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    In Part 3 of this series we looked at the plumbing required to add support for Web API 2.x to your SharePoint Apps, as well as some of the integration needed to have it work with SharePoint and CSOM. In Part 4 we’re going to look at the integration with various Azure services in the CloudTopia...
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    Okay, I’m going to preface everything in this post by saying what I’m going to be describing is not what you would consider the most secure SharePoint web application in the world. If you are working with sensitive content then this is probably (but not absolutely) NOT the best solution for...
  • Blog Post: The Azure Custom Claim Provider for SharePoint Project Part 3

    In Part 1 of this series, I briefly outlined the goals for this project, which at a high level is to use Windows Azure table storage as a data store for a SharePoint custom claims provider. The claims provider is going to use the CASI Kit to retrieve the data it needs from Windows Azure in order to provide...
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    Today, I'm going to be the lazy human I'm so frequently accused of being by my somewhat faithful dog Shasta, and bring together two posts written by two other folks into one uber "ain't it cool how this all works together post" by me. Here are the two concepts we're combining today: Publishing...
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    I had a problem that unfortunately I've seen a few people run across when using the AppFabric caching feature of Windows Azure. This is the release version of the caching mechanism formerly known as Velocity. When you have a problem with the caching factory that it uses, most frequently the error message...
  • Blog Post: Using Claims with WCF Data Services Part 2

    In Part 1 ( http://blogs.technet.com/b/speschka/archive/2011/07/28/using-claims-with-wcf-data-services-part-1.aspx ) I described how you can use the WCF Data Services lesser known feature called a ServiceOperation to create a traditional middleware style REST endpoint, with custom code behind it in which...
  • Blog Post: Federated SAML Authentication with SharePoint 2010 and Azure Access Control Service Part 2

    In the first post in this series ( http://blogs.technet.com/b/speschka/archive/2011/05/05/federated-saml-authentication-with-sharepoint-2010-and-azure-access-control-service-part-1.aspx ) I described how to configure SharePoint to establish a trust directly with the Azure Access Control (ACS) service...
  • Blog Post: The Azure Custom Claim Provider for SharePoint Project Part 2

    In Part 1 of this series, I briefly outlined the goals for this project, which at a high level is to use Windows Azure table storage as a data store for a SharePoint custom claims provider. The claims provider is going to use the CASI Kit to retrieve the data it needs from Windows Azure in order to provide...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure 1.4 Diagnostics All Up Overview

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  • Blog Post: The Claims, Azure and SharePoint Integration Toolkit Part 3

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  • Blog Post: Using WireShark to Trace Your SharePoint 2010 to Azure WCF Calls over SSL

    One of the interesting challenges when trying to troubleshoot remotely connected systems is figuring out what they're saying to each other. The CASI Kit that I've posted about other times on this blog ( http://blogs.technet.com/b/speschka/archive/2010/11/06/the-claims-azure-and-sharepoint-integration...
  • Blog Post: The CASI Kit Announcement from SharePoint Conference

    Just wanted to update folks with the announcement made at the SharePoint Conference yesterday regarding the CASI Kit. I have decided to release everything for it - full source code to the base class, the web part, and all of the sample projects - up to CodePlex. If you go to casikit.codeplex.com now...
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    The first step in being able to create a persistent VM in Azure is to get your account upgraded to take advantage of these features, which are all in preview. Once the features are enabled you can follow this process to get the various components configured to support running an isolated SharePoint farm...
  • Blog Post: Major Announcement for CASI Kit Coming at SharePoint Conference 2011

    Hi folks, I just wanted to let you know that I will be making a major announcement for the CASI Kit at next week's SharePoint Conference 2011. If you are down there come by session SPC 412 - SharePoint, Azure and Claims Integration for Developers on Wednesday at 3:15PM to catch the news. For those of...
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    This is part 2 of a 5 part series on the CASI (Claims, Azure and SharePoint Integration) Kit. · Part 1 : an introductory overview of the entire framework and solution and described what the series is going to try and cover. · Part 2 : the guidance part of the CASI Kit. It starts with...