End of October new Azure features

Man, they can't stop releasing new stuff don't they!

  • Backup Services: General Availability of Windows Azure Backup Services
  • Hyper-V Recovery Manager: Public preview of Windows Azure Hyper-V Recovery Manager
  • Virtual Machines: Delete Attached Disks, Availability Set Warnings, SQL AlwaysOn Configuration
  • Active Directory: Securely manage hundreds of SaaS applications
  • Enterprise Management: Use Active Directory to Better Manage Windows Azure
More info on ScottGu's blog
 

  • Virtual Machines: Support for Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Cloud Services: Support for Windows Server 2012 R2 and .NET 4.5.1
  • Windows Azure Pack: Use Windows Azure features on-premises using Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Price Cuts: Up to 22% Price Reduction on Memory-Intensive Instances
More info on ScottGu's blog
 
Boy, I need to catch my breath! 

Windows Azure SDK 2.2

Microsoft has released the Windows Azure SDK 2.2.  Here's a summary of the new features:

  • Visual Studio 2013 Support
  • Integrated Windows Azure Sign-In support within Visual Studio
  • Remote Debugging Cloud Services with Visual Studio
  • Firewall Management support within Visual Studio for SQL Databases
  • Visual Studio 2013 RTM VM Images for MSDN Subscribers
  • Windows Azure Management Libraries for .NET
  • Updated Windows Azure PowerShell Cmdlets and ScriptCenter

Get all the details on ScottGu's blog

Developing Azure and Web Services Jump Start

Mark your calendar!  Microsoft Virtual Academy is holding a free online Azure training event Wednesday November 13, 2013.

Developing Windows Azure and Web Services Jump Start
Web developers, are you looking for ways to increase your reach and reduce your work? Do you want to find out how to build Web API or WCF services that can access data and are hosted in Windows Azure? If you want to build services that can be accessed by apps across multiple devices, then this is the Jump Start for you. You’ll get the end-to-end scenario for building the entire application.  This Jump Start also prepares you for Exam 70-487. 

COURSE OUTLINE

  • WCF Web Services
  • Windows Azure Services
  • Azure Storage and SQL Database
  • Data Access Technologies
  • Data Access with Entity Framework
  • Web API Services
  • Advanced Topics

Hanselman's Windows Azure Friday

Looks like Scott Hanselman will have a new weekly show on Azure.  Can't wait!

Visual Studio Talk Show: FireFox OS

Nous discutons avec Frédéric Harper du système d'exploitation Firefox. Firefox OS vous offre toutes les fonctionnalités qui vous ont donné envie d'avoir un smartphone qui s'adapte à votre style de vie, pour que vous puissiez vous adapter au monde qui vous entoure.

Développeur Web depuis une dizaine d'années, Frédéric Harper est devenu, à l’été 2013, “Senior Technical Evangelist” chez Mozilla. Il partage sa passion à propos du “Open Web” et aide les développeurs à obtenir du succès avec Firefox OS. Frédéric est bien connu dans la communauté Web car il a œuvré pendant plusieurs années en tant qu’évangéliste aux développeurs chez Microsoft Canada.

http://visualstudiotalkshow.libsyn.com/0164-fr-d-ric-harper-firefox-os

What does the fox say when he records a podcast about Firefox OS in some Microsoft office? A-hee-ahee ha-hee! | The Fox

Data Centers: Then & Now

In this video, Laura Foy interviews Christian Belady, the general manager of Data Center Services for Microsoft’s Global Foundation Services (GFS) group. He is responsible for driving the strategy and delivery of server and facility development worldwide, including research, engineering, construction, and operations for Microsoft’s data center portfolio.  These data centers provide the foundational cloud infrastructure for over 200 Microsoft online and cloud services worldwide.

Watch carefully, you'll see glimpses of the data and operations centers!

Does .NET have a future?

Must read blog post from Rocky Lhotka on the future (if any) of .NET.

Intro to Azure for IT Pros - FREE eBook

MS Press has published an Azure book targeted at IT Pros.  You can download the free PDF here.

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