Server Application Virtualization (Server App-V) CTP Announced

Microsoft has announced the Community Technology Preview of Microsoft Server Application Virtualization (Server App-V), and the Server Application Virtualization Packaging Tool. App-V builds on the technology used in client Application Virtualization, allowing for the separation of application configuration and state from the underlying operating system. This separation and packaging enables existing Windows applications, not specifically…

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New Windows Azure AppFabric Training

There will be a Windows Azure AppFabric training session on February 7, 2011 at 11:00 AM PST.   You can read more about it here. Also you should be aware that there is an entire Windows Azure Boot Camp series going on.  Even if the session date has already passed you can still access the session…

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When to Use the Windows Azure VM Role

For those ISVs trying to decide whether the new Windows Azure VM Role is a good feature to use in migrating a legacy application to Windows Azure here is a good article:  The Proper Use of the VM Role in Windows Azure.  The article was written by Microsoft Data Architect Buck Woody and posted on…

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Microsoft Partners: Gold & Silver Competencies

On November 1st, at our World Wide Partner Conference Microsoft launched the Microsoft Partner Network, which brought with it many new things, including new competencies and associated branding, benefits, requirements, and more.  This series of blog posts: The Microsoft Partner Network: Gold Competencies & Silver Competencies–Part 1: Branding provides  information about various components of the…

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More Clouds in New York

In a previous post we told you about how New York City has agreed to consolidate 45 separate Microsoft contracts into one $20 million multi-agency deal that will feature many cloud computing functions. Now Microsoft and the State University of New York (SUNY) have agreed to make the Microsoft Live@edu suite of online communications and…

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Applied Architecture Patterns on the Microsoft Platform Reviewed

I just finished reading an excellent book:  Applied Architecture Patterns on the Microsoft Platform by Seroter, Fairweather, Thomas, Sexton and Ramani. (PACKT Publishing 2010.)  IMHO this is a book that all ISVs and other developers basing their solutions on Microsoft technology should read. Although not physically divided into parts, logically the first “part” of the…

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Ignition Showcase 12-27-2010

Events Mix11 News Update CRM Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Release Candidate (RC) Latest Links Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Top 10 in 10 xRM Cloud Acceleration Lab Video: Permuta Technologies Cloud/Windows Azure Updates!   Drive Demand and Close Sales for your Microsoft Infrastructure and Cloud Solutions Journey to the Cloud The Windows Azure Platform Appliance for…

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xRM Cloud Acceleration Lab Video: Permuta Technologies

During xRM Cloud Acceleration Lab (week of 6th Dec’10, Redmond, WA), I got an opportunity to chat with David Milton, CTO, Permuta Technologies, regarding their cloud strategy using Dynamics CRM 2011 Online and Windows Azure. DefenseReady, Permuta’s flagship application, supports high-tempo Department of Defense (DoD) organizations from planning to deployment – providing granular-level force mobilization…

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Mark Russinovich on Windows Azure

TechNet Edge recently posted an excellent interview with Mark Russinovich that they recorded at TechEd Europe. You probably already know Mark as one of the authors of the Windows Internals books as well as the founder of Sysinternals and the author of an outstanding suite of windows troubleshooting and analysis tools. In the interview Mark…

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Free Windows Azure Webinars for ISVs

If you are an ISV or a partner you know that you had better be thinking about how your product of service will continue to exist and be successful in the new cloud paradigm. The Windows Azure Team Blog just listed this free three part webinar series for ISVs that covers the benefits, implications of…

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