How to train your MAML – Looking at the data in SQL Azure

In my last post we saw how to clean, transform and join datasets. I also mentioned I had trouble doing the join at all and even now it’s not quite right so how can we look at the data and find out what’s going on.  The visualisation option only shows a few rows of the…


The TechEd Challenge – It’s still not too late to enter if you’ve not done so – a sneak preview of what you could win!

    Have you entered the Tech Ed Challenge yet? If not, why not?  Just by entering you could win a ticket to TechEd Europe, that’s right, just by completing a form and downloading one of the products, you are entered into the draw.  If you download/sign up for all three then you’ve got three…


Video: Explanation of Pop-up Labs in the Cloud

Devs, IT Pros, Architects, Marketeers, Salespeople, Business-oriented people – they are all rapidly becoming part of the pop-up lab phenomenon. Until now it was very difficult for private individuals with an interest (whether casual or professional) in large-scale IT, to build large IT labs – the capital expenditure was too large. Attempts through the use…


Neue Windows Azure Supportangebote – Standard-Level kostenfrei nutzen bis 31.12.2012

Hallo @all, auf dem Product Group Blog von Windows Azure hat Steven Martin (General Manager, Windows Azure Business Planning & Operations) ein neues Azure-Support-Angebot veröffentlicht. Es gibt neue Azure Support Level und der Standard-Level steht kostenfrei zur Verfügung bis zum 31.12.2012. 1 Additional information on Premier Support, including how to purchase, can be found here….


Update: neues Windows Azure Training verfügbar

Hallo @all, im neuen Training Kit zu Windows Azure werden Developer- und ITPro Administratoren-Szenarien vorgestellt. Das Training Kit kann man herunterladen und installieren oder auf GitHub Windows Azure TrainingKit direkt durchschmökern. Für alle DBAs für SQL Server: mit Azure Virutal Maschines ist der SQL Server auf dem Infrastructure as a Service-Ebene verfügbar: Und last but…


Event: Don’t forget the free UK Windows Azure Camp for the IT Pro, 27th Sept.

  This camp is aimed at the IT Pro. On it you will build and deploy an entire SharePoint infrastructure with a dual-machine server-farm, Active Directory Domain Controller and SQL Server. On the road to that infrastructure you will create a dual-server, load-balanced IIS website, a WIndows Azure Virtual Network in to which you will…


Azure Data and Databases – When to use what

I have been asked to do a post on Windows Azure SQL Databases (formerly known as SQL Azure), but I think it might be more useful to discuss some of the wider issues so I put together a few FAQs that I often get asked. Why use a public cloud service like Azure to store…


Publishing Applications in the Cloud with InfoPath Forms and Office 365

Ian Woodgate is Managing Director of PointBeyond Limited, the UK’s leading SharePoint Business Application specialists. Ian has a background in financial services and and IT. He has worked with SharePoint since its first release as a developer and subsequently as a solution architect. Ian regularly speaks at events around the country, focusing on the subject…


System Center Advisor– now live

I remember hearing about a Project Houston about a year ago, a cunning plan to allow Microsoft to check the heath of your SQL Server databases and the operating system it sits on. It is now live and it’s called System Center Advisor. It works by using an internet gateway server you setup which in…


Application Platform Knowledge Hub

Albert Einstein once remarked that you don’t need to remember everything, you just needed to remember where to look.  When it comes to learning about Microsoft products this can sometimes be harder than it ought to be and what resources there are can be fragmented so you do have to remember where to look.  That’s…