Azure SDK 1.3 / Tools AND Azure Training Kit November Update

We have just release the 1.3 version of the Azure SDK, Azure Tools for Visual Studio and the Training Kit. This is the information and links for them:   Azure Software Development Kit (SDK) 1.3: Link: Virtual Machine (VM) Role (Beta):Allows you to create a custom VHD image using Windows Server 2008 R2 and…


Azure Security Papers

This is a list of Azure Security Paper published by the Microsoft Global Foundation Services (GFS), the team that manages and supports the Azure Data Centers.   Information Security Management System for Microsoft Cloud Infrastructure (November 2010) This paper describes the Information Security Management System program for Microsoft’s Cloud Infrastructure, as well as some of…


Azure and Patterns & Practices still apply

The fact of migrating or developing new applications on Azure provides the opportunity to review architectures, refactor code and apply best practices that we may have missed.  This is most current documentation available from the MS Patterns and Practices team: Link:  Solution Development Fundamentals Solution development fundamentals cover the cross-cutting aspects of solution development,…


Operations Manager 2007 R2 Release of the Windows Azure Application Monitoring Management Pack! Updated!

Link:  Operations Manager 2007 R2: The Windows Azure Management Pack enables you to monitor the availability and performance of applications that are running on Windows Azure. Feature Summary After configuration, the Windows Azure Management Pack offers the following functionality: Discovers Windows Azure applications. Provides status of each role instance. Collects and monitors performance information….


List of Windows Azure Service Management Tools

My friend, Guy Shahine, has a great blog post regarding the current (November 2010) list of Azure Service management Tools available. Take a look:  Enjoy, Patrick


Get the PDC 2010 Azure Presentations Downloader

You know can get the Windows Azure or any of the PDC 2010 Presentations (Both the Power Points and/or the Videos) with this fantastic tool developed by Mark DeFalco ( Link to Downloader: Peter Kellner ( as build a quick .bat file that allows you nicely rename the files to the presentation titles. Link…


Microsoft Patterns and Practices: Cloud Development

I was quite thrilled to contribute on both Cloud Development releases by the Microsoft Pattern and Practices team. These two books contain great insights in how to develop and migrate applications to Windows Azure. Summary How do you build applications to be scalable and have high availability? Along with developing the applications, you must also…


Sending E-Mail from Windows Azure

Many custom-developed applications need to send email, whether it is a part of the registration process, a way of notifying users when important events occur or something else.  If you’re a .NET developer you’ve probably used classes of the System.Web.Mail namespace to accomplish this.  However these classes require access to an SMTP e-mail server to…


Windows Azure Platform Training Kit – September Update

New release of the Windows Azure Platform Training Kit Link: The Windows Azure Platform Training Kit includes a comprehensive set of technical content including hands-on labs, presentations, and demos that are designed to help you learn how to use the Windows Azure platform including: Windows Azure, SQL Azure and the Windows Azure AppFabric. This…


Windows Azure AppFabric SDK September 2010 Released

As part of the Windows Azure AppFabric September Release we are now providing both 32- and 64-bit versions of the Windows Azure AppFabric SDK. In addition to addressing several deployment scenarios for 64-bit computers, Windows Azure AppFabric now enables integration of WCF services that use AppFabric Service Bus endpoints in IIS 7.5, with Windows® Server…