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  • Blog Post: Using PowerShell Remoting for disk provisioning automation

    Windows Azure PowerShell cmdlets allow you to automate the construction of your infrastructure, typically creating and starting VMs, and attaching additional disks to expand the default storage configuration. This articles show a little recipe to also use Remote PowerShell to create and format a striped...
  • Blog Post: Advanced Cookie-based session affinity with Application Request Routing

    As you probably know, the Windows Azure Platform has a built-in load-balancing service that you can typically use to create "farms" of Web servers for high availability and performance scale-out. You can find some detailed information on how to set this up in the Windows Azure documentation...
  • Blog Post: Deploying Cloudera CDH on Windows Azure Virtual Machines using Cloudera Manager

    Updated 3/20/2014 to use the latest version of the command-line tool. Introduction In this tutorial, I would like to show you how to install CDH, the Cloudera Hadoop distribution on Windows Azure Virtual Machines, using their automated installer and management toold called Cloudera Manager . For this...
  • Blog Post: Uploading large files to Windows Azure Blob Storage using Python

    In my last post, I shown some simple examples of uploading files to Blob Storage directly from the Linux command-line using the Windows Azure Python SDK. There is a limitation with this simple method: you cannot upload file larger than 64 MB without using a block-based upload approach, that will let...
  • Blog Post: How to interact with Windows Azure Blob Storage from Linux using Python

    We have many Windows Azure SDKs that you can use on Linux to access Windows Azure Blob Storage and upload or download files, all hosted on GitHub . For example, you could write scripts in Python or Node.JS to upload files to Blob storage. If you just want to interact with Windows Azure Storage from the...
  • Blog Post: Analyzing page view logs using Pig on Windows Azure HDInsight

    In this article, I would like to take you through the steps to run your first Pig script on a significant dataset, using the new public preview of Windows Azure HDInsight , our distribution of Apache Hadoop made available as a service in the Cloud. The Dataset First, let's discuss the dataset: I think...
  • Blog Post: How to use the Windows Azure Service Management API from cURL to create Virtual Machines

    Recently a partner asked me for some simples examples of using the Windows Azure Management API from that most universal Swiss army knife of HTTP debug tools, namely the infamous cURL. Specifically, he was looking for an example of how to create a Linux machine from the command line using just cURL....
  • Blog Post: Deploying Ruby on Rails and MongoDB in Windows Azure using the Linux Command-Line Tools (Part 2)

    In this second part, we are going to install MongoDB on a separate server, and get our Ruby on Rails talking to it! I am going to use the second VM we created in the previous post , as a reminder we used a command like this: $ azure vm create testruby "CANONICAL__Canonical-Ubuntu-12-04-amd64-server...
  • Blog Post: INVITATION: Windows Azure Open Platform Services (OSS) Summit - Paris, France - Dec 4, 2012

    Learn more about how Windows Azure has helped companies realize the true value of the cloud. Windows Azure supports multiple development platforms, languages, and tools providing first-class choice beyond .NET for developers and enterprises. Register now for our Open Services Summit to learn how you...
  • Blog Post: Deploying Ruby on Rails in Windows Azure using the Linux Command-Line Tools (Part 1)

    In this blog post in two parts, I will show you how to deploy a set of Linux Virtual Machines running in Windows Azure, running the Ruby on Rails stack with a MongoDB back-end. The challenge is to do it without ever touching a Windows client machine, and using only the Linux command-line tools. Let's...
  • Blog Post: Running Redis on a CentOS Linux VM in Windows Azure

    With the new version of the Windows Azure platform we announced on June 7th , it is now possible to create and run persistent virtual machines, with an extended choice of operating systems, including now several Linux distributions (Ubuntu, CentOS and SUSE). These virtual machines (Linux or Windows)...
  • Blog Post: Using the Windows Azure PHP SDK command-line tools on Linux

    No, you are not dreaming, and yes, it works: using the latest version of the PHP SDK for Windows Azure , you can use the command-line tools (and the API, for that matter) on Linux! Here’s how. You may first need to install PHP proper on your machine; here’s how to do it on Ubuntu: sudo...
  • Blog Post: Sample command-line utility to enable Storage Analytics on Windows Azure

    The Windows Azure Storage team has has recently announced the availability of a widely requested feature: Windows Azure Storage Analytics to track, analyze, and debug your usage of storage (Blobs, Tables and Queues). Here are a few additional resources: MSDN Documentation Logging: Additional information...
  • Blog Post: Accessing Windows Azure Blob Storage using jQuery

    Did you know it was possible to access the Windows Azure Blob Storage directly from JavaScript, for example using jQuery? At first, it sounds obvious, since Blobs are after all acessible from a public URL… But in practice, there is a very big hurdle: the Web browser’s Same Origine Policy or SOP , that...
  • Blog Post: Deploying the Java sample app to Windows Azure using the Starter Kit & Eclipse Plugin

    In a previous post , I have presented a little sample Java web application I have written to demonstrate how you can use Windows Azure Platform resources from a Java web application. It’s a simple starting point that includes the basic building blocks like the Windows Azure Java SDK , the SQL Azure JDBC...
  • Blog Post: Java sample application for Windows Azure

    I have published on GitHub the source code for a very simple Java Web application, that includes all the basic building blocks you would need to start developing a “real” Java application for Windows Azure. It takes the form of an Eclipse project that contains the following elements: A “classic” JSP...
  • Blog Post: Running the Windows Azure Cmdlets with SDK 1.4

    The Windows Azure Management Cmdlets are very useful to manage your hosted services from a PowerShell command-line, and they have recently been upgraded for SDK 1.3... Unfortunately not yet for SDK 1.4. They work fine though, all you have to do is to fix the dependency checker scripts. Once you have...
  • Blog Post: Ruby Worker Role code sample

    I have posted the Visual Studio solution for the basic Ruby Worker Role that I described in my previous post . It is up on code.msdn.com: Basic Windows Azure Worker Role on code.msdn.com The solution containg everything, including the binaries for the Ruby interpreter, curl, etc., so it is ready...
  • Blog Post: Deploying Ruby in Windows Azure

    You probably know already that the Windows Azure Platform supports many types of technologies; we often mention Java or PHP in that regard, but today I would like to show you how to deploy a basic Ruby application in Windows Azure . This will also give us the opportunity to see a few utilities and tips...
  • Blog Post: Configuring an IIS 7 front-end for Apache Tomcat, using AppCmd.exe

    I wanted to automate as much as possible the process of configuring the Apache Tomcat Redirector for IIS 7 . You can find detailed how-to documents describing how to configure the ISAPI filter manually , but I couldn’t find any ready-made scripts to automate the process using IIS 7’s AppCmd...
  • Blog Post: Using Remote Desktop with Windows Azure and SDK 1.3

    Since the 1.3 Windows Azure SDK release, you can configure a Remote Desktop connection in order to connect to your instances running in the Windows Azure fabric. This feature was one of the most frequently requested, especially by developers, who will use it to facilitate diagnosing and troubleshooting...
  • Blog Post: Using Windows Azure Drive part 2: modifying my application to use the drive

    The first thing I did was to split my file access classes into a separate library, so that I could use them from both my “legacy” Desktop application and the Windows Azure version. As you can imagine, my goal is to port the rest of the application without touching or modifying this file access library...
  • Blog Post: New version of Cerebrata Cloud Storage Studio, with Page Blobs support

    In my last post , I was lamenting the fact that none of the available Azure tools supported the creation and upload of Page Blobs, that are required to use the Windows Azure Drive (or XDrive) feature. The good people at Cerebrata have heard the feedback, and they just released a new version of their...
  • Blog Post: Using Windows Azure Drive Part 1: migrate your data to the Cloud

    This month, we announced the Beta Release of Windows Azure Drive (a.k.a. XDrive), a technology that allows you to mount a VHD (Virtual Hard Drive) into a Windows Azure instance and access it as if it was a locally attached NTFS drive. There are many applications for this technology, and in this post...
  • Blog Post: Un apercu des interfaces de facturation de Windows Azure

    Vous êtes peut-être curieux de savoir à quoi ressemblent les interfaces permettant de suivre la facturation des services de la plateforme Windows Azure. Voici quelques captures d’écran qui vous montreront le degré de détail dont l’on dispose pour suivre sa facturation! Tout d’abord, dans le portail que...
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