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Trying to find information on our websites is often a frustrating task. I often spend time aggregating information and posting it here. However, multiply this effort by thousands of Microsoft bloggers and it only contributes to the problem.
One of the hardest tasks is trying to find a starting point. If you’re new to the platform where do you go? Then once you arrive at any number of our sites the real grunt work begins. Change happens over time and I’m glad to say that we’ve redesigned the ASP.NET website. T
he four large buttons at the top of the home page make it simple:
Click Getting Started and you find 5 choices
Click Number 2 and you can get access to FREE software via the WebsiteSpark Program. Not the “Free” Express Edition, but the full commercial editions.
Options 1, 3, and 4 are self-descriptive, but Option 5 was a task unto itself before they simplified it here.
Hopefully visiting this site will make the process of learning new platforms or just finding the right resources a whole lot simpler.
Microsoft is about to embark upon a 6 week, 15 city tour to discuss the Windows Azure Platform. See the table below for more details. The cloud means a whole of things to different people, but one thing is certain – the cloud implies scale. Here’s a few factoids:
- 1 Billion: Windows Live ID authentication each day
- 3-4 Billion: emails filtered daily from >6 million mail boxes by Foreront
- 450 Million: Hotmail users
- 20 Million: Xbox Live users
- 700,000 Square Feet: Size of one our new data centers
Code, debug, & test in a local cloud sandbox; deploy to Azure’s public cloud
IT Pro Track:
From cloud to virtualization to client
Overview of Cloud Computing and Windows Azure Platform
We’ll provide a developer-focused overview of this new online service computing platform and how it enables you to leverage existing skills and familiar tools to develop cloud applications.
– What is cloud computing?
– Running web apps in the cloud
– Using the Windows Azure local developer cloud fabric
– Getting started – tools, SDKs and accounts
– Writing apps for Windows Azure
Windows Azure Platform Storage Options
In this session, we’ll explore durable data storage, and the many options the Windows Azure Platform offers, to be used alone or in combination:
– Ready-to-use and lightweight storage in the form of tables, blobs, and queues from Windows Azure;
– True relational database in the cloud from SQL Azure.
– Understanding and programming against table, blob storage & queue storage
– Managing credentials and connection strings
– Scaling and configuration
– SQL Azure databases versus local SQL Server databases: when to use when?
– SQL Azure firewall, logins and passwords, database creation, deployments and migrations
– Database management using SQL Management Studio
Going Live with your Azure Solution
How cool is this: by focusing on your app and abstracting away the infrastructure details, you can deploy almost any app with minimal fuss! In this session, we’ll walk you through the basics of Windows Azure deployment, including site monitoring, diagnostics and performance issues.
– Start-to-Finish Visual Studio demos of:
A realistic XML data driven business web site from the desktop to the cloud.
A realistic SQL Server data driven business web site from the desktop to the cloud.
– Configuration of your application in the cloud
– Guidance and suggestions to ensure your success
Click to register for the event nearest to you!
The Next Wave: Windows Azure
The future of highly available, high-performance, secure, dynamically scalable, cloud computing is here. It’s Microsoft’s Windows Azure.
Session highlights include:
– What exactly is “Cloud Computing”? What apps are best suited for it?
– Microsoft’s commitment to the Cloud: The virtualization platform and data centers
– How to get started in the cloud: Deploying and managing applications
– Will I save money by doing this? (Using the Azure TCO tool)
Hyper-V: Tools to Build the Ultimate Virtual Test Network
In this session, you’ll learn how to use the resources of a TechNet subscription, Windows Server 2008R2, Hyper-V, and a new, free sysinternals tool called Disk2vhd, to build the ultimate test or training environment.
– TechNet subscription: What is it? How do I get one? What does it cost?
– Virtual Hard Disks: format interoperability and disk types
– Connectivity with legacy network adapters and network adapters
Windows 7 Deployment
Deploying Windows 7 is easy if you’re using the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2010. This session will walk you through the various tools that can help simplify your deployments.
– Microsoft Deployment Options
– Review the MDT 2010 Deployment Process
– Deployment Tools
– Windows Automated Installation Kit (WAIK )
– Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010
Click to register for the event nearest to you!
|ARCast.TV – Cloud Computing is for Small Companies Too
Cloud Computing is often presented as an esoteric technology that is only interesting to large companies. In point of fact, small- and medium-sized companies will find the economics and technology opportunities very compelling. Shy Cohen and Michael Stiefel discuss why this is so, and why small- and medium-sized companies should look for opportunities in the cloud computing area.
Tags: ARCast, Architects, Architecture, Cloud Architecture, Cloud Computing, Cloud Patterns, Cloud Services, Windows Azure, Thought Leadership
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Yesterday was a big day for Automattic and Microsoft folks. Matt Mullenweg demonstrated WordPress hosted on Azure during Ray Ozzie’s keynote. I was pleasantly surprised to see support for MySQL. Very cool imho. This will give Wordpress users/hosters access to Azure. I think Matt stated that he saw “Pigs” out of his office windows ;). Additionally, icanhazcheezburger (lolcats, failblog etc.), the largest WordPress site, announced that their new property “Oddly Specific” is now hosted on Azure.