Detecting if a Virtual Machine Runs in Microsoft Azure (Linux & Windows) to Protect your Software when distributed via the Azure Marketplace

Since the introduction of the Azure Marketplace many publishers are trying to protect their software from being taken off Virtual Machines that have been created through the Azure Marketplace since that would allow customers to run the software without being charged for it. In this blog-post I do show several options to detect in your…

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Janet Moonshot & FreeRADIUS on Microsoft Azure – An important step for Researchers for being able to use Microsoft’s Public Cloud Platform

Over the past months I’ve spent some time working with Janet the UK’s National Research and Education Network. As well as managing the operation and development of the Janet network, Janet runs a number of services for educationand research including operating eduroam(UK), the UK part of a large, global network established between all sorts of…

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GeRes2 – An OSS Framework for Reliable Execution of Background Jobs on Azure

A few weeks ago we published an open source framework that covers a scenario required by many partners I’ve been working with on Azure over the course of the past 4 years: asynchronous execution of jobs on compute instances in the background – or simple batch processing. Click here if you want to learn more:…

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Java & Windows Azure – Using vFabric TC Server with the Azure Plug-In for Eclipse

If you plan to use vFabric TC Server as a container for your Java applications in Windows Azure PaaS Cloud Services Worker Roles with the help of the Azure Plug-In for Eclipse, you need to do some customization to the Azure plug-in for Eclipse and add component configuration. This blog-post shows, how you can do…

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Cloud – Windows Azure – Combining PaaS & IaaS to get best of both worlds in your Architecture (cross-post – based on Basta 2013 Presentation)

Combining Virtual Machines (Infrastructure-as-a-Service) with highly scalable Cloud Services (Platform-as-a-Service) was very often an approach for the first step into the cloud for ISVs I’ve been working in the past years. Read more here about when that should be considered in an architecture and how it can be done on my new blog here: http://mszcool-blog-prod.azurewebsites.net/index.php/2013/09/cloud-windows-azure-combining-paas-iaas-to-get-best-of-both-worlds-in-your-architecture/ This article…

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My new Blog – on Windows Azure Websites

Hi again! It’s about more than a year ago since I blogged for the last time. But now I’ve decided to return to the blogging community, in a different shape. With the principle “eat your own dog food” I decided to move my blog to Windows Azure Websites as the platform really turned out to…

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Basta Spring 2012 – Presentation – Claims-based Security in Practice – WIF, ADFS 2.0, SharePoint 2010 and Exchange 2010 / Outlook Web Access (OWA)

I am a strong believer in claims-based security – those who’ve read my postings over the past years know that, already. At this year’s Basta 2012 Spring Edition I’ve been giving a presentation on that topic again. It was primarily based on experience from my past years within Microsoft Services and some projects I’ve been…

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