Setting up a Passive FTP Server in Windows Azure VM

This post is authored by Lalitesh Kumar, Pradeep M G and reviewed by Avinash Venkat Reddy. Also special thanks to Adam Conkle and Craig Landis for providing the “points to consider from Azure SLB perspective”.   FTP may run in active or passive mode. Passive mode is extensively used to solve the issue of the client…

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Understanding the temporary drive on Windows Azure Virtual Machines

Special thanks to our WATS Linux experts- Joao Madureira, Vittorio Franco Libertucci and Patrick Catuncan for reviewing this post.   When you create a VM in Windows Azure you are provided with a temporary storage automatically. This temporary storage is “D:” on a Windows VM and it is “/dev/sdb1” on a Linux VM.   This…

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Windows Azure IaaS Host OS Update Demystified

Special thanks to Sri Harsha for reviewing this post!!  In this post we will look at: Why Windows Azure updates the host OS? How does the host OS update take place? What are availability sets? How does creating availability sets make your application highly available? Resource to help you create and manage highly available applications…

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Windows Azure Learning Resources

Microsoft has loads of resources to help you learn, understand and leverage Windows Azure cloud platform. This is our effort of listing the resources that are available to help you learn about the Windows Azure architecture, security, features and implementation.   Architecture          Inside Windows Azure: The Cloud Operating System          Introduction to Windows Azure:…

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Staying updated with all things Windows Azure

  Windows Azure is an ever evolving Microsoft cloud platform. You may find it tough to stay updated with all the latest features, current news and technical know how’s. To help you stay updated with all thing Azure, we have put together a list of websites, blogs and other resources that you can follow to…

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Why does an Azure storage account have two access keys?

If you are using Windows Azure you might be familiar with the storage access keys. These storage access keys are used in authentication for accessing the storage account.  When you create a storage account you are provided with two storage access keys i.e. Primary and Secondary access keys. You might be wondering, what is the…

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Exploring the AutoScale feature in Windows Azure Websites

We recently released a whole lot of updates for Windows Azure platform and one of those updates, is the addition of date based AutoScale scheduling support (set different rules on different dates). In this blog post we will go over the concepts of auto scale, configuring your website to AutoScale in and out thus saving…

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Windows Azure: Account Delegate Feature

Blogged on behalf of Bahar Sandal, Windows Azure Subscription Management Support Engineer. The Account Delegate feature enables multiple people to see the same Windows Azure billing information. The Delegate feature is useful because businesses often have multiple people involved with each account. Account Delegate Feature Facts: Account delegates have full access to your account. However,…

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Windows Azure technical support for MSDN, TechNet or MPN Users and Partners

Support Benefits for Microsoft Azure Some Microsoft Programs give support benefits that can be used to get access to Azure technical support. The following programs are part of the Azure Support Benefits: MSDN and BizSpark Microsoft Partner Network Signature Cloud Support Each of these programs will give you a different level of support benefits, from…

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Windows Azure support – How it works and how to receive help

Windows Azure is a great new family of cloud based services and features offered by Microsoft. As new innovations are made in the technology field, users may need help to- learn, understand different offerings and receive support to solve specific issues. The purpose of this post is to present you with the various available options…

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