Things hard and not so hard.... RSS 2.0
# Thursday, May 01, 2014

When we create certain sized VMs, the NICs associated with them are throttled for Outbound traffic. Here’s some numbers that were originally published from a little while ago (may have changed since, but these give you a guide):

Specifications

Extra Small

Small

Medium

Large

Extra Large

CPU

1.0 GHz

1.6 GHz

2 X 1.6 GHz

4 X 1.6 GHz

8 X 1.6 GHz

Memory

768 MB

1.75 GB

3.5 GB

7 GB

14 GB

VM Local Storage

20 GB

225 GB

490 GB

1,000 GB

2,040 GB

Network I/O Performance

Low

Moderate

High

High

High

Allocated Bandwidth

5 Mbps

100 Mbps

200 Mbps

400 Mbps

800 Mbps

Thursday, May 01, 2014 11:27:45 AM (AUS Eastern Standard Time, UTC+10:00)  #    Comments [0] -
Azure | Integration | Dev | General
# Tuesday, March 25, 2014

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Great day was had by all and after some issues with ‘guest wifi’ at the start of my presentation we were off. Top questions and a good vibe filled the room.

As promised – here’s my slides I used and see you this Saturday at the Global Windows Azure Bootcamp – Sydney (Worldwide event)

DEMOS - here

Have a great day folks and see you soon.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 11:13:43 AM (AUS Eastern Daylight Time, UTC+11:00)  #    Comments [0] -
Azure | Integration | BizTalk | Events | Recordings | General
# Wednesday, January 15, 2014

My take and some answers on ithttp://www.cloudsecurityalliance.org/topthreats/

Welcome back folks to a beautiful 2014 and I had an interesting one while going through a Cloud Solution Design
I came across this document The Notorious Nine Cloud Computing Top Threats in 2013 and I thought I’d talk through these concerns one by one.

  1. Data Breaches -  this issue can occur on many levels and I don’t think it’s just limited to ‘Cloud’ per se – it could be your insurance company down the road,
    the doctor, dentist etc. and we’ve all seen those TV shows where the ‘hustlers’ go through someone’s trash to pull out key gems of information to unlock the scam.

    Interestingly in the paper, the university of North Carolina Chapel Hill came up with a technique to steal data from a VM running as one of many within the same host, with the ‘unis VM’ able
    to steal data being transmitted through the other VMs. This was performed through a combination of monitoring various known factors of the host,
    such as thread scheduling, L1 cache and power. The paper highlighted that currently the virtualisation technologies need to do more about isolation.
  2. Data Loss – Cloud and non-cloud users fall foul of this with Cloud typically being a target for hackers. Geo-Replication, backups and Government policies on data and it’s storage all help here.
    Encryption could be something that you may want to employ to ensure some protection over the copies of data now present.
  3. Account Hijacking – gaining unlawful access to account details such as user/pass combination. Amazon in 2010 was foul to a cross site scripting bug that allowed 3rd parties to get access
    to user/pass credentials. With the explosion on the Cloud keeping your credentials safe becomes that much more important. Also changing passwords frequently would be a good habit
    to get into.

    The other interesting point here to note is that if your account is indeed hijacked then it maybe sometime until the hackers exploit this.

    Gaining access to someone’s account doesn’t have to be a hi-tech solution either. As in the movie Sneakers all that was required was a dinner conversation for the voice password
    ”My voice is my passport”
  4. Insecure APIs – Cloud based APIs form the under pinning of many software and services available today. Essentially ensure these APIs are secure to the best possible effort and
    while they may not be compromised, are they able to stand DDOS attacks for e.g.
  5. Denial of Service – With the advent of the Cloud and cloud services, these attacks could for e.g. hit your Cloud based website causing it to be unresponsive, but you’re still being
    billed for the usage. Also within Microsoft Azure web site configurations we can now add DDOS settings to indicate when the underlying load balancer should throttle the requests coming
    from a particular rogue client.
  6. Malicious Insiders – the focus here is both internal, hosted and Cloud based solutions. Policies and procedures are more important within the Cloud space – what procedures does your
    provider follow? Who can access the encryption keys? where are they stored? etc.
  7. Abuse of Cloud Services – The Cloud possesses many servers, elastic scale and dynamic compute power, making it the perfect platform
    for a bot-net to spin up in and get to work. Azure limits default subscriptions to 20 cores, more are available upon request.
  8. Insufficient Due Diligence – Don’t jump into the Cloud platform without examining the offer. Many hosting providers have added the word ‘Cloud’ to the front of their names as in ‘Cloud Hosting Providers’ with the underlying process and infrastructure the same, with the same vulnerabilities.

    In this space Azure has many ratified processes that get re-certified each year with some of these processes available to military grade specification.

    Cloud is big business for Microsoft and getting things like this wrong would be a true achilles heel.
  9. Shared Technology Issues – as Cloud providers share underlying technologies from CPUs, Services, Storage and other services. If these are exposed then so is your platform potentially.

Talk to you soon.

Mick.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 4:07:07 PM (AUS Eastern Daylight Time, UTC+11:00)  #    Comments [0] -
Azure | Integration | General | Other | TechTalk
# Wednesday, October 02, 2013

I received an email in the early hours of this morning right when Arsenal just slotted one home in the Champions League…and I thought…”Can this moment get any better?” – YOU BET! My MVP re-award email came through :)

Big thanks to the folks at Microsoft for bestowing this award to me again (9th year running) and being given the chance to be part of a great knowledgeable MVP community.

The real thanks goes to you guys in the community of which I try to make a difference in the Azure Space. With cloud offerings changing every other week (it feels like), it’s almost a full time job keeping on top of things. New numbers, bigger limits, faster storage, different ways to manage traffic, connections, deployments, code platforms… and the list goes on.

Thanks to each and all of you for making this award possible in this great country – Australia (down under, Oz… and any other name you know it as)

Boom!!

or as a friend says ‘Ka-Boom!’

Wednesday, October 02, 2013 2:45:44 PM (AUS Eastern Standard Time, UTC+10:00)  #    Comments [0] -
Azure | Integration | BizTalk | Dev | General | MVP
# Monday, August 12, 2013

In preparation for a talk I’m giving soon I thought I’d show a quick walkthrough of setting up the newer BizTalk Services (preview) in Azure.

In order to setup BizTalk Services it helps to have the following things created first (the BizTalk Services creation wizard will walk you creating a few of them,
but it failed for me many times, so easier to create them prior)

  • A Storage account in the region where the BizTalk Services are to be located.
  • An Azure SQL Server in which to create a Tracking Database on.
  • An Access Control Service Namespace – do this through Azure Management –> Active Directory.
    • The BizTalk Services Creation Wizard will ask you for a User/Pass in which to interact with ACS through – the simple approach
      is to use the ManagementClient user + pass. (it’s auto created for you :))
  • An Exported X509 Certificate with Private Keys present – a *.pfx file.
    NOTE – the Subject name must match your BizTalk Services ServiceName
    ** The Cert should not have an expiry of more than 5 years! **
    • e.g. C:\>makecert -r -pe -n "CN=breezebizsvcdev.biztalk.windows.net" -ss My -e "01/01/2015"
    • then export it out from the User certificate store and you’ve got your certificate file.
  • TO GET BUILDING – Grab the latest SDK from here… http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=39087&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+MicrosoftDownloadCenter+%28Microsoft+Download+Center%29#tm

The Access Control Services

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Right – let’s walk through the BizTalk Services Creation Wizard….

Let’s fire up the Wizard and get grooving….

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Wizard – Page 1

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So far…so good, opened up the wizard and filled in Page 1 details – note I decided to create a SQL Server here (I’d actually forgotten the password of another one we use)

It’s also important to note the Region – WEST US. (make sure that whatever else you create is in that region as well, otherwise things might take *alot* longer
than anticipated.

Wizard - Page 2

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Time to hit NEXT Arrow – all pretty straight forward.

Wizard – Page 3

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The Access Control Namespace was something I created earlier and the ManagementClient user is an auto created user in ACS.
(I omitted the password here – but you get that from the ACS management portal).

Locations – all important.

Wizard – Page 4

Finally the SSL Certificate with the Expiry of no more than 5 years.
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The important thing here is that clients will connect to BizTalk Services via TLS/SSL. If this is a home grown cert – as this one is, keep in mind that clients will need to
’trust’ this certificate.

Hit the tick and you’re on your way…

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Stay tuned for the next post where we turn this into something REAL! :)

More info for you -

Windows Azure BizTalk Services or WABS (we can’t have a new thingy without a new acronym):

- forums
- detailed steps on BizTalk Services

Monday, August 12, 2013 9:47:57 PM (AUS Eastern Standard Time, UTC+10:00)  #    Comments [0] -
Azure | BizTalk Services | Integration | BizTalk Services
# Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Unexpected high traffic and high demand causes Myers website to fail…..

These stories are becoming more and more common place in todays world and the interesting thing is, that we have solutions available to this exact problem in place for several years.

Cloud – Azure – elastic scale, on-demand etc.

 

The secret is how do we go from on premise #fail to a hybrid blend scenario where we can use the best of both worlds – that is what we’ve been doing for years.

Read more here - http://www.breeze.net/news/breezetalk/traffic-causes-myer-stocktake-fail-let%27s-talk-cloud.aspx

Wednesday, June 05, 2013 11:59:41 AM (AUS Eastern Standard Time, UTC+10:00)  #    Comments [0] -
Azure | Integration | General
# Monday, June 03, 2013

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Wow – look what I found earlier today?

The starting point of a great cloud platform enabling REST Endpoints, transforms (aka maps) and many other EDI – “BizTalkie things”

In a very common scenario, I could have:

a) a RESTful endpoint

b) one or more transforms

c) a RESTful exit point (or it could be a request , response)

 

Given that it’s part of Azure, then all this magic would be taking place within my DC local to the bulk of my data and services.

Then we can always use the other Azure widgets such as ServiceBus, Queues, Tables, VPNs, etc etc.

Stay tuned for some posts in this area in the near future…

Monday, June 03, 2013 5:37:31 PM (AUS Eastern Standard Time, UTC+10:00)  #    Comments [0] -
Azure | BizTalk Services | Integration | ServiceBus
# Monday, May 20, 2013

Well folks I’ve been greeted with the news that Microsoft Windows Azure will be in 2 geo-replicated places here on Australian soil, coming ‘shortly’.

As an Azure MVP & from Breeze (a leading Microsoft Cloud Partner) perspective we invest heavily in cloud technologies.

What does this mean and why should I care? I hear you ask… good question and I asked the same.

As most of you know I have a passion for Integration, sticking all sorts of things together from small RFID devices, hand made hand-held devices, raspberry PIs through to high end ERP, Financials & many other types of systems. So before I get to the WHY aspect, let me briefly set the context.

There’s some great data coming out of Gartner a report which caught my eye - http://searchsoa.techtarget.com/news/2240173583/Gartner-Better-collaboration-for-new-era-of-application-integration came out with these:

  • Integration Costs to rise by 33% by 2016, more than half of new system development costs will be spent on Integration
  • By 2017, over two-thirds of all new integration flows will extend outside the enterprise firewall.

So Integration just took on a whole new face – successful integration is about using the right tools (in the toolbox) for the right task. Now we have a whole new drawer in our toolbox full of Azure goodies & widgets. This functionality is just too compelling to be ignored….

…and now that it’s on Australian soil I’d be thinking that just about every Data center service provider should be giving you cloud functionality.

Some quick cloud advantages:

  • scale, provisioning and ease of use
    • Imagine being able to spin up a SharePoint site in the time it takes me to write this article.
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    • Imagine being able to ask for an extra load balanced highly available Server/Service at the click of a button. Importantly – Imagine being able to give it back again at the end of the weekend/day/next hour.
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  • Not wait the typical 12 weeks for a new server to be provisioned, oh and dont mention filling out the right forms. Running an application on those machines and getting a firewall port opened….that’ll be another 2 weeks…and on it goes.
  • The much beloved Enlightenment for many companies of achieving Single Sign-On – Imagine your customers being able to sign into your applications using their own Ids, Live Ids, + a bunch of other Ids without you needing to provision more services. You can house your identity accounts in Azure, locally or elsewhere – finally you don’t need a Quantum Analyst to setup Single Sign-on.
  • My experiences in the last few weeks on client sites have been back in the world of old – classic encumbered infrastructure service providers wanting to claim everything, put the brakes on any new ideas and have meetings around such concepts of adding an extra 10gb disk space to existing servers. These guys should be ‘can do’ people – it’s all about choosing the right tool for the job.
  • Microsoft have done a great job on the developer tooling front from the classic MS toolset through to Apple, PHP, Ruby, Phython etc. all being able to access, develop on, publish and deploy.
  • We could even give a bunch of HDD drives to Olaf (our gun cyclist @ Breeze) to ride to the Azure Data Center and offload our data, while we wait for the NBN to never come to our area.
  • There are some great options on the horizon coming down the track.

So let’s say we’re keen to explore – how hard/easy is it to get ‘my’ own environment & what does this mean.

The short answer is you get an Azure Footprint which could be running in a ‘Data Center’ in Sydney. Depending on what you’re playing with you could get:

- SQL Databases, Cloud Services, Scalable Mobile Device Services, Load balanced Websites/Services/Restful endpoints…and the list of ‘widgets’ goes on and on.

How do I interact with this environment:

Often the issue around alot of this is that because my beloved ‘servers’ are running somewhere else I’m concerned over how much control we get.

We enter into the Hybrid Integration space – where as you can imagine not *everything* is suited for the Cloud, there will be things you keep exactly as they are. So there will be many many scenarios where – we have something running locally as well as something running in Azure. Some options we have available are to make our servers ‘feel at home’:

  • VPN connection – we can have several flavours of a VPN connection that connect our Azure Footprint to our local network. for e.g. local network is 10.10.x.x/16, Azure network 10.50.x.x/16. Full access to all the machines/services and other things you have running. CRON jobs, FTP, scripts, processes, linux boxes, samba shares, etc etc.. (I do realise the integration world is never as easy as we see it in the magazines)
  • RDP Connections – standard level of service really from any Service provider.
  • Remote PowerShell Access
  • Azure Service Bus - Applications Level Web/WCF/Restful Services connectivity. An Application Service can run either locally or in the cloud and this feature allows your Service to be accessed through a consistent Endpoint within the cloud, but the calls are Relayed down to your Application Service. There’s a few different ways we can ‘relay’ but the public endpoint could house all the clients & their device requests, while your existing application infrastructure remains unchanged.
  • SQL Azure Data Sync – sync data between clouds & local from your databases. So for many clients, come 8pm each day, their local database has all the Orders for the day as per normal, without the usual provisioning headaches as the business responds to new market opportunities to support smart devices.
  • We even get pretty graphs….
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    • But wait there’s more…..
    • These details are typical performance monitor counters + diagnostic information. We can use Azure Admin tools to import these regularly and import them into our typical tools.
    • System Center does exactly this – so our ‘dashboard’ of machines will list our local machines as well as our cloud machines. Your IT guys have visibility into what’s going on.

We’ve been using Singapore DCs or West Coast US with pretty good performance times across the infrastructure. 

What does having a local Windows Azure Data Center mean to me:

  • Medical Industry – we have several medical clients allowing us to innovate around Cloud technologies using HL7 transports. Faster time to market and higher degrees of re-use.
  • Cloud Lab Manager – www.cloudlabmanager.com can run locally for all training providers. Breeze has created an award winning cloud based application that will certainly benefit from this piece of great news.
  • Creating a cloud based application is now feasible (this particular one was due to the sensitive nature of information it carried)
  • And lastly I can house my MineCraft server – well it’s my 10 yr old sons and half the school I reckon.

 

So for you…

Ask yourself the question – are you getting all these features from where you currently host/run your hardware?

Lack of infrastructure and provisioning challenges shouldn’t be holding back new ideas & business movement. iPads, smartphones, anywhere, any time access should be the norm, not like we’re putting another person on the moon.

It’s all about using the right tool for the job

Enjoy folks as it’s certainly exciting times for us Aussies ahead!!

Microsoft’s Announcement

Monday, May 20, 2013 12:23:00 PM (AUS Eastern Standard Time, UTC+10:00)  #    Comments [0] -
Azure | Integration | ServiceBus | BizTalk | SharePoint | Dev | Events | General | Tips | Training | Win2012
# Saturday, April 27, 2013

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*** THIS EVENT IS CURRENTLY GOING ON WORLD WIDE even as we speak! ***

The wrap up of the day:

Saturday morning was nothing short of sensational in Sydney today, early morning sun, bright blue skies, smell of coffee and a city that felt like it was snoozing and waking for some playtime.

I walked into a room of curious minds, eager eyes and folks that were thinking of possibilities in technology. This technology was Windows Azure.

We were above capacity & for the first time I would be relieved if there were a few ‘no-shows’…but none happened. Even at 5pm we nearly had a full house.

Firstly I’ve got to thank – you the students for a great day, fantastic questions and giving your precious weekend time.

Secondly the expert speakers that have huge experience in the field.

  • Mark O’Shea – Paradyne
  • Olaf Loogman – author of a popular Win8 app CyclingTracker – Breeze
  • Don Jayasinghe – Breeze
  • Mick Badran (yours truly) – Breeze

and finally all the sponsors & people that helped enable us to bring this to you:

What were the plans for the day:

The Agenda was set to:

 

SYDNEY - topics

Start Time

Duration (Minutes)

Speaker

Introductions

9:15:00 AM

15

Compute & Storage/CDN

9:30:00 AM

30

Mark O'Shea

SQL Databases & Reporting

10:00:00 AM

30

Don Jayasinghe

Lab Time & Break

10:30:00 AM

60

 

Cloud Services

11:30:00 AM

30

Mick Badran

Building apps on azure

12:00:00 PM

45

Olaf loogman

Lab Time & Break

12:45:00 PM

60

 

Virtual Machines & Networks

1:45:00 PM

30

Mark O'Shea

Connecting To Azure

2:15:00 PM

30

Mick Badran

Lab Time & Break

2:45:00 PM

60

 

Q&A Planning Session - questions from the floor

4:15:00 PM

   

 

Some Interesting facts:

- we had 3 MVPs in the room (that I knew of)

- we had 2 Microsoft VTSPs

- a student drove 3.5hrs one way to be here with us during the day, then back to Canberra again after class. Massive commitment.

- we all came with Azure Subscriptions ready to go.

- a student created a WebSite, Database + Worker role working in a solution together during the day.

- Olaf has his Mobile Services demo fail (even though it worked at 10pm last night) due to the recent Azure Portal update at 2am this morning. He did have a PlanB, the autogenerated code from the Portal during the Mobile Services Application creation, generates un-compilable code for now. Well done Olaf, some nice tap dancing.

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(Olaf working his magic)

 

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(looking out to the North Wing)

 

Thanks to Magnus a fellow Azure MVP - for setting all this up world wide and good luck to all the other countries.

If you blog about it – then be sure to use the hashtag #globalwindowsazure.

 

Mick out.

Saturday, April 27, 2013 8:28:46 PM (AUS Eastern Standard Time, UTC+10:00)  #    Comments [0] -
Azure | GWAB | Integration | ServiceBus

Something that you’ve always wanted at your finger tips all the public IP ranges for the Azure Data Centers.

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=29840

 

<!--Below address ranges are represented using CIDR notation-->
<!--For detail on how to interpert CIDR notation refer http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CIDR_notation-->
<regions>
  <region name="Europe">
    <subregion name="North Europe">
      <network>213.199.160.0/20</network>
      <network>213.199.184.0/21</network>
      <network>137.116.224.0/19</network>
      <network>157.55.230.160/27</network>
      <network>157.55.3.0/24</network>
      <network>168.61.80.0/20</network>
      <network>168.61.96.0/19</network>
      <network>168.63.32.0/19</network>
      <network>168.63.64.0/20</network>
      <network>168.63.80.0/21</network>
      <network>168.63.92.0/22</network>
      <network>65.52.224.0/22</network>
      <network>65.52.228.0/22</network>
      <network>65.52.248.0/21</network>
      <network>65.52.64.0/20</network>
      <network>94.245.104.0/21</network>
      <network>94.245.112.0/20</network>
      <network>94.245.88.0/21</network>
      <network>137.116.224.0/19</network>
      <network>157.55.230.160/27</network>
      <network>157.55.3.0/24</network>
      <network>168.61.80.0/20</network>
      <network>168.61.96.0/19</network>
      <network>168.63.32.0/19</network>
      <network>168.63.64.0/20</network>
      <network>168.63.80.0/21</network>
      <network>168.63.92.0/22</network>
      <network>65.52.224.0/22</network>
      <network>65.52.228.0/22</network>
      <network>65.52.248.0/21</network>
      <network>65.52.64.0/20</network>
      <network>94.245.104.0/21</network>
      <network>94.245.112.0/20</network>
      <network>94.245.88.0/21</network>
      <network>137.135.128.0/17</network>
    </subregion>
    <subregion name="West Europe">
      <network>157.55.10.0/27</network>
      <network>157.55.10.32/27</network>
      <network>157.55.10.64/26</network>
      <network>157.55.12.0/28</network>
      <network>157.55.9.112/28</network>
      <network>137.116.192.0/21</network>
      <network>137.116.200.0/21</network>
      <network>157.55.8.128/28</network>
      <network>157.55.8.144/28</network>
      <network>157.55.8.160/28</network>
      <network>157.55.8.64/26</network>
      <network>168.63.0.0/19</network>
      <network>168.63.96.0/19</network>
      <network>213.199.128.0/21</network>
      <network>213.199.136.0/22</network>
      <network>213.199.180.112/28</network>
      <network>213.199.180.192/26</network>
      <network>213.199.180.32/28</network>
      <network>213.199.180.96/28</network>
      <network>213.199.183.0/24</network>
      <network>65.52.128.0/19</network>
      <network>94.245.97.0/24</network>
      <network>137.117.128.0/17</network>
      <network>168.61.56.0/21</network>
    </subregion>
  </region>
  <region name="Asia">
    <subregion name="East Asia">
      <network>111.221.64.0/22</network>
      <network>111.221.69.0/25</network>
      <network>137.116.160.0/20</network>
      <network>168.63.128.0/19</network>
      <network>168.63.192.0/19</network>
      <network>207.46.67.160/27</network>
      <network>207.46.67.192/27</network>
      <network>207.46.72.0/26</network>
      <network>207.46.77.224/28</network>
      <network>207.46.87.0/24</network>
      <network>207.46.89.16/28</network>
      <network>207.46.95.32/27</network>
      <network>65.52.160.0/19</network>
    </subregion>
    <subregion name="South East Asia">
      <network>111.221.16.0/21</network>
      <network>111.221.80.0/20</network>
      <network>111.221.96.0/20</network>
      <network>137.116.128.0/19</network>
      <network>168.63.160.0/19</network>
      <network>168.63.224.0/19</network>
      <network>207.46.48.0/20</network>
    </subregion>
  </region>
  <region name="USA">
    <subregion name="South Central US">
      <network>157.55.103.32/28</network>
      <network>157.55.103.48/28</network>
      <network>157.55.153.224/28</network>
      <network>157.55.176.0/20</network>
      <network>157.55.192.0/22</network>
      <network>157.55.196.0/22</network>
      <network>157.55.200.0/22</network>
      <network>157.55.80.0/22</network>
      <network>157.55.84.0/22</network>
      <network>168.62.128.0/19</network>
      <network>65.52.32.0/21</network>
      <network>65.54.48.0/21</network>
      <network>65.55.64.0/20</network>
      <network>65.55.80.0/20</network>
      <network>70.37.160.0/21</network>
      <network>70.37.48.0/20</network>
      <network>70.37.64.0/18</network>
    </subregion>
    <subregion name="North Central US">
      <network>157.55.136.0/21</network>
      <network>157.55.151.0/28</network>
      <network>157.55.160.0/20</network>
      <network>157.55.208.0/21</network>
      <network>157.55.216.0/22</network>
      <network>157.55.220.0/22</network>
      <network>157.55.24.0/21</network>
      <network>157.55.252.0/22</network>
      <network>157.55.60.224/28</network>
      <network>157.55.60.240/28</network>
      <network>157.55.73.32/28</network>
      <network>157.56.12.0/22</network>
      <network>157.56.24.160/28</network>
      <network>157.56.24.176/28</network>
      <network>157.56.24.192/28</network>
      <network>157.56.28.0/22</network>
      <network>157.56.8.0/22</network>
      <network>168.62.224.0/20</network>
      <network>168.62.96.0/19</network>
      <network>207.46.192.0/20</network>
      <network>209.240.220.0/23</network>
      <network>65.52.0.0/19</network>
      <network>65.52.106.128/27</network>
      <network>65.52.106.16/28</network>
      <network>65.52.106.160/27</network>
      <network>65.52.106.192/27</network>
      <network>65.52.106.224/28</network>
      <network>65.52.106.240/28</network>
      <network>65.52.106.32/27</network>
      <network>65.52.106.64/27</network>
      <network>65.52.106.96/27</network>
      <network>65.52.107.0/28</network>
      <network>65.52.192.0/19</network>
      <network>65.52.232.0/22</network>
      <network>65.52.236.0/22</network>
      <network>65.52.240.0/22</network>
      <network>65.52.244.0/22</network>
      <network>65.52.48.0/20</network>
      <network>168.61.128.0/17</network>
    </subregion>
    <subregion name="East US">
      <network>137.117.32.0/19</network>
      <network>137.117.64.0/18</network>
      <network>157.56.176.0/21</network>
      <network>168.61.32.0/20</network>
      <network>168.61.48.0/21</network>
      <network>168.62.160.0/19</network>
      <network>168.62.32.0/19</network>
      <network>137.116.0.0/17</network>
    </subregion>
    <subregion name="West US">
      <network>137.117.0.0/19</network>
      <network>137.135.0.0/18</network>
      <network>157.56.160.0/21</network>
      <network>168.61.0.0/19</network>
      <network>168.61.64.0/20</network>
      <network>168.62.0.0/19</network>
      <network>168.62.192.0/19</network>
      <network>168.63.88.0/24</network>
    </subregion>
  </region>
</regions>

Saturday, April 27, 2013 12:44:18 PM (AUS Eastern Standard Time, UTC+10:00)  #    Comments [0] -
Azure | Integration
# Friday, April 12, 2013
# Thursday, March 07, 2013

Folks – we’re into week 2 of the 6 weeks of Azure program and as I was planning these sessions out with Christian last year, I thought I’d like to bring some fun into the mix.

There’s many possibilities that you can do in Azure, but none other than building a bit of h/w, programming it & having it talk to Azure! Monitored, controlled – how good is that.

Enter the FEZ Kitswww.ghielectronics.com

(There’s also the Raspberry PI’s that run a flavour of Linux with a deployment of Mono – that let’s you run C# code straight onto a $35 computer! – I’ll save that for another post)

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FEZ Kits

These are the ‘mans lego’ kit as I like to think of them as.

What makes these kits cool:

  • they run a flavour of .NET – .NET Microframework. So yes you can write C# etc that runs on the device.
  • you can get many many additional modules for these to plug into your masterpiece – things like temperature sensors, light sensors, colour sensors etc.
  • they run off USB power, even a set of 4 AAA batteries would do it.
  • you program them via USB cable from Visual Studio.
  • *rich* community and developer support - http://www.ghielectronics.com/support/.net-micro-framework

FYI – my kit I’ve added to over time and I’ve also got a Raspberry PI that I play with (good NFC reader).

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My FEZ KIT on the left, with the PI on the right in my beautiful Lego box Smile

 

Now the best thing is that the FEZ Hydra kit (above) will be available to you (as a prize and the like) on the BOOTCAMPS as part of the 6 weeks of Azure.

Let me know how you get on and if you’ve got any questions about these guys – they’re great and good for developers.

--- from the official blurb ----
6 Weeks of Azure

Need in-person Azure Training? DevCamps are for you

Register for a DevCamp in Melbourne | Sydney | Brisbane to learn how to use the new Windows Azure features and services including Windows Azure Virtual Machines, Web Sites, and Visual Studio 2012 to build and move a variety of apps to the cloud.  You will see how to build web sites, mobile
applications, and enterprise-class applications. 

Need help with your app? Register for a Boot Camp

Register for a Boot Camp near you: Melbourne | Sydney | Brisbane. Our
Industry and Microsoft experts will be available to help complete your
Windows Azure app as part of the 6 Weeks of Windows Azure course.
There will be a FEZ Hydra Kit or two to win… not to mention some t-shirts and mice to giveaway.

6 Weeks
Forum

Thursday, March 07, 2013 12:06:00 PM (AUS Eastern Daylight Time, UTC+11:00)  #    Comments [0] -
Azure | 6WOA | Integration | ServiceBus
# Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Scott’s team of teams have been busy and have come out with a few changes:

Some of the improvements include:

  • Mobile Services: Android support, East Asia Region Support, iOS dev content
  • SQL Reporting Services: Support in the management portal
  • Active Directory: Support in the azure management portal, user and domain management
  • Availability Monitoring for Cloud Services. Virtual Machines, Web Sites, and Mobile Services
  • Service Bus: New configuration tab and metrics
  • Storage: Ability to download blobs directly in management portal
  • Media Services: New monitoring metrics and quickstart experience
  • Cloud Services: Support for .cer certificate files upload
  • Localization support for five new languages
  • Windows Azure Store Support in 22 Additional Countries

http://weblogs.asp.net/scottgu/archive/2013/03/04/windows-azure-updates-android-support-sql-reporting-services-active-directory-more.aspx

Tuesday, March 05, 2013 9:13:00 PM (AUS Eastern Daylight Time, UTC+11:00)  #    Comments [0] -
Azure | Integration | ServiceBus
# Monday, February 18, 2013

Day #1 has been officially launched for the 6 weeks of Azure Program.

Rocky & Christian at Microsoft are busy combining a great community effort with help from myself & Mahesh, Bill Chesnut and others to bring together a great 6 week program about a Journey through Azure (above and beyond technical aspects, but they are also included).

Things like:

- taking an onpremise solution and converting to Azure.

- what your solution may look like in Azure.

- what considerations you’ll need to think about when working in Azure.

- Solution landscape

- Technical azure widgets and what each one does and how it can help you in your solution

- Time for you to go away, plan, contact an instructor, see a webcast and come back to a Q&A session.

It’s got over 340 people registered on it so far and it’s never too late to jump on board.

Read the full story here - http://www.breeze.net/news/breezetalk/let-the-6-week-challenge-begin!.aspx

Monday, February 18, 2013 11:43:47 AM (AUS Eastern Daylight Time, UTC+11:00)  #    Comments [0] -
Azure | Integration | Training
# Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Hi guys, while planning for an Azure Based Event (ABE) coming soooon….or at least after Santa has come and gone & given me a birthday pressie, I was directed to a new site in the wings.

Coatsy and his DPE crew have been busy creating a site just for us.

One that accepts our slang and other Aussie quotes.

Register and it will notify you of all the events and other up and coming tidbits.

http://azure.msdeveloper.com.au/Default.aspx?at=blogs

+1 for the Aussie know how (Even if we speak US (English) :))

 

Stay tuned…and keep this on the bat-utility belt. “Holy Azure Batman….”

Tuesday, December 04, 2012 5:20:03 PM (AUS Eastern Daylight Time, UTC+11:00)  #    Comments [0] -
Azure | Integration | General | Tips
# Wednesday, November 21, 2012

You may have heard about ClickFrenzy where last night they launched a site with bargains for a few hours.

Unfortunately there were far too many Error 500 – Server Too Busy errors and hence the site lost many many potential customers.

Breeze has a great article on it - http://www.breeze.net/news/breezetalk/the-sale-that-stopped-the-nation,-enter-windows-azure.aspx

 

Who’d have thought….

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 10:48:49 PM (AUS Eastern Daylight Time, UTC+11:00)  #    Comments [0] -
Azure | Integration
# Thursday, November 01, 2012

Halloween’s just over and my place was overrun with Kids of all sizes seeking high-fructose corn syrup hits…to keep them going till the next house.

It seems Scott Gutherie has all sorts of pieces he wants to chat about on this next free conference.

The world of the Cloud moves just so quickly that these sorts of events are essential to get you up to date in your thinking.

Remember what the cloud story was 12 months ago & how many new features/capabilities have been added since.

Check out the blurb and register….

http://www.windowsazureconf.net/

Thursday, November 01, 2012 12:55:16 PM (AUS Eastern Daylight Time, UTC+11:00)  #    Comments [0] -
Azure | Integration | Breeze | Events
# Thursday, October 25, 2012

Great news – Jurgen Willis and his team have worked hard to bring Microsoft’s first V1.0 WF Workflow Hosting Manager.

It  runs both as part of Windows Server and within Azure VMs also. It also is used by the SharePoint team in 2013, so learn it once and you’ll get great mileage out of it.
(I’m yet to put it through serious paces)

Some links to help you out…

What is it?

WF Mgr 1.0 – Code Samples

 

The following main areas for WF improvements in .NET 4.5: (great MSDN magazine article)

  1. Workflow Designer enhancements
  2. C# expressions
  3. Contract-first authoring of WCF Workflow Services
  4. Workflow versioning
  5. Dynamic update
  6. Partial trust
  7. Performance enhancements

Specifically for WorkflowManager there’s integration with:

1. Windows Azure Service Bus.

So all in all a major improvement and we’ve now got somewhere serious to host our WF Services. If you’ve ever gone through the process of creating your own WF host, you’ll appreciate it’s not a trivial task especially if you want some deeper functionality such as restartability and fault tolerance.

but…. if you want to kick off a quick WF to be part of an install script, evaluate an Excel spreadsheet and set results, then hosting within the app, spreadsheet is fine.

Let’s go through installation:

Download from here

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Workflow_Manager_BPA.msi = Best Practices Analyser.

WorfklowClient = Client APIs, install on machines that want to communicate to WF Manager.

WorkflowManager = the Server/Service Component.

WorkflowTools = VS2012 plugin tools – project types etc.

And we’ll grab the 4 or you can you the Web Platform Installer

image

 

The Workflow Client should install fine on it’s own (mine didn’t as I had to remove some of the beta bits that were previously installed).

Installing the Workflow Manager – create a farm, I went for a Custom Setting install below, just to show you the options.

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As you scroll down on this page, you’ll notice a HTTP Port – check the check box to enable HTTP communications to the Workflow Manager.
This just makes it easier if we need to debug anything across the wire.

Select NEXT or the cool little Arrow->

On Prem Service Bus is rolled into this install now – accepting defaults.

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Plugin your Service Accounts and passphrase (for Farm membership and an encryption seed).

Click Next –> to reveal….

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As with the latest set of MS Products a cool cool feature is the ‘Get PowerShell Commands’ so you can see the script behind your UI choices (VMM manager, SCCM 2012 has all this right through). BTW – passwords don’t get exported in the script, you’ll need to add.

Script Sample:

# To be run in Workflow Manager PowerShell console that has both Workflow Manager and Service Bus installed.

# Create new SB Farm
$SBCertificateAutoGenerationKey = ConvertTo-SecureString -AsPlainText  -Force  -String '***** Replace with Service Bus Certificate Auto-generation key ******' -Verbose;


New-SBFarm -SBFarmDBConnectionString 'Data Source=BTS2012DEV;Initial Catalog=SbManagementDB;Integrated Security=True;Encrypt=False' -InternalPortRangeStart 9000 -TcpPort 9354 -MessageBrokerPort 9356 -RunAsAccount 'administrator' -AdminGroup 'BUILTIN\Administrators' -GatewayDBConnectionString 'Data Source=BTS2012DEV;Initial Catalog=SbGatewayDatabase;Integrated Security=True;Encrypt=False' -CertificateAutoGenerationKey $SBCertificateAutoGenerationKey -MessageContainerDBConnectionString 'Data Source=BTS2012DEV;Initial Catalog=SBMessageContainer01;Integrated Security=True;Encrypt=False' -Verbose;

# To be run in Workflow Manager PowerShell console that has both Workflow Manager and Service Bus installed.

# Create new WF Farm
$WFCertAutoGenerationKey = ConvertTo-SecureString -AsPlainText  -Force  -String '***** Replace with Workflow Manager Certificate Auto-generation key ******' -Verbose;


New-WFFarm -WFFarmDBConnectionString 'Data Source=BTS2012DEV;Initial Catalog=BreezeWFManagementDB;Integrated Security=True;Encrypt=False' -RunAsAccount 'administrator' -AdminGroup 'BUILTIN\Administrators' -HttpsPort 12290 -HttpPort 12291 -InstanceDBConnectionString 'Data Source=BTS2012DEV;Initial Catalog=WFInstanceManagementDB;Integrated Security=True;Encrypt=False' -ResourceDBConnectionString 'Data Source=BTS2012DEV;Initial Catalog=WFResourceManagementDB;Integrated Security=True;Encrypt=False' -CertificateAutoGenerationKey $WFCertAutoGenerationKey -Verbose;

# Add SB Host
$SBRunAsPassword = ConvertTo-SecureString -AsPlainText  -Force  -String '***** Replace with RunAs Password for Service Bus ******' -Verbose;


Add-SBHost -SBFarmDBConnectionString 'Data Source=BTS2012DEV;Initial Catalog=SbManagementDB;Integrated Security=True;Encrypt=False' -RunAsPassword $SBRunAsPassword -EnableFirewallRules $true -CertificateAutoGenerationKey $SBCertificateAutoGenerationKey -Verbose;

Try
{
    # Create new SB Namespace
    New-SBNamespace -Name 'WorkflowDefaultNamespace' -AddressingScheme 'Path' -ManageUsers 'administrator','mickb' -Verbose;

    Start-Sleep -s 90
}
Catch [system.InvalidOperationException]
{
}

# Get SB Client Configuration
$SBClientConfiguration = Get-SBClientConfiguration -Namespaces 'WorkflowDefaultNamespace' -Verbose;

# Add WF Host
$WFRunAsPassword = ConvertTo-SecureString -AsPlainText  -Force  -String '***** Replace with RunAs Password for Workflow Manager ******' -Verbose;


Add-WFHost -WFFarmDBConnectionString 'Data Source=BTS2012DEV;Initial Catalog=BreezeWFManagementDB;Integrated Security=True;Encrypt=False' -RunAsPassword $WFRunAsPassword -EnableFirewallRules $true -SBClientConfiguration $SBClientConfiguration -EnableHttpPort  -CertificateAutoGenerationKey $WFCertAutoGenerationKey -Verbose;

 

Upon completion you should see a new IIS Site…. with the ‘management ports’ of in my case HTTPS

image

 

Let’s Play Smile

Go and grab the samples and have a play – make sure you run the samples as the user you’ve nominated as ‘Admin’ during the setup – for now.

Thursday, October 25, 2012 3:06:11 PM (AUS Eastern Standard Time, UTC+10:00)  #    Comments [0] -
Async | Azure | Integration | ServiceBus | BizTalk | 2010 | 2010 R2 | Dev
# Thursday, October 11, 2012

Hi folks,

What a great time we're in at the moment. Cloud(s) are knocking a the door, local devices, windows 8 etc.

No complaints from me that this world is getting more and more connected.

To maintain those connections and handle new ones - Microsoft BizTalk Server serves as your on-premise middleware platform.

We're running a course shortly on Design, Build and Manage your solutions within BizTalk Server.

We have a wealth of knowledge around Integration and Cloud technologies. As you and I know, integration is all about the systems you're integrating with.

Here's the details - and hope to see you there. Mick (you're new Azure Integration MVP)

Come along to our office for a week of BizTalk 2010 Bootcamp Training!

Agenda

We will take care of you with delicious catering, friendly staff and provide our state of the art BizTalk trainer. There are a limited amount of seats, so book now!

Click here to register

Start: Monday, November 12, 2012

End: Friday, November 16 2012

 

What is BizTalk?

For your business, BizTalk provides the "glue" to giving you a very good integration foundation for both internal applications as well as the outside world and giving you consistency across those interfaces as well.

BizTalk is a platform that is durable, reliable and fault tolerant right across your services, from email, FTP services, web services, database calls and much more, you will have something that retries all of those for you.

 

Why BizTalk?

BizTalk provides a level of maturity to customer operations as well as consistency. It is harder for customers to build themselves, the capabilities that BizTalk can offer out of the box. Our experience is that customers often start out building smaller applications here and there with eventually having over 100 applications talking to each other in a very specific way, all in a very ad-hoc approach and all very speciailised. Over time to maintain those systems becomes a big challenge for the client with increased complexity along the way.

Whereas by introducing a uniform, a best practice way of doing something, "business rules" such as within BizTalk, it eases that integration with the company to make it a lot simpler and easier to manage and everyone gets visibility in to the activity of those calls within the applications.

 

What our customers are doing with BizTalk today

BizTalk being a middleware product is being used in many different scenarios, from simple file transfers right across to complex business process automation.

Customers in one instance are getting real time notifications around FTP, where certain files appear, then systems have to react or respond immediately instead of within a polling interval that may occur at any time during the day. So being able to build out that infrastructure and apply or update databases, all of that happens right across the BizTalk layer, then exposed out via web services.

In-short BizTalk forms another tool in the client toolkit, using the MS integration stack, so on top of not only BizTalk and all of its' capabilities and adapters, we have WCF (Windows Communication Foundation), messaging, MSMQ and many others in the integration stack, not to mention Azure and cloud hybrid solutions we can deploy and employ today. So with clients it's not just about providing BizTalk to solve a problem, it's about using the tools in the toolkit to meet their requirements, whatever the tools may be, to solve their immediate challenge.

Thursday, October 11, 2012 3:29:10 PM (AUS Eastern Standard Time, UTC+10:00)  #    Comments [0] -
Azure | Integration | ServiceBus | 2010 | 2010 R2 | Events | Training
# Thursday, October 04, 2012

In the wee early hours of the morning I recently got an email saying I had been awarded a MVP for another year.

This time I got awarded as an Azure MVP coming from BizTalk MVP. My love has been BizTalk for the last 12 years (and even Site Server before that for those that remember back that far…no they didn’t have punch cards Smile).

As always I don’t feel this is personally my award, but more of an award to you, the community with your hunger and thirst for knowledge to make a difference in your day to day.

And of course thank you to Microsoft for your belief in the MVP program and individuals such as myself.

……

The formal bits out of the way….I’m back for 2012/13!!! Should be a great year…great tour…and huge developments. Stay tuned.

My focus will be How to Integration and how-to integrate to/from Windows Azure.

 

mvp

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Thursday, October 04, 2012 9:49:47 AM (AUS Eastern Standard Time, UTC+10:00)  #    Comments [0] -
Azure | Integration | BizTalk | 2010 R2 | BizTalk Adapter Pack
# Monday, August 06, 2012

Hi folks, BizTalk has some great new features on the horizon and this CTP is jam packed of new and improved features. I believe the CTP is non-public atm, with MVPs etc. able to get access (or if you’re on the TAP program)

I’ve got a VM up and running with the setup and config working a treat – I’m not sure how much I can say, but I’d like to say I’m very pleased with what I’m seeing!

The official feature set blurb goes something like this…

Enjoy.

Details…

Improved productivity with new Microsoft Platform support

Customers can now leverage the latest and greatest platforms, such as Windows Server 2012 RC, SQL Server 2012, Visual Studio 2012 RC. All new BizTalk projects will target .Net Framework 4.5 RC by default. The CTP also provides support for latest LOB versions enabling customers to use BizTalk for integrating their applications with the latest versions of SAP, Oracle and SQL Server. The new adapters provide a seamless experience to enable hybrid connectivity, all done via configuration. The CTP provides native support for ACS authentication and is extensible for other authentication mechanisms.

·         Platform support

o   Windows Server 2012 RC, Windows Server 2008 R2

o   SQL Server 2012, SQL Server 2008 R2

o   Visual Studio 2012 RC

o   Office 2010

o   Support for latest LOB versions

§  Support for SQL Server 2012

§  Support for SAP 7.2

§  Support for Oracle DB 11.2

§  Support for Oracle EBS 12.1 …

·         Adapters

o   WCF-WebHttp adapter, to consume REST service or expose REST service

o   SB-Messaging, for sending/pulling data from Service Bus Queues/Topics

o   WCF-NetTCPRelay, for hosting relays or sending data to NetTCPRelay end points

o   WCF-BasicHttpRelay, for hosting relays or sending data to BasicHttpRelay end points

 

Better B2B with schema updates

EDI standards evolve and one of the key investments made in this new BizTalk CTP is to ensure that we support the latest B2B standards natively. This enables you to transact messages based on the latest versions of EDI protocol.

·         B2B enhancements to support latest standards natively

o   Support for X12 5040, 5050, 6020, 6030

o   Support for EDIFACT D06A, D06B, D07A, D07B, D08A, D08B, D09A, D09B, D10A, D10B

o   HL7 2.5.1

We are working on further schema updates such as HL7 2.6, these will be enabled in the BizTalk 2010 R2 Beta.

 

Improved Performance

The CTP provides performance improvement for certain key scenarios. In case of two way MLLP adapter scenarios where ordered delivery is set, the tests have revealed up-to 5X performance improvement so far in our environments. We have also made enhancements in our engine to improve the performance in ordered send port scenarios.

 

Building hybrid applications

Today, there is an increase in the adoption of hybrid application scenarios where some components of an application run in the cloud and some other components/LOB applications remain on-premise. It then becomes important to integrate between these components and leverage the richness of both worlds. In this CTP release, we enable hybrid connectivity by providing first class support for integrating with Azure Service Bus Queues/Topics/Relays. We are introducing the following adapters

·         SB-Messaging, for sending/pulling data from Service Bus Queues/Topics

·         WCF-NetTCPRelay, for hosting relays or sending data to NetTCPRelay end points

·         WCF-BasicHttpRelay, for hosting relays or sending data to BasicHttpRelay end points

 

Integrating with Azure Service Bus entities is now just a few configurations away!

 

Integration with RESTful services

One of the other prevalent trends in the market today is the proliferation of RESTful services. Almost all new services, as well a lot of services created previously, have a REST interface exposed. For example, all services in Windows Azure, data market place, Salesforce, etc. have support for REST services. With this CTP release, we are making it really easy for you to integrate RESTful services with BizTalk Server using the new WCF-WebHttp adapter. All the REST operations like GET, PUT, POST and DELETE are now supported natively. It gets better. We received community feedback during and post TechEd conference that there should be a way to expose REST services as well from BizTalk. We listened to your feedback. Along with consuming REST services we are also really excited to announce that you now have an early preview to exposing REST services from BizTalk Server as well in this CTP.

 

BizTalk Server in Azure Virtual Machine role

All the above enhancements are available right away for you to preview with BizTalk Server in Azure Virtual Machine role. Setting up a new BizTalk Server environment usually involves long lead time to procure hardware, get the dependencies in place, set up the server, etc. This means long lead times before you can get started with your new BizTalk Server environment. We are now leveraging the power of the cloud and the richness of Windows Azure to provide an experience where you can get up and running with your BizTalk Server environment in matter of minutes and move your existing applications to the cloud without making any changes. Furthermore, the CTP provide improvements to the BizTalk multi machine configuration and now you can do this using some basic configuration settings with the click of a button in a single machine, without having to go and configure BizTalk Server Group in each of the individual nodes.

Monday, August 06, 2012 12:49:28 PM (AUS Eastern Standard Time, UTC+10:00)  #    Comments [0] -
Azure | Integration | ServiceBus | BizTalk | 2010 R2
# Wednesday, July 11, 2012

I am still in shock over this award and are very humbled in receiving it – over 3500+ entries and our story won. Thank you Microsoft, thank you Breeze team and thank you to our great customers in which all of this would not have been possible without you.

Application Integration
WPC11_WebBnnr_Anim_Winner

 

Cloud Partner
 WPC12_WebBnnr_Anim_Finalist

So today was the day at WPC2012 to receive the award up on stage here in Toronto. Not nervous at all Winking smile seeing we had a 2hr rehearsal yesterday.

What a time has this been so far at my first WPC!!! Compared to ‘techie’ conferences the dress standard is higher, different type of events and some great tech demos that are mind blowing (there was one on the keynote today where a partner had developed software around Kinect that created a 3d model of a person by moving the Kinect camera around the person, their software stitched the images together to produce a 3d model. Then the image/model was fed to a 3D printer and presto…out came the 3D person! Very cool)

So after having a photo down under the stadium we were to come out of I was ready to go….

Waiting in the tunnel:
WP_000094

 

My View from out in the middle:
WP_000096

 

Your view of the middle:

WP_000383

 

So all in all it’s been a great day, great time so far and well worth it. I was then fortunate enough to be invited to a Azure Round table discussion with Satya Nadella (President of Server and Tools) and what a lovely lovely lovely guy. He’s very switched on and a refreshing experience was had with myself and 6 others in the room.

He took away our Azure stories and feedback so let's wait and see what transpires – very inspirational stuff! Thank you Satya.

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And I think I the Northern Hemisphere could be affecting me slightly…

WP_000099

 

More filming tonight and then I can relax!! Open-mouthed smile

WPC Day 2.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012 8:25:41 AM (AUS Eastern Standard Time, UTC+10:00)  #    Comments [1] -
Azure | Integration | BizTalk | Breeze | Events | 2012 | General
# Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Hi folks, you've probably heard a fair bit about the make over of Azure into 'Azure 2.0' (the SDK is still 1.7)

There's some great new tools within VS.NET to manage your environment better, even a Service Bus 'explorer' which was much needed.

I've collected a few links to start with for you guys to read up on when you've got a moment:

Azure 2.0 Details on:

Wednesday, June 13, 2012 11:54:11 AM (AUS Eastern Standard Time, UTC+10:00)  #    Comments [0] -
.NET Developer | Azure | Integration | ServiceBus | Events | Recordings | Tips | Training
# Friday, June 08, 2012

Hi guys, I gave an online presentation earlier this afternoon as part of Microsoft Readiness on Azure Virtual Networks.

I had the whole presentation prepared until the http://meetwindowsazure.com announcement, where I had to go to the drawing board and just share all this goodness that was pouring out in Azure V2.0.

Thanks to the healthy turnout for those online and to those who registered, then check the emails for a link shortly.

As promised here’s the slide deck guys that I used through my demos

Connecting Cloud and On-Premises Applications Using Windows Azure Virtual Network - Breeze_Mick Badran

Presentation:

Friday, June 08, 2012 9:24:57 PM (AUS Eastern Standard Time, UTC+10:00)  #    Comments [0] -
.NET Developer | Azure | Integration | ServiceBus | BizTalk | Insights | Events | Recordings | Readiness | Training

Now we’re talking….

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Off to do some damage…umm play.

Friday, June 08, 2012 7:34:26 AM (AUS Eastern Standard Time, UTC+10:00)  #    Comments [0] -
.NET Developer | Azure | Integration
# Thursday, June 07, 2012
Thursday, June 07, 2012 11:31:37 PM (AUS Eastern Standard Time, UTC+10:00)  #    Comments [0] -
Azure | Integration | ServiceBus
# Tuesday, May 08, 2012

http://www.neowin.net/news/microsoft-renames-azure-services – article talks about MS renaming services and essentially dropping the ‘Windows…’ out of it.

My experience has seen this will appeal to the non-MS types that see ‘Windows…’ as something they don’t want to go near.
I personally think it’s a good move as sure it’s Windows but the Azure Platform offers so much more…..

Here’s some of the proposed changes….

Prior Service Name New Service Name
Windows Azure Compute Cloud Services
Windows Azure Platform - All Services All Services
Windows Azure CDN CDN
Windows Azure Storage Storage
Windows Azure Traffic Manager Traffic Manager
Windows Azure Virtual Network Virtual Network
AppFabric Cache Cache
AppFabric Service Bus Service Bus
AppFabric Access Control Access Control
SQL Azure SQL Database
SQL Azure Reporting Service SQL Reporting
Tuesday, May 08, 2012 10:57:37 PM (AUS Eastern Standard Time, UTC+10:00)  #    Comments [0] -
Azure | Integration | ServiceBus
# Tuesday, May 01, 2012
Hi folks,

Scotty (aka Sco the Stig) Scovell is presenting this week on

Ten Must-Have Tools for Windows Azure as part of Microsoft Readiness.

We'd love to see you there - free event

LIVE Meeting: Ten Must-Have Tools for Windows Azure

Event ID: 1032500970

Language(s):  English.
Product(s):  Microsoft BizTalk Server and Windows Azure.
Any platform, by its own nature, creates an ecosystem for third-party tools and helpers. Windows Azure is no different. In this session we look at a variety of the third-party tools available in the Windows Azure ecosystem. Included are tools for both developers and IT professionals. We look at tools that will help manage storage and resources, migration, scaling, diagnostics and software components that will help you build cloud applications.

Registration

Tuesday, May 01, 2012 8:44:52 AM (AUS Eastern Standard Time, UTC+10:00)  #    Comments [0] -
Integration | ServiceBus | Events | Recordings | General | Training
# Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Should be an interesting month this April - http://www.arnnet.com.au/article/337290/australia_gets_azure_cloud_april/

Let’s see what the pricing will be… be great to handle alot of those data sovereignty issues.

It’s like waiting for Santa all over again Smile

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 7:39:28 PM (AUS Eastern Daylight Time, UTC+11:00)  #    Comments [0] -
Azure | Integration | ServiceBus
# Saturday, March 10, 2012

I’m finally back home after a great trip to Seattle and to see some fellow VTSPs from all over the globe. Very switched on bunch.

I was fortunate enough to be asked to present and with Scotty at the demo controls, we steered a pretty good session.

Thanks to ‘all y-all’ whom was in the session and I hope you got as much out of it as I did.

Grab the Public Version of the slide Deck – HERE.

So as promised on the advice of John Brockmeyer here’s some current limitations of the Azure ‘Integration’ Services.

Feature decision making  with Hybrid IT Solutions-Mick_Scott_1

Feature decision making  with Hybrid IT Solutions-Mick_Scott_2

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Feature decision making  with Hybrid IT Solutions-Mick_Scott_5

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Feature decision making  with Hybrid IT Solutions-Mick_Scott_7

Saturday, March 10, 2012 3:40:35 PM (AUS Eastern Daylight Time, UTC+11:00)  #    Comments [0] -
Azure | Integration | ServiceBus | BizTalk | 2010 | Events
# Thursday, February 23, 2012

Folks I’ve decided to list some useful links and tips that I’ve come across as part of our work we do. This list will grow and expand as time goes on.

Thursday, February 23, 2012 9:45:08 AM (AUS Eastern Daylight Time, UTC+11:00)  #    Comments [0] -
Azure | Integration | ServiceBus
# Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Folks, here’s a great page showing which Azure OS and SDK applies to what version.

One to keep handy – get prepared for a v1.7 SDK release

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windowsazure/ee924680.aspx

Wednesday, February 22, 2012 7:06:12 AM (AUS Eastern Daylight Time, UTC+11:00)  #    Comments [0] -
Azure | Integration | ServiceBus
# Thursday, February 02, 2012

With the ever changing Azure space, chances are you’ve had services working a treat and then one day just fail.

“Can’t connect…" etc.

This has happened to me twice this week – with over 14 IP Address ranges defined in the client’s firewall rules.

It appears that my service bus services were spun up or assigned another IP outside the ‘allowed range’.

It gets frustrating at times as generally the process goes as follows:

1) fill out a form to request firewall changes. Include as much detail as possible.

2) hand to the client and they delegate to their security/ops team to implement.

3) confirmation comes back.

4) start up ServiceBus service

5) could work?? may fail – due to *another* IP address allocated in Windows Azure not on the ‘allowed list of ranges’.

6) fill out another form asking for another IP Address…

By the 3rd iteration of this process it all is beginning to look very unprofessional. (in comparison, these guys are used to tasks such as ‘Access to SQL Server XXX – here’s the ports, there’s the machine and done’. Azure on the other hand – ‘What IP Addresses do you need? What ports?’… we need better information in this area)

Anyway – here’s the most update to date list 10/02/2011.

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/windowsazureappfabricannounce/archive/2010/01/28/additional-data-centers-for-windows-azure-platform-appfabric.aspx

Thursday, February 02, 2012 1:15:07 PM (AUS Eastern Daylight Time, UTC+11:00)  #    Comments [0] -
.NET Developer | Azure | Integration | ServiceBus
# Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Scotty & myself have had this error going for over 2 weeks now, and have tried many options, settings, registry keys, reboots and so on.
(we have had this on 2 boxes now, that are *not* directly connected to the internet. They are locked down servers with only required services accessible through the firewall)

Generally you’ll encounter this error is you install Azure SDK v1.6 – there has been people that have revert back to Azure v1.5 SDK when this error has been encountered and this seems to fix most of their problems.

Here I’m using netTcpRelayBinding, BizTalk 2010 but this could just have easily have been IIS or your own app.

Finding the outbound ports and Azure datacenter address space is always the challenge. Ports 80,443,9351 and 9352 are the main ones with the remote addresses being the network segments of your Azure Datacenter.

The problem: “Oh it’s a chain validation thing, I’ll just go and turn off Certificate checking…” let me see the options.
(this is what we thought 2+ weeks ago)

image

Here I have a BizTalk shot of the transportClientEndpointBehaviour with Authentication node set to NoCheck and None (you would set these from code or a config file outside of biztalk)

We found that these currently have NO BEARING whatsoever…2 weeks we’ll never get back.

Don’t be drawn into here, it’s a long windy path and you’ll most likely end up short.

I am currently waiting to hear back from the folks on the product team to see what the answer is on this – BUT for now as a workaround we sat down with a network sniffer to see the characteristics.

Work around:

1. Add some Host Entries

2. Create a dummy site so the checker is fooled into grabbing local CRLs.

Add these Entries to your HOSTs file.

127.0.0.1    www.public-trust.com
127.0.0.1    mscrl.microsoft.com
127.0.0.1    crl.microsoft.com
127.0.0.1    corppki

Download and extract these directories to your DEFAULT WEB SITE (i.e. the one that answers to http://127.0.0.1/…..)
This is usually under C:\inetpub\wwwroot (even if you have sharepoint installed)




-------------------- The nasty error -------------------

The Messaging Engine failed to add a receive location "<receive location>" with URL "sb://<rec url>" to the adapter "WCF-Custom". Reason: "System.ServiceModel.Security.SecurityNegotiationException: The X.509 certificate CN=servicebus.windows.net chain building failed. The certificate that was used has a trust chain that cannot be verified. Replace the certificate or change the certificateValidationMode. The revocation function was unable to check revocation because the revocation server was offline.
---> System.IdentityModel.Tokens.SecurityTokenValidationException: The X.509 certificate CN=servicebus.windows.net chain building failed. The certificate that was used has a trust chain that cannot be verified. Replace the certificate or change the certificateValidationMode. The revocation function was unable to check revocation because the revocation server was offline.

   at Microsoft.ServiceBus.Channels.Security.RetriableCertificateValidator.Validate(X509Certificate2 certificate)
   at System.IdentityModel.Selectors.X509SecurityTokenAuthenticator.ValidateTokenCore(SecurityToken token)
   at System.IdentityModel.Selectors.SecurityTokenAuthenticator.ValidateToken(SecurityToken token)
   at System.ServiceModel.Channels.SslStreamSecurityUpgradeInitiator.ValidateRemoteCertificate(Object sender, X509Certificate certificate, X509Chain chain, SslPolicyErrors sslPolicyErrors)
   at System.Net.Security.SecureChannel.VerifyRemoteCertificate(RemoteCertValidationCallback remoteCertValidationCallback)
   at System.Net.Security.SslState.CompleteHandshake()
   at System.Net.Security.SslState.CheckCompletionBeforeNextReceive(ProtocolToken message, AsyncProtocolRequest asyncRequest)
   at System.Net.Security.SslState.StartSendBlob(Byte[] incoming, Int32 count, AsyncProtocolRequest asyncRequest)
   at System.Net.Security.SslState.ProcessReceivedBlob(Byte[] buffer, Int32 count, AsyncProtocolRequest asyncRequest)
   at System.Net.Security.SslState.StartReceiveBlob(Byte[] buffer, AsyncProtocolRequest asyncRequest)
   at System.Net.Security.SslState.StartSendBlob(Byte[] incoming, Int32 count, AsyncProtocolRequest asyncRequest)
   at System.Net.Security.SslState.ProcessReceivedBlob(Byte[] buffer, Int32 count, AsyncProtocolRequest asyncRequest)
   at System.Net.Security.SslState.StartReceiveBlob(Byte[] buffer, AsyncProtocolRequest asyncRequest)
   at System.Net.Security.SslState.StartSendBlob(Byte[] incoming, Int32 count, AsyncProtocolRequest asyncRequest)
   at System.Net.Security.SslState.ProcessReceivedBlob(Byte[] buffer, Int32 count, AsyncProtocolRequest asyncRequest)
   at System.Net.Security.SslState.StartReceiveBlob(Byte[] buffer, AsyncProtocolRequest asyncRequest)
   at System.Net.Security.SslState.StartSendBlob(Byte[] incoming, Int32 count, AsyncProtocolRequest asyncRequest)
   at System.Net.Security.SslState.ForceAuthentication(Boolean receiveFirst, Byte[] buffer, AsyncProtocolRequest asyncRequest)
   at System.Net.Security.SslState.ProcessAuthentication(LazyAsyncResult lazyResult)
   at System.ServiceModel.Channels.SslStreamSecurityUpgradeInitiator.OnInitiateUpgrade(Stream stream, SecurityMessageProperty& remoteSecurity)
   --- End of inner exception stack trace ---
   at System.ServiceModel.Channels.SslStreamSecurityUpgradeInitiator.OnInitiateUpgrade(Stream stream, SecurityMessageProperty& remoteSecurity)
   at System.ServiceModel.Channels.StreamSecurityUpgradeInitiatorBase.InitiateUpgrade(Stream stream)
   at System.ServiceModel.Channels.ConnectionUpgradeHelper.InitiateUpgrade(StreamUpgradeInitiator upgradeInitiator, IConnection& connection, ClientFramingDecoder decoder, IDefaultCommunicationTimeouts defaultTimeouts, TimeoutHelper& timeoutHelper)
   at System.ServiceModel.Channels.ClientFramingDuplexSessionChannel.SendPreamble(IConnection connection, ArraySegment`1 preamble, TimeoutHelper& timeoutHelper)
   at System.ServiceModel.Channels.ClientFramingDuplexSessionChannel.DuplexConnectionPoolHelper.AcceptPooledConnection(IConnection connection, TimeoutHelper& timeoutHelper)
   at System.ServiceModel.Channels.ConnectionPoolHelper.EstablishConnection(TimeSpan timeout)
   at System.ServiceModel.Channels.ClientFramingDuplexSessionChannel.OnOpen(TimeSpan timeout)
   at System.ServiceModel.Channels.CommunicationObject.Open(TimeSpan timeout)
   at Microsoft.ServiceBus.RelayedOnewayTcpClient.RelayedOnewayChannel.Open(TimeSpan timeout)
   at Microsoft.ServiceBus.RelayedOnewayTcpClient.GetChannel(Uri via, TimeSpan timeout)
   at Microsoft.ServiceBus.RelayedOnewayTcpClient.ConnectRequestReplyContext.Send(Message message, TimeSpan timeout, IDuplexChannel& channel)
   at Microsoft.ServiceBus.RelayedOnewayTcpListener.RelayedOnewayTcpListenerClient.Connect(TimeSpan timeout)
   at Microsoft.ServiceBus.RelayedOnewayTcpClient.EnsureConnected(TimeSpan timeout)
   at Microsoft.ServiceBus.Channels.CommunicationObject.Open(TimeSpan timeout)
   at Microsoft.ServiceBus.Channels.RefcountedCommunicationObject.Open(TimeSpan timeout)
   at Microsoft.ServiceBus.RelayedOnewayChannelListener.OnOpen(TimeSpan timeout)
   at Microsoft.ServiceBus.Channels.CommunicationObject.Open(TimeSpan timeout)
   at System.ServiceModel.Dispatcher.ChannelDispatcher.OnOpen(TimeSpan timeout)
   at System.ServiceModel.Channels.CommunicationObject.Open(TimeSpan timeout)
   at System.ServiceModel.ServiceHostBase.OnOpen(TimeSpan timeout)
   at System.ServiceModel.Channels.CommunicationObject.Open(TimeSpan timeout)
   at Microsoft.ServiceBus.SocketConnectionTransportManager.OnOpen(TimeSpan timeout)
   at Microsoft.ServiceBus.Channels.TransportManager.Open(TimeSpan timeout, TransportChannelListener channelListener)
   at Microsoft.ServiceBus.Channels.TransportManagerContainer.Open(TimeSpan timeout, SelectTransportManagersCallback selectTransportManagerCallback)
   at Microsoft.ServiceBus.SocketConnectionChannelListener`2.OnOpen(TimeSpan timeout)
   at Microsoft.ServiceBus.Channels.CommunicationObject.Open(TimeSpan timeout)
   at System.ServiceModel.Dispatcher.ChannelDispatcher.OnOpen(TimeSpan timeout)
   at System.ServiceModel.Channels.CommunicationObject.Open(TimeSpan timeout)
   at System.ServiceModel.ServiceHostBase.OnOpen(TimeSpan timeout)
   at System.ServiceModel.Channels.CommunicationObject.Open(TimeSpan timeout)
   at Microsoft.BizTalk.Adapter.Wcf.Runtime.WcfReceiveEndpoint.Enable()
   at Microsoft.BizTalk.Adapter.Wcf.Runtime.WcfReceiveEndpoint..ctor(BizTalkEndpointContext endpointContext, IBTTransportProxy transportProxy, ControlledTermination control)
   at Microsoft.BizTalk.Adapter.Wcf.Runtime.WcfReceiver`2.AddReceiveEndpoint(String url, IPropertyBag adapterConfig, IPropertyBag bizTalkConfig)".

Tuesday, January 31, 2012 2:08:41 PM (AUS Eastern Daylight Time, UTC+11:00)  #    Comments [0] -
AppFabricServer | Azure | Integration | ServiceBus | BizTalk | 2010
# Sunday, January 29, 2012

Windows Azure cannot perform a VIP swap between deployments that have a different number of endpoints.

Which begs the question – what happens as part of an upgrade if you add-endpoints???

So clearly the VIP Swap operation is not a simple process.

Now off to delete some production instances so I can get the changes through… Disappointed smile

Sunday, January 29, 2012 9:23:24 PM (AUS Eastern Daylight Time, UTC+11:00)  #    Comments [0] -
Azure | Integration | BizTalk
# Thursday, January 26, 2012

Recently there’s been an update to the ‘on-premise’ AppFabric for Windows Server.

Grab the update here - http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=27115 (runs on win7, 2008, 2008R2)

What’s new

I’m in the process of updating my components, but the majority of updates seems to be around caching and performance.

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh351389.aspx

 

Read-Through/Write-Behind

This allows a backend provider to be used on the cache servers to assist with retrieving and storing data to a backend, such as a database. Read-through enables the cache to "read-through" to a backend in the context of a Get request. Write-behind enables updates to cached data to be saved asynchronously to the backend. For more information, see Creating a Read-Through / Write-Behind Provider (AppFabric 1.1 Caching).

Graceful Shutdown

This is useful for moving data from a single cache hosts to rest of the servers in the cache cluster before shutting down the cache host for maintenance. This helps to prevent unexpected loss of cached data in a running cache cluster. This can be accomplished with the Graceful parameter of the Stop-CacheHost Windows PowerShell command.

Domain Accounts

In addition to running the AppFabric Caching Service with the NETWORK SERVICE account, you can now run the service as a domain account. For more information, see Change the Caching Service Account (AppFabric 1.1 Caching).

New ASP.NET Session State and Output Caching Provider

New ASP.NET session state and output caching providers are available. The new session state provider has support for the lazy-loading of individual session state items using AppFabric Caching as a backing store. This makes sites that have a mix of small and large session state data more efficient, because pages that don't need large session state items won't incur the cost of sending this data over the network. For more information, see Using the ASP.NET 4 Caching Providers for AppFabric 1.1.

Compression

You can now enable compression for cache clients. For more information, see Application Configuration Settings (AppFabric 1.1 Caching).

Multiple Cache Client Application Configuration Sections

A new dataCacheClients section is available that allows you to specify multiple named dataCacheClient sections in an application configuration file. You can then programmatically specify which group of cache client settings to use at runtime. For more information, see Application Configuration Settings (AppFabric 1.1 Caching).

Thursday, January 26, 2012 10:14:06 AM (AUS Eastern Daylight Time, UTC+11:00)  #    Comments [0] -
.NET Developer | AppFabricServer | Azure | Integration | 2010 | 2010 R2 | Dev
# Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Just came across this one – Microsoft of recently released the Storage Client source code.

Could come in handy!

https://github.com/WindowsAzure/azure-sdk-for-net

Cheers,

Mick.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012 3:45:19 PM (AUS Eastern Daylight Time, UTC+11:00)  #    Comments [0] -
Azure | Integration | BizTalk | 2010 | 2010 R2
# Monday, January 09, 2012

Thought I’d start off the year with a bang around Azure and what’s been happening in the land of Integration.

 

So I contacted a Conor Brady to see what was cooking.

 

The user group is meeting next Thursday 19th Jan 2012.

 

Here’s the blurb…..

 

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'Integration using Windows Azure Application Integration Services'

Local Integration & Training guru Mick Badran CTO at Breeze Training & Consulting and veteran BizTalk Server MVP will present on 'Integration using Windows Azure Application Integration Services'

The presentation will show how to use Microsoft Windows Azure to be the cornerstone of your integration strategy, whether it’s a small piece or larger deployment. Find out what new tools you can use to extend your existing toolbox and the best way to use them.

This session will cover:

- Strategies on complementing your on-premise <-> cloud integration and what tool to use when.

- High availability solutions with a demo of fault tolerance.

- Casting an eye what’s around the corner to new features coming out of Azure Labs such as EAI, EAI Bridges, EDI – azure style and new XML over HTTP endpoints.

 

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Here’s the link to REGISTER - http://www.eventbrite.com/event/2739308345

 

See you there!

 

Mick.

Monday, January 09, 2012 3:18:16 PM (AUS Eastern Daylight Time, UTC+11:00)  #    Comments [0] -
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