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  • Blog Post: Announcing The End of The Free Promotional Period for Windows Azure AppFabric Caching

    For the past few months, we have offered the Windows Azure AppFabric Caching service free of charge for the promotional period that ends July 31, 2011. For all billing periods beginning on August 1, 2011 onward, we will begin charging at the following standard monthly rates: $45.00 for a 128MB cache...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the Windows Azure AppFabric July release

    Today we are excited to announce several updates and enhancements made to the Windows Azure AppFabric Management Portal and the Access Control service. Management Portal Localization As announced on the Windows Azure blog: Windows Azure Platform Management Portal Updates Now Available , the...
  • Blog Post: Tutorial: Creating a custom external service in Azure AppFabric June CTP

    In this tutorial, Alan Smith (MVP) uses the Azure AppFabric June CTP to create a basic custom external service to call the BingMaps Geocode service. This is a great starting point on how to write a basic custom external service fully integrated with the Azure AppFabric designer June CTP. Look for the...
  • Blog Post: Using MSBuild to deploy your AppFabric Application

    As the hosting of applications moves from our local staging environments to the cloud, one of the areas that needs to improve is the ability to include deployment in our automated build processes. Using the June CTP AppFabric bits, Visual Studio does an excellent job of enabling developers to design...
  • Blog Post: Configuring, deploying, and monitoring applications using AppFabric Application Manager

    In the previous blog post on developing AppFabric Applications, we showed you how to create a simple AppFabric application. This app was an ASP.NET web site that used a SQL Database. In this blog post, we’ll use the AppFabric Application Manager to configure, deploy, and monitor that application. Here...
  • Blog Post: Developing a Windows Azure AppFabric Application

    In this post, we will go through developing an AppFabric application that contains a web frontend and a database. Before we can develop an application, we’ll sign into the AppFabric LABS Portal at https://portal.appfabriclabs.com using our Live Id. Since this is a limited CTP, only approved users...
  • Blog Post: Nice post covering Windows Azure AppFabric Applications

    Neil Mackenzie , a Windows Azure MVP, has written a great blog post regarding Windows Azure AppFabric Applications which were introduced as part the Windows Azure AppFabric June CTP . Neil summed up the concept very nicely in his post: “ I am a great advocate of the PaaS model of cloud computing...
  • Blog Post: Client Side Tracing for Windows Azure AppFabric Caching

    In this post, I will describe how to enable Client-side traces for AppFabric Caching Service. I will also touch upon some basic problems you might face while trying out the same. To configure the cache client to generate System.Diagnostic.Traces pertaining to the AppFabric cache, please follow the...
  • Blog Post: See what our customers are already doing with the Windows Azure AppFabric June CTP

    The Windows Azure June CTP has only been released a few days ago , and we already have great samples built by our customers that show how to use the CTP capabilities. Alan Smith has created two webcasts on CloudCasts that show how easy it is to develop AppFabric applications using the June CTP capabilities...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure AppFabric will be available on the Official Windows Azure Platform Team Blog

    We are combining all Windows Azure platform related content into one place: the Windows Azure Platform Team Blog at www.WindowsAzureBlog.com . This will be the new destination for all product releases, resources, tools and news around the Windows Azure platform. You can bookmark this new blog location...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure AppFabric – Service Bus Access Control Federation and Rule Migration

    In the Windows Azure AppFabric May 2011 CTP, we released enhancements to Service Bus including the new message-oriented middleware features around Queues and Topics. More details regarding these features can be found here: Introducing the Windows Azure AppFabric Service Bus May 2011 CTP . These enhancements...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the Windows Azure AppFabric June CTP!

    Today we are excited to announce the release of the Windows Azure AppFabric June CTP which includes capabilities that make it easy for developers to build, deploy, manage and monitor multi-tier applications across web, business logic and database tiers as a single logical entity on the Windows Azure...
  • Blog Post: Introducing Windows Azure AppFabric Applications

    Posted by Karandeep Anand Last October, at the PDC 2010 keynote, we shared our vision of building, running, and managing applications reliably and at scale in Windows Azure. Since then, the team has been heads-down to make the vision a reality, and last month at TechEd 2011, we announced that we’ll...
  • Blog Post: Updates to Windows Azure AppFabric SDK available for download

    An update to the Windows Azure AppFabric SDK is available for download. The updated SDK introduces fixes to a few bugs related to the Caching service. You can find more details on the bugs it addresses here . If you are not experiencing any of the issues the updated SDK solves there is no need to...
  • Blog Post: How To Load WF4 Workflow Services from a Database with IIS/AppFabric

    Cross Post from Ron Jacobs blog This morning I saw a message post on the .NET 4 Windows Workflow Foundation Forum titled Load XAMLX from database .  I’ve been asked this question many times. How can I store my Workflow Service definitions (xamlx files) in a database with IIS and AppFabric? Today...
  • Blog Post: Announcing WCF Express Interop Bindings

    Today, we are pleased to further simplify the WS-* interop challenge by providing the WCF Express Interop Bindings Extension for Visual Studio 2010, launched at wcf.codeplex.com. This new extension enables WCF developers to avoid much of the formerly needed guesswork to configure a WCF service to connect...
  • Blog Post: Updated IP addresses for AppFabric Data Centers

    Today (6/10/2010) the Windows Azure AppFabric has updated the IP ranges on which the AppFabric nodes are hosted. If your firewall restricts outbound traffic, you will need to perform the additional step of opening your outbound TCP ports and IP addresses for these nodes. Please see the 1/28/2010 “...
  • Blog Post: Making an activity's display name readonly in the Workflow 4 designer

    To make an activity's display name readonly, it isn't enough to use the ReadOnlyAttribute on the DisplayName. In order to do this, create a custom PropertyValueEditor that displays a string in a text block, then declare an editor attribute on the "DisplayName" property of your activity. The following...
  • Blog Post: An Introduction to Service Bus Topics

    In the May CTP of Service Bus, we’ve added a brand-new set of cloud-based, message-oriented-middleware technologies including reliable message queuing and durable publish/subscribe messaging. Last week I posted the Introduction to Service Bus Queues blog entry. This post follows on from that and...
  • Blog Post: AppFabric Service Bus on NuGet and CodePlex

    Today, the Service Bus team is happy to announce a couple of initiatives to make it even easier to get started learning and using the Service Bus: the AppFabric Service Bus NuGet Package and the Service Bus Samples CodePlex Site . Both our Samples and SDK are still available as a download from MSDN ...
  • Blog Post: Recap of TechEd North America

    Last week at the TechEd North America conference we made some exciting announcements regarding the Windows Azure AppFabric May CTP and the upcoming June CTP . Following are several resource that can help you learn more about these announcements and the related technologies. Press coverage: ...
  • Blog Post: Fraud Prevention Measure for New Windows Azure Platform Accounts

    As a fraud prevention measure, we have recently implemented a verification process for newly purchased Windows Azure platform accounts. When a new customer first logs on to the Windows Azure platform developer portal, the customer must provide us with a cell phone number where we then send a 4-digit...
  • Blog Post: More Service Bus Videos and Code Samples Available!

    We just released two additional videos and the accompanying code samples to our Windows Azure AppFabric Learning Series available on CodePlex. The new videos and code samples are: Name Link to Sample Code Link to Video Windows Azure AppFabric - How to use Service Bus Queues...
  • Blog Post: Using the Service Bus via REST / HTTP

    The new Service Bus Durable Messaging features introduced with the May 2011 CTP are really cool, and what's even better than a slew of new messaging features added to the AppFabric is the fact that many of them are accessible from clients on any platform using HTTP. In this post, I'm going to introduce...
  • Blog Post: New Sample Access Control Cmdlets Available

    As announced at TechEd North America we have released PowerShell cmdlets which wrap the management API of Windows Azure AppFabric Access Control service. Read about this in the blog post by Vittorio Bertocci . This is a very useful addition to to your Access Control service management options that...
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