# Thursday, 30 March 2017

If you would like to keep up date with Microsoft Azure and can spare some hours watching videos this might be something for you:

Azure Skills Training

Grz, Kris.

Thursday, 30 March 2017 12:31:55 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Tuesday, 04 October 2016

It’s not the first time I speak in the Netherlands but I was happy to get asked again by the organizational team to come back this year. Unlike the year before when it was in The Hague, this year the venue was in the larger RAI building in Amsterdam. A lot of attendees showed up. From what I heard from the people at Microsoft Netherlands it was a record amount and they didn’t expect that many people showing up in the first place.

The session itself about Azure Web Jobs, same like what I gave the day before in Poland, went great and I had quite some attendees.

In the evening there was a cozy speaker dinner with climbing wall at XPirit.

Grz, Kris.

Tuesday, 04 October 2016 19:30:00 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Monday, 03 October 2016

Today I had the pleasure of giving a presentation about Azure Web Jobs at a nice conference in Poland. It was well organized in a good hotel close to Gdynia. For me it was the first time ever I spoke, and been, in Poland. Attendees and hosts were all very nice people and I noticed a good amount of interest in Azure. I hope to be able to come back to talk more about Azure next year as well.

As a personal note: it’s been my first time to Poland and I really enjoyed it. I’m already thinking of going there on a short holiday with the misses and get to know the country better next year.

Grz, Kris.

Monday, 03 October 2016 19:23:00 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Sunday, 03 May 2015

While looking through some documentation about Microsoft Azure App Insights I noticed a typo in the documentation. In the past that would mean trying to get into contact with the author by email, convincing her/him to update the article, ... Nowadays Microsoft provides an easy link to update the content via Github and markdown and that's what I did. Once you updated the documentation and are satisfied with it you can make a pull request so that the owner of the original repro can either accept it or deny it. Mine got accepted pretty quickly and is already online. It's great to see this kind of potential involvement by the community from Microsoft. So..., what are you waiting for? Go check out the documentation and improve it where possible.

The pull request that got accepted itself is: https://github.com/Azure/azure-content/pull/3463#event-295012378

The documentation that got updated: http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/app-insights-javascript/

Grz, Kris.

Sunday, 03 May 2015 09:12:16 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Recently Microsoft showed us something new to the world which I think is very interesting: Azure App Service.

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This new offering makes it a snap to create, deploy, manage your applications and APIs and integrate third party APIs as well.

First of all the two parts that stayed the same but got a rebranding:

Two newcomers in the arena are

  • Logic apps to automate access and use of data
  • API apps to easily build and consume Cloud APIs

There are several great videos available that show you a quick introduction:

Grz, Kris.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015 20:10:33 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Saturday, 15 February 2014

During the past years Microsoft press has put some very interesting and nice books on the market. It’s cool to see they are now offering some for free to the public through Microsoft Virtual Academy. Go check them out!

Grz, Kris.

Azure | Books | Free | Windows
Saturday, 15 February 2014 18:33:51 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Monday, 28 October 2013

An interesting tour through the Microsoft data centers.

Grz, Kris.

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# Wednesday, 25 September 2013

It’s great to see that an awesome platform like Windows Azure is gaining more and more traction along the way. Recently it was announced that Oracle is partnering with Microsoft. This enables users to run Oracle software on Windows Azure with the following benefits:

  • Effective immediately, customers can run supported Oracle software on Windows Server Hyper-V and in Windows Azure.
  • Effective immediately, Oracle provides license mobility for customers who want to run Oracle software on Windows Azure.
  • Windows Azure images with popular configurations of Oracle software including Java, Oracle Database, Oracle WebLogic Server, and Oracle Linux are now available in preview in the Windows Azure image gallery.
  • Microsoft now offers fully licensed and supported Java in Windows Azure.

Taken from http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/topics/cloud/faq-1963009.html.

Especially the last sentence will be of interest to my friends and colleagues in the Java space.

OracleOnWindowsAzure

Grz, Kris.

Wednesday, 25 September 2013 09:16:03 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Monday, 28 May 2012

Do you like to know what’s going on at Microsoft concerning Windows Azure? Even better, would you like to see Scott Guthrie presenting and breathing Windows Azure? If so then be sure to go sit in your comfy chair on June 7th and tune in for the streaming event or be there yourself in San Fransisco at Meet Windows Azure.

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If you want to be involved the do the following:

So see you online for the event on the 7th! My Twitter handle is @KvdM

MEET Windows Azure Blog Relay:

Call to action: Link to this blog post on your blog and I will update this post to link to you!

Grz, Kris.

Monday, 28 May 2012 14:59:00 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Sunday, 27 November 2011

Last week Orchard, the new cool CMS system from the Microsoft stables, was migrated to the cloud. More precisely to Windows Azure. That’s of course great news as it shows that this puppy is growing up fast as I stated in my live meeting a couple of weeks ago.

However with the migration it turns out to be that the default Gallery service url doesn’t function anymore and you get to see something like the following when trying to either install a module or a theme:

InstallingAModuleFails

To change the Gallery url go to the Dashboard > Settings > Gallery

Add a new feed and provide the following url: http://packages.orchardproject.net/FeedService.svc/. So you’ll end up with the following:

ChangeTheGalleryFeedUrl

Now delete the first, original, url (http://orchardproject.net/gallery/server/FeedService.svc).

You’re now back in control to add new modules and themes.

Grz, Kris.

Sunday, 27 November 2011 18:17:07 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [3]  | 
# Monday, 17 October 2011

Last summer I was asked if I could write an article for SDN, a Dutch organization for IT enthusiasts. First time that I wrote for the magazine they offer but I was very pleased with the interaction between myself and the editor.

The article itself is an introduction about the new AppFabric Caching services on Windows Azure.

VP_cloud_SE

Grz, Kris.

AppFabric | Articles | Azure | Caching | SDN
Monday, 17 October 2011 20:43:05 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Wednesday, 10 August 2011

When I look outside I see quite some clouds passing by. Not what you want during summer, especially when rain starts. However there are also fun clouds. They are colored in Azure. Microsoft Belgium provides a new summer course for us: Dive into the Windows Azure platform this summer.

I also blogged about other courses you could take a look at:

Have fun diving into the cool stuff!

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Grz, Kris.

Azure | Belgium | Course | Microsoft | MSDN | Tutorial
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 10:48:38 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Saturday, 25 June 2011

Well organized and in a great location last Thursday the fifth edition of Community day was held. I gave a presentation myself about giving applications a second life in the cloud. It was a lot of fun to do so and I already got some great feedback from people in the audience. For the people who couldn’t make it, here are my slides:

If you’re interested in getting me over for your community to talk about ASP.NET (MVC), Razor, WebMatrix, jQuery, Azure, … just drop me a note or follow me on twitter: @KvdM.

Grz, Kris.

Saturday, 25 June 2011 19:04:23 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Saturday, 26 February 2011

Your business, your fame. That’s the title of the new Belgian Microsoft contest. It’s a great opportunity for you to learn to work with Azure, put your company in the spotlights and win! There are some cool prizes, besides eternal fame, to win.

The link where the big adventure can begin for you is: http://yourbusinessyourfame.cloudapp.net/. Good luck!

Grz, Kris.

Saturday, 26 February 2011 09:34:53 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Wednesday, 15 December 2010

With lots of goodies in it. Feels like Santa’s early this year Smile.

This is taken from the overview of the download page:

The Windows Azure Platform Training Kit includes a comprehensive set of technical content including hands-on labs, presentations, and demos that are designed to help you learn how to use the Windows Azure platform including: Windows Azure, SQL Azure and the Windows Azure AppFabric.
The December update provides new and updated hands-on labs, demo scripts, and presentations for the Windows Azure November 2010 enhancements and the Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio 1.3. These new hands-on labs demonstrate how to use new Windows Azure features such as Virtual Machine Role, Elevated Privileges, Full IIS, and more. This release also includes hands-on labs that were updated in late October and November 2010 to demonstrate some of the new Windows Azure AppFabric services that were announced at the Professional Developers Conference (http://microsoftpdc.com) including the Windows Azure AppFabric Access Control Service, Caching Service, and the Service Bus.
Some of the specific changes with the December update of the training kit include:

  • [Updated] All demos were updated to the Azure SDK 1.3
  • [New demo script] Deploying and Managing SQL Azure Databases with Visual Studio 2010 Data-tier Applications
  • [New presentation] Identity and Access Control in the Cloud
  • [New presentation] Introduction to SQL Azure Reporting
  • [New presentation] Advanced SQL Azure
  • [New presentation] Windows Azure Marketplace DataMarket
  • [New presentation] Managing, Debugging, and Monitoring Windows Azure
  • [New presentation] Building Low Latency Web Applications
  • [New presentation] Windows Azure AppFabric Service Bus
  • [New presentation] Windows Azure Connect
  • [New presentation] Moving Applications to the Cloud with VM Role

Grz, Kris.

Wednesday, 15 December 2010 14:48:00 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Tuesday, 30 November 2010
Microsoft released a new SDK and toolset for Windows Azure, currently version 1.3. Be sure to check it out:
Tuesday, 30 November 2010 20:11:45 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  |