Keith Combs' Blahg

Ramblings from another nerd on the grid

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  • Blog Post: Microsoft Datacenter TCO Tool - Now Live on the Web

    The Microsoft Cloud OS solution provides a modern datacenter with enterprise class virtualization, greater resource utilization, end-to-end service management and deep insight into applications so organizations can focus on delivering business value. Together with Windows Azure or a Microsoft Service...
  • Blog Post: Moving Applications to the Cloud, 3rd Edition - eBook Download

    This guide is the third edition of the first volume in a series about Windows Azure. It demonstrates how you can adapt an existing on-premises ASP.NET application to one that operates in the cloud by introducing a fictitious company named Adatum that modifies its expense tracking and reimbursement system...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Training Kit - updates for August

    The August 2013 update of the Windows Azure Training Kit includes updated versions of Introduction to Access Control Service 2.0 to the latest portal experience and MVC 4; Getting Started Windows Azure Storage with two extra exercises that go deeper on each storage abstraction security; and 4 new labs...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure AD Rights Management Admin Tools and Utilities

    Windows Azure AD Rights Management provides the ability to enable the use of digital rights management technology in organizations that subscribe to the Office 365 preview services. Office 365 Preview customers can enable rights management capabilities within the Preview versions of Exchange Online,...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Active Directory Processes 200 Billion Authentications

    At Microsoft, we have been on a transformative journey to cloud computing and we have been working with customers every step of the way. Millions of customers have embraced the cloud and we are excited to share the news that we’ve reached a major milestone in cloud scale computing.  Since the inception...
  • Blog Post: Using Push Notifications, SMS and Email in Your Mobile Application

    There are also two fantastic tutorials available in the mobile dev center.  The first provides a walkthrough of the basics of configuring your iOS app for push and sending push notifications.  The second details how to use a table to store APNS tokens that can then be used to send push notifications...
  • Blog Post: System Center 2012 SP1 - now available for download

    Today we announced the final release of System Center 2012 Service Pack 1, which helps deliver on Microsoft’s Cloud OS vision to provide customers with one consistent platform for infrastructure, apps, and data – spanning customer datacenters, hosting service provider datacenters, and the Microsoft public...
  • Blog Post: System Center 2012 SP1 Beta - tons of new features now available for testing

    The Beta of System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 (“SP1”) enables System Center customers to jointly evaluate System Center 2012 with Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8. The Beta is for evaluation purposes only and not to be used in production as described in the EULAs associated with the product. No license...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure for IT Professionals Jump Start - free registration now open

    Make Windows Azure Your Datacenter! This Jump Start will help you understand how you can use Windows Azure Infrastructure Services, such as Virtual Machines and Virtual Networks, to migrate, extend, run, manage and monitor common workloads in the cloud. The jumpstart will be led by Microsoft Lead Azure...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Cloud Scale - By The Numbers

    From time to time Microsoft VP, Frank Shaw, likes to do a blog post that has some numbers to indicate the scope of what we do at Microsoft.  We thought you might enjoy a few numbers around our Cloud services.  If the graphic above is too small, go ahead and click it and the full sized version...
  • Blog Post: System Center 2012 SP1 Beta - Supporting Windows Server 2012, Azure Virtual Machine Mgmt and more!

    Microsoft’s Private Cloud is built on the industry leading foundation of Windows Server and System Center. The System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 (SP1) update enables System Center to run on and manage the final version of Windows Server 2012, released earlier this week . System Center 2012 SP1 brings...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup Winners Announced

    At the Social Innovation Summit in Silicon Valley, Microsoft announced the five winners of the second annual Imagine Cup Grant. We’re particularly excited as four of the winners developed their apps on Windows Azure. Grant winners all participated in the Imagine Cup 2012 Worldwide Finals, a global competition...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Pack for Windows Server - Technical documentation update

    This download package contains Word and PDF versions of the technical documentation for Windows Azure Pack. The following guides are available: Deploy Windows Azure Pack for Windows Server, updated 10/17/13 Plan, Deploy, and Configure Windows Azure Pack: Web Sites, updated 10/17/13 Administer Windows...