Event: Free UK Windows Azure Developer Camps

  Just a reminder that the first of the latest round of free UK Windows Azure Developer Camps kicks off next week in our London Office in Victoria. The Windows Azure Developer Camp will take you from knowing nothing about the cloud to actually having deployed a simple application to the cloud and made it…


Video: Cloud Services Talk from UK’s Cloud Day: London, 22nd June

Anybody who was there knows the demo in the talk I gave timed out. So I’ve done it again and added it to the talk using the magic of video editing! With all the excitement around the IaaS features such as Virtual Machines and Virtual Network, and then the added cool of Azure Websites, it…


Windows Azure June 2012 Training Kit available

I just heard from James Conard in our corporate headquarters that the June 2012 version of the Windows Azure training kit has been officially released. The June 2012 update includes 42 step-by-step hands-on labs and 20 presentations covering the new Windows Azure features.  Some of the highlights of this update include: · 12 new hands-on…


The Internet is “everywhere”

My 11 year-old son was watching videos of Minecraft on YouTube the other day when my wife asked him “…what happens to all the rubbish videos on YouTube? Do they keep them?”. “Yes of course they do” came his reply. My wife quizzed further – “but isn’t that just a load of rubbish that’s taking…


The difference between Azure VMs and Azure VM Role

All compute resources in Windows Azure run on virtual machines, but not all virtual machines are the same. VM Role You send your own OS image, along with any attendant software, service packs, patches, updates and applications already installed, to Windows Azure. Let’s call that image the “golden image”. You are responsible not only for…

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A summary of the major announcements at the “Meet Windows Azure” conference

Despite its intimate, low-key nature, there were a pretty major collection of Windows Azure messages at this event with new major features being announced for the first time. It really must have been a struggle for the Redmond Azure team to have kept so quiet about so many announcements. Invitations, blog entries, communications, newsletters –…


Video: The most common issues support sees for Windows Azure

Markus McCormick, an escalation engineer working in Microsoft support in the UK talks about the most common support issues they see coming in to the support centre. He gives advice on how to avoid these pitfalls. If you are new to Windows Azure – don’t deploy any service in to production without watching this video…