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For this installment in the 31 Days of Servers in the Cloud, I want to spend some time introducing you to the Windows Azure Store and Windows Azure Add-Ons.
Much like we can do with our on-premise servers, be that physical or virtual, getting the server up and running is only the first part of the process. Usually the server is being built out for a reason – to become a mail server, store files and data for a department, or provide infrastructure services like DNS, DHCP and our long time friend WINS. But there are countless “add-ons” that have been developed over the years to provide additional features and functionality to those servers. We normally call these add-ons “applications” or “tools”. But ultimately, all of these applications and tools, modify or extend the functionality of the servers we install them to. The good ones actually add something useful on to the server. Things like shell enhancements, management tools, full blown services and just plain cool things to make working with the servers easier or even fun.
Windows Azure is no different.
We (Microsoft) recently announced the availability of some new add-ons that are now available through the Windows Azure Store. That’s right, Windows Azure has a store! The Windows Azure Store (let’s call it the WAS), lets you add features and services to your Azure cloud applications simply and easily. There are already a number of add-ons available through the store. let’s take a look!
Hopefully, you have spent some time getting to know Windows Azure. If not, you can sign up for a FREE 90 Day Trial to Windows Azure right now!
For those that have been playing with Windows Azure, you have probably seen the Add-Ons link in your Azure Management Portal -
Until recently though, there has been anything there to look at. Now when you click on the Add-Ons link, you have access to the WAS where you can “purchase” add-ons. I put purchase in quotes because many of the apps have free trial modes so you can check them out before committing to buy.
Once you get into the Store, you get a listing of the Add-ons available. Currently they are broken into two categories –
App Services - which provide a number of services like monitoring and analytics of your Azure based cloud apps, full MongoDB and MySQLDB implementations, and even email services.
…and Data – for parsing data from a variety of sources like address searches, text translation, and of course, the Bing Search API.
Adding the services is very easy. After clicking on the Add-Ons link in your Azure Management Portal, you will be presented with a list of currently enabled add-ons. in my case, I have not activated anything yet so I am being prompted to Purchase Add-Ons…
Next you will be presented a list of available Add-Ons. From here it is a simple 3-Step process to add and Add-On.
Step 1 – Choose the Add-On - I am going to add the Bing Search API…
Step 2 – Personalize your add-on – Depending on the add-on, you will have some basic information you can alter – The billing options and promotional codes (if any), the name you will use for the app in your Windows Azure instance, and the Region…
Step 3 – Review Purchase – This is a summary of options, definition of legal terms and/or EULA, and the purchase…
Now when you select your Add-Ons menu item, you see Windows Azure creating and enabling the add-on…
Once the status changes from Creating… to Started, you can select an add-on to make changes to its configuration. Most of the Add-Ons will have a Dashboard View where you can quickly look at current configurations, transaction data, and find links to support and other documentation….
In the case of the Bing Search API, there is also an API explorer that lets you look at what API resources are available for the Add-On….
This example is obviously a little more focused on developers. Which leads us to where to get more information if you are interested in developing an add-on yourself. You can download the Windows Azure Store SDK hosted on github.
If you are a Startup and you hurry (There is a Feb 3rd, 2013 Deadline!), you can Apply for the Azure 2013 Microsoft Accelerator for Windows Azure Program. This program is designed to incubate startups that are building apps in the cloud. There is an opportunity for equity investment, co-location space, access to mentors and technical support, and a chance to demo your results to investors.
Wrapping it up….
For now, the Windows Azure Store is only available in a limited number of regions (US, UK, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Spain, and South Korea). But you can expect that to change over the next few weeks and months.
For even more information on the Windows Azure Store and Windows Azure Add-Ons, see the following resources -
Scott Guthrie’s Blog – Windows Azure Store: New add-ons and expanded availability
//build/2012 – Windows Azure presentations
Find out more information about Windows Azure from the presentations delivered and the //build/2012 Conference.
Windows Azure Blog
The latest and greatest information and announcements about all this Windows Azure.
Windows Azure Events
Find and event in your area (or one you would like to travel to!) to get more information about Windows Azure.
Windows Azure Partners
Need a qualified Windows Azure vendor to help with a project? Or….Are you a Windows Azure expert? Want to become a partner? Join here!
Windows Azure Learning Resources
Are you an Educator? Student? Looking for get certified? Start here!
“Hey Chris! Aren’t you a Microsoft employee??? Why are you running a Mac and playing with Oracle stuff????”
Well folks, I am a Microsoft employee. And as a Microsoft employee, I want to see our products succeed in the marketplace. One way for that to happen is to get developers to write apps for the platform. There are a lot of great apps that exist on non-Windows platforms that I would love to see ported over to Windows. But not every Mac person has access to a Windows PC. Because virtualization makes it easy to run multiple operating systems on a single piece of hardware, I thought it would be a great idea to show how to get Windows 8 running on a Mac OS X machine. In fact, my co-worker Harold Wong and I spent a few days loading up some Mac machines with different virtualization platforms and testing out capabilities. Harold has a series of posts up already on using VMware Fusion to do the same thing.
One of the disappointing things I ran across with this solution was not being able to get hardware based virtualization to work within the virtual machine. What this means is that even though you can load up the Visual Studio tools after getting Windows 8 installed, the Windows 8 Phone Emulator doesn’t work because it requires the hardware virtualization components. So unfortunately this is not an ideal solution for Windows 8 Phone development.
Here we go!
Installing Windows 8 in VirtualBox
VirtualBox is very easy to install and use and is available as a free open source download from http://virtualbox.org. In this step-by-step guide we will walk you through the process of installing VirtualBox on OS X.
1. Have available to you a Windows 8 .ISO image or Windows 8 on DVD Media.
You will need to download or acquire Windows 8. You can download a free 90 day evaluation version of Windows 8 from the Evaluation Center. Please note that this version will expire and is not upgradeable.
You can also elect to purchase a fully licensed version of Windows 8 at retail. If you or your company happen to be MSDN subscribers, you can get the RTM version of Windows 8 from the MSDN Subscriber Downloads page.
To learn how to create a Windows 8 Bootable DVD check these Bing results.
2. Download VirtualBox from http://virtualbox.org/wiki/downloads and save to your desktop.
3. Run launch the VirtualBox-4.2.6-82870-OSX.dmg package
Double-click the VirtualBox.pkg to continue.
4. Click Continue if you receive this prompt ->
5. You will now see the VirtualBox Installer.
6. The Standard installation should be fine for most.
7. Authenticate using your OS X account.
Click Install Software
8. Once the installation completes, click Close.
9. Launch VirtualBox from the Applications folder
10. Provide a name for your virtual machine.
Type – Microsoft Windows
Version - Windows 8 (32 or 64bit depending on the .ISO image you will load from).
11. Select the Memory Size to allocate to the Windows 8 VM. (2GB is the minimum recommended)
12. Select “Create a virtual hard drive now”.
13. Select a virtual hard drive file type. The default VDI is sufficient.
14. Storage on physical drive - Set to Dynamically allocated (configures faster and conserves disk space).
15. File Location and Size - The Virtual Machine name you typed earlier can be changed here.
You can also set the size of the virtual hard drive. What you specify should be based upon the size of the applications and the amount of data your Windows development tools and projects you work with. ~50GB is a good starting point.
16. Now you need to connect your Windows 8 .ISO image to the virtual machine you created in so you can install Windows 8.
Click the Settings button (gear icon) at the top of the window.
17. Click Storage
18. Next to "Controller: IDE", click the "Add CD/DVD Device button" (small disc icon with a green + sign)
Click Choose disk
19. Locate the Windows 8 .ISO image you will be installing from.
20. You should now see your Windows 8 .ISO image in the list of disks attached to Controller: IDE.
21. Start the virtual machine.
Click the Start button at the top of the windows (Green arrow).
22. Make note of the Host key. By default it is the Left Command key.
The Host key will release the mouse and keyboard from the virtual machine when you need to interact with your host machine desktop.
23. Windows Installation process will start... follow prompts.
For more info on installing the 90-Trial check this Windows 8 Enterprise Evaluation FAQ http://technet.microsoft.com/en-US/evalcenter/jj552442.
Hiya folks! You probably know that I am a Technology Evangelist (TE) on the US Developer and Platform Evangelism (DPE) team. What you may not know is that there are 12 of us in the United States that are a part of this team (I have linked each of them in the list on the right side of my blog). We have been working on a series of blog posts called “The 31 Days of Servers in the Cloud”. This is a series of posts about leveraging the new VM Role in windows Azure. You may also hear this referred to as Azure IaaS.
Thus far there have been 25 Posts made in the series covering a broad set of topics. There are topics ranging from a basic introduction to Azure IaaS and what it means to you to more specific topics like using PowerShell to create and manage VM’s in Azure. we are laying the groundwork in this series to get you up to speed on using Windows Azure IaaS as another tool for you to build and manage your infrastructure.
If you would like to learn more about Azure IaaS, I encourage you to sign up for a 90 Day Free Trial of Windows Azure!
I also recommend you book mark my blog post and check back each day as we add the final posts to the series! Here is what we have so far….
Part 1 - 31 Days of Servers in the Cloud: Windows Azure IaaS and You
Part 2 - 31 Days of Servers in the Cloud: Building Free Lab VMs in the Microsoft Cloud
Part 3 - 31 Days of Servers in the Cloud: Supported Virtual Machine Operating Systems in the Microsoft Cloud
Part 4 - 31 Days of Servers in the Cloud: Servers Talking in the Cloud
Part 5 - 31 Days of Servers in the Cloud: Move a local VM to the Cloud
Part 6 - 31 Days of Servers in the Cloud: Windows Azure Features Overview
Part 7 - 31 Days of Servers in the Cloud: Step-by-Step: Build a FREE SharePoint 2013 Lab in the Cloud with Windows Azure
Part 8 – 31 Days of Servers in the Cloud: Setting up Management (Certs and Ports)
Part 9 – 31 Days of Servers in the Cloud: Windows Azure and Virtual Networking….What it is
Part 10 – 31 Says of Servers in the Cloud - Windows Azure and Virtual Networking – Getting Started–Step–by-Step
Part 11 – 31 Days of Servers in the Cloud - Step-by-Step: Running FREE Linux Virtual Machines in the Cloud with Windows Azure
Part 12 – 31 Days of Servers in the cloud - Step-by-Step: Connecting System Center 2012 App Controller to Windows Azure
Part 13 – 31 Days of Servers in the Cloud - Creating Azure Virtual Machines with App Controller
Part 14 – 31 Days of Servers in the Cloud – How to: Create an Azure VM using PowerShell
Part 15 – 31 Days of Servers in the Cloud - What Does Windows Azure Cloud Computing REALLY Cost + How to SAVE
Part 16 – 31 Days of Servers in the Cloud - Consider This, Reasons for Using Windows Azure IaaS
Part 17 – 31 Days of Servers in the Cloud - Step-by-Step: Templating VMs in the Cloud with Windows Azure and PowerShell
Part 18 – 31 Days of Servers in the Cloud – How to Delete VHD files in Azure
Part 19 – 31 Days of Servers in the Cloud - Create a Windows Azure Network Using PowerShell
Part 20 – 31 Days of Servers in the Cloud - Step-by-Step: Extending On-Premise Active Directory to the Cloud with Windows Azure
Part 21 – 31 Days of Servers in the Cloud – Beyond IaaS for the IT Pro
Part 22 – 31 Days of Servers in the Cloud - Using your own SQL Server in Windows Azure
Part 23 – 31 Days of Servers in the Cloud – Incorporating AD in Windows Azure
Part 24 – 31 Days of Servers in the Cloud - Connecting Windows Azure PaaS to IaaS
Part 25 – 31 Days of Servers in the Cloud - Using System Center 2012 SP1 to Store VM’s in Windows Azure
Part 26 – 31 Days of Servers in the Cloud - Monitoring and Troubleshooting on the Cheap (Meaning: Without System Center)
Part 27 – 31 Days of Servers in the Cloud - Using Windows Azure VMs to learn: Windows Server 2012 Storage
Part 28 – 31 Days of Servers in the Cloud – Introduction to Windows Azure Add-Ons from the Windows Azure Store
Part 29 – 31 Days of Servers in the Cloud - Using Windows Azure VMs to learn: Networking Basics (DHCP, DNS)
Part 30 – 31 Days of Servers in the Cloud - Using Windows Azure VMs to learn: RDS
Part 31 – 31 Days of Servers in the Cloud - Our favorite other resources (Links to How-Tos, Guides, Training Resources)
As you can see, we still have 8 more posts to make in the series so check back each day to see what we have added!
I recently interviewed Principal Security Architect Man Nguyen for TechNet radio to discuss how Microsoft IT created a process to track, manage and report PCI compliance at Microsoft. This was performed by leveraging System Center, Windows Server and SQL Server solutions. Tune in as we discuss ways in which his team is supporting PCI requirements as well as best practices and future integration plans using Windows Azure.
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Good Day Folks!
In an effort to re-connect with the community after the holidays and kick off 2013 properly, I am setting up some new Office Hours. I will post these office hours weekly on Friday for the following week. The Office Hours will generally be in the morning, usually a 2-3 hour window starting no earlier than 9am. They will also start out mostly at the Microsoft Lincoln Square office in downtown Bellevue, but I am happy to meet with folks at any location convenient for them on request.
Sorry for the short notice on this week, but here is the schedule -
Thursday January 10th 10:30a to 12:30p Lincoln Square – Bellevue Friday January 10th 9:00a to 12:00n Lincoln Square – Bellevue
For next week I will start out at Lincoln Square unless I have a request to meet elsewhere
Monday January 14th 9:00a to 12:00n Lincoln Square – Bellevue Tuesday January 15th 9:00a to 12:00n Lincoln Square – Bellevue Wednesday January 16th 9:00a to 12:00n Lincoln Square – Bellevue Thursday January 17th 9:00a to 11:00 Lincoln Square – Bellevue Friday January 18th 9:00a to 12:00n Lincoln Square – Bellevue
Feel free to email me to set something up
Hit me up on Twitter! – @chrisavis
Give me a call! – (425) 647-3440
I am sure many of you know the name Harry Brelsford and of his SMB Nation Community. Well, Harry and friends have recently announced the opening of Cloud Nation to service the needs of VAR’s, businesses, and other technology providers in getting on board with and leveraging cloud related technologies. Not only are they providing services for you to sell, but also help in getting industry standard certifications to help you prove to your customers that you are the expert that you are.
What I love about the site is that when you first go to CloudNation.co, you are asked if you are an IT Pro (you install, secure, maintain solutions) or a Business Person (decision maker or looking for business value).
I just signed up on the IT Pro side of things and I now have access to a Windows desktop, Office 2010 Professional, and more from any machine I am on. Essentially a package of applications exposed through a Windows desktop, all of which resides in the cloud and can be access from any machine anywhere you are. Makes for a great remote workspace and is an excellent starting point for you to customize and make more available to your customers.
If you would like to learn more about what the CloudNation.co portal can do for you and your customers, checkout the whitepaper they have published at - http://secure.cloudnation.co/whitepaper/