December 21, 2012 – The End of the World?

Depending which camp you sit in, you may, or may not believe Friday, December 21, 2012 will be the end of the world. Being the eternal optimist that I am, I side with those who think that things will keep on the same as they did, that I’ll continue to eat too many Christmas cookies…


Free Learning Resources for Microsoft Virtualization & Private Cloud

In the last little while as we have started to deliver the IT Virtualization Boot Camps as well as go out to various user groups and talk about the Microsoft Virtualization and Private Cloud offerings, I have often been asked where IT Pros can find resources to learn about how our products work, especially by…


The Microsoft Cloud Like You’ve Never Seen It Before

By now, you’ve heard a lot about the “Microsoft Cloud”. We’ve talked a lot about what is Windows Azure, the problems it solves, the business opportunities it presents, and even more so, implementation scenarios, security, privacy, etc. More recently, we’ve also talked about the same with respect to Office 365. But there’s one aspect of…


Deploying a Simple Cloud App: Part 6 – Taking Down the Application

If you’ve started reading from this post, you’ll need to go through the previous parts of this series before starting this one: Introduction Part 1: Provisioning and Configuring SQL Azure Part 2: Provisioning a Storage Account Part 3: Configuring the Service Package Part 4: Configuring the Hosted Service, Deploying the Package, and Testing Part 5:…


Deploying a Simple Cloud App: Part 5 – Promoting from Staging to Production

If you’ve started reading from this post, you’ll need to go through the previous parts of this series before starting this one: Introduction Part 1: Provisioning and Configuring SQL Azure Part 2: Provisioning a Storage Account Part 3: Configuring the Service Package Part 4: Configuring the Hosted Service, Deploying the Package, and Testing  Almost done!…


Deploying a Simple Cloud App: Part 4 – Configuring the Hosted Service, Deploying the Package, and Testing

If you’ve started reading from this post, you’ll need to go through the previous parts of this series before starting this one: Introduction Part 1: Provisioning and Configuring SQL Azure Part 2: Provisioning a Storage Account Part 3: Configuring the Service Package  Good new – updating the Service Configuration file with the storage account and…


Deploying a Simple Cloud App: Part 3 – Configuring the Service Package

If you’ve started reading from this post, you’ll need to go through the previous parts of this series before starting this one: Introduction Part 1: Provisioning and Configuring SQL Azure Part 2: Provisioning a Storage Account  With the database and storage account created, the application has to be configured to use them. Though developers are…


Deploying a Simple Cloud App: Part 2 – Provisioning a Storage Account

If you’ve started reading from this post, you’ll need to go through the previous parts of this series before starting this one: Introduction Part 1: Provisioning and Configuring SQL Azure  The architecture of the application also calls for Windows Azure storage to store some of the application’s configuration data, as well as data for the…


Deploying a Simple Cloud App: Part 1 – Provisioning and Configuring SQL Azure

If you’ve started reading from this post, you’ll need to go through the previous parts of this series before starting this one: Introduction The architecture of the application calls for a SQL Azure database to store the application’s data. The developers have created the database on their on-premise development SQL Server instance and since you…


Deploying a Simple Cloud App

I’d like to take this opportunity and introduce myself, as this blog post series is my debut on the Canadian IT Professionals blog. My name is Jonathan Rozenblit (@jrozenblit). I work alongside Rick and Damir though I focus on the developer tools and platforms. Windows Azure is one of those technologies that is both an…