Running Mission Critical Solutions on Windows Azure

I wanted to follow up on my previous post for Common Tip and post something that covers how Upgrades work, how to achieve maximum availability and scale along with deployment and monitoring recommendations. With Windows Azure there are a lot of options on how to manage and implement deployments, upgrades, scale and availability.  Mission Critical applications…

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Common Windows Azure Tips

Here are several simple tips if you are planning to leverage Windows Azure for your applications: Application Settings – Don’t use the web.config to store application settings, specifically environmental application settings. For example: SQL Connection strings, should be stored in theService Configuration not the web.config. The problem is since the web.config is part of the deployment…

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Changes

I can’t believe I’ve neglected this blog for 2 years, I’m blowing the dust off the keyboard and getting back to it. There’s been a lot of changes in my professional life – I’ve changed roles at Microsoft, again.  I’m now with Premier Mission Critical support, generally supporting our PMC Azure customers.  About my new…

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Server Side Speech Recognition

Last week I learned something, well I learned many things but one that was particularly interesting. Lets say you wanted to do server side speech recognition but you don’t want the transport to be SIP.  This obviously eliminates using UCMA 2.0 as by default it will rely on OCS and therefore SIP. Well I learned that…

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Custom Disclaimer

A lot of businesses want to add disclaimers to external communications. Using MSPL on the Edge servers we can create something to simply add this disclaimer to an IM Conversation. Since MSPL hasn’t really changed from LCS to OCS, we can use the sample provided for LCS to implement a custom disclaimer for OCS.  You can…

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UCMA WF Application Host

As promised I’ve released some code that shows you how to create a reusable application host that will run your UCMA 2.0 Workflow Applications. You can find the code, binaries and an initial “How To”:http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/ucmahost The home page of the project site gives a basic walk through. One item I sort of mentioned on the…

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Unified Communications Managed API v2.0 Workflow Applications

UCMA v2.0 includes a great abstraction layer, Communication Workflows, based on the Windows Workflow Foundation (WF). These workflows are great for those needing to great simple yet powerful UC enabled applications. The workflow activities themselves are pretty self explanatory. I’ll cover the activities themselves in another post.  The “difficult” portion of creating a UCMA workflow application…

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OCS 2007 R2 Virtual Launch

Sign up for the OCS 2007 R2 Virtual Launch on Feburary 3rd.http://www.microsoft.com/communicationsserver/virtualevent/languageselect.aspx And just to keep entertain until Feburary 3rd, here are some R2 launch teaser videos:https://www.youtube.com/profile?user=OCSR2Launch&view=videos

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Windows Speech Recognition Macros Tools have Shipped!

I blogged about these earlier and they have finally shipped. You can download them here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=fad62198-220c-4717-b044-829ae4f7c125&displaylang=en

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Status Update

I’ve been MIA for a couple months mainly for Office Communications Server 2007 R2 to RTM, but I’ve also been busy at work. I promise I will get the the UCMA 2.0 Workflow post I promised, but those of you wanting to get a taste of UCMA now, check out Joe Calev’s blog, he currently…

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