Shawn Cicoria

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  • Blog Post: Troubleshooting tool–Azure WebJob TCP Ping

    I’ve dropped a quick Visual Studio solution that has a simple Azure WebJob intended to run Continuously that does a Socket open (TCPPing) for a specific IP address and Port – intended to aid in identifying any network transient errors over time. Located on Github here: https://github.com/cicorias/webjobtcpping...
  • Blog Post: Azure Resource Manager–Creating an IaaS VM within a VNET

    NOTE : Azure Resource manager is in Preview. Thus, anything posted here may change. However, the approach for identifying what resources are available for update and registered for Subscriptions should be the same. Here are the prior posts: Azure Resource Manager – Creating Storage Accounts Azure Resource...
  • Blog Post: Azure Resource Manager – Creating Storage Accounts

    NOTE : Azure Resource manager is in Preview. Thus, anything posted here may change. However, the approach for identifying what resources are available updatable, and registered for Subscriptions should be the same. In a prior post I walked through adding an SSL certificate then associating that certificate...
  • Blog Post: Azure Resource Manager– Creating a Resource Group and a VNET

    NOTE: Azure Resource manager is in Preview. Thus, anything posted here may change. However, the approach for identifying what resources are available updatable, and registered for Subscriptions should be the same. In a prior post I walked through adding an SSL certificate then associating that certificate...
  • Blog Post: Azure Resource Manager – Adding and Assigning Certificates to a Website

    Overview This post is going to cover working with Azure Resource Manager using the REST interfaces [1] and specifically the “ Microsoft.Web/sites ” and “ Microsoft.Web/certificates ” providers. You can review the list of Resource Providers by issuing an authenticated REST call to the Uri below, replacing...
  • Blog Post: Useful Machine Learning and HDInsight / Hadoop Links Posts and Information

    Updates: Initial Post: 2014-11-17 As many ramp up on Microsoft Azure Machine Learning , I wanted to start keeping a succinct list of many of the articles, blogs, videos, posts, etc. that have shown to be helpful in conveying the essence of the general practice of Machine Learning as well as the implementation...
  • Blog Post: Getting Docker Running on Hyper-V 8.1/ 2012 R2

    Running Docker locally on a Windows machine is generally not an issue; unless you've committed to using Hyper-V. Since the Docker install for Windows relies on Sun's Oracle's Virtual Box, you can't have both running (Hyper-V and Virtual Box). There are ways to disable Hyper-V for a boot session (via...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint 2013 Farm in Less than an Hour–New Azure Portal and Azure Templates

    Soon, you’ll be able to author your own templates, but as of today, you can provision an 3 Machine SharePoint 2013 Farm – have it running in less than 1 hour with just a few clicks. For details take a look here: SharePoint Server Farm at http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/virtual...
  • Blog Post: Learn More about Microsoft Codename "Trust Services" - TechNet Articles - Home - TechNet Wiki

    Many companies, ISV’s, and solutions have concerns about data in the cloud.  With PKI based encryption, Trust Services provides key management for your publisher/subscribers and a simplified SDK set of classes to abstract the encryption, decryption process.  Both managed classes and PowerShell...
  • Blog Post: Comparison of Windows Azure Storage Queues and Service Bus Queues « Microsoft Technologies Rocks !!!

    Nice table comparing Windows Azure Queues vs. Windows Azure AppFabric Service Bus – note the comment regarding in WAZ SDK 1.5 Queue message size is now 64KB Of course, I like the name of the blog too. Comparison of Windows Azure Storage Queues and Service Bus Queues « Microsoft Technologies Rocks !!...
  • Blog Post: Building scalable web applications with Windows Azure (ed. and on premise too!)

    Matthew Kerner’s session at BUILD covers many of the patterns and approaches that a well designed and highly scalable solution can do to make the most efficient use of the platform. Truth is many of the areas Matthew covers should be for on Premise too – including use of Windows Azure CDN.   At...
  • Blog Post: How does the Windows Azure Fabric controller do that?

    Kevin Williamson has a great post on the overall flow of things from the point of publishing of your package up on the Windows Azure Developer Portal to Run(). These are good things to know as many times you need to inject steps, tasks, context at various stages of your service instance’s lifetime. http...
  • Blog Post: CloudNinja - Windows Azure Multi-tenant Sample - Home

    So, as one of the OneTAP leads for Windows Azure focusing on the BizSpark folks, I run into many questions regarding HOWTO and in areas of Auto-Scaling, provisioning, authentication. The folks at Full Scale 180 ( http://www.fullscale180.com ) have created a nice sample application that demonstrates the...
  • Blog Post: Getting the MVC3 assemblies as part of your Windows Azure deployment

    There have been several techniques that have been posted on getting the MVC3 reference assemblies deployed as part of your Windows Azure Solution. http://blog.smarx.com/posts/asp-net-mvc-in-windows-azure This is something I learned today is in Visual Studio 2010 SP1. If you open up the context menu for...
  • Blog Post: Differences when Running with OutputCache managed module under ASP.NET IIS7.x with Cache-control header

    This post is to report some differences when using MVC or IHttpHandlers if you’re attempting to set the Cache-control : max-age or s-maxage value under IIS7.x using the HttpResponse.Cache methods. [UPDATE]: 2011-3-14 – The missing piece was calling  Response.Cache.SetSlidingExpiration(true) as follows...
  • Blog Post: Taking advantage of Windows Azure CDN and Dynamic Pages in ASP.NET - Caching content from hosted services

    With the updates to Windows Azure CDN announced this week [ 1 ] I wanted to help illustrate the capability with a working sample that will serve up dynamic content from an ASP.NET site hosted in a WebRole. First, to get a good overview of the capability you can read the Overview of the Windows Azure...
  • Blog Post: Running Jetty under Windows Azure Using RoleEntryPoint in a Worker Role

    This post is built upon the work of Mario Kosmiskas and David C. Chou’s prior postings – from here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/mariok/archive/2011/01/05/deploying-java-applications-in-azure.aspx   http://blogs.msdn.com/b/dachou/archive/2010/03/21/run-java-with-jetty-in-windows-azure.aspx As Mario points...
  • Blog Post: Azure VS Tools and SDK - systray already running…

    If you are getting a message when you start the Compute Emulator “Systray already running…” from within Visual Studio one fix is to check what the image name is loading is. For some reason, on 2 of my machines the image was loading with the 8.3 format.  This caused the logic in the VS tools to not...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2010 Setup Projects and x64 Support

    I was taking the Windows Azure CmdLets project and getting it into an MSI just to make it easier to deploy in a nice package.  I ran into problems with the Setup project not being able to properly establish the right registry settings for an x64 environment. Even though you set the target platform...
  • Blog Post: Making Web Client requests behave from .NET or in reality misbehave – ignoring Certificate Issues from HttpWebRequest

    Many times, especially during development, you could have certificates that are out of date, aren’t singed by any real authority (makecert, etc.), or even don’t match the host name that the request is issued against, but you want to test, etc. One example is if you want to run Fiddler to get a good over...
  • Blog Post: Tongue in Cheek Geek Humor from the PDC

    An old colleague ( Biff Gaut ) of mine has a great daily newsletter from the PDC.  This is certainly targeted for those of us looking for a “light” look at all things new that come out of PDC, but at times very technical with a perspective from someone who has been in the industry for some time...
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