Installing Windows Features in a Windows Azure Role Instance

In this posting I’ll talk about my experiences and final solution to what is usually a simple thing with a Windows Server box: installing Windows features. If your Azure solution requires a Windows Feature, you might be tempted to set up a VHD and then upload to a VM Role.  While this will work, for…

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Automating Blob Uploads, Part 2

I tossed out a challenge in a comment I left on the first of this series – there’s a problem with this approach to automating blob uploads.  It’s not a problem that affects everyone.  For example, perhaps you have a multi-tenant solution where each customer has their own storage account.  When a Windows Client wants…

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Automating Blob Uploads

In my travels I hear about a lot of patterns of cloud computing.  One that I hear frequently is “upload a file and process it”.  This file could be financial data, pictures, video, electric meter readings, and lots more.  It’s so common, and yet when I Bing (yes, Bing ) for blob uploaders, they’re all…

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Accumulus Makes Subscription Billing Easy for Windows Azure

The Accumulus Subscription and Usage Billing System enables businesses to find more success with subscriptions and recurring payments. The system includes a suite of integrated tools designed to help a business grow its customer base by improving customer acquisition, fully automating the customer life-cycle and maximizing customer retention. The system handles promotion tracking, usage tracking,…

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Azure Email-Enables Lists, Low-Cost Storage for SharePoint

vorApps for SharePoint Online delivers an email enabled information management solution leveraging the power of Microsoft SharePoint Online. Diane Gallagher of Vorsite Corp talks to Greg Oliver, ISV Architect Evangelist, about how vorApps was built on Windows Azure and how Office 365 customers can use it with Exchange Online and SharePoint Online. View the video:…

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Installing a Windows Service in a Windows Azure Worker Role

  It might seem like a giant leap backward to bother with installing a Windows service in a worker role.  After all, the Windows Azure and Visual Studio teams went to a lot of trouble to create worker roles as a core part of the platform.  Worker role code is monitored by the fabric controller,…

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Putting data in cold storage with Windows Azure Table

Sometimes the data that’s being kept in SQL Azure relational storage doesn’t really need to be there.  A couple of examples of this are blobs and historical records.  Lots of folks have discovered the wonders of moving blobs from relational storage to Windows Azure blob storage.  Just leave behind a pointer and add a line…

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Accommodating Your Batch Window in Windows Azure

Certain functions of a system need to run once per day in a typical “batch window” scenario. You might already be aware that Azure compute is paid by the CPU-hour.  If you’re occupying the CPU, whether or not actively using it, you’re still paying for it.  You occupy the CPU ‘slot’ by having a role…

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