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…


Azure Batch – (Highly Scalable) Batch Processing with Microsoft Azure (and a Successor to GeRes2)

Azure Batch is a completely managed service, you could see it as “batch processing as a service”. It can be used for simple batch processing up to High-Performance-Compute (HPC) types of workloads. As such it fills the gap we tried to fill over the past year with GeRes2, an open source framework for batch-processing with…


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:…


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…


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…


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…


JAOO (Goto;)) 2010 – What a cool conference – Download Presentation and Code

Wow, it was a busy time the past months since I switched from Developer&Platform Evangelism to Microsoft Services for becoming a senior architect working with the largest enterprise accounts. At the same time I delivered this presentation at JAOO and took, for one last time, a track ownership responsibility for TechEd Europe. Nevertheless I am…


TechDays 2010 – Windows Azure AppFabric Session – Download a Sample – From all On-Premise to partial Cloud partial on-premise…

Im my last posting I published the first set of downloads on my sessions at TechDays 2010 in Switzerland, Basel. Basically I delivered two sessions at the conference: Designing and implementing Claims-Based Security-Solutions with WIF see my last posting for all the details. Understanding and using Windows Azure AppFabric – Presentation for Download – Code…