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Category Archive for "Cloud Services"

Azure Startup Tasks

Recently we had a problem with an internal application that is hosted on Azure PaaS. Windows Authentication would be disabled periodically for our Cloud Service. This would cause our application to return a 403 error to all visitors because we required that users be authenticated before accessing the application. Originally we didn’t have this issue with our application on Azure, but at some point the default IIS configuration changed and we started seeing this issue when a new role was started.

Provisioning BizTalk Server 2013 R2 environment on Microsoft Azure IaaS Platform

Setting up a new BizTalk Server environment on the Azure IaaS with multiple Azure Virtual Machines (VM) involves a lot of steps and prerequisites. I have explained them in this blog.
Firstly, sign up for a new Azure subscription or add your Live ID as the co-admin in the Azure subscription if one already exists.
After the co-admin/sys admin privileges, you can choose to administer the Azure subscriptions in these ways:  a) Azure PowerShell cmdlets  b) Azure Management Portal.
I have used the Azure management portal for provisioning all cloud entities as it is more convenient and a time saver. Below is the architecture diagram that explains the BizTalk environment in Azure IaaS.

Creating a Windows 10 Preview VHD That Can Run as a Hyper-V VM and Can Boot Natively

Introduction
When the Windows 10 Technical Preview came out earlier this month, I wanted to see kick the tires a bit and see what was new. However, I need my laptop to work reliably, so I couldn’t take the risk of installing Windows 10 over my Windows 8.1 installation.
So, I decided to install it to a Virtual Machine (VM) running in Hyper-V. This would allow me to run Windows 10 in a “sandbox” that would not affect my primary operating system. It would also allow me to multitask – doing my normal day-to-day activities on my laptop, while still “playing around” with Windows 10.
The other thing I wanted to be able to do is native boot into the Virtual Hard Disk (VHD) used by this VM. VHD native boot is a nice feature that was added with Windows 7 and Server…

Continuous Integration with TFS and Azure Cloud Services

Microsoft provides a useful tutorial (located here) for running a TFS Continuous Delivery configuration, and automatically publishing to Azure. This tutorial, while instructive, is somewhat out of date, and it may be useful to have a more personalized experience of building such a continuous deployment, while running through the instructions on the tutorial.
As may be the case for others, the TFS server used for running automated builds was already setup and configured, and the project to be built already linked to this server, so I won’t go into that here. The build server is running TFS 2013, and the ASP.NET MVC5 application being built and deployed is running on Visual Studio 2013.
After verifying the functionality of the build server, I created a package build in TFS Team Build. These configuration settings are for the most part self-explanatory, but the exact configuration in the…

Office 365 and SharePoint Online FAQ

Recently had to field some questions regarding Office 365 and SharePoint online. Thought it would be beneficial for others looking for similar information. Leave a comment if you have additional input on any of these or have other questions regarding this topic:

Is your federated user repeatedly prompted for credentials during One Drive for Business Sync?

We had issues where federated users were continually prompted from their username and password when trying to sync their OneDrive for Business account.  Even if you typed the password correctly authentication still failed.  We were directed to this KB Article
Our specific problem was resolved by disabling Extended Protection for Authentication

The Cloud is Here and Now

I recently heard a cloud presentation by James Staten and that is what inspired this post.
Cloud is not the future, cloud is NOW!
The first thing you need to know is the cloud is not the future, the cloud is NOW!  If you do not have a cloud strategy you are already behind the curve. Many companies are already in the cloud in various degrees and most have at least an initial cloud strategy mapped out.  If the cloud has been brushed off as a fad or it’s not going to happen, you better get on it because the cloud is here and it is here to stay.

Global Windows Azure Bootcamp — Tampa

Dan Fluet from Tallan will be presenting at the Global Windows Azure Bootcamp – Tampa on March 29th.
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About the event
In April of 2013 we held the first Global Windows Azure Bootcamp at more than 90 locations around the globe! This year we want to again offer up a one day deep dive class to help thousands of people get up to speed on developing Cloud Computing Applications for Windows Azure. In addition to this great learning opportunity the hands on labs will feature pooling a huge global compute farm to perform diabetes research!

Azure WebJobs, It’s whats new in Azure!

The long awaited webjobs is now in preview for Windows Azure!  How many times have you deployed a website, then after a couple months requirements change and they want you to run a daily or continuous job that processes files or re-size images or works a queue, now with web jobs in Windows Azure it is easy.   In this post I will explain how you can deploy this Azure Web Job as part of your Azure web site (PaaS),  You just deploy and you are done. There is no need to zip up files and go to the management console.  A one shot deal!

Azure Traffic Manager vs VM Load Balancing

First off you can use Traffic Manager, or VM Load Balancing, or you could actually use both! It all depends on what you are trying to do.
VM load balancing:
1.Works only with VMs that are in a single region
2. Only does Round Robin
3.Works at the TCP/UDP level, routing traffic between one or more private endpoints that sit behind a public endpoint
This is an excellent example for load balancing Virtual Machines.
https://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/manage/windows/common-tasks/how-to-load-balance-virtual-machines/

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