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Over the years, this blog has been about many different things related to software development with Microsoft technologies. Since my current role focuses on Dynamics CRM / XRM, that's what it's primarily about right now.

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  • Blog Post: CRM Online & Windows Azure Series

    I’ve been working with a few CRM Online customers on some advanced scenarios which require using Windows Azure as part of their overall solution.  As a result, I will be publishing series of blog posts and samples which walk you through the following: Configuring Single Sign On (SSO) Improving the...
  • Blog Post: CRM Online & Windows Azure: Configuring Single Sign On (SSO)

    NOTE: While these instructions may work, they are fairly old. If you are using Visual Studio 2013, there's a much quicker way to accomplish the same end goal. See: http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/videos/azure-identity-application-to-authenticate/ In this video, I walk you through how...
  • Blog Post: CRM Online & Windows Azure: Improving the SSO experience

    This is supposed to be one of a series of CRM Online & Windows Azure posts for which I have been building some samples.  While I really wanted to make this the second or third post, someone needed the explanation sooner, so this will be somewhat of a tease to the overall series. Scenario: I...
  • Blog Post: Resizing an Azure VM vhd file

    UPDATE (09SEP2013): There's a faster way. See: https://github.com/maartenba/WindowsAzureDiskResizer I got into a bit of a predicament where the C drive of the VM I created here started to fill up. I needed to install some software that only gave me the option to install to the C drive. The installer...
  • Blog Post: Building a CRM 2011 dev box using a Windows Azure Virtual Machine

    UPDATE: The instructions were a bit out of order.  Thanks for @DynamicsCRM_EDU for the heads up!  I fixed it.  Please let me know if you find anything else that needs clarification.  I write these things late in the night most of the time . I am a big fan of the One Organization per...
  • Blog Post: Design for Online

    UPDATE (30MAY2013): Have a look at this post for some tangible examples of Windows Azure with CRM to address some of these scenarios. DISCLAIMER: This post is not official guidance from Microsoft. It’s the thoughts and opinion of one guy who has been spending a fair amount of time talking to...
  • Blog Post: I made it on the MSDN Cloud home page :)

    I recently recorded an overview video called Developing Cloud Applications with Windows Azure to replace the current one on the Cloud section of MSDN .  I just heard news that the video is live.  I am pretty excited because this is THE VIDEO you see when you go to http://msdn.com , then click...
  • Blog Post: Ten Must-Have Tools for Windows Azure

    If you are doing any work with Windows Azure or even thinking about it then you’ll want to check out the presentation Brian Prince ( @brianhprince ) gave at TechEd.  Definitely a MUST SEE.  I learned about a few tools I did not know about. http://bit.ly/l6XEBv
  • Blog Post: Help make Microsoft developer technologies better!

    Ron Jacobs just blogged about how .NET developers can provide feature feedback and vote on WCF/WF features. http://blogs.msdn.com/b/rjacobs/archive/2011/04/14/how-you-can-make-wf-wcf-better.aspx Many Microsoft product teams are doing this nowadays. It still surprises me how many .NET developers don't...
  • Blog Post: San Francisco, Open 311, Silverlight and Windows Azure

    "City of San Francisco, CA has launched their Open 311 solution called HeyGov! for San Francisco . HeyGov! is a SaaS (Software as a Service) offering from Microsoft Partner, ISC , that provides a new and engaging way for citizens and governments communicate more effectively in the Web 2.0 era. The...
  • Blog Post: Police Department Protects Citizens ... with Windows 7

    Pat Weikle, who is an Architect Evangelist on my team , just blogged about some great work he was a part of: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/publicsector/archive/2010/07/08/police-department-protects-citizens-of-vernon-hills-illinois-with-windows-7.aspx Here’s a blurb from the official case study: “The Vernon...
  • Blog Post: MUST READ: A Guide to Claims–based Identity and Access Control

    Joel just blogged about this on my team blog with a curious title of “If you are a government developer please read this”: http://blogs.msdn.com/publicsector/archive/2010/04/20/if-you-are-a-government-developer-please-read-this.aspx Any “enterprise” customer really should read this guide and start thinking...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Dynamic Scaling Sample

    http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/azurescale Just came across this one.  I haven’t checked it out myself, but it sounds promising. “…  A question that is commonly asked is how to automate the scaling of a Windows Azure application. That is, how can developers build systems that are able to adjust...
  • Blog Post: I’m speaking at FedScoop's Roadmap to the Cloud Summit

    My team is participating in FedScoop’s Roadmap to the Cloud – Presented by Microsoft on March 9th at the Ronald Reagan Building’s Pavilion room in Washington DC.  I’ll be presenting as part of the Developer Track.  My session is titled “Sharing Government Data through Windows Azure using OGDI...
  • Blog Post: SCREENCAST: Running Reporting Services Reports in Windows Azure

    In this screencast, I show you how to run a SQL Server Reporting Services 2008 report in Windows Azure using the ReportViewer control that ships with Visual Studio 2010. As an added bonus, I demonstrate using ReportViewer against an OData service through the use of WCF Data Services client libraries...
  • Blog Post: Have Windows Azure Platform features requests?

    Submit and vote at: Windows Azure Feature Voting Forum http://www.mygreatwindowsazureidea.com/forums/34192-windows-azure-feature-voting SQL Azure Feature Voting Forum http://www.mygreatwindowsazureidea.com/forums/34685-sql-azure-feature-voting Microsoft® Codename "Dallas" Feature Voting Forum...
  • Blog Post: Simple, short videos on the Windows Azure Platform

    Windows Azure Platform Windows Azure SQL Azure .NET Services Short, sweet, clear.  Brilliant!
  • Blog Post: Tallahassee follow up

    Thanks for taking the time to attend our developer day!  For resources from my Windows 7 for .NET Developers session, see this post: http://tinyurl.com/Win7DevDinner The two decks and the GuestBook demo I used for the Windows/SQL Azure session are from the Windows Azure Training Kit: http://tinyurl...
  • Blog Post: Open Government Data Initiative (OGDI) Developer Dinner

    Next Wednesday in Reston, Virginia.  Details on my team’s blog: http://tinyurl.com/oupyf9 .
  • Blog Post: Open Government Data Initiative (OGDI)

    I’ve been relatively quiet on the blog lately.  I’ve made hints in a couple posts that I’ve been working on a fun little Windows Azure project that has been consuming my time.  Well, I can finally talk about it a little more.  Keith, a manager on my team, blogged about OGDI on my team...
  • Blog Post: FOLLOW UP: Reston Developer Conference 04DEC08

    Vlad and I would like thank everyone for attending the conference!  Here are the downloads: What I’ve learned about Visual Studio 2010, .NET Framework 4.0 (and beyond), Silverlight 3 (and beyond) – deck "Oslo" and "Dublin" Overview – deck , code Windows Azure Overview – deck...
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