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IaaS Bootcamp in Dallas

Whether you build apps or support the infrastructure that runs the apps, the cloud can be a really big place. For some, it’s a natural evolution for their application and infrastructure to embrace the power and scale of the cloud. For others, it’s a journey that has to begin with a single step.

Windows Azure provides that first step with a scalable, flexible platform for deploying your applications your way. With our Infrastructure as a Service platform (IaaS) called Windows Azure Virtual Machines, you get the flexibility to choose between Windows and Linux with full control over the operating system configuration and installed software, matched with the portability of Hyper-V disk images. Windows Azure Virtual Machines provide the perfect environment for meeting all of your Infrastructure-as-a-Service needs.

To learn more about our Infrastructure as a Service platform, we invite all developers and IT Professionals to join local Microsoft cloud experts as they introduce you to the Microsoft Cloud Platform, dive deep into Windows Azure Virtual Machines, and help walk you through a hands on demonstration of the power of IaaS on the Windows Azure platform.

WHEN: December 17th, 2012

WHERE: Microsoft Office in Dallas


All participants registering for the event will get a FREE 90-day trial of the Windows Azure platform and services, including access to the Virtual Machines preview. Simply visit to take advantage of this FREE offer!

All participants to successfully complete the lab and demonstrate their running application to the instructor will be put into a drawing for a $500 gift card to the Microsoft Store, among other prizes!

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Scaling Collaborative Applications

One of our local MVPs, Michael Perry, has written a great article about scaling collaborative Windows 8 applications with Correspondence and Windows Azure.

Azure is a great way to quickly deploy and scale your web sites. Correspondence is a rich framework for bringing collaborative experiences to multiple platforms. When these two come together, amazing things can happen.

For those that don’t know, Correspondence is Michael’s innovative collaboration framework for occasionally connected smart clients and web applications. Correspondence is hosted on CodePlex at and samples can be found on Michaels blog at

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Windows Azure Resources

Similar to what I did with Windows Phone, I’ve created a page to host a bunch links to some useful Windows Azure resources.

This list is NOT meant to be a comprehensive list of all things Azure, but is intended instead to be a living organism that grows and matures over time. I will do my best to keep it fed and well nourished, but if there are things that you think are missing, or would like to see here, then drop me a line and let me know.

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Get in the cloud for free!

Windows Azure is Microsoft’s cloud platform, and a lot of developers are excited to try it out. To help you try it out, we have started a program called “Windows Azure Pass.” You can register a Live ID for a Pass and receive 30 days of free cloud computing. Just enough time to dip your toes in the cloud and see how easy it really is. NO credit card required. Do this before your boss comes over and expects you to have answers about ‘this cloud thing.’

Windows AzureJust go to, and enter the promo code DPCE01. Your Pass will be activated within a few days, and you can start deploying code all day long.

Once you get a pass you can attend a two day boot camp to learn more about Windows Azure, try some hands on labs on your own time, or join us online during office hours to get all of your questions answered.

What exactly do you get for free?

The Windows Azure platform 30 day pass includes the following resources :

Windows Azure Windows Azure

  • 3 Small Compute Instances
  • 3 GB of Storage
  • 250,000 Storage Transactions

SQL Azure SQL Azure

  • Two 1 GB Web Edition Database

App Fabric AppFabric

  • 100,000 Access Control Transactions
  • 2 Bus Service Connections

Data Transfers Data Transfers

  • 3 GB In
  • 3 GB Out
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Great news for MSDN Subscribers

I just learned about two cool announcements coming from our friends at MSDN related to availability of Office for Mac 2011 and Windows Azure:


Office for Mac 2011 Home and Business Inclusion in MSDN

Office for Mac 2011 Home and Business, and Communicator for Mac 2011 will be included in all MSDN Premium and Ultimate Subscription Levels as of October 26. It will ship simultaneously in all languages.

Windows Azure Platform MSDN Offer Extension

We are extending the availability of our current Windows Azure Platform MSDN offer through March 31, 2011. Anyone signing up for this offer is guaranteed to receive the current monthly benefit for 16 months from the date of their enrollment. As the monthly level of benefits is greater than what was previously being considered for this offer’s replacement, we believe this is a win for our MSDN subscribers.

Below is an overview of what customers will receive each month:

Windows Azure

750 hours of a small compute instance / month

10 GB of storage

1,000,000 storage transactions / month

SQL Azure

3 Web Edition databases (up to 1 GB of relational data per database)

Windows Azure AppFabric

1,000,000 Access Control transactions / month

1 pack of 5 Service Bus connections / month

Data Transfers

North America and Europe (per region / month)

7 GBs in

14 GBs out

Asia Pacific Region

2.5 GB in

5 GB out

For more information, see MSDN Subscriptions – Azure Benefits Overview

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Dallas Azure Boot Camp

Windows Azure (r) Join Neudesic for a free 1-day deep dive program that will prepare you to deliver solutions on the Windows Azure Platform. The region’s best Azure experts will teach you how to work in the cloud through training, discussion, review of real scenarios, and hands on labs. Snacks and drinks will be provided; however, we advise you to make your own lunch arrangements prior to the event. You will also need to bring a computer loaded with the software listed below.

For more information please visit, or email us at
What you 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 be necessary to dive into the hands-on experience. 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:

  • Lunch
  • Power strip or extension cord
  • A computer or laptop:
    • Operating Systems Supported: Windows 7; Windows Server 2008; Windows Server 2008 R2; Windows Vista Service Pack 1; Windows Vista Service Pack 2
    • Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 SP1, Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 or Microsoft Visual Web Developer 2008 Express Edition with SP1
    • SQL Server 2005 Express Edition (or above)
    • Hotfix: Correct WCF metadata when hosting behind a load balancer
    • Hotfix: Native Debugging Improvements (not required for Visual Studio   2010)
    • Hotfix: Improve Visual Studio Stability (not required for Windows 7)
    • Hotfix: Support for FastCGI on the Development Fabric (not required for  Windows 7, or Windows Server 2008 SP2 or later)
    • Install the SDK and Tools

Everything is moving, at least in some part, to the cloud – are you ready?  Join us at the Dallas Azure Boot Camp to make sure that you’re ready…

Register now on Click to Attend

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#ugPDC visits Northwest Arkansas

ugPDC Attention all you peeps in Ft. Smith, Fayetteville, Bentonville, Rogers, Springdale and surrounding areas!  Tonight and tomorrow night are the first parts of my 2010 #ugPDC tour.  Visiting the FSDNUG tonight and the NWADNUG tomorrow night, I�ll be talking about a bunch of the cool stuff announced at PDC09 including Azure, Silverlight 4, Visual Studio 2010, parallel programming features, dynamic language features, and more!  Here�s the info for each of these groups so you have absolutely no excuse to skip out!

January 11, 2010 – Fort Smith .NET User Group
EagleOne Headquarters
4001 Planters Rd. Fort Smith, AR 72908
Meeting starts at 6:00 pm.  Food will be provided

January 12, 2010 � Northwest Arkansas .NET User Group
Jones Center For Families
922 East Emma Avenue, Springdale, AR 72764
Meeting starts at 5:30 pm.  Food will be provided

There are more #ugPDC visits scheduled for next month, including the Fort Worth .NET User Group and the Dallas ASP.NET User Group.  If you�re interested in having one of our Developer Evangelists come out to your User Group during January, February or March to tell you about all the cool, new and exciting things announced at PDC, just drop me a line and let me know!