Monday, August 15, 2011

Announcing simplified data transfer billing meters and swappable compute instances

Beginning October 1st, we will make two billing related updates to the Windows Azure Platform to increase flexibility and simplicity for our customers.

First, the price of extra small compute will be reduced by 20 percent. Additionally, the compute allocations for all of our offers will be simplified to small compute hours. To deliver additional flexibility to our customers, these hours can also be used for extra small compute at a ratio of 3 extra small compute hours per 1 hour of small compute. Customers can also utilize these hours for other compute sizes at the standard prescribed ratios noted in their rate plan. Additionally, current Introductory Special offer customers and customers who sign up for this offer prior to October 1st will receive both 750 extra small compute hours and 750 small compute hours for the months of August and September to ensure maximum value and flexibility in advance of this enhanced offer.

Details on compute allotment by offer can be found below.


Prior to October 1

Beginning on October 1

Offer: Extra Small Small Extra Small Small Extra Small
Introductory Special* 750 750 - 750 2,250
Cloud Essentials 750 25 - 375 1,125
MSDN Professional 750 - - 375 1,125
MSDN Premium 1,500 - - 750 2,250
MSDN Ultimate - 1,500 - 1,500 4,500

*Note: On August 1, we increased the number of small hours included in this offer from 25 to 750. For the months of August and September, Introductory Special users will get both 750 extra small compute hours and 750 small compute hours. Once small hours and extra-small hours are swappable beginning on October 1, Introductory Special will only include 750 small hours.

We are also simplifying our data transfer meters to utilize only two zones, "Zone 1" and "Zone 2". The zone meter system will simplify the current meter system that includes multiple regions and separate meters for both standard data transfers and CDN. Data centers in Europe and North America will be reported and charged under Zone 1 and those for the rest of the world will be classified as Zone 2. This change will ease customer's ability to monitor data transfers and understand billing charges. The price per GB for outbound data transfers will not change. Customers will also gain the flexibility to utilize CDN data transfers against any data transfer amounts included with their offer. For billing periods that overlap September and October, customers will see both the current regional and new Zone 1 and 2 meters on their invoice These changes are part of our ongoing commitment to deliver world class services in a simple and flexible way to customers.

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Friday, August 12, 2011

Windows Azure Error: Unable to find or obtain a context for requested certificate

Today i was trying to explore Federated Authentication in a Windows Azure Web Role Application Hands on Lab by Windows Azure Platform Training Kit When to step 8 you need to create certificate.


the last step to create certificate prompt an error. Error: Unable to find or obtain a context for requested certificate if you skip and go to step 12 and try to Select certificate you can’t find in the list.

The above error happen due the absence of CAPICOM SDK in your computer, so you need to downloaded and install once this is done. you need re-run above commands which prompt below screen to add certificates.


When you go to step 12 on your Visual Studio you can find your certificate.


Friday, August 5, 2011

Windows Azure Tools 1.4 for Visual Studio 2010

The new Windows Azure Tools 1.4  for Visual Studio (August 2011) have just been released.  You can download them using Web Platform Installer here. This latest version of the tools introduces several new features as follows:

  1. Support for Multiple Service Configurations
  2. Profiling support for Windows Azure apps running in Windows Azure (Profiling is only supported in Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate & Premium)
  3. MVC 3 web role support
  4. Package validation

The detailed walkthrough of ASP .NET MVC 3 on Windows Azure see this post by Nathan Totten 

The detailed walkthrough of Multiple Service Configurations and Profiling visit : Nick Harris

Windows Azure Platform Training Kit – August 2011

The Windows Azure Platform Training Kit (WAPTK) includes a comprehensive set of technical content including hands-on labs, presentations, and demos that are designed to help you learn how to use the Windows Azure platform.

The August 2011 update of the WAPTK includes the following updates:

  • Labs and Demos
    • All the labs and demos have been updated to leverage the new Window Azure Tools 1.4.
    • Updated SSMS dependency of affected labs to SSMS SP1.
  • Windows Azure Deployment
  • Building ASP.NET Applications with Windows Azure
    • Changed the way the membership password was encrypted to fix minor bug when deployed to azure.
  • Exploring Windows Azure Storage
    • Updated the code to support deleting snapshots.
  • Windows Azure CDN
    • Applied fix to a minor bug in the Overview section.

To Download :  Windows Azure Platform Training Kit – August 2011 

For more information, please see Microsoft Technical Evangelist Wade Wegner’s post Updates to the Windows Azure Platform Training Kit.

Windows Azure new symbology

David Pallmann's published article which expressed in a design pattern language which may also be accompanied by a symbology. In his first article he describe the symbology he’ll be using in this series to represent Windows Azure design patterns in architectural diagrams, he also going to use in his web site and in his upcoming book, The Windows Azure Handbook, Volume 2: Architecture.


Azure Design Patterns Web Site

Service and Project Symbols

Hosted service project, , Storage account, AppFabric namespace

To Read more about his :  Windows Azure Design Patterns, Part 1: Architectural Symbols

You can download the icons here

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Classic mode authentication to Claim based authentication

Recently i presented SharePoint 2010 permission and visited MSDN Forum people asking about how to convert web application that created with classic mode authentication to claim based authentication.

Yes, you can convert only via PowerShell Script.

$ConvertApp = get-spwebapplication “http://<web application name>
$ConvertApp.useclaimsauthentication = “True”

Please Note : Once you convert the web application to use claim based authentication, you cannot return to classic mode authentication.