Episode 18 - The Internet of Things

by Sujit D'Mello March 5, 2014


Special Guest Ryan Berry talks to use of an project he worked on to connect .NET Embedded to Azure. This was an end to end solution using SQL Azure, Service Bus, Queue, SQL Azure DB, worker role and a web role.


Solution Block Diagram:



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   - Runs .NET Micro Framework

Small Memory footprint .NET CLR

Optimized for low-memory devices

512KB ROM/256KB RAM for the full feature set

Windows CE and .NET CF require 10 MB ROM/10MB RAM

Subset of the desktop .NET Framework Object Model

Supports interoperability with  WCF

Device/IO Interaction abstracted w/ event-driven code


Media file: http://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode18.mp3


Updates to Azure 


  • ExpressRoute: Dedicated, private, high-throughput network connectivity with on-premises
  • Web Sites: Backup and Restore Support
  • Mobile Services: .NET support, Notification Hub Integration, PhoneGap support
  • HDInsight: Hadoop 2.2 support
  • Management: Co-admin limit increased from 10->200 users
  • Monitoring: Service Outage Notifications Integrated within Management Portal
  • Virtual Machines: VM Agent and Background Information Support
  • Active Directory: More SaaS apps, more reports, self-service group management, Japan DCs live 
  • BizTalk Services: EDIFACT protocol support, Service Bus Integration, Backup and Restore



Informational blogs and links:






New whitepaper ‘Application Patterns and Development Strategies for SQL Server in Windows Azure Virtual Machines’ is published:


How to setup a Minecraft Server on Windows Azure! 



How to manage your Azure Website with IIS Management Console (here)


3rd-party solution for Azure usage / chargeback management & IT self-service



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Episode 17 - ADFS

by Sujit D'Mello February 19, 2014
  • What is ADFS?
  • Scenarios for using ADFS
  • How to deploy it and how NOT to deploy it!

Media File: http://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode17.mp3






Eclipse toolkit





An article providing guidance on patterns to use for SQL Server based applications in Windows Azure environment.


Power BI for Office 365 is now commercially available



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Episode 16 - Troubleshooting IaaS

by Sujit D'Mello February 5, 2014
  • My VM disappeared!
  • I've been pwned!
  • My VM won't work!
  • I cannot access my VM!


Media file: http://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode16.mp3


Links: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/windowsazure/archive/2014/01/24/storage-price-match.aspx


Two new compute-intensive instances are now generally available for use with Windows Azure Cloud Services: 

  • A8: 8 virtual cores with 56 GB of RAM
  • A9: 16 virtual cores with 112 GB of RAM


Configuring of MIME types for dynamic and static content compression is now enabledfor Windows Azure Web Sites.


A great resource Script Centerat Windows Azure site.


Some of the scripts the library currently includes:

  • Create/Deploy a Windows Azure Virtual Machine with Two Data Disks
  • Quickly create dev-test VM on Azure running Visual Studio 2013 Pro|Premium|Ultimate, SQL Server 2012 Developer edition SP1 and SharePoint 2013 trial (MSDN subscription required).
  • Deploy Windows Azure VMs to an Availability Set and Load Balanced on an Endpoint
  • Create Two Windows Azure VMs (IIS Frontend and SQL Backend) & Deploy a Web App
  • Create Windows Azure VMs & Deploy in the Same Windows Azure Virtual Network
  • Stop Windows Azure Virtual Machines on a Schedule


WAAD White Papers: 



Endpoints and ACLs - Scripting
Endpoint and ACLs:


Export-AzureVM - http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windowsazure/jj152899.aspx
Get-AzureVNetConfig - http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windowsazure/dn495309.aspx


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Episode 15 - Autoscaling

by Sujit D'Mello January 30, 2014
  • What is it?
  • Why is autoscaling important?
  • History of autoscaling
  • Manual method
  • Programmatically
  • Automatically


Media: http://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode15.mp3

Autoscaling Application Block Documentation: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh680892(v=PandP.50).aspx
Cloud service scaling http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/documentation/articles/cloud-services-how-to-scale/



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Episode 14 - BizTalk Services

by Sujit D'Mello January 22, 2014

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Episode 13 - Hybrid Cloud Discussion

by Sujit D'Mello January 15, 2014
  • Using ServiceBus Relay to bridge Azure and the Datacenter
  • ADFS for security
  • Windows Azure Pack
  • Systems Center management
  • The Paas model is the future


Media file: http://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode13.mp3


Windows Azure Pack - http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn296435.aspx

Cloud OS commentary - http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/12/02/microsoft_cloud_os_analysis



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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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