Windows Azure + WIF + Access Control (ACS)

When you going to use the Access Control Service (ACS) on the Windows Azure platform, then there are enough resources to help you. For example here. A lot of configuration has to be done, but it is do-able on the ACS website and in your application. But deploying your Windows Azure application to the Cloud is a different cookie. Here are some steps I found the hard way. NB It is a good practice to make the website use SSL. 1) The Windows Identity Foundation (WIF) runtime. On the standard Windows Azure instances the WIF runtime is not there. After … Continue reading Windows Azure + WIF + Access Control (ACS)

Windows Azure is Multi Language

At divers event Microsoft tells Windows Azure is Multi Language, or Java is a first class citizen of Windows Azure. This part of the website show it is completely true. If you wonder what other means, C++ or Python or any language you can think of.

SQL Azure enhancements (December 2011)

There are a few enhancements made to the Windows Azure Management portal as I told you in my previous blogpost Billing is one of them. But there are also enhancements made to SQL Azure. Now you can choose for 100 Gb or 150 Gb as max sizes. And if 150 Gb is not enough. With Federation there is no limit anymore. By making different feds you are able to go beyond the 150 Gb database limit! More info on that later! And then the clean and nice interface in Silverlight 5 How cool is that!  

New Billing Portal for Windows Azure

The Billing Portal for Windows Azure has been redesigned and much more useful. On the Windows Azure management portal you can click on the Billing link at the top. After that you a second tab within Internet Explorer will open and redirect you to the Billing portal. New is you don’t have to retype your password, but SSO will do the trick. On the Subscription overview screen you see your subscriptions and the running costs. You can edit your profile and it is more easier to add a new subscription. Clicking on the subscription will result in more details about … Continue reading New Billing Portal for Windows Azure

Combine WorkerRole and WebRole Windows Azure

Sometimes is cost efficient to combine a WebRole and WorkerRole. In this way you use the complete capacity of the VM/Server, without the need of extra instances. Assume this scenario. You got a WebRole with 2 Websites and a WorkerRole. But now the WorkerRole could do with a smaller VM. Of course you can chose a smaller VM, but what if you already are using the smallest instance (XS)? And besides that the WebRole with 2 Websites also not using the complete capacity of the VM. In this case it looks interesting to combine the two roles. This combination can … Continue reading Combine WorkerRole and WebRole Windows Azure

SQL Azure DACPAC – import and export data

If you keep an eye on the Windows Azure blog then you saw the  announcement of service release of SQL Azure. With this update there are also changes made to the SQL Azure part on the Windows Azure portal. Before we had Houston (on my Dutch blog I had months ago an item on that one). Houston was the web tooling to manage the database objects on a SQL Azure instance. And it was pretty neat! Other competitors also came with Web sites from which you can manage a SQL Azure instance. This new release is a clean-up of the … Continue reading SQL Azure DACPAC – import and export data

SQL Azure development with tooling ‘Juneau’

At this moment when you develop for SQL Azure you miss some of the cool tools. The tools you are familiar with while developing for SQL Server 2008 R2. In the SQL Server Management Studio when connected to SQL Server 2008 R2 and you want to create a table, there is that UI thingie. But when connected to SQL Azure with SQL Server Management Studio you only get some guidance on the syntax for the create table statement. But I am not a great SQL developer at least I need more help then the guidance you are getting . I … Continue reading SQL Azure development with tooling ‘Juneau’

SQL Azure versions

Few months ago on the Windows Azure blog there was the announcement about the SQL Azure July service release. http://blogs.msdn.com/b/windowsazure/archive/2011/07/13/announcing-sql-azure-july-2011-service-release.aspx In this blog post they warned, the live version van SQL Azure would be update in de coming weeks. In order to keep using SSMS (Sql Server Management Studio) you had to get current on a few SQL Server 2008 R2 updates. So after these update you could work with the tools and SQL Azure as you used to be. Such a update takes a while that all the nodes in the Windows Azure datacenters are ready. I was able … Continue reading SQL Azure versions

Windows Azure Visual Studio Tools 1.4 Augustus update

As of today there is a update for the Windows Azure Visual Studio Tools. This update can be installed via the Microsoft Web platform Installer. More info: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/windowsazure/archive/2011/08/03/announcing-the-august-2011-release-of-the-windows-azure-tools-for-microsoft-visual-studio-2010.aspx Did you read my previous blog post on Windows Azure & Configuration transformation? Than you saw that the transformation for another environment was a bit of a hassle. My experience was also that is was not very reliable on different machines. But on the other hand if it works, it is perfect. Now the update of the Windows Azure Visual Studio tools make the transformation part quite a bit easier. When creating … Continue reading Windows Azure Visual Studio Tools 1.4 Augustus update