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

October, 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

    How To Create a Base Disk or Image in Windows Azure Virtual Machines and Share It Across Accounts

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    The Windows Azure Storage API now have the ability to do cross account, asynchronous blob transfers. This means it is no longer required 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 R2 CTP Virtual Machine. The HUGE value...
  • Stephen W. Thomas BizTalk MVP

    How to Create a Windows Azure Virtual Machine Image without using the Windows Azure Management Portal

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    Currently the Windows Azure Management Portal is having some difficulty using the UI to create an Image from an existing Virtual Machine. You have two different options to create an Image without using the UI.  The two options are using the REST API or PowerShell.  The details of each approach our outlined below.  I have tested both approaches and was able to create an Image and use that Image to create a new Virtual Machine. Options 1:  Using Windows Azure REST API 1.  Sysprep...
  • Stephen W. Thomas BizTalk MVP

    Windows Azure REST API Sample and Tool – GET, POST, & DELETE with One Click

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    Windows Azure has a few different, somewhat disjointed, toolsets available to create new artifacts and maintain existing ones.  The best known is the Web Portal.  Very quickly when working with the web portal you discover the portal is not able to do all the tasks needed to support development and maintenance.  This brings into play Windows Azure PowerShell Commands, a .Net SDK, and REST API.  If you are new to working with the Windows Azure REST API or if you are looking for...
  • Stephen W. Thomas BizTalk MVP

    Window Azure Preview Portal Enhancements for Virtual Machines, Disks, Service Bus, and More

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    Some enhancements were made this weekend to the Windows Azure Preview Portal.  With these enhancements is the addition of Service Bus features and I think the ability to create Containers inside a Storage Account.  I do not remember that being in place before. As it relates to Virtual Machines I noticed the following two changes: 1.  When you Capture An Image from an existing Virtual Machine you get a notice saying the Virtual Machine will be deleted. 2.  When you delete a DISK...
  • Stephen W. Thomas BizTalk MVP

    Working with Windows Azure Virtual Machines using the Windows Azure REST API

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    Windows Azure has a rich Management REST API for working with all types of artifacts.  Continuing on with my current theme of working with the Windows Azure Virtual Machines in Preview mode I came across some details of the REST API that might be helpful to others.  While the documentation seem to say for GET and DELETE requests you need something like the following: https://management.core.windows.net/ < subscription-id > /services/hostedservices/ < service-name > /deployments...
  • Stephen W. Thomas BizTalk MVP

    Working with the Add Disk Operation of the Windows Azure REST API

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    Recently I was looking at a forum question of someone trying to add a disk to the Azure Virtual Machines using the Windows Azure REST API. You have two types of Disks.  You have a Data Disk that do not have an operating system and are used to store user files.  You also have OS Disks.  The OS Disks contain the operation system and is the main disk used when creating an Azure Virtual Machine. These can be created using the REST API, PowerShell, or the Management Portal.  The REST...
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