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  • Blog Post: Rapid Developer Deploy to Windows Azure

    At PDC10 , I did a session Building, Deploying and Managing Windows Azure Applications that covered the end to end experience of using Windows Azure. To watch the recording, go to http://player.microsoftpdc.com/session click on “Guide”, my session is at 1130 on Thursday. As part of...
  • Blog Post: Hope to see you at PDC – live or online

    Next week, I’ll be speaking at PDC. The sessions were published recently and I’ll be speaking on Thursday at 11:30AM PST. Building, Deploying, and Managing Windows Azure Applications In order to take full advantage of Windows Azure and SQL Azure, you need to know more than just how...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Tools featured on Cloud Cover

    Aside from the fact that I was setup and they took every opportunity they could to give me a hard time, I had a lot of fun as a guest on Cloud Cover with Ryan Dunn and Steve Marx . I showed the new features in our latest June 2010 release of the Windows Azure Tools . I am also scheming on how...
  • Blog Post: VerificationException from Windows Azure IntelliTrace

    Kyle has posted about a problem you may see if you use IntelliTrace in the Cloud to debug your RIA Services on Windows Azure. In a nutshell, if you see these exceptions: and the client, this will appear as the standard “Not Found” CommunicationException when looking through an IntelliTrace...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Tools Goes International

    We’re happy to announce that the June 2010 release of the Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 is now available in German, French, Japanese, Chinese, Spanish, Italian, Russian and Korean. On the download page select the language you want to install if it isn’t set to the...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Storage Browser in the Visual Studio Server Explorer

    As part of the June 2010 release of the Windows Azure Tools , we now have a Windows Azure Storage browser in the Visual Studio Server Explorer: It is our first cut at this feature and we've been iterating fairly quickly on the Windows Azure Tools so I'm excited about having this feature not only...
  • Blog Post: Using IntelliTrace to debug Windows Azure Cloud Services

    One of the cool new features of the June 2010 Windows Azure Tools + SDK is the integration of IntelliTrace to allow you to debug issues that occur in the cloud. IntelliTrace support requires .NET 4, Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate and the cloud service has to be deployed with IntelliTrace enabled. If...
  • Blog Post: June 2010 Release of the Windows Azure Tools + SDK

    I’m pleased to announce the release of the June 2010 Windows Azure Tools + SDK . The Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio extend Visual Studio 2010 and Visual Studio 2008 to enable the creation, configuration, building, debugging, running, packaging and deployment of scalable web...
  • Blog Post: Hope to see you at TechEd

    If you are attending TechEd 2010 next week, I really hope to see you there. I’ll be at the Windows Azure booth and speaking on Wednesday June 9th at 5:00 in Room 356. I’ll be speaking about the end to end development experience for Windows Azure and have about 3-4 cool new things to show...
  • Blog Post: WCF on Windows Azure

    One thing we’ve had for a while but I wanted to bring some attention to is our “wcfazure” code gallery page that has a useful set of known issues and a number of samples on using WCF on Windows Azure. It’s been updated recently to be more clear and to use all of the latest...
  • Blog Post: MSDN Magazine Article on Windows Azure Development

    I’m really jazzed because not only did I get an article published in Visual Studio Magazine a little while ago, I also published a similar article in MSDN Magazine . http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/ee336122.aspx Here’s an excerpt from the introduction: Developers are the heart and...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Magazine Article on Cloud Development

    I recently co-authored an article for Visual Studio Magazine titled Cloud Development in Visual Studio 2010 which in now online! The article covers the end to end experience of building and running an application on Windows Azure using Visual Studio 2010. Check it out and let me know what you think...
  • Blog Post: “OutputPath Property is not set for Project” Error when building a Windows Azure Cloud Service in VS 2010

    If you’ve even seen the following error when trying to build a Windows Azure Cloud Service Visual Studio 2010: OutputPath property is not set for project 'CloudService1.ccproj'. Please check to make sure that you have specified a valid combination of Configuration and Platform for this project. Configuration...
  • Blog Post: Fixing the Silverlight Design Time in a Windows Azure Cloud Service

    This is a workaround for the following configuration: Visual Studio 2008 (works fine on VS 2010) Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio February 2010 Release Silverlight 3 Tools for Visual Studio 2008 Building a Silverlight application in a Windows Azure Cloud Service This...
  • Blog Post: Viewing GAC’d Assemblies in the Windows Azure OS

    One of the main issues you can run into when deploying is that one of your dependent assemblies is not available in the cloud. This will result in your cloud service never hitting the running state, instead it will cycle between the initializing, busy and stopping states . (the other main reason...
  • Blog Post: GAC Listing for Windows Azure Guest OS 1.1

    The following is a list of the contents of the GAC for Windows Azure Guest OS 1.1 (Release 201001-01) Please see this post: http://blogs.msdn.com/jnak/archive/2010/03/21/viewing-gac-d-assemblies-in-the-windows-azure-os.aspx for a walkthrough of how this listing was obtained and how you can obtain...
  • Blog Post: Channel9 Show - Cloud Cover

    Since Steve and Ryan listed my blog as one of the daily tips and just interviewed me for their Cloud Cover show, I felt compelled to plug the show :) In all honesty, it’s a good show, lots of good Windows Azure Platform information in very consumable pieces (i.e. not too long, not too short). New...
  • Blog Post: Videos of the Windows Azure Sessions at MIX10

    Had a great time at MIX10 this year, talked to a lot of customers and got a lot of great feedback – thank you. If you weren’t able to attend and are interested in Windows Azure, here are links to the Windows Azure sessions. Videos of all of the sessions are available at: http://live.visitmix.com/Videos...
  • Blog Post: Mix ‘10 Session - Building Windows Azure Applications is now online

    My session at Mix ‘10 is now online: http://live.visitmix.com/MIX10/Sessions/SVC09 If you want to get a solid understanding of what a developer needs to know in order to successfully build Windows Azure applications using Visual Studio both in terms of a new application or migrating an existing application...
  • Blog Post: Mix ‘10: Building and Deploying Windows Azure-Based Applications with Microsoft Visual Studio 2010

    Thank you to all of you who attended my session at Mix ‘10 on Building and Deploying Windows Azure-Based Applications with Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 . The video will be available within the next couple of days. Here are some of the key takeaways and links from the session: Getting Started ...
  • Blog Post: Hope to see you at my Mix ‘10 Windows Azure session

    I’m really excited about Mix ‘10 this year. There’s going to be a lot of cool announcements and sessions. One of the sessions I’d love to see you at is my session on building Windows Azure applications with Visual Studio (Tuesday right after the keynote at 11:30 in Breakers L): Building and Deploying...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure RoleEntryPoint Method Call Order

    I saw an internal discussion that had some information I thought would be useful to share. It’s about how some of the methods in RoleEntryPoint get called. In the case of a Worker Role, the RoleEntryPoint class is the class you derive to write your code. When you create a new Worker Role project in...
  • Blog Post: Where to Find your Windows Azure Billable Usage Info

    This weekend I had someone email me asking me to blog about where to find the usage info used for billing because they were having a hard time finding it and figured others were having difficulty as well. Coincidentally, I saw an internal thread this morning where someone was asking the very same...
  • Blog Post: Migrating an Existing ASP.NET App to run on Windows Azure

    This post has 2 main parts. The first part is an update to a post I wrote back in February 2009 about using an existing ASP.NET Web Application as Web Role and rolls in information from this post and this post . The second part is about migrating an existing database running on SQL Express and ASP.NET...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Compute Hours include the time your Deployment is Stopped

    One of my tenets on this blog is to not do posts that simply point to someone else’s post. I’m breaking that tenant today because of something I just found out that I think is super important for all Windows Azure customers to be clear on and saw that Ryan Dunn had already posted about this . Windows...
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