Using Active Directory Federation Services to Authenticate / Authorize Node.js Apps in Windows Azure

Using Active Directory Federation Services to Authenticate / Authorize Node.js Apps in Windows Azure

It’s gotten easy to publish web applications to the cloud, but the last thing you want to do is establish unique authentication schemes for each one. At some point, your users will be stuck with a mountain of passwords, or, end up reusing passwords everywhere. Not good. Instead, what about extending your existing corporate identity […]
Blog Post by: Richard Seroter

BizTalk Mapper Extensions UtilityPack v1.5 – New version available with 7 new functoids

BizTalk Mapper Extensions UtilityPack v1.5 – New version available with 7 new functoids

Exciting news I just release a new version of “BizTalk Mapper Extensions UtilityPack” project (available on CodePlex and Code Gallery) with 7 new functoids for BizTalk Server 2010 (I will soon publish for older and new versions). Project Description BizTalk Mapper Extensions UtilityPack is a set of libraries with several useful functoids to include and […]
Blog Post by: Sandro Pereira

Using Data Graphics in Visio 2013

Visio 2013 was released recently with updates including the new visio file format .vsdx, easier collaboration abilities and my favorite, the ability to provide data graphics to shapes. In this blog I will be discussing some of the basics of creating and using these data graphics with both internal Visio data and external data sources.

Data […]
Blog Post by: azimmer

Do I have VM Roles that I should migrate?

You may have received this kind of e-mail and wonder if you have already VM Roles deployed. There are good chances the answer is no, but let’s check.


Dear Customer,

The Windows Azure VM Role preview is being retired on May 15. Please transition to Windows Azure Virtual Machines, and delete your VM Role preview instances as soon as possible.
Thank you for participating in the preview program for the Windows Azure VM Role. Since we started the preview program, we have learned a lot about your needs and use cases. Your feedback and insights have helped fine-tune our approach to infrastructure services. We’ve directed all of that feedback into the design of Windows Azure Virtual Machines, the evolution of VM Role.
On April 16, 2013, we announced the general availability of
Windows Azure Virtual Machines. Virtual Machines provides on-demand scalable compute resources to meet your growing business needs and can extend your existing infrastructure and apps into the cloud. With the general availability of Windows Azure Virtual Machines we are retiring the VM Role preview.
Please migrate from VM Role to Virtual Machines, and delete your running instances of VM Role as soon as possible. You can these follow these instructions to migrate to Virtual Machines.
Here are important dates to note:

  Starting May 15, 2013, calls to create new VM Role deployments will fail.

  On May 31, 2013, all running VM Role instances will be deleted.

Please note that you will continue to be billed for your VM Role consumption until your running instances are deleted.
Thank you for participating in the VM Role preview program and shaping the future of Windows Azure Virtual machines! You can find more information on Windows Azure Virtual Machines
Thank you,
Windows Azure Team

A simple way to check whether you have VM Roles or not is to use the previous portal (the one in Silverlight) which is available at From the new portal ( you can choose previous portal in the menu.


From the main page, click on Hosted Services, Storage Accounts & CDN

and VM Images

If you have a VM Role image, this looks like this

In my case, it is not instanciated as In use is False (I haven’t used VM Roles for years, I think; this image was created in March 2011!), and I don’t have anything to do.


More information is also available at

Benjamin Guineberti%u00e8re (@benjguin)

Blog Post by: Benjamin GUINEBERTIERE

Installing 64-bit Oracle Data Access Components (ODAC) for BizTalk 2010

I didn’t find any good reference on this so though of documenting the steps that worked for me

Step 1: Go to 64-bit
Oracle Data Access Components (ODAC) Downloads page and download 64-bit ODAC 11.2 Release 5 (
Xcopy for Windows x64

Step 2: Unzip the file downloaded in Step 1 it to a folder location.

Step 3: Create a folder to install Oracle Client. I created C:\Oracle\

Setting up an External Domain Trust in a simple SharePoint 2010 Extranet with separate AD Domains – and completing a profile sync.

The requirement for a domain trust relationship depends on how a SharePoint Farm is configured, the SharePoint Farm could either reside in a perimeter network (or hosted environment), or the SharePoint Farm could be split between a perimeter network and the internal network.
In this post we will assume a simple SharePoint Extranet where a SharePoint […]
Blog Post by: Ashraf Hameed

TechEd 2013 Session – Microsoft BizTalk Server 2013 in Windows Azure IaaS

If you are planning to attend TechEd North America this June in New Orleans, LA and are looking for information on BizTalk Server running in Windows Azure IaaS then my session is for you!

With the general release of Windows Azure IaaS and BizTalk 2013 Pay-Per-Hour pricing yesterday I figured now is a great time to plug my session.  The abstract is below.

Abstract: This session looks at the architecture of three new integration infrastructure scenarios that are made possible with BizTalk Server 2013 on Windows Azure IaaS. These scenarios include: Small Scale All Cloud, Hybrid Cloud Burst, and Near-Infinite Scale All Cloud. This session walks through each scenario in detail and explains the best use for each, including a cost analysis. Demos are provided to show key aspects of each scenario.

I’m excited about the opportunity to get to speak again at TechEd.  My last TechEd presentation was in 2007 covering BizTalk Orchestrations. 

One thing to note about the speakers this year at TechEd, I see both a Stephen Thomas and a Steve Thomas.  How funny!  Make sure if you want to learn more about BizTalk you attend the Stephen Thomas session – although I’m sure the other Thomas’s sessions will be good as well.

Look forward to seeing you at TechEd!