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    CloudTip #17-Build Connected Windows 8 Apps with Windows Azure

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    Yesterday in Dallas we had Scott Guthrie ( @ScottGu ) and the Azure team put on a great event at the Irving Convention Center to show off what’s new in the Microsoft Cloud story and to dive into getting started with the tools and services that make it...
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    Did you see Windows Phone 8 Preview?

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    It’s been a busy week by anyone’s estimation. We announced new capabilities in Windows Azure, a new Windows 8 Tablet called Surface , and now Windows Phone comes to the front.   Some great stuff has been announced around the future of Windows...
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    CloudTip #16-Meet the new HTML based Windows Azure Management Portal

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    Windows Azure has seen a number of upgrades. The latest announced today, along with a series of events to showcase and explore the features and capabilities of the Microsoft cloud platform ( http://aka.ms/MeetAzMB ), clearly shows the move towards simplicity...
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    How to install Win 8 Release Preview from an ISO image

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    They just announced that Windows 8 Release Preview and Visual Studio 2012 Beta is available for download (see http://aka.ms/Win8ToolsMB ) . If you’re wondering how you can create a bootable USD stick to install it on your machine here’s some instructions...
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    CloudTip #15-MEET Windows Azure

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    The Cloud comes in many flavors, types and shapes and the terminology can be daunting. You’ve got Public vs. Private. vs. Home grown. You’ve got compute, storage and database not to mention identity, caching, service bus and many more. Then there are...
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    CloudTip #14-How do I get SQL Profiler info from SQL Azure?

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    Your application is running slow. You need to find out what’s going on. If you’ve used SQL Profiler on a local database you might be familiar with how you can capture a trace of database activity and use it to figure out where your resources are going...
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    CloudTip #13-What do you need to know to get started?

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    There are many ways to learn a new technology. Some of us prefer to read books, others like videos or screencasts, still others will choose to go to a training style event. In any case you need to have a reason to want to learn, whether it's a new project...
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    Easy Money

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    Want to win some easy money? We have a sweepstakes, where we are giving away seven $50 gift certificate each week until June 14th. Just enter once, and you are in each drawing until the end. To enter, you must do all of the following: Make sure you have...
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    Get your App into the Windows 8 Store!

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    Recently, the Windows Store blog announced that in the next significant Windows 8 preview release they will be expanding their global coverage with 33 additional app submission locales for developers. Our store services are ramping up as planned--and...
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    Cloud Tip #12-Get Started with SQL Azure

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    Business Software is in the business of data management. Creating, updating, deleting and using information in new ways as well as simplifying how it is collected and reported is key to what we do as technology professionals. With the advent of Cloud...
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    Cloud Tip #11-Activate your MSDN Benefits

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    If you have an MSDN Subscription you get Azure benefits which you can use to develop in the cloud. In this post I’d like to share what’s involved in activating these. As you can see there are some pretty hefty benefits available that you can start using...
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    Cloud Tip#10-Use the Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows 8 to add interaction to your Metro Applications

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    Yesterday in Bangalore at the GIDS conferences I did a session on working with Windows 8 and Notification Services. In it we talked about the live tiles that make up the new start screen in Windows 8 and how as a developer you have new ways to interact...
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    Cloud Tip #9-Add Microsoft.IdentityModel to the GAC with a Startup Task

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    Access Control Services is one of the many services that are part of the Windows Azure Platform which handles an authentication conversation for you, allowing you an easy way to integrate cloud identity from providers like Yahoo, Google, Facebook and...
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    Cloud Tip #8-Using ACS without SSL

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    Today I showed a work around for when you are showing ACS on a site that is running without setting up the SSL piece. < system.web >   <!-- Hack to get past request token on non-SSL site —>   < httpRuntime   requestValidationMode...
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    Cloud Tip #7-Configuring your firewall at work for cloud development

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    I had a question after a Windows Azure Camp about what ports need to be opened and enabled at my work environment to enable working with Windows Azure . While the services work with REST there are a couple services that will benefit from adjusting the...
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    Cloud Tip #6-Encrypting the web.config with Visual Basic

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    One of the great things about Windows Azure is that it is a platform that is for the most part agnostic about what frameworks and languages you want to use. While I tend to do most of my demos in C# there is no reason we couldn’t use VB, PHP, Node.js...
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    Cloud Tip #5-Secure your settings in Web.config with Encryption

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    In Windows Azure and especially with SQL Azure we need to store passwords to access things. I wanted to show how you can encrypt the web.config file by adding code to the global.asax file. The cool part of this is that using this technique you can secure...
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    Cloud Tip #4-How to migrate an existing ASP.NET App to the Cloud

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    Suppose you have an existing application that you want to migrate to the cloud. There are many things to look at, from the data to the architecture to considering how you plan to scale beyond one instance. For simple web sites which don’t use a lot of...
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    Cloud Tip #3–Find good examples

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    Yesterday in Minneapolis we delivered the first Windows Azure Kick Start event of the series we’re running this spring to help developers learn and understand how to use the new tools and techniques for building cloud based applications. As part of that...
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    Cloud Tip #2–Finding Cloud Content that works for You

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    There are many ways to learn a new technology. Some of us prefer to read books, others like videos or screencasts, still others will choose to go to a training style event. In any case you need to have a reason to want to learn, whether it’s a new project...
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    Cloud Tip #1–How to set a connection string in Web.config programmatically at runtime in Windows Azure

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    The scenario is I’m migrating an application to the cloud. I’ve got a database connection defined in my web.config file which uses an on-premise SQL Server database and what I’d like to do is to move it to a Web Role on Windows Azure and use a SQL Azure...
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    Questions on Tuning SQL Queries

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    Sometimes I get questions about how to get better performance from a database. In working with SQL Server over the years and now SQL Azure this is not an uncommon question. In SQL 2008 and beyond the tools include a Tuning Wizard, which is great, but...
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    Announcing Windows Azure Kick Start Events

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    It’s spring and once again we’re back on the road to helping people explore the possible and see how to get started with Cloud Computing. Along with the webcast series I’ve been doing ( http://benkotips.com/s2nCloud ) we’ll be on the road to bring the...
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    Get Started with Cloud Computing and Windows Azure

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    This is the first part of a series of blog posts I’m working on as part of the companion webcast series “Soup to Nuts Cloud Computing” in which we look at what it takes to get started with the tools and setup things you need to begin building Cloud applications...
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    New Webcast Series–Cloud Computing Soup to Nuts

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    Announcing the latest webcast series - Cloud Computing Soup to Nuts ( http://bit.ly/s2nCloud ). In this series we start at the beginning and take you thru the services and technologies that make up Windows Azure and SQL Azure. Running every week on Tuesdays...
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