Integrating Integrators – BizTalk, Windows Azure, Windows Workflow, and Beyond

September, 2012

BizTalk Blogs

This group is for blogs related to BizTalk Server. This includes Community Syndicated blogs and Stephen W. Thomas’s blog.

Stephen W. Thomas BizTalk MVP

Insight and guidance on Microsoft BizTalk Server, Windows Azure, Infrastructure as a Service, and related Microsoft technologies.
  • Stephen W. Thomas BizTalk MVP

    Windows Azure Virtual Hard Disk (blob storage) Cross Account Copy, Lease Break, and Management Tool

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    Recently the Windows Azure Storage API’s were updated to include the ability to do cross account, asynchronous blob transfers. This means it was no longer necessary to download the blob in order to upload it to a different Windows Azure account. You can read all about this here . Over the past few weeks I have been working with the Windows Azure Virtual Machine feature that is currently in preview mode. I talked in a past blog post and video about using the Gallery to create a BizTalk 2010...
  • Stephen W. Thomas BizTalk MVP

    How to Remove an Orphaned Windows Azure Virtual Machine Disk and Remove a Lease Conflict on a VHD Blob

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    I have been spending a lot of time the past few weeks working with the Windows Azure Virtual Machines that are currently available as a Preview Feature. The ability to be up and running with a custom hosted Virtual Machine in a matter of minutes without any extra onsite hardware costs still amazes me, although this concept has been around for a while now.  It is ever better that I can use the Virtual Machine for a few hours and then throw it away at a net cost to me of only a few cents. ...
  • Stephen W. Thomas BizTalk MVP

    Why Can't I Always Change the Region when Creating a Windows Azure Virtual Machine?

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    I have been working with Windows Azure Virtual Machines for a few weeks now. As of this blog post, the preview feature is running six locations currently: West US, East US, East Asia, Southeast Asia, North Europe, and West Europe. One of the things I like about Windows Azure is the world-wide presence. When I select Quick Create for a Virtual Machine, I am able to decide what location to host my Virtual Machine so I can ensure this is some place close to me. Today I might be in Seattle but tomorrow...
  • Stephen W. Thomas BizTalk MVP

    Running a Windows Azure Virtual Machine Locally with Hyper-V or VMware 8 / VMware 9

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    This is a follow-up to my post and video on Creating a BizTalk 2010 R2 CTP Virtual Machine in Windows Azure.  I hope most of you have reviewed my earlier posts on Creating a Windows Azure Virtual Machine running BizTalk Server 2010 R2 CTP. So now what? You can create a Syspreped image of the Virtual Machine to be used over and over again to create new BizTalk instances. This would be very handy if you wanted to role this out to 20 new developers on a project (more detail on this here ) with...
  • Stephen W. Thomas BizTalk MVP

    Go from No Azure to BizTalk 2010 R2 CTP in Less Than 30 Minutes Video

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    Are you experienced with Microsoft Azure? Have you tried the Free 90-Day trial? Have you activated the Virtual Machine Preview Feature? Are you up and running with BizTalk Server 2010 R2 CTP in an Azure Virtual Machine? If you answered NO to any of these questions then this video is for you! If you are a BizTalk Developer and you are not using or looking at Microsoft Azure now is a great time to jump into what Azure has to offer! Why? Because with the Azure Hosted Virtual Machines the days of downloading...
  • Stephen W. Thomas BizTalk MVP

    Setting Up BizTalk 2010 R2 CTP in an Azure Virtual Machine using the Gallery

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    BizTalk 2010 R2 CTP is now publicly available as a template inside the Azure Virtual Machine Gallery.  BizTalk 2010 R2 CTP supports Windows 8, Windows 8 Server, SQL 2012, and Visual Studio 2012 (this is the only supported version of Visual Studios). What does having a Virtual Machine Gallery for BizTalk mean to you?  If you have an Azure account you can be up and running with BizTalk 2010 R2 CTP in no time at all.  Even if you do not have an account yet – it is simple to get a free...
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