Windows Azure Tools 1.4 Release

The 1.4 version of the Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio includes several new features: Multiple Service Configurations Profiling a WAZ application when it runs in Windows Azure Package Validation MVC 3 Web Role Support MSDN Link: New in Version 1.4 (August 2011) Release of the Windows Azure Tools for Visual Studio  File Download:…


Windows Azure Platform Training Kit 2011 August Update

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. Link: August 2011 Update The August 2011 update of the training…


Azure and HPC Server: You can now run MPI Workloads in Azure

Exciting news on the Azure HPC space. With the new release of the HPC Pack 2008 R2 Service Pack 2 (SP2) you can now run MPI Workloads in Azure (in addition to Batch and Parametric sweeps) Post:  The second service pack to the HPC Pack 2008 R2 software is now available! This update includes…


Windows Azure Platform Offer Comparison Table

Great table that provides a comparison of the Windows Azure Offers: Link:


Security Resources for Windows Azure

Link:  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,…


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…


SQL Azure Best Practices and Code

SQL Azure Retry Code Update (MSDN Blog) Link:   Development Best Practices and Patterns for Using Microsoft SQL Azure Databases (PDC 2009 – Presentation) SQL Azure provides a fully relational database service that is based on Microsoft SQL Server and familiar concepts such as T-SQL, schema-based tables, and stored procedures. Learn patterns and best…


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…


Introducing the Windows Azure Platform Appliance

At WPC, Bob Muglia announced an exciting new addition the Windows Azure platform, called the Windows Azure Platform Appliance.  When the appliance is released for broader availability, it will allow partners and large customers to host their own dedicated versions of Windows Azure and SQL Azure.  For developers, this means that your Windows Azure applications…