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Windows Azure SDK for .NET – June 2012 SP1(for Visual Studio 2012 RTM and Visual Studio 2010 SP1

August 15, 2012 .NET, .NET Framework, All, AppFabric, Azure, Azure SDK, Azure Tools, Cloud Computing, HotFixes, Media Services, Microsoft, Microsoft SDKs, SQL Azure, VisualStudio, VS2010, VS2012, Windows, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windowz Azure 2 comments

Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio extend Visual Studio 2010 SP1/ Visual Studio 2012(RTM) to enable the creation, configuration, building, debugging, running, packaging and deployment of scalable web applications and services on Windows Azure.

Version: 1.7 SP1 (1.7.1)
Date published: 8/10/2012

To Install

1. Click on the appropriate install link below based on your version of Visual Studio:

You can install everything you need for Windows Azure development using the Web Platform Installer

a. Installer for VS 2010 SP1

b. Installer for VS 2012 (RTM)  – it will not work with pre-release versions of VS2012.

OR

2. You can also automate the installation with the WebPICmd Command-Line Tool using the AppID:

WindowsAzureToolsVS2010_1_7_1 (for Visual Studio 2010 SP1)

or

WindowsAzureToolsVS2012 (for Visual Studio 2012 – RTM) – it will not work with pre-release versions of VS2012.

OR

3. Manual install by downloading appropriate installable from Microsoft Download Center:

Download Windows Azure SDK for .NET – June 2012 SP1

Note: This software release is intended for VS 2010 SP1 and VS 2012 RTM. The files on this release will not work with any pre-release versions of VS 2012.

Source: Microsoft Download Center

New revamped Windows Azure released and new Windows Azure SDK v1.7(JUNE 2012)

June 8, 2012 .NET, .NET Framework, All, AppFabric, ASP.NET MVC, Azure, Azure SDK, Cloud Computing, Cloud Services, Media Services, Microsoft, Microsoft SDKs, SQL Azure, ToolKits, Visual Studio SDK, VisualStudio, VS11, VS2010, VS2012, WCF, Windows 2008 R2, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Phone, Windowz Azure No comments

Microsoft has made significant changes to existing Windows Azure to make it more user friendly and customer friendly. The new Windows Azure was officially released in an online event Meet Windows Azure (MeetWindowsAzure.com) , in this event ScottGu(Microsoft VP)  has walked us through the new Windows Azure features.

You can have a quick look at ScottGu’s blog for interesting features available in new Windows Azure.

Visit http://www.windowsazure.com to have a quick look at the features of new Windows Azure website.

Development Tools and How to’s for different programming languages

You can download necessary tools for development at http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/develop/downloads/

Recommend reading Phani Kumar’s blog on Windows Azure http://allthingsazure.com/ ,  is a good repository of latest information on Windows Azure.

That’s all for now.

 

Windows Azure SDK for .NET – November 2011 (Version 1.6)–Released

November 16, 2011 .NET, .NET Framework, All, AppFabric, ASP.NET, ASP.NET MVC, Azure, Azure Tools, C#.NET, CodeName "Dallas", Frameworks, General, IIS, IIS 7.5, Microsoft, SQL Azure, VB.NET, VisualStudio, VS2010, Windowz Azure No comments

Microsoft has released latest version of Windows Azure SDK for .NET  – November 2o11 – Version 1.6.

Windows Azure SDK for .NET, which include SDKs, basic tools, and extended tools for Microsoft Visual Studio 2010.

Taken from Akash’s blog on Windows Azure here http://blogs.msdn.com/b/avkashchauhan/archive/2011/11/14/windows-azure-sdk-1-6-is-released.aspx 

Latest Windows Azure SDK 1.6 includes the following new features:

  • Windows Azure Libraries for .NET
    • Improved Service Bus and Caching capabilities and performance.
    • New service management APIs for storage.
  • URL Rewrite 2.0
  • Windows Azure Emulator – November 2011
    • Performance Improvements to compute & storage emulators.
  • Windows Azure Authoring Tools – November 2011
  • Windows Azure SDK 1.6 Build 1.6.41103.1601
  • Windows Azure Tools for Visual Studio 2010 SP1 – November 2011
    • Streamlined publishing: Easily connect your environment to Windows Azure by downloading a publish settings file for your account. You can then configure all aspects of deployments, such as Remote Desktop (RDP), without ever leaving Visual Studio. By default, publish will make use of in-place deployment upgrades for significantly faster application updates.
    • Multiple profiles: Your publish settings, build config, and cloud config choices will be stored in one or more publish profile MSBuild files. This makes it easy for you and your team to quickly change all your environment settings.
    • Team Build: The Windows Azure Tools for Visual Studio 2010 now offer MSBuild command-line support to package your application and pass in properties. Additionally they can be installed on a lighter-weight build machine without the requirement of Visual Studio being installed.
    • Visual Studio now allows you to make improved in-place updates to deployed services in Windows Azure.
    • Improved robustness of Remote Desktop Connectivity to Windows Azure VMs.
  • Windows Azure SDK for .NET – November 2011
  • ASP.NET MVC3 Tools Update Installer

Official Announcement: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/windowsazure/archive/2011/11/14/updated-windows-azure-sdk-amp-windows-azure-hpc-scheduler-sdk.aspx

DOWNLOADS :

The release includes the following components for download (for diff processor architecture platforms)

WindowsAzureEmulator-x64.exe Download ( Windows Azure Developer Emulator for Windows x64 )

WindowsAzureEmulator-x86.exe Download ( Windows Azure Developer Emulator for Windows x86 )

WindowsAzureLibsForNet-x64.msi Download ( Necessary libraries for .NET Development in Windows X64 )

WindowsAzureLibsForNet-x86.msi Download ( Necessary libraries for .NET Development in Windows x86 )

WindowsAzureSDK-x64.msi Download (Windows Azure SDK – for Win64)

WindowsAzureSDK-x86.msi Download (Windows Azure SDK – for Winx86)

WindowsAzureTools.VS100.exe Download (Windows Azure tools v1.6 for Visual Studio 2010)

also you can install necessary software’s for Windows Azure development using the Web Platform Installer here: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=156784

 

Ref Courtesy & More info available at:

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/windowsazure/archive/2011/11/14/updated-windows-azure-sdk-amp-windows-azure-hpc-scheduler-sdk.aspx

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/avkashchauhan/archive/2011/11/14/windows-azure-sdk-1-6-is-released.aspx 

11/16/2011 Blog Update 1 :  Windows Azure Platform Training Kit also available.

Windows Azure Platform Training Kit – November Update

Windows Azure Platform Training Kit includes a comprehensive set of technical content to help you learn how to use Windows Azure platform.

11/16/2011 Blog Update 2 : Windows Azure Platform 90DAY Trial

If you are looking forward to try out Windows Azure Trial account. Try this 90 DAY trial offer http://www.microsoft.com/windowsazure/free-trial/

Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 1.5 (September 2011)

September 16, 2011 .NET, .NET Framework, All, AppFabric, Azure, Cloud Computing, Cloud Services, General, Microsoft, VisualStudio, VS2008, VS2010, Windowz Azure No comments

Microsoft has released the latest version of Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 version 1.5(September 2011).

Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio extend Visual Studio 2010 to enable the creation, configuration, building, debugging, running, packaging and deployment of scalable web applications and services on Windows Azure.

Windows Azure™ is a cloud services operating system that serves as the development, service hosting and service management environment for the Windows Azure platform. Windows Azure provides developers with on-demand compute and storage services to host, scale, and manage web applications on the internet through Microsoft® datacenters.

Windows Azure is a flexible platform that supports multiple languages and integrates with your existing on-premises environment. To build applications and services on Windows Azure, developers can use their existing Microsoft Visual Studio® expertise. In addition, Windows Azure supports popular standards, protocols and languages including SOAP, REST, XML, Java, PHP and Ruby. Windows Azure is now commercially available in 41 countries.

To know more about Azure visit http://www.azure.com & http://windows.azure.com

Download the latest Windows Azure Tools for Visual Studio 2010 v1.5  (VSCloudService.VS100.en-us.msi – 11MB)

To get more information on the downloads and get additional tools downloads visit Microsoft Download Center

Credits to Microsoft

Windows Azure Platform Training Kit – May Update

June 3, 2011 .NET, All, AppFabric, Azure, Cloud Computing, Cloud Services, CodeName "Dallas", General, KnowledgeBase, Microsoft, SQL Azure, ToolKits No comments

Hey tech world here is the new update for Windows Azure Platform Training Kit.

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.

What is new in May 2011 Update?

The May 2011 update of the Windows Azure Platform Training Kit contains a few updated hands-on labs. Some of the specific changes with this release of the training kit include:

  • [Updated] Building Windows Azure Application with Cache Service lab updated to the production release of the Windows Azure AppFabric Caching service
  • [Updated] Rafiki demo updated to the production release of the Windows Azure AppFabric Caching service
  • [Updated] Working with Drives exercise added to the Exploring Windows Azure Storage lab
  • [Updated] Caching Content from Hosted Services exercise added to the Windows Azure Content Delivery Networks lab
  • Applied several minor fixes in content and updated Service Bus labs to the new portal experience

Download Windows Azure Platform Training Kit – May Update (Microsoft Download Center)

Information Courtesy: Microsoft Download Center

Windows Azure :: More to Say….

December 4, 2009 All, AppFabric, Azure, Azure Tools, General, Microsoft, SQL Azure, Windowz Azure No comments

Windows Azure is Microsoft’s Operating System for “The Cloud”

What is the Cloud ?

In simple words the cloud is nothing but an abstraction used for the Internet and the underlying infrastructure hosting it.The Windows Azure cloud primarily consists of lots & lots & lots of servers, routers, switches & storage hosted in a Microsoft Data Centers. The present day Azure cloud is hosted in Redmond, US but the plan is to spread them out in data centers across the globe.

Why does it need an OS ?

Lets take a step back and think what a traditional OS would do for your applications ? A Desktop/Server OS takes care of the nitty grities of managing of your computers hardware as well as basic housekeeping tasks like memory management, disk I/O, task scheduling etc… while your application codebase is largely focused on the the business problem you are trying to solve. Now think of a typical Internet application today ? We not only have to create a well behaved application but also need to take care of provisioning a hosting environment, scaling the application based on load, monitoring health, planning for fault tolerance, disaster recovery & managing upgrades… Now how many times do we find ourselves doing the same things again and again… One cannot help but wish if only there was an environment that would automatically manage all these basic housekeeping aspects and let the IT team focus on just building the application. Well this is precisely what a cloud OS does for you.

Windows Azure.

Windows Azure provides the glue that gels together the cloud. It makes the zillions of connected servers work together as a cohesive unit and provides an environment that has automated service management, immense computing potential, practically unlimited storage and rich developer experience. It also provides you with 24/7 availability and the ability to scale up and down with very little overheads. This allows developers to focus on building the app than the infrastructure.

By leveraging the automated service management capabilities of windows Azure a developer can model the rules for deployment, monitoring and execution. He/She then provides the rules along with the executables for the service to the platform which then deploys, monitors, and manages the service in an hands free mode…

Windows Azure creates a powerful service hosting environment. All of the hardware including servers & load balancers is virtualized and a service is typically deployed across multiple fault domains and update domains resulting in high availability and fault tolerance. All this is done by cloud OS transparent to the service owner.

Reliable storage is an essential element of any application platform today. Windows Azure provides highly scalable cloud storage with the ability to store data in blobs, tables & queues.

Now a rich, familiar developer experience is absolutely critical to the adoption of any platform within the developer community. Windows Azure provides you with the same familiar Visual Studio experience complete with a managed framework that developers could use out of the box. To make things even better Windows Azure team makes available a complete cloud experience on your desktop that allows developers to build and test their cloud applications on a local desktop and yes you don’t need a windows server for doing this…

When do I get to play with it ?

The production roll out of Windows Azure is expected to be available around late 2009 but a early CTP is available today for you to play with. You could register for access at www.azure.com the only challenge here being MS is only activating a few 100s every day so it could be a week or a couple of weeks before your request is processed. If you were among the ones at the PDC you should be ahead of the rest of the world for getting provisioned on the cloud.