New poster for Cloud Ecosystem: Microsoft Azure, Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2

For those who enjoy the Server Posterpedia posters, there is a new one that just became available for download. It’s called the "Cloud Ecosystem: Microsoft Azure, Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2" poster and it depicts both public and on-premises cloud technologies. Here’s a little thumbnail to give you an idea of…

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Deploying a Windows Server 2012 R2 Scale-Out File Server Cluster using Azure VMs

0) Overview In this document, I am sharing the steps I used to create a Windows Server 2012 R2 Scale-Out File Server Cluster environment using only Azure VMs, for demo, test or development purposes. This includes a few important tips and tricks to install Active Directory and Windows Server Failover Clustering in an Azure VM…

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Storage Developer Conference - SDC 2013 slides now publicly available. Here are the links to Microsoft slides...

The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) hosted the 10th Storage Developer Conference (SDC) in the Hyatt Regency in beautiful Santa Clara, CA (Silicon Valley) on the week of September 16th 2013. This week, the presentation slides were made publicly available. You can find them all at http://snia.org/events/storage-developer2013/presentations13 For those focused on Microsoft technologies, here are some…

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Lessons learned creating BingMatrix in ASP.NET and Azure (goals, http requests, threads, progress message and postbacks)

I have spent my last few weekends building an ASP.NET web application that sends multiple queries to Bing and displays the results in a table. I called it BingMatrix and you can read more about what it does and how it works in the blog post titled “BingMatrix – A Windows Azure application that provides…

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BingMatrix updated to get parameters directly in the URL

In a previous blog post, I described the BingMatrix search tool: http://blogs.technet.com/b/josebda/archive/2010/12/21/bingmatrix-a-windows-azure-application-that-provides-a-fun-way-to-mine-data-from-bing.aspx I have now updated it to allow you to pass the parameters directly in the URL. The updated version is already uploaded to Azure. For example, here are direct links to the 12 sample queries provided in the main page of the site:…

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Experimenting with Windows Azure and understanding its runtime environment better

Overview I recently learned how to develop, test and deploy a Windows Azure application. This post describes how created and deployed a sample application. Please note that I am not a member of the Windows Azure team and this post covers my own personal experience with the service. Tools My experimentation was made easier by the…

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