sign in using the Windows Live ID with which you want to redeem…

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Important News for Users of the Microsoft® Silverlight™ Streaming by Windows Live™ Beta October 2009

Summary: Microsoft Silverlight Streaming by Windows Live Beta is being discontinued and will eventually be taken down A new Windows® Azure™-based hosting and delivery service will be launched by the end of 2009, though this is not a direct replacement for Silverlight Streaming and will have costs associated with its use You can access, retrieve…

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Where did Copy Logs go?

Up until a few days ago, when you wanted to get a dump of your application logs running in Windows Azure, you could go to the hosted service configuration page, and request the log dump using the Copy Logs button. This has changed. The Windows Azure logging infrastructure is evolving and as a result this…

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Windows Azure developer portal release refresh

As you have undoubtedly noticed, as part of today’s release refresh, the Windows Azure developer portal got a major face lift. This is the new theme that will be adopted by all the Windows Azure Platform for PDC’09. PDC’08 UI theme PDC’09 UI theme I already received a lot of feedback, good and bad, comparing…

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Invalid token error message

If you have received a Windows Azure token after registering on Microsoft Connect, tried to redeem it, but get the message “Invalid token” or “Enter a valid promotion code”, this post is for you. Scenario 1: You try to redeem the token on the Windows Azure Portal and get the message “Invalid token”, check out…

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Windows Azure Geo Location Feature Terminology

Here is some information about the terms and concepts introduced in the Dev Portal with the Windows Azure Geo Location feature. The most important one is the notion of affinity group, which is now part of the creation wizard of the Windows Azure storage account and hosted services. Affinity Group: An affinity group is a…

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