Using Remote Desktop with Windows Azure and SDK 1.3

Since the 1.3 Windows Azure SDK release, you can configure a Remote Desktop connection in order to connect to your instances running in the Windows Azure fabric. This feature was one of the most frequently requested, especially by developers, who will use it to facilitate diagnosing and troubleshooting applicatons running in Windows Azure. Before rusing…

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WCF Data Services: customizing your OData feeds and making them GeoRSS compliant

Version 4.0 of the .NET Framework brings a good deal of new features to the WCF Data Services module (ex-Astoria, ex-ADO.NET Data Services), including OData protocol version 2 support; you will find on MSDN a summary page of these new features. One of the new features that is unfortunately not often highlighted is the availability…

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Using Windows Azure Drive part 2: modifying my application to use the drive

The first thing I did was to split my file access classes into a separate library, so that I could use them from both my “legacy” Desktop application and the Windows Azure version. As you can imagine, my goal is to port the rest of the application without touching or modifying this file access library…

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New version of Cerebrata Cloud Storage Studio, with Page Blobs support

In my last post, I was lamenting the fact that none of the available Azure tools supported the creation and upload of Page Blobs, that are required to use the Windows Azure Drive (or XDrive) feature. The good people at Cerebrata have heard the feedback, and they just released a new version of their tool…

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Using Windows Azure Drive Part 1: migrate your data to the Cloud

This month, we announced the Beta Release of Windows Azure Drive (a.k.a. XDrive), a technology that allows you to mount a VHD (Virtual Hard Drive) into a Windows Azure instance and access it as if it was a locally attached NTFS drive. There are many applications for this technology, and in this post I would…

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Un apercu des interfaces de facturation de Windows Azure

Vous êtes peut-être curieux de savoir à quoi ressemblent les interfaces permettant de suivre la facturation des services de la plateforme Windows Azure. Voici quelques captures d’écran qui vous montreront le degré de détail dont l’on dispose pour suivre sa facturation! Tout d’abord, dans le portail que j’appelle “commercial” (Microsoft Online Services Customer Portal, ou…

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Retrouvez-moi aux TechDays 2010

Le mois de février est traditionnellement riche en festivités, avec la Chandeleur (le 2), la Saint-Valentin (le 14), le Nouvel An Chinois (le 14 aussi cette année), Mardi Gras (le 16 février)… Et bien sûr les Microsoft TechDays (les 8, 9 et 10 février), rendez-vous incontournable de l’innovation! Cette année, dans mon nouveau rôle d’Architecte…

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