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# Friday, 28 October 2011

The Azure team has been busy and what a nice email for a Friday.

So that means no inbound charges (ServiceBus could be the exception) and they’ve just dropped the outbound charges.


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Dear Customer,

We are pleased to announce, effective today, that we are reducing our price to you for
Windows Azure Storage from $0.15 per GB to $0.14 per GB stored per month.
You will see this price decrease on your next invoice.

Today's price reduction is part of our commitment to realize cloud efficiencies through economies of scale and
share these cost savings with our valued customers. We appreciate your continued interest in the Windows Azure platform.

Windows Azure Platform Team

Friday, 28 October 2011 16:14:06 (AUS Eastern Standard Time, UTC+10:00)  #    Comments [0] -
# Tuesday, 18 October 2011
Azure: How the “Cloud" can help you integrate–we’re doing another session–come along.



How the “Cloud” can help you Integrate


Microsoft Australia & Breeze

are pleased to invite you to a breakfast Seminar

on Cloud Integration


Sydney – November 16, 2011  8:30 - 11:00am

Venue: Breeze Office, 5a/2 New McLean Street, Edgecliff, NSW 2027

(Adjacent to Edgecliff Station)


With the excitement of technology moving towards “the Cloud” come and learn exactly what this means to your business and how your development projects can leverage the Windows Azure Platform without re-architecting your environment. Should you invest in private cloud, move your application to the public cloud, choose a hybrid approach or keep the application on-premise?

Hear from Microsoft about their cloud strategy and computing platform ‘Azure’ and what this provides with scalable computing power and storage, as well as a number of other online services hosted on Microsoft datacentres.

Hear from Breeze how to make this happen in the real world with measurable results. Breeze Integration Specialists will share with you some of their experiences in the field with helping customers maximise their existing investments as well as future scalability by utilizing the Azure platform with their integration development projects to date.


This seminar is an opportunity to gain insight with the Windows Azure Platform including Windows Azure AppFabric, SQL Azure, Windows Server AppFabric and BizTalk AppFabric Connect as well as meet the industry experts.


This seminar is for all Integration enthusiasts from IT Professionals, Developers to Business Decision Makers. Bring along your questions!


Seats are limited. Register NOW !!!!


For more information and to register contact emmav{at}breeze{dot}net

Tuesday, 18 October 2011 13:33:41 (AUS Eastern Standard Time, UTC+10:00)  #    Comments [0] -
Azure | Events

While wrestling with SharePoint 2007 SP2 today, I got a great error message.

“SharePoint Products and Technologies Configuration Wiza” – Wizzzzzaaaaaaaaahhhhhhh!
(this sits nicely with Shazza, Mappa, Timmy, Kimmy, and on it goes…”)


Now to sort the problem out…

Tuesday, 18 October 2011 12:52:55 (AUS Eastern Standard Time, UTC+10:00)  #    Comments [0] -
General | SharePoint | Tips
# Wednesday, 05 October 2011

Hi folks, from a previous set of posts, we’ve been running a series of Azure Training Sessions.

Here’s the online links to the recordings that many of you have asked me about. Enjoy.

The links below should take you to the landing page, from the click on the View Online button.




Wednesday, 05 October 2011 11:09:03 (AUS Eastern Standard Time, UTC+10:00)  #    Comments [0] -
.NET Developer | Azure | BizTalk | Events | Recordings | Readiness
# Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Hi folks we’re delivering Azure sessions on behalf of Microsoft over the next coming weeks…

Here’s the official timetable, come along they’re free for you!! Smile
(All times are in Australian Eastern Standard Time)


LIVE - 2 Hour

IT Pro/Dev/ ISV

Sept 27th                                  2-4 pm

Ten Must-Have Tools for Windows Azure

LIVE - 2 Hour

IT Pro

Oct 25th                                  2-4 pm

An IT Pro View of Windows Azure

LIVE - 2 Hour

IT Pro/Dev/ ISV

Nov 22nd                                2-4 pm

Managing Windows Azure Applications
Tuesday, 20 September 2011 14:59:54 (AUS Eastern Standard Time, UTC+10:00)  #    Comments [0] -
Azure | Events | Recordings | Training
# Friday, 09 September 2011

A recent project my team has worked hard on has come to fruition . This was a challenging project in these key areas:

  • High volume – benchmarks of 20000 concurrent requests/sec through the system.
  • Low latency – time is critical as price and market changes going through.
  • Scalable – different data centers, different regions in the world.

Seemed like a great challenge…. and we built some great componentry through it, utilising the best of many worlds.

Centrebet have released a press release about their Microsoft Azure Cloud, Application Integration solution. This is a tremendous success story for such a well-known Australian brand.

Centrebet deploys app integration platform

Friday, 09 September 2011 14:22:27 (AUS Eastern Standard Time, UTC+10:00)  #    Comments [2] -
Azure | BizTalk | 2010 | BizTalk Adapter Pack
# Thursday, 08 September 2011

Hi folks, I’m starting off a series Azure training sessions for Microsoft via Live Meeting – yesterday Scotty & I delivered a great presentation with all the main pillars on show.

This session is more about what is inside the Azure ‘Fabric’ and how is this space managed.

In the coming sessions we will delve into creating/configuring applications, deployments etc.

For now – here is the fundamental ‘what’s under the hood’

(Recording will be made available shortly)

You can download from here - (UPDATED LINK: Inside Windows Azure, the Cloud Operating System - Mick Badran thanks Mikael.)


Thursday, 08 September 2011 18:05:41 (AUS Eastern Standard Time, UTC+10:00)  #    Comments [2] -
Azure | Readiness | Training

We had an action packed 2 days hammering ‘Azurey’ (Azure) discovering all the concepts and most importantly I was trying to get the Why point across.


Why should we use Azure? When should we use it? Do I *need* to use it? Where can it help me for little effort… etc.. etc..

The students walked out with a trial Azure account which enabled them to continue working on their environment as and when they could.

We had some great discussions and some good fun was had by all.

I thought I would make my slides available – UPDATED - (case sensitive) – ENJOY!



Thursday, 08 September 2011 17:52:20 (AUS Eastern Standard Time, UTC+10:00)  #    Comments [0] -
Azure | BizTalk | 2010 | 2011 | Training
# Monday, 05 September 2011

In recent days the Cumulative Update #2 has been released with several improvements and fixes.
(The team have done an amazing job addressing previous issues/fixes with currently *no* open issues!!! WELL DONE GUYS)

As you may well know by know – BizTalk is made by people who care for Integrators (us) who care. BizTalk has always been a quality product in the past and in my opinion will be in the future.

Here’s some details if CU2 that was passed onto me…

BizTalk Ta2010 CU2 Details:

Public KB Article

BizTalk Server 2010 CU2 List

BizTalk Adaptor Pack (BAP) 2010 CU2 Details:

Public KB Article

BAP 2010 CU2 List



It is a pleasure to announce the release of CU2 for BizTalk Server 2010 on behalf of the BPD Sustained Engineering group.  With this CU, we have addressed all known customer issues from all branches of BizTalk (i.e. applicable to BizTalk 2010) and also available in multiple locales.


This CU includes few serviceability improvements along with product updates based on customer requests.  Some of the notable updates in this CU are:


  • Transparent CU Setup: Provides info on number of fixes applicable to feature during installation
  • Enhanced EPM debug Tracing: Helps the support team isolate specific failures in a large volume scenario
  • BizTalk Host Instances not coming back-on-line after SQL being off-line: Allows to restart the BizTalk service automatically when SQL connectivity is restored
  • BAM Archive checks & Logging before dropping tables from BAMPI: Prevents possible data loss scenarios when archiving fails unexpectedly and also allows for a user configurable setting on the rate of archiving.
  • Applications stop responding or crash when System Center Operations Manager monitors BizTalk Server applications: Issue was caused by a race condition in one of our internal class and has been fixed in this release.



Fixes Per Feature Area




Monday, 05 September 2011 11:44:45 (AUS Eastern Standard Time, UTC+10:00)  #    Comments [0] -
2010 | BizTalk Adapter Pack | Insights
# Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Now there’s hope, there’s an answer and a way out.

I’ve been fried, engulfed, pea shot and corn fodder with the darkness creeping up all around me.

Whether I’m lounging by the pool, or staring into thick fog with the occasional trip to the roof….

…the answer is here….

The addicts guide to PvZ!!

Tuesday, 23 August 2011 11:48:51 (AUS Eastern Standard Time, UTC+10:00)  #    Comments [0] -
General | Other | Windows Phone 7
# Thursday, 11 August 2011

What a place…the Gold Coast!!!

Any chance to get back there… and this year is looking to be a fantastic 2 day pre-conference training together.

In the training there’ll be no MS speak!! I promise “We’re all in…” …(washing mouth out with soap).

First things first – everyone you speak to will pronounce ‘Azure’ differently (I once had 3 martial arts instructors all speak their own flavour of ‘Korean’ to me).
You’ll get:
1) ‘Aaaaaazzzzre’
2) ‘Azzzz-cloud’

Now here in Australia we’re standardising (our English-Australian) to Azurey!

Azurey is our official term,
which fits alongside ‘Timmy’, ‘Barbie’ and ‘Daveo’… but not Shazza.

What I want to explore with you are all the different options and components that you could utilise. Having been through several cloud based solutions and building a cloud based solution over the last 2 years.


So we can use a combination of the available technologies to alleviate some of the in-house problems (e.g. firewall settings, h/w order and provisioning, server space) while still maintaining *very* good ownership over it.

One thing is clear right now – with this new landscape the focus has returned to the Developer to be mindful of what resources they use and HOW they use them.

The price of your solution starts right now from the ground up with the Developer!
(Previously we’ve had limitless memory, disk, cpu, connections, sockets, select * from customers… – developers rarely care)

So the cost model – What do you get charged for?
(short answer – nearly everything)

If you can design a solution with:
1) no use for SQL Azure –as it currently costs a bomb to host a DB.
You could use – SQLCE locally or Azure Storage (Table, Queue, blob) which is cheap as chips.

2) limit your Service Bus Connections – both client and server count as a connection. The connections are averaged out over a day/month and are sampled every 5 mins, but you certainly don’t want to rack up 100s of connections. A cheaper alternative is to expose a WCF Endpoint (via a worker role) and have a process communicate with the Servicebus endpoint handling the requests. This counts for 2 connections (1 client, 1 server) and is well within the 5 pack.

3) Only data out is charged – not in.

4) Compute VM sizes limit bandwith – across all your compute VMs e.g. small, there is bandwidth limitations that is enforced whether you have 1 or 10 VMs. Be mindful of that.

5) We can ‘monitor’ our cloud machines and even get back perf counters on each – just to give you that feel good feeling.


Well anyway I must go tweak some F# (best thing I’ve seen in a long while…another story)

Here’s the official story @ TechEd – hope to see you there folks!

Official Blurb!

How “the Cloud” can help you integrate – Microsoft for Developers


With the excitement of technology moving towards “the Cloud” come and learn exactly what this means to your business and how your development projects can leverage the Windows Azure Platform without re-architecting your environment. Should you invest in private cloud, move your application to the public cloud, choose a hybrid approach or keep the application on-premise?


This two-day development workshop led by renowned Integration Experts provides delegates with an early opportunity to gain insight and hands-on experience with the Windows Azure Platform including Windows Azure AppFabric, SQL Azure, Windows Server AppFabric and BizTalk AppFabric Connect.


This developer workshop focuses on maximising your existing integration technology investment for an on-premise solution, including architectural design considerations, real world tips and techniques and hands-on experience with using the integration tools available today.


Delivered through workshop style presentations and hands-on lab exercises, this technology focused pre conference training will assist with designing and developing your company roadmap to the Cloud.

Thursday, 11 August 2011 13:06:03 (AUS Eastern Standard Time, UTC+10:00)  #    Comments [0] -
AppFabricServer | Azure | BizTalk | 2010 | TechEd | 2011 | Training
# Sunday, 10 July 2011


Finally cracked it!!! ohh how long has this been bugging me.

Basically when I connected my wp7 omnia 7 phone old Zune would complain with

Can't connect to your phone. Disconnect it, restart it, then try connecting again.

I tried a whole series of options from download new wp7 drivers, changing usb ports, trying everything.

An interesting piece was that my Windows 7 PC detected the device, it was just Zune complaining.

After checking the EventLogs, I noticed crypto errors everytime I connected my phone.

The Fix:

1. Close Zune

2. Go into Certificate manager and delete the ‘Zune-tuner’ (named) certificate(s).

3. Re-Open Zune

4. Connect phone.


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