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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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    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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    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 encrypt passwords in Web.confg

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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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    MSDN Security Session Links

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    Technorati Tags: MSDN MSDN Events is back! It's a new year and this week I'm back on the road delivering MSDN events again. The topics we're covering include ASP.NET Membership, IIS 7.0 and Hacker Tricks...we show how the exploits work and what you can...
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    Encrypting the Web.config in VB

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    I got a request for how to do the encryption of the web.config but this time in VB, so I thought I'd post it here on the blog as well. The logic is about the same, although I found that in VB I had to add a line to the configuration to save the new settings...
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    Introducing Twin Cities TechMasters

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    You may have head that I've been sounding out people in the Minneapolis area lately on the idea of starting a group to help people learn the art of technical speaking. The idea is to build on the educational program of Toastmasters to give members the...
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    Visual Studio Tips & Tricks Listing

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    Thanks to Eric, Jared and Kirill for joining me today for the Live & On Demand Webcast. I'd like to provide a listing of the shortcuts and tips we talked about for your own reference. Code Editor Code Snippets for ‘prop’, ‘foreach’...
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    MSDN Summer Event Links

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    As promised yesterday at the St. Louis MSDN Event in Clayton, here are the links to the additional information in the slide deck. I've also posted the code from the WPF Bonanza project we built onto www.BenkoTIPS.com/code so you can take a look for yourself...
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    March & April Webcasts are Scheduled!

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    I’ve been asked a few times for the update, so here is the list of upcoming webcast topics in the series “BenkoTips Live & On Demand” as well as the links for registering. 3/4/09 A Lap Around .NET 3.5 SP1 3/11/09 A Conversation About CSLA .NET with...
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    Enter the Mpls & Des Moines Demo Contest to Win COOL Prizes!

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    ANNOUNCING Visual Studio 2008 Install-Fest Demo Contest! Want to show off your VS2008 or .NET 3.5 skills?  If you answered, yes, this is your opportunity to strut your stuff! During the Visual Studio 2008 Install Fest & Holiday Party on December...
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    Video Puzzle Code

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    When I demo what's possible with Silverlight I like to show a demo of a video puzzle . This is a fun one to do, where the puzzle pieces are animated by a video file while they can be scrambled around the screen. A lot of people have been looking for the...
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    What’s next at MSDN Events?

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    We've been busy the last few months helping to launch Vista and Office 2007, maybe you've joined me at one of my sessions around the country. I have to admit that it's been a bit of a blur. I've been on the road every week since Christmas it seems, speaking...
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    WPF Toolkit Webcast

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    In this week's edition of BenkoTips Live & On Demand we talked about the WPF Toolkit and the Office Ribbon UI. We covered a lot of material and wrote a lot of code. To help out I'm providing a link here to both the webcast and the code so you can...
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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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    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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    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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    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 #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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    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 #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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    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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    Code from this week is available!

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    Thank you to everyone who joined me in KC and Chicago this week...I've posted the code from the sessions on the downloads page of my site. These include the sample code from the Windows Mobile session as well as the SharePoint and Silverlight examples...
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    Benko-Quick-Tip: How to setup Windows Azure for Web Publish

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    What’s the deal with a 10 minute wait time to deploy my Windows Azure project to the cloud? I understand that when I deploy Windows Azure Fabric is actually allocating instances and starting machines for me, but sometimes, especially in development,those...
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    Windows Client Road Show Featuring Windows 7 and Internet Explorer 8

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    + ArcReady – Brain Food for the Architect The client (or presentation) tier of our applications is taking on an increasingly important role. Users are expecting more compelling user interfaces, but they also want more functionality from their applications...
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