Azure Facts: Storage Accounts and Blobs

This is the first entry in what will be an ongoing series of posts related to various components and service offerings within Microsoft Azure. The landscape of cloud computing is immense and can be overwhelming to those unfamiliar with the concepts. Through the Azure Facts series, I hope to digest smaller fragments of the overall landscape and briefly examine how they can be utilized. The first topic in the Azure Facts series will focus on Blob Storage within the Azure Storage Account. Continue reading

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Global Azure Bootcamp 2019

It’s that time of year again.  Mark Saturday, April 27, 2019 on your calendars and register to attend a Global Azure Bootcamp event near you.  As of this post, there are 119 confirmed locations hosting events worldwide.  If you have an afternoon to spend, come hang out for free and learn about Azure with your peers.

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Configure BizTalk ESB Toolkit 2.2 Management Portal

During my evaluation of BizTalk Server 2013 and the ESB Toolkit 2.2, I ran into an issue running one of my favorite components, the ESB Management Portal. I followed the set of instructions for installing and configuring the portal which were essentially the same as the ESB Toolkit 2.1 instructions. When I tried to navigate to the home page, I received a number of errors: Continue reading

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Stock your reader this Christmas

Packt Publishing is pleased to announce a special eBook offer – “Stock your reader this Christmas!” During this celebration, you can buy two or more Packt eBook’s of your choice for just $5 | €4 | £3 | AUS$5 each. This offer is available from 20th December 2012 until midnight 3rd January 2013.

For more information about Packt and to take advantage of the offer, please visit their website:

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Richmond Code Camp

I will be speaking at the Richmond Code Camp on Saturday, October 6, 2012. The event is taking place on the campus of University of Richmond and you can find all of the details for the event here. My presentation on Service Bus for Windows Server will be at 3:30 PM. You can find my session and the entire mobile-friendly Code Camp schedule here. I hope to see you there.

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Packt Publishing reaches 1000 IT titles and celebrates with an open invitation

Birmingham-based IT publisher Packt Publishing is about to publish its 1000th title. Packt books are renowned among developers for being uniquely practical and focused. Packt books cover highly specific tools and technologies which IT professionals might not expect to see a high quality book on. Continue reading

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Book Review: Windows Server AppFabric Cookbook

If you are writing anything more than a basic web service that is hosted on IIS, I highly recommend gaining a firm understanding of Windows Server AppFabric. The recently released Microsoft Windows Server AppFabric Cookbook is the perfect resource to kick-start the learning process for the uninitiated and act as the go-to reference guide for the experienced architect. Continue reading

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Meet Windows Azure

Microsoft unveiled a major release of Windows Azure on Thursday, June 7 at the “Meet Windows Azure” event. Windows Azure has been out for quite some time, but some in the industry are describing this as Windows Azure 2.0. The amount of new functionality is really impressive and is the culmination of more than a year of work. If you were unable to attend, the full event was recorded which can be seen at

If you do not already have an account to access Windows Azure, you can sign up for a free 90-day preview at

Once you obtain an account or if you already have a Windows Azure account, open up the Management Portal and select “Visit the Preview Portal” from the menu on the bottom of the page. This will allow you to toggle between the preview portal and the current portal while the new features are fully enabled.

I’m still digging through the new features and digesting all the possibilities, but I really like what I see so far.


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AppFabric Service Bus Relayed Messaging

Picking up where we left off in the Service Bus Introduction, this post will walk through a Relayed Messaging sample in order to highlight how the AppFabric Service Bus could be utilized to build Hybrid applications. In addition to the basic sample, I will also demonstrate how to provision a BizTalk Server 2010 Receive Location on the Service Bus.

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AppFabric Service Bus Billing Lesson

Before I publish the next post on Relayed Messaging, I thought I would take this opportunity to share some lessons learned yesterday about the AppFabric Service Bus billing. Continue reading

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