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Cloud OS Signature Event Series

I hope to see many of you tomorrow and Wednesday at the Microsoft Cloud IS Signature Event Series in Dallas and Houston. For those attending, here are some helpful tips on getting ready to attend.

Preparation

Although we don’t expect that you have a lot of background on Cloud Computing, or Windows Azure specifically, this event is primarily a HANDS-ON event, so it’s important to come physically prepared.  You’ll need a computer with at least Windows Vista SP2 pre-loaded with the Windows Azure software.  You can get the software from http://aka.ms/GetAzureNow – just click the .NET link from the menu of choices to get started. Any prerequisites for running the Windows Azure Development SDK will be installed automatically for you, thanks to our awesome Web Platform Installer technology.  PLEASE do this BEFORE you come to the event as it will save a BUNCH of time getting you ready for the labs.

Azure 90-day Free Trial

You can also get a FREE 90-day Azure Trial to use for this event, and your experimentation in Windows Azure. Just following the following link to get started:

http://aka.ms/TheCloud

Once you get signed up, navigate over to your Account page and choose the “Preview Features” link at the top. From here you can sign up for Windows Azure Web Sites, Virtual Machines, Mobile Services and more. These requests can take some time to process, so you should sign up sooner rather than later to make sure you’re account is ready to go.

Labs

As I mentioned before, this event is primarily a hand-on experience, so you’ll need to get copies of all the labs prior to firing up Visual Studio.  The labs are kept in a GitHub repository called WindowsAzure-TrainingKit.  The TrainingKit contains a METRIC TON of content, so to make things easy, here are links to the labs so that you can download them without hunting through the entire list.

  1. HOL – Introduction to Windows Azure Cloud Services
  2. HOL – Introduction to Windows Azure SQL Database
  3. HOL – Introduction to Windows Azure Virtual Machines
  4. HOL – Introduction to Windows Azure Access Control Service
  5. HOL – Service Remoting with Windows Azure Service Bus

These links take you to the “home page” for each of the labs.  If you’re familiar with GitHub and how to use Git, you can clone these repositories locally and open the assets from there. Alternatively, you can click the big ZIP button on each page and download a ZIP version of each of the HOLs. If you want to start over, you can just download a new ZIP file and be on your way.

Dependencies

For each of the labs, there is a setup.cmd file that you’re supposed to execute to get your machine prepped for the labs with all required dependencies. Unfortunately for some, these labs are still set up to expect Visual Studio 2010, not Visual Studio 2012, so the setup.cmd will FAIL on those.  If you’re running VS2010, run setup.cmd and you should be good to go.  If you’re running VS2012, here’s how you get your environment updated:

Option 1 – Snippets Only

  1. Open the Lab folder in Windows Explorer
  2. Locate the Source\Setup\Scripts\snippets\ folder (if none exists, there are no snippets for that lab)
  3. Manually run the VSI file to install the snippets.

Option 2 – Major Surgery

  1. Locate the Source\Setup\Scripts folder
  2. Edit the installCodeSnippets.ps1 file in Notepad, or your favorite text editor
  3. Replace all occurrences of “Visual Studio 2010” with “Visual Studio 2012”
  4. Run the Setup.cmd from the root folder, ignoring errors about the compilation of the SecurityTokenVisualizerControl
  5. Locate the Source\Assets\SecurityTokenVisualizerControl folder
  6. Open the SecurityTokenVisualizerControl.sln file
  7. Rebuild the solution – it *should* compile just fine
  8. From within this same solution, open the Toolbox window
  9. Right-click on the empty toolbox area and select “Add Tab…”
  10. Type in “ACS” into the new tab
  11. Right click inside the tab and choose “Select Items”
  12. When the toolbox loads, press the “Browse…” button, and navigate to the bin directory of the SecurityTokenVisualizerControl project folder.
  13. Select the SecurityTokenVisualizerControl.dll and press “OK” to close.

Additionally, the Identity and Access controls for Visual Studio 2012 are much different than the Add STS Reference controls from Visual Studio 2010. You will have a completely different process for enabling ACS in your VS2012 project than you did in VS2010.  To this end, I will probably walk through a sample application in Dallas or omit the session all together. The labs take a lot of time anyway, and feedback from the first 2 events was that we have WAY too much in the agenda already 🙂

Anyway…

I hope this helps you get what you need downloaded and installed for the sessions this week. You can, of course, download everything prior to attending, which would REALLY help move things along during the sessions.  In Houston, we’ll have a slightly different schedule in that we’re removing the ACS session in favor of boosting the times for some of the other sessions, but you’re welcome to work on whatever makes sense to you at your own pace. That’s the beauty of the Hands-on Lab approach – you can get hands on with the technology in a semi-structured environment as well as having the ability to go home and work on this stuff at your own pace on your own schedule.  I’ve personally learned a lot from these HOLs as I’ve ramped up on Azure over the past few months, and I highly recommend them to you.

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Free “State of .NET” Events!

Two Locations – Houston & Dallas
  • Dallas:   Tuesday, May 24, 2011  1:30 – 4:30 PM
    Microsoft Dallas Office –  7000 SR-161 (George Bush Turnpike), Irving, TX 75039
  • Houston: Thursday, May 26, 2011  1:30 – 4:30 PM
    Microsoft Houston Office – 2000 W Sam Houston Parkway S, Houston, TX 77042

Brought to you by Microsoft, CODE Training & EPS Software, this free afternoon event presents an unbiased look at the current and future development with .NET. Join Microsoft Regional Director and MVP Markus Egger, for an afternoon of free and independent information about current Microsoft development technologies! What is the state of .NET today? Which of the many .NET technologies have gained traction? Which ones can you ignore for now? What other Microsoft technologies should you include in your development efforts? This event is completely free of charge and is designed for developers as well as IT decision makers. Specific prior knowledge is not required. Attendees of this event will come away with a clear understanding of which technologies to use for various technical challenges.

Topics will include:

  • Cloud (Azure & others)
  • The State of Services
  • IE9
  • HTML 5
  • Windows Phone 7 and other devices
  • ASP.NET MVC, Razor and jQuery
  • Visual Studio Async
  • Productivity Power Tools
  • Various .NET Framework Topics
  • Visual Studio LightSwitch
  • and more!

Dallas Signup Link– Tuesday, May 24, 2011  1:30 – 4:30
Houston Signup Link– Thursday, May 26, 2011  1:30 – 4:30

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Transforming IT from Virtualization to the Cloud

If you are a developer, you’ve probably heard plenty about the cloud. But if you’re and IT professional, what have you heard about it? How does it intersect with the datacenter? How does it make your job easier – or harder? Is it something that your organization is looking at? Is the cloud something your organization _should_ be looking at but hasn’t really dug into it yet?

Whether we like it or not, the cloud – in all its varied forms – is coming. It’s best for us to be prepared, whether we are developers (see: Windows Azure Boot Camp) or whether we are IT professionals (see: this very post). Because the cloud is coming. We need to get ready for it and how we plan to address it or incorporate it… Or we could be left behind.

To help IT professionals understand what the cloud means to then, starting in March 2011 we launch our new series of TechNet Events, this series focusing on how IT is being transformed into a dynamic, service-based resource for your business. Think not just about things like Virtualization, but consider taking advantage of cloud-like solutions, whether in your own datacenter or hosted elsewhere. After all, choosing the right solution for the right scenario is always critically important.

The Events
Our events will cover three topics. First is cloud computing essentials for IT professionals. Second delves into the public cloud, covering the what, why and how you leverage the public cloud as part of your overall computing and infrastructure strategy. Last we cover the private cloud, again digging into the what, why and how you employ pooled computing resources, automated management, scalability, and on-demand provisioning via on premise resources as opposed to public cloud off premise assets.

The Schedule
Here is our full, 23-city schedule. We launch the series in just a month and run through mid-May 2011. If you live in or near one of these cities, please join us. If you won’t have the opportunity to join us in person, please follow the blogs of our resident cloud computing expert, Kevin Remde, and his peers (Matt Hester, Brian Lewis, and John Weston) to see alternative online options to learn more about cloud computing on premise and off.

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FTW! (For the Windows, that is…)

WPF XAML Document

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Silverlight

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Internet Explorer 9 Beta

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Windows 7

What do WPF, Silverlight 4, and Internet Explorer 9 have in common? No, that’s not a riddle. Really, it’s not a riddle. They are all FTW. What I mean by that is they all offer developers unique ways to exploit the power of Windows 7, such as integrating with the taskbar, leveraging jump lists, or offering the ability to exploit multi-touch or hardware sensors.

FTW?
And why am I even talking about this? Well closely following on the heels of our Windows Azure Boot Camp announcement, we are gearing up another boot camp series: For the Win: Window 7 Development Boot Camp. This new series of events will include evangelist-led presentations by none other than the purely awesome Jennifer Marsman as well as hands-on labs to help you really dig into developing client-centric applications using WPF and XAML, Silverlight, and Internet Explorer 9 (yes, client-centric integrations from your web site with just a touch of HTML5).

What’s Covered?
Jennifer will cover application compatibility and transitioning your application to Windows 7, leveraging the Windows taskbar and jump lists, exploiting the taskbar and jump lists from your web site using IE9, taking advantage of new sensor, location and multi-touch functionality, and creating Silverlight 4 out of browser applications. Each boot camp will last a full day, starting off right at 8am local time, include lunch, several sessions and a couple of hands-on labs to help you really get a feel for how to take advantage of Windows 7 capabilities in your applications.

So, yes, this is a BYOL (bring your own laptop) event. Windows 7 is required, as is several other pieces of software: Visual Studio 2008 or 2010, Windows API Code Pack, Windows 7 Training Kit for Developers, IE9, and Silverlight 4.

What Cities?

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Windows Azure Bootcamps

Windows Azure Boot Camp is a two day deep dive class to get you up to speed on developing for Windows Azure. The class includes a trainer with deep, real world experience with Azure, as well as a series of labs so you can practice what you just learned.

Agenda

  1. Intro to Cloud Computing and Azure
  2. Web Roles
  3. Messages and Queues
  4. Using Azure Tables
  5. Using BLOB Storage
  6. Worker Roles
  7. Diagnostics and Service Management
  8. SQL Azure
  9. Connecting with AppFabric
  10. Cloud Computing Scenarios
  11. Available Resources

What do I need to bring?

During the boot camp you will have opportunities to practice what you learn with labs. Having all of your software ready will make it easier to dive into the yummy goodness of exploring the labs. The lab files package will be given to you during the event .If you want to have everything loaded into a virtual PC that would be even better

In order to run these labs you will need to bring:

Windows Azure Boot Camp Schedule

If you can’t make it to the in-person events, there are a number of online resources to help with your Azure studies:

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Free .NET Training in Houston and Dallas

EPS Software presents the State of .NET

A free, unbiased look at the current and future development with .NET.
Brought to you by Microsoft, CODE Training & EPS Software, this free afternoon event presents an unbiased look at the current and future development with .NET. Join MVP and RD Markus Egger, for an afternoon of free and independent information about current Microsoft development technologies! What is the state of .NET today? Which of the many .NET technologies have gained traction? Which ones can you ignore for now? What’s new in .NET? What other Microsoft technologies should you include in your development efforts?

Houston – Nov 9 from 1:00 – 4:30 at the Microsoft Office in Houston

Dallas – Nov 15 from 1:00 – 4:30 at the Microsoft Office in Las Colinas

Visit www.codemag.com/training and sign up today

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Windows Phone 7 BootCamp Coming Soon!

Start Dreaming. Start Building.

Picture1There has been a tremendous amount of buzz and excitement in the developer community as we get ready to launch Windows Phone 7. There have been over 300,000+ downloads of the Windows Phone 7 developer tools as developers are eager to take advantage of this next wave of computing. To help you along the way, my team is sponsoring a number of *free* Windows Phone 7 Boot Camp training events across the area. The purpose of these boot camps is to provide guidance around building apps and games that target Windows Phone 7 and lead  you down the path to start earning money in the Windows Marketplace.

Training and Hands-on Labs

Throughout the day, we’ll dive deep into the Windows Phone developer tools along with the services and components that allow you to light up your apps on Windows Phone 7. Bring your laptop! In the afternoon, we’ve set aside time for people to walk through various hands-on labs and give them an opportunity to get their hands dirty with the tools. We’ll have experts on hand to answer your questions as well.

Prerequisites for the Hands-on Labs

Unfortunately training machines will not be provided. You are welcome to bring your own machine with WiFi capability. To prepare for the labs, please download the Windows Phone Developer Tools and Windows Phone 7 Training Kit prior to the event. (Note: please check the system requirements on the Windows Phone Developer Tools download page)

App Testing – Bring your XAP!

Have you been working hard over the past few months building the next Angry Birds or the next great Social App? Bring your XAP (or your source code) and we’ll provide an opportunity for you to test it on a real device!

Windows Phone 7 Boot Camp Agenda

8:00 am – 8:30: Registration Opens

8:30 – 12:00pm:

  • Overview of the Windows Phone 7 Platform
  • An In-Depth View of Building Applications for Windows Phone 7 with Microsoft Silverlight
  • WP7 + Data

12:00 – 12:30pm: Lunch

12:30 – 2:30pm:

  • Building Games for Windows Phone 7 with XNA
  • Making Money with the Windows Marketplace

2:30pm – 5:00pm:

  • Hands-on Labs and App testing

Sign me up!

The event is FREE – to register, all you need to do is click on a link representing one of our cities below:

 Columbus, OH 9/07/2010
 Grand Rapids, MI 9/14/2010
 Waukesha, WI 9/14/2010
 Cleveland, OH 9/15/2010
 Little Rock, AR 9/15/2010
 St. Louis, MO 9/16/2010
 Detroit, MI 9/21/2010
 Austin, TX 9/22/2010
 Des Moines, IA 9/23/2010
 Tulsa, OK 9/28/2010
 Memphis, TN 9/29/2010
 Houston, TX 9/30/2010
 Knoxville, TN 9/30/2010

My colleagues over on the East Coast are running a series of Windows Phone training events as well. Check them out!

(Thanks to Dave Bost for letting me copy some of his content for this post)

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Windows Phone 7 Bootcamp

startscreen_printAre you ready to gain access to the latest tools, turning your hobby into a source of revenue, or expand your network?

Stop dreaming. Start building. Join us for a new series of Windows Phone 7 Bootcamps where you can get an inside track on how to be part of the next step of Microsoft’s mobile strategy and get hands-on training for building Silverlight-based applications.  These free, live learning sessions explore the latest tools, discuss tips and technologies, and provide access to Windows Phone 7 experts.

ATTEND these special events and learn about:

  • the Windows Phone 7 platform
  • building Silverlight Applications for Windows Phone 7
  • submitting your application to the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace

WinPhone_v_webTake advantage of this opportunity to explore with a Hands-on Lab where you can leverage the Windows Phone 7 Experts and your peers as you build your Windows Phone 7 Application.

Dallas, TX

August 4

Little Rock, AR

September 15

Austin, TX

September 22

Tulsa, OK

September 28

Houston, TX

September 30

Events run from 8am–5pm

Seating for the live event is limited, so register today.

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Registration for 2010 Launch Now Open!

https://microsoft.crgevents.com/Register2010

imageHere are all the launch dates

  • Denver – April 20, 2010
  • Miami – April 20, 2010
  • Milwaukee – April 20, 2010
  • Orlando – April 22, 2010
  • Boston – April 29, 2010
  • Chicago – April 29, 2010
  • New York City – May 13, 2010
  • Dallas – May 18, 2010
  • Washington, D.C. – May 18, 2010
  • L.A. (Costa Mesa) – May 18, 2010
  • Atlanta – May 20, 2010
  • Houston – May 20, 2010
  • San Francisco – May 20, 2010
  • Detroit – May 25, 2010
  • Philadelphia – May 27, 2010
  • Minneapolis – May 27, 2010
  • Seattle – May 27, 2010

Head over to the registration site and get signed up today before time runs out!  The first event is only few short weeks away!!!

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State of .NET Events coming to Dallas and Houston

Free “State of .NET” Event coming to Dallas and Houston

  • Dallas: Tuesday, March 30, 2010 1:30 – 4:30 PM
    Microsoft Dallas Office – 7000 SR-161 (George Bush Turnpike), Irving, TX 75039
  • Houston: Thursday, April 1, 2010 1:30 – 4:30 PM
    Microsoft Houston Office – 2000 W Sam Houston Pkway S, Houston, TX 77042

Brought to you by Microsoft, CODE Training & EPS Software, this free afternoon event presents an unbiased look at the current and future development with .NET. Join Markus Egger, for an afternoon of free and independent information about current Microsoft development technologies! What is the state of .NET today? Which of the many .NET technologies have gained traction? Which ones can you ignore for now? What is new in .NET 3.5 and the coming .NET 4.0? What other Microsoft technologies should you include in your development efforts? This event is completely free of charge and is designed for developers as well as IT decision makers. Specific prior knowledge is not required. Attendees of this event will come away with a clear understanding of which technologies to use for various technical challenges.

Exact list of topics is under NDA until after MIX announcements have been made.

Topics may include:

  • Silverlight 4.0
  • WPF and Visual Styles
  • Expression Studio
  • .NET 4.0
  • Visual Studio 10
  • Windows Azure and Cloud Services
  • ASP.NET MVC
  • WCF & WCF RIA Services
  • Windows 7
  • “Dallas” (codename)
  • .NET Languages (C#4, VB, F#, IronPython, IronRuby)
  • Trends in .NET Development techniques

Dallas Signup Link – Thursday, March 30, 2010 1:30 – 4:30
Houston Signup Link – April 1, 2010 1:30 – 4:30