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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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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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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Parallel Computing – BigDays – Lamda-Expression-Trap I mentioned during the session – Understanding Bound and Free Variables in Lamdas

At my session on parallel computing at BigDays 2010 during my first demo I mentioned a potential trap with lamda-expressions and ThreadPool.QueueUserWorkItem(). Thanks to Philipp Aumayr from timecockpit.com – based on a question he asked when he watched the demo in Graz, in the break afterwards together we uncovered a very dangerous trap when it…

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ASP.NET MVC 1.0 / Visual Studio 2008 Projects in Visual Studio 2010 RC

If you’re experiencing problems upgrading your MVC-projects, check out this blog post. It shows a solution for the upgrade-problems you typically run into: http://blog.codingoutloud.com/2010/03/02/asp-net-mvc-1-0-visual-studio-2008-project-will-not-open-in-visual-studio-2010-rc-or-beta/ Thanks to Bill Wilder for posting…

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Windows Azure Dev Fabric, WCF Service for AJAX not working due to an HTTP 404.3 Error – and the easy solution;)

Recently at my home machine I ran into a strange issue while developing an application for our Windows Azure winning game with the development fabric. I added a WCF AJAX Service and tried to use it. Everything compiled fine and when running the ASP.NET web application in the local ASP.NET development web server anything worked….

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SQL Azure – Make ASP.NET Membership and Roles API work on your Cloud Database

In my last posting on the MSDN Briefing I outlined, that I migrated a sample that uses ASP.NET Membership API and Roles API for authenticating and authorizing users. Unfortunately the ASP.NET Membership and Roles API database as we know it does not work with SQL Azure as it uses some features not supported on SQL…

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