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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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    Creating a Boot from VHD in Win7

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    In a previous post last year I explained how you can use BCDEDIT to modify the boot configuration to run your machine from a virtual hard drive built with an operating system on it. I use boot from VHD to give me the opportunity to have multiple configurations...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    SQL 2008 Spatial Data & Virtual Earth SDK Code Posted

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    I've uploaded the demo code from the last BenkoTIPS webcast .  I included a SQL Express attached database file with the project so if you have installed the latest Visual Studio 2008 sp1 and have SQL 2008 Express installed you should be able to run...
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    How to take an ASP.NET site to the Cloud in about 15 minutes

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    Windows Azure is Microsoft’s “Platform as a Service” or PaaS offering in the cloud space that provides developers with an updated, scalable and durable environment to deploy applications to. Over the last year I’ve spent quite a bit of time working with...
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    How to Convert from Number Seconds to Time String in SQL Server

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    I’ve been working with a sample timer application on the Windows Phone to track our TechMasters meeting timings. In the user interface I capture the number of seconds that someone spoke, and I’d like to return the value of number seconds formatted as...
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    VSTO Sample Code Posted

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    This week's webcast VSTO with John Wiese where we built the Office Add-ins is now available for download on www.BenkoTIPS.com/code . Check it out & see how easy it is to write these compelling utilities once you understand how the parts work together...
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    What’s new in Visual Studio 2010 – A webcast series…

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    I’m doing a series of webcasts on VS2010 from the developer perspective…BTLOD is “BenkoTips Live & On Demand” a semi-weekly webcast show I’ve been running since 2008. The schedule for the webcasts on Visual Studio includes: 1/20 – BTLOD: What’s new...
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    Q&A from LINQ to Entities Webcast

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    You got questions? Well we got answers! On today's webcast we had the special treat of having some of the members of the LINQ team online with us answering questions. There were so many of them I thought I'd post the conversation. I hope it helps answer...
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    Using SQL Management Studio 2008 with SQL Data Services (SQL in the Cloud)

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    I’ve been playing around with the new SQL Data Services this week and came across a common issue with how do you work with the databases you’ve created. For those of you who, like me, are not fond of SQLCMD (a command line query tool) you can use SQL...
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    DemoFest Build Notes...

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    I got some questions about last week's BenkoTIPS webcast - DemoFest , and what you need to do to replicate it. Based on what I did for my version It thought I would share some notes. A couple points to successfully complete the full DemoFest application…...
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    SharePoint for Developers Webcast Series

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    Because building it just got easier! What's the deal with Windows SharePoint Server (WSS 3.0) and Microsoft Office SharePoint Services?Lynn Langit and I are doing a webcast series on Windows SharePoint 3.0 as a platform for developers and looking at 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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    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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    How to encrypt the Web.Config

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    In the security session we did I showed in one of the sample 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 application specific settings like connection...
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    This week’s MSDN Radio 7/12 with Rocky Lhotka

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    Join the conversation this week as we talk with Rocky Lhotka, a Regional Director, author, and keynote presenter on technologies and how to do things right. Find out what's new, what's old, and what to look for as we dive into patterns, practices, and...
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    Links to the Windows Azure Boot Camp Webcasts

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    Learning a new technology is always fun, and to help show what’s possible we’ve created a number of webcasts over the last several months. Below is a consolidated list of the links and the titles of those we’ve done so far ( http://bit.ly/wabcWebcasts2011...
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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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    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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    SharePoint for Developers

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    I've gotten a good amount of feedback that people are not finding links to the 12 scheduled webcast in our SharePoint series, so here are links to the first 8. I'll add the remaining 4 links when they get scheduled and you can register for them. SharePoint...
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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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    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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