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  • Blog Post: Free Inbound Traffic for all Windows Azure Customers starting July 1st, 2011

    Most Excellent news! Starting July 1st 2011, Azure inbound traffic to our customers is Free! Quoting the Windows Azure Blog Post: “…For billing periods that begin on or after July 1, 2011, all inbound data transfers for both peak and off-peak times will be free.” Link: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/windowsazure...
  • Blog Post: Azure and HPC Server: You can now run MPI Workloads in Azure

    Exciting news on the Azure HPC space. With the new release of the HPC Pack 2008 R2 Service Pack 2 (SP2) you can now run MPI Workloads in Azure (in addition to Batch and Parametric sweeps) Post: http://blogs.technet.com/b/windowshpc/archive/2011/06/29/hpc-pack-2008-r2-service-pack-2-sp2-is-now-available...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Platform Training Kit - February 2011 Update

    Link: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=413E88F8-5966-4A83-B309-53B7B77EDF78&displaylang=en   The Windows Azure Platform Training Kit includes a comprehensive set of technical content including hands-on labs, presentations, and demos that are designed to help you learn...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Training Videos (Jumpstart–Channel 9)

    This is a compilation of the Windows Azure Jumpstart Videos on Channel 9: Session 01: Windows Azure Overview Session 02: Introduction to Compute Session 03: Windows Azure Lifecycle, Part 1 Session 04: Windows Azure Lifecycle, Part 2 Session 05: Windows Azure Storage, Part 1 Session 06: Windows Azure...
  • Blog Post: Azure and Patterns & Practices still apply

    The fact of migrating or developing new applications on Azure provides the opportunity to review architectures, refactor code and apply best practices that we may have missed.  This is most current documentation available from the MS Patterns and Practices team: Link: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en...
  • Blog Post: Operations Manager 2007 R2 Release of the Windows Azure Application Monitoring Management Pack! Updated!

    Link: http://pinpoint.microsoft.com/en-us/applications/windows-azure-application-monitoring-management-pack-release-candidate-12884907699   Operations Manager 2007 R2: The Windows Azure Management Pack enables you to monitor the availability and performance of applications that are running on Windows...
  • Blog Post: Sending E-Mail from Windows Azure

    Many custom-developed applications need to send email, whether it is a part of the registration process, a way of notifying users when important events occur or something else.  If you're a .NET developer you've probably used classes of the System.Web.Mail namespace to accomplish this.  However...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Platform Training Kit - September Update

    New release of the Windows Azure Platform Training Kit Link: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=413E88F8-5966-4A83-B309-53B7B77EDF78&displaylang=en The Windows Azure Platform Training Kit includes a comprehensive set of technical content including hands-on labs, presentations...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure AppFabric SDK September 2010 Released

    As part of the Windows Azure AppFabric September Release we are now providing both 32- and 64-bit versions of the Windows Azure AppFabric SDK. In addition to addressing several deployment scenarios for 64-bit computers, Windows Azure AppFabric now enables integration of WCF services that use AppFabric...
  • Blog Post: Azure support of .NET 3.5 Sp1 and .NET 4.0 since Guest OS 1.2

    Since Azure Guest OS 1.2 both .NET 3.5 SP1 and .NET 4.0 are supported. The default version for the Azure Guest OS (currently @ 1.5) is .NET 3.5 SP1 and we have plans to switch to .NET 4 as the default framework at a future date.  As documented, there is already one area of compatibility documented...
  • Blog Post: Azure CDN Guide Available

    A new guide, "Getting Started with the Windows Azure CDN" , is now available to help you understand how to enable the Windows Azure CDN and begin caching your content. Included is a short list of prerequisites for using the Windows Azure CDN, as well as step-by-step instructions for getting...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Projects on CodePlex and MSDN Code Gallery

    There are great Windows Azure Projects on both CodePlex and the MSDN Code Gallery. CodePlex: Find Windows Azure Platform guidance from MS Patterns and Practices, tools, code samples, projects provided by individual contributors and companies developing on the platform. Link: http://www.codeplex.com/site...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure VS Tools 1.2 and Training Kit released

    We have released both the Windows Azure VS Tools 1.2 and the Windows Azure Training Kit: Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio 1.2 (June 2010) Link: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=2274a0a8-5d37-4eac-b50a-e197dc340f6f SDK Brief Description Windows...
  • Blog Post: Security Best Practices for Developing Windows Azure Applications

    Great Paper regarding Security practices for application development in the Azure Platform: http://download.microsoft.com/download/7/3/E/73E4EE93-559F-4D0F-A6FC-7FEC5F1542D1/SecurityBestPracticesWindowsAzureApps.docx . This paper focuses on the security challenges and recommended approaches to design...
  • Blog Post: Monitoring SQL Azure Using Dynamic Management Views

    Microsoft SQL Azure Database enables a subset of dynamic management views to diagnose the performance problems, which might be caused by blocked or long-running queries, resource bottlenecks, poor query plans, and so on. This topic provides information on how to detect common performance problems by...
  • Blog Post: Windows azure billing overview

    There have been a lot of questions regarding Windows Azure Platform billing and how it works. This diagram shows the relationship between components. The current diagram shows the current configuration. This configuration may change in the future: Notes: · The green components are the ones that you can...
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