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I am a Cloud Architect with Microsoft Services. As part of the Cloud 1-2-3 team, I work with companies to help define their cloud strategy, using the full spectrum of the Microsoft Cloud Platform: Microsoft Online Services, the Windows Azure platform, and Dynamic IT.

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    AJAX PageMethods, JSON Serialization, and a little bit of LINQ databinding

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    I’ve put together a small demo on using PageMethods to bring data from the server to the client. I’m a big believer in PageMethods, as the definitely offer greater performance than an UpdatePanel, especially when used correctly. In the spirit of March...
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    Co-Administrator doesn’t see SQL Azure in portal

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      A customer called me recently with an interesting question. he had set up a co-administrator (newly available functionality) for his Azure subscription. However, the co-administrator couldn’t see any SQL Azure instances through the portal. he could...
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    Azure SDK 1.3 and Visual Studio Tool Released!

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      Today the Azure team released SDK 1.3 and the updated tools for Visual Studio. I’m really looking forward to being able to use these on production projects! To download click on the link below: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx...
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    PDC 2010 Azure Announcements

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      I was going to write up a summary myself, but this summary is so well done, I think I’ll just be lazy and provide a link: http://jcstame.wordpress.com/2010/11/10/pdc-2010-windows-azure-update-summary/ MANY great improvements and new features coming...
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    Troubleshooting Windows Azure Connect to On-Premises SQL Server

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      I’ve heard a few instances of people having difficulty using WA Connect to reach their on-premises SQL Server from a web or worker role, so I thought I’d provide a few tips: 1.     Configure your role for access via Remote Desktop...
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    Why I'm mad at Verizon...

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    I have been happily using my Verizon XV6800 for about 6 months now. I have to say Live Search is one of the best applications I have ever used, but it has always irritated me that Verizon has disabled the GPS functionality on this GPS-capable phone. ...
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    Need VSTS/TFS Help? How Do I...?

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    I can't tell you how many times I've searched for information about how to do something, only to find it AFTER spending hours doing it by trial-and-error. Hopefully, I can save you some time the next time you need to figure out how to do something in...
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    Azure Capacity Planning

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      Here is an awesome post by Hanu Kommalapati about capacity planning, and it contains some information you might not know about the capacity of each VM (hint: bandwidth per VM): http://blogs.msdn.com/b/hanuk/archive/2011/02/01/windows-azure-capacity...
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    Hadoop in Azure!

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    Didn’t think you could run Hadoop in Azure? Think again… http://blogs.msdn.com/b/mariok/archive/2011/05/11/hadoop-in-azure.aspx
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    Who am I, and why do you care?

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    My name is Tony Guidici. I am a Consultant in the Midwest District for Microsoft Consulting Services. Here's some information about me: I am a die-hard Cubs fan (being die-hard means that I'll probably be dead and fully petrified before they ever...
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    TechReady 8

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    Technorati Tags: Azure , WCF , REST , ASP.NET MVC So, I’ve been holed up in my cube for 70+ hours/week onsite at a client since like, October? Haven’t had much time for my family, let alone any research or blogging. Safe to say, I was extraordinarily...
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    Windows Live Writer

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    Just hooked up Windows Live writer to this blog. This is WAY cool… Now, since it will be easier to author a blog entry, perhaps I will write more stuff here!
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    Azure ISV Discovery Events–Chicago and Dallas

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      Recently, Rodney Sloan and I conducted events for ISV’s to learn more about Azure and specifically, some of the opportunities and challenges faced by ISV’s when moving to a Cloud-based model. I’d like to thank Paddy Srinivasan and John Schindler...
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    Windows 7 RTM

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    Yes, I installed it the first day it was available. Easiest OS install of my life! Now that I have the RTM version and I don’t have to worry about blowing this away from another version, I am starting to work on some of the new features. For example,...
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    How NOT to get out of traveling

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    At the end of April, I tore my Achillles tendon. I had surgery the next week, and have been in a cast for the last month. Still looking at 3 more weeks before this cast is removed, then I might get another one after that, followed by endless physical...
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    Facebook content rights

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    I just saw on TV that the new legal agreement on Facebook states that they own all the content you post on there. Everything. Forever. Even if you leave Facebook. So, don’t be original – they can take it and do whatever they want with it. Glad I never...
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    Triathlon training

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    So, I’ve been training for the Lake Geneva triathlon on 9/13 in Lake Geneva, WI. I’m a decent rider, and my swimming is poor but improving, but what is really killing me is the running. I think that since my Achilles tendon rupture and surgery last year...
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    Back home (for now)

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    OK, so I just finished an 8 week engagement in Hartford, CT, working with an insurance company on standardizing and centralizing centralizing their build/deploy practices. Spent a lot of time with angle brackets, but it was a good gig. Hoping to work...
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    Where have I been?

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    Excellent question… I have been working out-of-state with a client, architecting a portal application using ASP.NET MVC 2. I have to say that this project was really fun, as the requirements drove us to use several new technologies: ASP.NET MVC 2 Managed...
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    Azure SDK/Visual Studio Tools update

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    Anyone start playing with Windows Azure yet? There’s a new release of the SDK and tools available at: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=59e8fc0c-c399-4ab7-8a93-882d8e74b67a&displaylang=en Installing was easy – uninstalled previous...
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    New Role, more updates

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    OK, finally, I have some time to blog again. This year has been amazing so far. I was selected as one of 3 architects in the US to found a program called Cloud 123. We built a program to help enterprises get to the cloud in 3 steps: Define – help understand...
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    30 Day Free Azure Accounts

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      As my colleague Brian Loesgen points out in his blog , anyone can now get 30 day free Azure accounts. I haven’t read the limitations yet, but one important thing to remember is that this offer DOES NOT REQUIRE A CREDIT CARD! Also important – enter...
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    AppFabric Caching now live!!!

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    I just got an email from David Makogon , claiming that his Azure portal had refreshed itself, and AppFabric Caching was now available as an option. I was so excited, I had to check it out for myself. So I go to my portal, and, lo and behold, there it...
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