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March, 2011

AppFabric

This is the top level group for Microsoft AppFabric. Find blogs, samples, videos, and learning resources for Platform Azure AppFabric and Windows Server AppFabric here.

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Bloggers with a focus on Server AppFabric or Azure AppFabric. All content is property of the original blog owner.
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    AppFabric WCF HTTP Service Template

    Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) is Microsoft’s unified programming model for building service-oriented applications. Windows Server AppFabric provides tools for managing and monitoring your web services and workflows. WCF HTTP Service is a service that can be accessed by a simple HTTP POST/GET request and can return responses in plain XML and in JSON formats. The AppFabric WCF HTTP Service template brings these two products together providing the following features: Monitor the calls...
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    Windows Azure Platform Training Kit and Course, February 2011 Update

    The February 2011 update of the Windows Azure Platform Training Kit includes several updates and bug fixes for the hands-on labs.   Most of the updates were focused on supporting the new Windows Azure AppFabric February CTP and the new portal experience for AppFabric Caching, Access Control, and the Service Bus.  The specific content that was [...] Blog Post by: Wade
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    Recent changes might cause Windows Azure AppFabric Portal error message for a few days

    In a few days, we’ll be deploying an updated Windows Azure AppFabric portal to correspond to recent changes in our environment . In the interim, users of the AppFabric portal located at http://appfabric.azure.com may experience the following issue: When creating a new service namespace, the namespace appears as “Activating” for several seconds and then appears as “Active”. If you click on the namespace link you may be redirected to an error page. If you wait 2-5 minutes...
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    3/1/2011 - Updated IP addresses for AppFabric Data Centers

    Today (1/3/2011) the Windows Azure AppFabric has updated the IP Ranges on which the AppFabric nodes are hosted. If your firewall restricts outbound traffic, you will need to perform the additional step of opening your outbound TCP Ports and IP Addresses for these nodes. Please see the 1/28/2010 “ Additional Data Centers for Windows Azure platform AppFabric ” posted which was updated today to include the new set of IP Addresses. The addition is under United States (North/Central). Value...
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    Access Control Service updated in Labs

    The Windows Azure AppFabric LABS release of Access Control Service received an update today that impacts users who are using ACS management service. For more details, see the ACS release notes on Codeplex . The Windows Azure AppFabric Team Blog Post by: netsqlservicesteam
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    How BEDIN Shop Systems has been utilizing the Windows Azure AppFabric Service Bus as part of their aKite “Connected Retail” solution

    Yesterday during the “Cloud Computing in Retail Breakfast” at the Euroshop Retail Design Conference in Dusseldorf, Germany, Microsoft partner BEDIN Shop Systems made an announcement regarding their retail industry software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions powered by the Windows Azure platform. BEDIN Shop Systems announced that their Windows Azure-based aKite® Vers.2.0 software services suite has gained significant customer acceptance since its introduction on July 11, 2010 at Microsoft’s...
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    AppFabric Cache Performance White Paper

    By now most customers do understand that AppFabric Cache improves application performance by offering a distributed in-memory cache but often I get asked, what performance gains can be expect? The answer has several pivots, since one needs to first understand … More » Blog Post by: Jaime Alva Bravo
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    MIX11– coming soon, all about the Next Web.

    Unplug from your day job. Be inspired at MIX. Join the conversation at MIX – see the latest tools and technologies and draw inspiration from a professional community of your peers and experts. More About MIX. · PREVIEW THE NEXT WEB MIX is where you’ll learn about the future of web, from the diversity of devices and interaction models on the front-end, to the tools and technologies that power the user experience, to the services that make it all possible. There’s no better...
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    Using SQL Azure Data Sync

    Lately, a lot of CTP’s came available on the Windows Azure platform. My goal is to try them all out. I blogged on two of these technologies already: Using Windows Azure VM Role Azure connect - VPN as a service This time, we’re getting on the data side, with SQL Azure Data Sync. This data synchronization service is built on the Microsoft Sync Framework technologies. It provides bi-directional data synchronization and data management capabilities allowing data to be easily shared across...
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    AppFabric WCF Service Template (C#)

    Now available Download the AppFabric WCF Service Template C# Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) is Microsoft’s unified programming model for building service-oriented applications. Windows Server AppFabric provides tools for managing and monitoring your web services and workflows. The AppFabric WCF Service template brings these two products together providing the following features: Monitor the calls to your service across multiple servers with AppFabric Monitoring Create custom Event Tracing...
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    WF4 Workflow Services–Can you use the Same Operation more than once?

    Thanks to Jean-Sebastien who contacted me with this question. Imagine you have the following service contract 1: [ServiceContract] 2: public interface IBaseMyServiceContract 3: { 4: [OperationContract] 5: MyMessage CallAMethod( string correlationHandle, MyMessage data); 6: } Now suppose you want to create a workflow service which implements this contract using the technique I showed in my blog post How to make a WorkflowService implement a contract But to make it interesting suppose you want to use...
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    New and Improved Windows Azure AppFabric Silverlight Portal Released!

    Today we released the new and improved Windows Azure AppFabric Silverlight-based portal experience. The new Silverlight-based portal provides the same great experience as the Windows Azure and SQL Azure Silverlight portals. The new Silverlight portal has the same capabilities as the old portal with an improved Silverlight experience. We will have both the old and the new portals available in parallel for a while, but we will remove the old portal in the near future. The possible error message that...
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    Introduction to Windows Azure AppFabric blog posts series – Part 4: Building Composite Applications

    In the previous posts in this series we covered the challenges that Windows Azure AppFabric is trying to solve , and started discussing the Middleware Services in this post regarding Service Bus and Access Control , and this post regarding Caching . In the current post we will discuss how AppFabric addresses the challenges developers and IT Pros face when Building Composite Applications and how the Composite App service plays a key role in that. Building Composite Applications As noted in the first...
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    ASP.NET WF4 / WCF and Async Calls

    How should you use WF4 and WCF with ASP.NET?  For this post I’ve created a really simple workflow and WCF service that delay for a specific amount of time and then return a value.  Then I created an ASP.NET page that I can use to invoke the workflow and WCF service to test their behavior The Workflow Definition First off – let’s get one thing straight.  When you create a workflow, you are creating a workflow definition .  The workflow definition still has to be validated, expressions...
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    Requesting Access to the VM Role Beta

    I often hear from people that they want to try out the Virtual Machine Role (VM Role for short) but cannot find it in the Windows Azure portal.  This is because it is still in beta and requires you to request access – and receive acceptance – into the program. Fortunately, we make it very [...] Blog Post by: Wade
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    Try out Windows Azure with a Free Pass

    Did you know that you can try out the Window Azure Platform free for 30 days?  Even better, did you know that you can do this without entering a credit card?  Yes, pretty sweet. Here’s what you’ll get: Windows Azure – three small compute instances, three GBs of storage, and 250,000 storage transactions SQL Azure [...] Blog Post by: Wade
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    SQL Azure Pricing Explained

    Steve Yi explains how SQL Azure Pricing works. Blog Post by: Sudhirh
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    How to use the Windows Azure AppFabric Access Control service to federate identities in a Windows Azure ASP.NET Application

    Alik Levin, from the Access Control service content and documentation team, has written these great step-by-step instructions on how you can use the service for federated authentication using Windows Live ID and Google accounts in your Windows Azure ASP.NET application. Read the step-by-step instructions, and find a number of great resources related to the Access Control service in these posts: Securing Windows Azure Distributed Application Using AppFabric Access Control Service (ACS) v2 – Scenario...
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    Windows Azure AppFabric Scheduled Maintenance Notification (March 31, 2011)

    Due to upgrades and enhancements we are making to Windows Azure AppFabric, the AppFabric Portal, located at http://appfabric.azure.com , will be locked for updates for a few hours. During that time you will not be able to create, update or delete any namespaces. There will be no disturbance to the services themselves, nor will there be any breaking changes as result of the upgrades. When: START: March 31, 2011, 9 am PST END: March 31, 2011, 9 pm PST Impact Alert: You will not be able to create, update...
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    Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows Phone 7

    I am tremendously excited to announce the release of the Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows Phone 7.  This toolkit is designed to make it easier for your to build phone application that leverage cloud services running in Windows Azure.  Our team has been diligently working on this toolkit for months, and I think you’ll like [...] Blog Post by: Wade
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