August 22, 2012

Windows Azure Virtual Machine Endpoints

Prior to June Windows Azure had been strictly a Platform-as-a-Service, or PaaS, environment which presented numerous challenges to those interested in running their existing applications in Microsoft’s data centers. In working with a number of clients I often found that the effort and cost required to make existing applications capable… Read More


August 21, 2012

Windows Azure Lessons Learned – Running Multiple Web Sites

Having worked with the Windows Azure Platform since 2008 it’s easy to forget some of the initial hurdles I ran into and assume that others won’t have the same challenges. Of course, any time you assume anything you risk being wrong. Rather than assume you won’t run into the issues… Read More


August 20, 2012

Making Your Windows Azure SQL Database Even More Secure

The only secure computer is one that’s unplugged, locked in a safe, and buried 20 feet under the ground in a secret location… and I’m not event too sure about that one. – Dennis Huges, FBI The only truly secure system is one that is powered off, cast in a… Read More


August 16, 2012

Converting an ASP.NET MVC Web App to a Windows Azure Service

It seems I get 5-6 emails per week asking me how to move an existing ASP.NET MVC Web application to the Windows Azure environment. I have a short list of steps I’ve been copying and pasting into my responses, but I thought I’d take a couple of minutes to expand… Read More


August 14, 2012

Windows Azure Lessons Learned – Billing

Having worked with the Windows Azure Platform since 2008 it’s easy to forget some of the initial hurdles I ran into and assume that others won’t have the same challenges. Of course, any time you assume anything you risk being wrong. Rather than assume you won’t run into the issues… Read More