Cloud Computing Soup to Nuts

Announcing the latest webcast series - Cloud Computing Soup to Nuts. In this series you can join Mike Benkovich as we start at the beginning and take you thru the services and technologies that make up Windows Azure and SQL Azure. Running every week on Tuesdays join us to explore the possible with Cloud Computing. Working thru the Hands on Labs in the Windows Azure Training Kit.? Get a Free Azure 90 Day Trial or Activate your MSDN Azure Benefits today!

  • Part 1 - Get Started with Cloud Computing and Windows Azure.
    You've heard the buzz, your boss might even have talked about it. In this first webcast of the Soup to Nuts series we'll get started with Windows Azure and Cloud Computing. In it we will explore what Azure is and isn't and get started by building our first Cloud application. Fasten your seatbelts, we're ready to get started with Cloud Computing and Windows Azure.
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  • Part 2 - Windows Azure Compute Services
    The Cloud provides us with a number of services including storage, compute, networking and more. In this second session we take a look at how roles define what a service is. Beyond the different flavors of roles we show the RoleEntryPoint interface, and how we can plug code in the startup operations to make it easy to scale up instances. We will show how the Service Definition defines the role and provides hooks for customizing it to run the way we need it to.
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  • Part 3 - Windows Azure Storage Options
    The Cloud provides a scalable environment for compute but it needs somewhere common to store data. In this webcast we look at Windows Azure Storage and explore how to use the various types available to us including Blobs, Tables and Queues. We look at how it is durable, highly available and secured so that we can build applications that are able to leverage its strengths.
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  • 2/28 : Part 4 - Intro to SQL Azure
    While Windows Azure Storage provides basic storage often we need to work with Relational Data. In this weeks webcast we dive into SQL Azure and see how it is similar and different from on-premise SQL Server. From connecting from rich client as well as web apps to the management tools available for creating schema and moving data between instances in the cloud and on site we show you how it’s done.
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  • 3/6 : Part 5 - Access Control Services and Cloud Identity
    Who are you? How do we know? Can you prove it? Identity in the cloud presents us with the same and different challenges from identity in person. Access Control Services is a modern identity selector service that makes it easy to work with existing islands of identity such as Facebook, Yahoo and Google. It is based on standards and works with claims to provide your application with the information it needs to make informed authorization decisions. Join this webcast to see ACS in action and learn how to put it to work in your application today.
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  • 3/13 : Part 6 - Diagnostics & Troubleshootingx
    So you’ve built your Cloud application and now something goes wrong. What now? This weeks webcast is focused on looking at the options available for gaining insight to be able to find and solve problems. From working with Intellitrace to capture a run history to profiling options to configuring the diagnostics agent we will show you how to diagnose and troubleshoot your application.
  • Part 7 - Get Started with Windows Azure Caching Services with Brian Hitney (
    How can you get the most performance and scalability from platform as a service? In this webcast, we take a look at caching and how you can integrate it in your application. Caching provides a distributed, in-memory application cache service for Windows Azure that provides performance by reducing the work needed to return a requested page.
  • Part 8 - Get Started with SQL Azure Reporting Services with Mike Benkovich (
    Microsoft SQL Azure Reporting lets you easily build reporting capabilities into your Windows Azure application. The reports can be accessed easily from the Windows Azure portal, through a web browser, or directly from applications. With the cloud at your service, there's no need to manage or maintain your own reporting infrastructure. Join us as we dive into SQL Azure Reporting and the tools that are available to design connected reports that operate against disparate data sources. We look at what's provided from Windows Azure to support reporting and the available deployment options. We also see how to use this technology to build scalable reporting applications
  • Part 9 – Get Started working with Service Bus with Jim O’Neil (
    No man is an island, and no cloud application stands alone! Now that you've conquered the core services of web roles, worker roles, storage, and Microsoft SQL Azure, it's time to learn how to bridge applications within the cloud and between the cloud and on premises. This is where the Service Bus comes in—providing connectivity for Windows Communication Foundation and other endpoints even behind firewalls. With both relay and brokered messaging capabilities, you can provide application-to-application communication as well as durable, asynchronous publication/subscription semantics. Come to this webcast ready to participate from your own computer to see how this technology all comes together in real time.



Part 1 - Get Started with Cloud Computing
Part 2 - Windows Azure Compute Services
Part 3 - Exploring Windows Azure Storage
Part 4 - Working with SQL Azure
Part 5 - Cloud Identity and ACS
Part 6 - Diagnostics and Debugging
Part 7 - Get Started with Windows Azure Caching
Part 8 - Get Started with SQL Azure Reporting Services
Part 9 - Working with Service Bus