Episode 12 - Management Services

by Sujit D'Mello January 9, 2014
  • Use cases
  • Portal
  • Service Management API
  • Client libraries (Service Management)
  • Native library (C++ devs)
  • Power Shell
  • Operations Logs
  • Alert and Monitoring

Media File: http://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode12.mp3





The Windows Azure Pack Web Sites Easy Deploy tool:


  • Creates a Windows Azure Pack Web Sites instance with Portal, databases, service plan and Web Sites
  • Supports deployment through Hyper-V
  • Not meant to be a production deployment tool.    


Prime Challenge  http://www.primechallenge.org/all-about-prime-numbers/


The Prime Challenge is the currently running competition to find huge multi-thousand digit prime numbers using Windows Azure. The biggest number that has been submitted so far is 3,200 digits. Feel free to enter to find a new undiscovered prime :)  Leveraging Windows Azure Big Data


Storage Library (C++) for Windows Azure (preview) 




Copying blobs between storage accounts (Michael Washam)



Sample script for deploying a full SharePoint environment









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Episode 11 - HD Insight (a.k.a. Hadoop in the cloud)

by Sujit D'Mello December 25, 2013
  • Episode 11Basics of Hadoop
  • Definition of what "Big Data" it.
  • How to provision a Hadoop Cluster
  • What are jobs and why are they important?
  • What is MS bringing that is different?

Media:  http://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode11.mp3










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Episode 10 - Media Services

by Sujit D'Mello December 19, 2013
  • What the heck is Media Services?
  • Step back on streaming vs progressive download.
  • How they be used in production cycle
  • Transcoding options
  • Cost

Media File: http://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode10.mp3




Live Streaming on Azure (BETA):






Smooth Streaming Client SDK:  (on-demand and live smooth streaming with PlayReady DRM)






Windows Azure Read-Access Geo Redundant Storage is now in preview.


Windows Azure Read-Access Geo Redundant Storage (RA-GRS) provides read access of your secondary storage replica, when the storage account on the primary location is unavailable.






Window Azure BizTalk Services: How to Get Started and When to Use It

















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Episode 9 - Networks

by Sujit D'Mello December 12, 2013
  • What are the current service offerings
  • Configuration
  • Hardware and software options
  • Hybrid possibilities
  • Future
  • Common mistakes and how to avoid them!


Media file: http://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode9.mp3




NetBond (MPLS to the Cloud)



Windows Azure Websites book (Tejaswi Redkar)







Video on the new Azure Service Bus.




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Episode 8 - Service Bus

by Sujit D'Mello December 6, 2013

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Episode 7 - Windows Azure Active Directory

by Sujit D'Mello November 27, 2013
  • Basics of the service offering
  • What gaps this can fill?
  • When to use this, when not.
  • How we got here
  • Developers?
  • Tips and Tricks

Media File: http://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode7.mp3








3rd-party SaaS integration - http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn308588.aspx




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Episode 6 - Azure Databases

by Sujit D'Mello November 21, 2013
  • Multi-tenant versus Dedicated.
  • What are the differences?
  • Are there differences from on-premise SQL Server?
  • Troubleshooting 
  • Scale Out vs. Scale Up
  • What about "other" database platforms


Media File: http://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode6.mp3






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Episode 5 - Infrastructure As a Service

by Sujit D'Mello November 14, 2013
  • What is IAAS
  • Basics of why IAAS is available/what gaps do they fill
  • How much does this cost?
  • How are these useful (scenarios)
  • Management tools
  • Tips/Tricks to using VMs effectively?
  • Special guest Evan Basalik - Azure Support Specialist from Microsoft!


Media file: http://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode5.mp3



Hot off the press - announced today - Visual Studio Online lets you edit an Azure Website directly from any modern browser (on any platform).
1) Go to the Azure Portal.

2) Pick a Site and click on the Configure tab.

3) Open the Dashboard - you will have the Edit in Visual Studio Online option.

WAAD - http://blogs.technet.com/b/ad/archive/2013/11/08/creating-and-managing-multiple-windows-azure-active-directories.aspx

'Capturing' Windows Server VMs - http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/manage/windows/how-to-guides/capture-an-image/

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Episode 4 - Storage

by Sujit D'Mello November 7, 2013

We talk about some of the Storage options available in Windows Azure, specifically Blobs and Tables. We will cover Queues at a later episode when talking about the Service Bus.

  • Blob Containers
  • Programming
  • Page/Block blobs
  • Upload tools
  • Local and Geo Replication
  • Redundancy
  • Security
  • Tables - basic structure
  • How to create your own table structures
  • LINQ syntax for querying tables.
  • REST API for storage access
  • Current challenges using storage and some workarounds.

Media file: http://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode4.mp3





  • Storage: Import/Export Hard Disk Drives to your Storage Accounts - securely ship hard disk drives to move data.
  • VMs: New VM Gallery UI, ACL support for VIPs via portal;
  • Web Sites: WebSocket and Remote Debugging Support
  • Notification Hubs: Segmented customer push notification support with tag expressions
  • TFS & GIT: Continuous Delivery Support for Web Sites + Cloud Services
  • Developer Analytics and Monitoring: New Relic support for Web Sites + Mobile Services in partnership with New Relic with Windows Azure Management Portal making it really easy to configure.
  • Service Bus: Support for partitioned queues and topics.
  • Billing: New Billing Alert Service that sends emails notifications when your bill hits a threshold you define
  • New Windows Azure Cache Service http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/services/cache/




Windows Azure PowerShell CmdLets




Announcing the preview of a new Windows Azure service: Windows Azure Scheduler







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Episode 3 - Azure Websites

by Sujit D'Mello November 1, 2013

Basics of Azure Websites

Why they are important

Types of websites

What's going on under the covers

How to deploy


Media File: http://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode3.mp3


TIP: Backup and restore your Azure Tables: Use the Azure Storage Explorer tool and select the Upload/Download facility. You can download the tables in various formats on your computer and later upload them back if required. 


Windows Azure HDInsight is now generally available. This is the Microsoft Hadoop distribution made for Azure. You can spin up nodes only when required for running compute-intense jobs.

Nice MSDN article on Azure Websites for further reading : http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/jj883953.aspx

Real-world Azure architecture videos from the User group in Belgium: http://azug.be (click the Videos tab)


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