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  • Blog Post: Configuring Azure Virtual Machines for Optimal Storage Performance

    In support, one of the most common questions we get is: How do I achieve the best disk performance for Azure virtual machines? Platform Planning: In the standard tier of virtual machine in Azure, the maximum IOPS is 500 per disk . When planning for a high I/O virtual machine, you also need to take...
  • Blog Post: Setting up a Passive FTP Server in Windows Azure VM

    This post is authored by Lalitesh Kumar, Pradeep M G and reviewed by Avinash Venkat Reddy. Also special thanks to Adam Conkle and Craig Landis for providing the "points to consider from Azure SLB perspective". FTP may run in active or passive mode. Passive mode is extensively used to solve the...
  • Blog Post: Understanding the temporary drive on Windows Azure Virtual Machines

    Special thanks to our WATS Linux experts- Joao Madureira, Vittorio Franco Libertucci and Patrick Catuncan for reviewing this post. When you create a VM in Windows Azure you are provided with a temporary storage automatically. This temporary storage is “D:” on a Windows VM and it is...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure IaaS Host OS Update Demystified

    Special thanks to Sri Harsha for reviewing this post!! In this post we will look at: Why Windows Azure updates the host OS? How does the host OS update take place? What are availability sets? How does creating availability sets make your application highly available? Resource to...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Learning Resources

    Microsoft has loads of resources to help you learn, understand and leverage Windows Azure cloud platform. This is our effort of listing the resources that are available to help you learn about the Windows Azure architecture, security, features and implementation. Architecture Inside Windows...
  • Blog Post: Staying updated with all things Windows Azure

    Windows Azure is an ever evolving Microsoft cloud platform. You may find it tough to stay updated with all the latest features, current news and technical know how’s. To help you stay updated with all thing Azure, we have put together a list of websites, blogs and other resources that you can follow...
  • Blog Post: Why does an Azure storage account have two access keys?

    If you are using Windows Azure you might be familiar with the storage access keys. These storage access keys are used in authentication for accessing the storage account. When you create a storage account you are provided with two storage access keys i.e. Primary and Secondary access keys. You might...
  • Blog Post: Exploring the AutoScale feature in Windows Azure Websites

    We recently released a whole lot of updates for Windows Azure platform and one of those updates, is the addition of date based AutoScale scheduling support (set different rules on different dates). In this blog post we will go over the concepts of auto scale, configuring your website to AutoScale...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure: Account Delegate Feature

    Blogged on behalf of Bahar Sandal, Windows Azure Subscription Management Support Engineer. The Account Delegate feature enables multiple people to see the same Windows Azure billing information. The Delegate feature is useful because businesses often have multiple people involved with each account...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure technical support for MSDN, TechNet or MPN Users and Partners

    When you purchase a MSDN, TechNet or MPN subscription, you are entitled for submitting technical support incidents. You can use those for creating Windows Azure technical incidents. Below is the summary of subscription name, levels and technical support incidents you are entitled to with a subscription...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure support - How it works and how to receive help

    Windows Azure is a great new family of cloud based services and features offered by Microsoft. As new innovations are made in the technology field, users may need help to- learn, understand different offerings and receive support to solve specific issues. The purpose of this post is to present you...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure 30 days free trial – Uncovered

    Spanish version of this article Although many people have already tried Windows Azure and even created several implementations, I would like to dedicate this post to those of you that haven’t tried Windows Azure yet and don’t know where to start. This blog includes the following information...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure PowerShell – Storage Commands

    In this Blog we will walk through few PowerShell commands to work with Windows Azure Storage. (Last Update: 04/12/2013) List of all Windows Azure Subscriptions – Find Default in case Multiple subscription Code Snippet: { Write-Host "Selection: Show Me List of Windows Azure Subscriptions...
  • Blog Post: How to quickly determine the Windows Azure PowerShell Version

    How to quickly determine the Windows Azure PowerShell Version The quickest method to determine which Windows Azure PowerShell version you are running is to enable Debugging and then run a Power Shell command. To enable debugging you just need to set $DebugPreference as below: $DebugPreference...
  • Blog Post: Cross Post: Details of the February 22nd 2013 Windows Azure Storage Disruption

    At 12:29 PM PST on February 22 nd , 2013 there was a service interruption in all regions that affected customers who were accessing Windows Azure Storage Blobs, Tables and Queues using HTTPS. Availability was restored worldwide by 00:09 AM PST on February 23, 2013. Please read more details in the Blog...
  • Blog Post: Troubleshooting REST API based connectivity issues with Windows Azure Management Portal

    Recently I worked on an issue where the customer was trying to create a Service Bus using Python code, however the creation of Service Bus was failing with the following error. "The server encountered an internal error. Please retry the request" Because Python was using REST API and the communication...
  • Blog Post: Minor Update to Windows Azure SDK – 1.8.1 February 2013

    Yesterday I while updating my machine I noticed that Windows Azure SDK for .NET been updated. The latest version is (v1.8.1) February 2013 edition.    -------------------- Abhishek Anand Support Escalation Engineer Windows Azure Technical Support
  • Blog Post: Cross Post: Windows Azure Service Disruption from Expired Certificate

    Editor's Note: This is a cross post from the Windows Azure Blog . Recently Windows Azure Storage experienced a worldwide outage impacting HTTPS traffic due to expired SSL certificate. Please read the details in the Blog post provided by Steven Martin, General Manager (Windows Azure Business &...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure PowerShell - Script for basic PaaS and IaaS Operations

    We assume that you have already set up your PowerShell for Windows Azure based on our previous Blog Post: Windows Azure PowerShell – Getting Started . In this blog we will be providing a Menu Based PowerShell Script to perform basic Cloud operation on Windows Azure. Before we dive into the details...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Virtual Machines - Common Questions

    This blog post is summarizes most common questions Windows Azure Virtual Machine users come across. 1) Capture Versus Snapshot Capturing a VM creates an image( not meant for backup ) that can be used to create multiple VMs based on that same image. You can capture a VM using the Capture option...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Virtual Machines - Common Issues

    This blog post is an attempt to summarize most common issues we’ve seen Windows Azure Virtual Machine users are running into. 1) Virtual machine disappeared or was deleted When you hit the usage limit on your account, for example with a 90-day trial or the monthly access from an MSDN subscription...
  • Blog Post: How to manage multiple Windows Azure Subscriptions

    How to change Subscription Name 1. Login in to https://account.windowsazure.com using your Live ID. 2. Click on "Account Center". 3. Choose "Subscription" option. 4. Select the Azure subscription in which you would like to rename the subscription name. 5. Click on "Edit Subscription...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Features and Technical Support Options

    UPDATED POST CLICK HERE Last Updated: June 04, 2014 -------------------------- [Disclaimer: This is not an official document regarding Windows Azure Support Structure.] Last Updated: April 18, 2013 (Revision 2.0) The following addresses some of the confusion that...
  • Blog Post: [Preview Feature] VM Depot Preview and Support

    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- This post is About Virtual Machine Preview Feature (Should be only used for Testing and Development) which is currently Supported by Microsoft Forums. (As of 01/23/2013) §...
  • Blog Post: How to redeploy a deleted Windows Azure Virtual Machine

    This document has been updated - see the new version here.
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