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  • Blog Post: Creating Azure VM's with the REST API

    There are many ways to create virtual machines in Azure. Of course the Azure Portal is the easiest but it is completely manual. When you have a lot of virtual machines that are part of your solution then you definitely want to script that process. When you script your Azure deployment you can do it with...
  • Blog Post: Presenting at the BizTalk Summit 2012

    As many of you know, the BizTalk Team is putting on a BizTalk Summit. The BizTalk Summit 2012 is a 2 day pre-release event to prepare for the launch of the next version of BizTalk Server. Activities at the summit will include a Keynote by Scott Guthrie, product roadmap, and technical sessions by the...
  • Blog Post: Blob Storage and Shared Access Signatures

    I am working on a project where we are uploading client files to Azure Blob Storage.  Blob storage is perfect for this type of application and uploading them with public access is the default behavior.  Therefore any anonymous client can read blob data out of your container.  This doesn...
  • Blog Post: Integration Patterns utilizing the Windows Azure Service Bus–Part II

    In the previous post I covered the Messaging Channel group of patterns. In this post, I will cover the Message Routing Group patterns. This group contains: Content Based Router, Message Filter, Recipient List, Splitter, Aggregator, Resequencer, Composed Message Processor, Scatter-Gather, Process Manager...
  • Blog Post: Integration Patterns utilizing the Windows Azure Service Bus

    For years we have all utilized Gregor Hohpe’s Enterprise Integration Patterns book (and the web site ).  Many of these patterns, if not most, are well known and there are many resources out there that talk about how these patterns can be implemented.  There are also a number of resources that...
  • Blog Post: Services Hosted in Windows Azure Service Bus

    In my last post , I talked about the BizTalk AppFabric Connect for Services functionality for BizTalk.  As you start to make your services accessible through the cloud you may find that you hit an error when you try to access the endpoint.  You might also find that your endpoint doesn’t show...
  • Blog Post: BizTalk AppFabric Connect For Services

    Last week I spoke at the Twin Cities Connected Systems User Group Meeting.  The title of my presentation was Integration with Windows Azure – Connecting to the Cloud.  During my presentation I talked about ways to expand on-premise applications to the cloud as well as how to connect cloud applications...
  • Blog Post: Composite Applications

    It has been a long time since my last blog post.  It certainly hasn’t been for a lack of content but it is amazing how fast time flies when you are busy.  I have been spending a lot of time lately working on composite applications and will be posting a number of entries around this topic. One...
  • Blog Post: Twin Cities Connected Systems User Group Meeting–March 17th, 2011

    If you are in Minneapolis on Thursday March 17th please join us for the Twin Cities Connected Systems User Group Meeting. The meeting takes place at 6:00 p.m. at the Microsoft offices at 8300 Norman Center Drive, Bloomington, MN 55437. Andy Morrison will be presenting on a Lap Around BizTalk 2010 and...
  • Blog Post: Twin Cities Connected Systems User Group Meeting – September 16th, 2010

    If you are in Minneapolis on Thursday September 16th please join us for the Twin Cities Connected Systems User Group Meeting. The meeting takes place at 6:00 p.m. at the Microsoft offices at 8300 Norman Center Drive, Bloomington, MN 55437. Eric Kraus and I will be speaking on: Composite Applications...
  • Blog Post: Storing Application Configuration Information in SSO

    For those using BizTalk, we have long had the need to store configuration information in a central location that is shared between each of the distributed BizTalk instances.  BizTalk itself uses SSO for all of its internal configuration information.  Unfortunately, we have not had a tool that...
  • Blog Post: Using The Windows Server AppFabric Cache with ASP.NET

    It appears that I have lost some of my blog posts. I am reposting this blog post which originally appeared back in May. Did you know that you can use the AppFabric Cache with ASP.NET? AppFabric Cache provides an ASP.NET session state provider. There are a number of reasons that you would want to consider...
  • Blog Post: Pre-Populate the AppFabric Cache

    When I start talking to people about the caching functionality that is part of Windows Server AppFabric I am usually asked "What is the AppFabric Cache?" The MSDN page at http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee790954.aspx provides a great overview (below) as well as additional information. The Cache...
  • Blog Post: Interview on Endpoint.TV

    Danny Garber and I were interviewed for Endpoint.TV on Windows Server AppFabric and our upcoming book. The interview has been published and is now available. Check it out at http://channel9.msdn.com/shows/Endpoint/endpointtv-Pro-Windows-Server-AppFabric/
  • Blog Post: Calling PowerShell from .NET

    I have been working with Windows Server AppFabric caching lately and have found it to be very impressive. The more that I work with it the more that I can see areas that it can be utilized. One of the things that will become quite evident as you start using it is that much of the setup and configuration...
  • Blog Post: Twin Cities Connected Systems User Group Meeting - March 11th, 2010

    If you are in are in Minneapolis on Thursday March 11th please join us for the Twin Cities Connected Systems User Group Meeting. The meeting takes place at 6:00 p.m. at the Microsoft offices at 8300 Norman Center Drive, Bloomington, MN 55437. I will be speaking on How to Create Windows Server AppFabric...
  • Blog Post: Pro Windows Server AppFabric Book

    I have been spending my free time working on my next book. Danny Garber and I are co-authoring this book from APress. The book will be available this spring and should coincide with the release of AppFabric.
  • Blog Post: AppFabric and BizTalk

    There have been lots of questions lately about AppFabric (code named Dublin). These questions have centered around why Microsoft needs another middle tier solution and will AppFabric replace BizTalk. Lets take a look at these questions as well as two additional questions; What is AppFabric and why...
  • Blog Post: Follow Up from TechEd Europe

    Paolo Salvatori and I delivered a session titled 'Customizing and Extending the BizTalk WCF Adapters' and Paolo has created a number of fantastic blog entries around this subject. His latest entry goes through much of the content that was delivered in the session and he has included a number of links...
  • Blog Post: Speaking at TechEd Europe 2009

    I will be speaking at TechEd Europe 2009 in Berlin Germany November 9th through the 13th. I will be presenting two sessions. My first is a 'Deep Dive with Microsoft BizTalk Server 2009 Development Platform' and my second is 'Customizing and Extending the BizTalk WCF Adapters'. If you are going...
  • Blog Post: StreamInsight

    You are probably asking what is StreamInsight. Well, it is the platform for performing Complex Event Processing (CEP) from Microsoft. Actually to quote exactly what it is - it is a " platform for the continuous and incremental processing of unending sequences of events (event streams) from multiple sources...
  • Blog Post: WCF: Did you know?

    Did you know that when doing contract first development and utilize a Boolean data type with a default value (lets just say the default value was set to true), WCF will not serialize out the default value in the message. WCF will only serialize out the value if it differs from the default. This was...
  • Blog Post: WSE, DIME; WCF, MTOM; OH My!

    I was recently working on a proof of concept where we needed to interface to a repository that returned the documents using DIME attachments. I don't know if you have had the 'opportunity' to work with DIME attachments before but there isn't much that still supports that format. Since the manufacturer...
  • Blog Post: Exposing Custom WCF Headers through WCF Behaviors - Part 3

    In part 1 , I covered how to create a custom behavior to inject headers into the dynamically created WSDL. In part 2 , I showed how to either promote or write the header data to the BizTalk context. What happens if I want different headers for different end points? What if I don't want to create a...
  • Blog Post: Exposing Custom WCF Headers through WCF Behaviors - Part 2

    In part 1 we covered how to create a custom behavior to inject header data into the dynamically created WSDL. In this part we will look at consuming the header data passed in. By default BizTalk will take any custom header it finds in the incoming WCF message and automatically map them to the Message...
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