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  • Blog Post: AzCopy and the Azure Storage Emulator

    AzCopy is now part of the Azure SDK and can copy files to and from Azure Storage. I couldn't find any examples of it copying to the Storage Emulator but it works. Here is an example batch file I use: set Destination=http://127.0.0.1:10000/devstoreaccount1/ set DestinationKey=Eby8vdM02xNOcqFlqUwJPLlmEtlCDXJ1OUzFT50uSRZ6IFsuFq2UVErCz4I6tq...
  • Blog Post: Using WebPICmd to Install an Older Azure SDK

    To avoid regression testing I recently had to build a web role with a minor bug fix using Azure SDK 1.8 and Visual Studio 2012 even though SDK 2.2 and Visual Studio 2013 are the latest versions. I created a Hyper-V VM and it was easy enough to installed Visual Studio 2012. Getting Azure SDK 1.8 was...
  • Blog Post: .publishsettings Warning and Info

    Use Azure's ability to generate a .publishsettings file carefully. The capability is described here . Remember the Tribbles on Star Trek? Well each time you call that publishprofile.aspx page you get another management certificate added to all your subscriptions until the maximum allowed is reached....
  • Blog Post: Azure Management Certificate Public Key / Private Key

    Today I'm exploring how the public and private keys created with MakeCert.exe are stored. Earlier I wrote about the difference between SSL certificates and those used for Azure Management API authentication. For this post I'm creating Azure Management API certificates. I use the certificate creation...
  • Blog Post: CloudFx Tracing and Diagnostics

    Today I'm investigating how CloudFx tracing and diagnostics works. I want to control the verbosity of output. I found an answer from Valery M here to a question titled "Annoying diagnostics traces for queue storage", which got me started. As of the CloudFx 2.0.0.0 release on NuGet, there is a class...
  • Blog Post: Building and Packaging Virtual Applications within Azure Projects

    Azure SDK 1.8 introduced a change in how CSPack locates virtual applications given the physicalDirectory attribute in the ServiceDefinition.csdef file while packaging an Azure project. This blog shows how to support build and packaging of virtual applications within both Visual Studio and TFS Build using...
  • Blog Post: Designed for the Cloud–it is all about State!

    I just got back from a proof of concept (POC) review.  A POC is what we call the investigation stage where a developer or architect has a great idea and wants to prove it out in code; the review is the chance to share what was learned with peers.  Needless to say we’ve had a lot of Azure POC...
  • Blog Post: Cloud Security–Another Viewpoint

    I recently wrote in a post that software as a service (SaaS) providers have economy of scale advantages over traditional IT and that IT must adapt to compete, eventually becoming SaaS providers of their own.  Cloud computing is a catalyst for the rise of SaaS since it nearly eliminates the scale...
  • Blog Post: Where Does the Cloud Lead Us?

    I work in IT.  Have you ever thought about the cloud paradigm shift going on in IT and where it eventually leads?  I can envision a future where everything is software as a service (SaaS).  Economy of scale drives it. Businesses are in business to provide value to their customers; they...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight and Claims-Based Authentication in Windows Azure

    I wrote a series of lessons learned articles which Daniel Odievich helped me publish over on the TechNet Wiki.  If you’re planning on Azure hosting Silverlight business applications you’ll want to check out these links before you get started: Secure Silverlight Applications with Claims-Based Authentication...
  • Blog Post: Configuring diagnostics.wadcfg to Capture Custom Log Files

    Windows Azure Diagnostics (WAD) has the ability to copy files to Azure blob storage.  The feature is meant for copying custom log files but you can use it to copy any file that WAD has permission to access.  To configure this feature via diagnostics.wadcfg add appropriate <DataSource>...
  • Blog Post: Configuring WAD via the diagnostics.wadcfg Config File

    Azure 1.3 added the ability to control Windows Azure Diagnostics (WAD) via a config file. The MSDN documentation covering diagnostics.wadcfg explains that the capability was added to support the VM role. The documentation also says to continue configuring WAD via code in OnStart for the other role types...
  • Blog Post: Azure Diagnostics and ASP.NET Health Monitoring

    By default Windows Azure Diagnostics (WAD) does not receive ASP.NET Health Monitoring events.  The machine web.config file at %windir%\Microsoft.NET\Framework64\v4.0.30319\Config\web.config shows the default behavior of ASP.NET Health Monitoring.  Basically all unhandled errors and audit failures...
  • Blog Post: WAD is Built on ETW

    Windows Azure Diagnostics (WAD) is built upon Event Tracing for Windows (ETW) . To get the most out of WAD and future Azure product offerings you need to understand and use ETW. Here is a little ETW primer and how it relates to WAD: 1. ETW is the efficient kernel-level tracing facility built into...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Diagnostics Series

    I’ve decided to write a series of blog posts on Windows Azure Diagnostics best practices to share what I’ve learned. MSIT is in the process of reviewing our current Azure monitoring, combining it with some product team insight, to define MSIT’s Azure monitoring and debugging best practices...
  • Blog Post: Azure IntelliTrace

    Here is some great information on using IntelliTrace with Azure: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff683671.aspx http://blogs.msdn.com/b/jnak/archive/2010/06/07/using-intellitrace-to-debug-windows-azure-cloud-services.aspx The key knowledge is: IntelliTrace is specifically licensed in Visual Studio...
  • Blog Post: Azure SSL verses Management API Certificates

    It is important to distinguish the difference between digital certificates intended for SSL endpoints and those intended for use with the Azure management API. Azure doesn’t care where the cert’s come from but the certs for SSL have to be issued by a Certificate Authority (CA) that the calling client...
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