Building your Ubuntu PHP development box on Azure using Vagrant

With Azure you can easily create and use a development environment in the Cloud. You can create a Virtual Machine from the Management Portal or from the command line, but if you want more automation, you can use a tool like Vagrant to automatically start and configure your Virtual Machine so that it is ready…

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Installing MariaDB Galera Cluster on Windows Azure

MariaDB Enterprise Cluster in the Azure Marketplace Update: this article describes how to install MariaDB manually on Azure, using the Classic stack. If you are looking for an out-of-the-box solution, you will now find MariaDB Enterprise Cluster in the Azure Marketplace : a production-grade configuration that you can deploy in one click. Check it out! Install…

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Deploying Cloudera CDH on Windows Azure Virtual Machines using Cloudera Manager

Updated 3/20/2014 to use the latest version of the command-line tool. Introduction In this tutorial, I would like to show you how to install CDH, the Cloudera Hadoop distribution on Windows Azure Virtual Machines, using their automated installer and management toold called Cloudera Manager. For this tutorial, since we will be deploying the platform on…

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How to use the Windows Azure Service Management API from cURL to create Virtual Machines

Recently a partner asked me for some simples examples of using the Windows Azure Management API from that most universal Swiss army knife of HTTP debug tools, namely the infamous cURL. Specifically, he was looking for an example of how to create a Linux machine from the command line using just cURL. There is already…

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Deploying Ruby on Rails in Windows Azure using the Linux Command-Line Tools (Part 1)

In this blog post in two parts, I will show you how to deploy a set of Linux Virtual Machines running in Windows Azure, running the Ruby on Rails stack with a MongoDB back-end. The challenge is to do it without ever touching a Windows client machine, and using only the Linux command-line tools. Let’s…

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Running Redis on a CentOS Linux VM in Windows Azure

With the new version of the Windows Azure platform we announced on June 7th, it is now possible to create and run persistent virtual machines, with an extended choice of operating systems, including now several Linux distributions (Ubuntu, CentOS and SUSE). These virtual machines (Linux or Windows) start on a durable disk, stored as a…

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Using the Windows Azure PHP SDK command-line tools on Linux

No, you are not dreaming, and yes, it works: using the latest version of the PHP SDK for Windows Azure, you can use the command-line tools (and the API, for that matter) on Linux! Here’s how. You may first need to install PHP proper on your machine; here’s how to do it on Ubuntu: sudo…

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