Windows HPC with Burst to Windows Azure: Application Models and Data Considerations

Link: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=ACDE41C6-153A-4181-912E-78024FCC86DA&displaylang=en Windows® HPC Server 2008 R2 SP1 enables administrators to increase the power of the on-premises cluster by adding computational resources in Windows Azure. With the Windows Azure “burst” scenario, various types of HPC applications can be deployed to Windows Azure nodes and run on these nodes in the same way they run in…

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Security Resources for Windows Azure

Link: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff934690.aspx  The following lists of papers, articles, blogs, videos, and webcasts provide a multitude of resources for learning how to handle security when developing applications for the Windows Azure platform. Security for Windows Azure Single Sign-On from Active Directory to a Windows Azure Application This paper contains step-by-step instructions for using Windows Identity Foundation,…

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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…

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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 (http://blogs.msdn.com/b/mark/) Link to Downloader: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/mark/archive/2010/11/03/pdc10-downloader.aspx Peter Kellner (http://peterkellner.net/) as build a quick .bat file that allows you nicely rename the files to the presentation titles. Link…

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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…

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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…

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Windows Server AppFabric Architecture Guides

There are two new architecture guides have been released for the Windows Server AppFabric: Windows Server AppFabric Architecture Guide:The focus of this document is to provide specific recommendations on how to properly design an AppFabric deployment for enterprise-scale load requirements. http://download.microsoft.com/download/A/5/B/A5B0ED08-844F-4E37-9F0F-BEE9F3043907/AppFabricArchGuide.docx Windows Server AppFabric Web Farm Guide: which contains related deployment and configuration information.  http://download.microsoft.com/download/3/1/C/31CED722-2E5F-48D6-96B1-E73AAFD9873F/AppFabricWebFarm.docx

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SQL Azure Papers

This is a list of the currently published SQL Azure Papers SQL Azure FAQ    SQL Azure Database is a cloud based relational database service from Microsoft. SQL Azure provides relational database functionality as a utility service. Cloud-based database solutions such as SQL Azure can provide many benefits, including rapid provisioning, cost-effective scalability, high availability, and…

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Azure CDN Guide Available

A new guide, "Getting Started with the Windows Azure CDN", is now available to help you understand how to enable the Windows Azure CDN and begin caching your content. Included is a short list of prerequisites for using the Windows Azure CDN, as well as step-by-step instructions for getting started, along with links to additional…

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