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Category Archive for "Cloud Services"

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/

TF31002: Unable to connect to this Team Foundation Server VS 2008

The information in this post applies to connecting Visual Studio 2008 to Team Foundation Server 2010, 2012, 2013.
Before beginning I am assuming that you already installed Visual Studio 2008 on your workstation and did the following:

Install the Visual Studio Team System 2008 Team Explorer.
Reapply Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1 (Installer).
Download and install the Visual Studio Team System 2008 Service Pack 1 Forward Compatibility Update for Team Foundation Server 2010, 2012, 2013 (Installer).

Now you will perform the following steps to connect to your Team Foundation Server from Visual Studio 2008:

Open the Tools menu and click on the “Connect to Team Foundation Server…” option.
Click on the “Servers…” button.
Click the “Add…” button.
Supply http://blah:8008/tfs/YourCollectionName for the server name field where “blah” is the Team Foundation Server for your account and “YourCollectionName” is the collection name.
When prompted, supply your sign-in credentials.
Click on the…

New Release of Windows Azure!

The Windows Azure Spring Release is Here…..see blog post [dead link] by Bill Laing.
I’m particularly excited about a few of the new services:

Windows Azure Virtual Machines – (IaaS) We can now move our virtual disks back and forth between on premises and cloud (supports latest Windows Server and Linux)
Windows Azure Virtual Network – allows connectivity between the cloud’s VLAN and on premise networks using VPN gateways
Windows Azure Web Sites – build web sites and applications and deploy to cloud with a few clicks

Java Spring Application on Azure Cloud

Microsoft states to developers using  Azure that one can build applications using any language, tool or framework.  This blog post will show you how to deploy a Spring application on an Azure cloud.  Our first step will be to install a Jetty instance on to the cloud, and then we’ll import jars and do any necessary fine tuning to get our sample spring application on the cloud.
There’s a great blog post to get you started with getting a Jetty instance on the cloud that I want to refer you to: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/dachou/archive/2010/03/21/run-java-with-jetty-in-windows-azure.aspx
Next download a sample spring application.  I was able to get one at: https://src.springframework.org/svn/spring-samples/petclinic/trunk/ [Dead Link]
The presence of a pom.xml file in the root directory tells us that the project can built using maven.  Install maven if you don’t have it, and then run an mvn clean install from the…

Setting Up Azure Deployment Certificates

Azure deployments can be integrated within Visual Studio 2010, making it easy for you to package, deploy and publish your solution to an Azure cloud.  This blog post will show you how to integrate your Azure deployments using Visual Studio 2010 with an easy two step process.  First, you have to create a certificate within Visual Studio, and second, you have to configure your Azure environment to accept that certificate.

To create a certificate, begin by right clicking your project in the Solution Explorer pane.

Then, in the Credentials dropdown, select <Manage…>

Then, select New.

In the window that appears, 3 steps must be completed before proceeding.  To complete step 1, expand the first drop down and select Create… and create a certificate.  To complete step 2, click “Copy the full path”.  Now, we have to digress from this dialog box and cover the…

How to setup TFS Check-in alerts for specific folders in Visual Studio 2008 and 2010

Overview
This walkthrough will explain how to setup email alerts in TFS when there is a check-in. Using this method, you can not only select a TFS Project, but you can also select an individual folder. This is useful if you are not interested in some folders in the project, but want alerts on others.
TFS Check-In Alerts in Visual Studio 2008
First, TFS Power Tools must be installed for Visual Studio 2008 (Link), and Team Explorer (Link).
First make sure you are connected to TFS.
Tools >> Connect to Team Foundation Server…
Open Source Control Explorer.
View >> Other Windows >> Source Control Explorer.
Navigate to the folder that you want notifications on.
Right click and select “Alert on Change…”

The following popup window will display. From here you can set the alert name and the email that you want to send it to. It will try to default…

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