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CloudTip #16-Meet the new HTML based Windows Azure Management Portal

Windows Azure has seen a number of upgrades. The latest announced today, along with a series of...

Author: mikebenko Date: 06/07/2012

How to install Win 8 Release Preview from an ISO image

They just announced that Windows 8 Release Preview and Visual Studio 2012 Beta is available for...

Author: mikebenko Date: 05/31/2012

CloudTip #15-MEET Windows Azure

The Cloud comes in many flavors, types and shapes and the terminology can be daunting. You’ve got...

Author: mikebenko Date: 05/21/2012

CloudTip #14-How do I get SQL Profiler info from SQL Azure?

Your application is running slow. You need to find out what’s going on. If you’ve used SQL Profiler...

Author: mikebenko Date: 05/18/2012

CloudTip #13-What do you need to know to get started?

There are many ways to learn a new technology. Some of us prefer to read books, others like videos...

Author: mikebenko Date: 05/17/2012

Easy Money

Want to win some easy money? We have a sweepstakes, where we are giving away seven $50 gift...

Author: mikebenko Date: 05/10/2012

Cloud Tip #12-Get Started with SQL Azure

Business Software is in the business of data management. Creating, updating, deleting and using...

Author: mikebenko Date: 04/27/2012

Cloud Tip #11-Activate your MSDN Benefits

If you have an MSDN Subscription you get Azure benefits which you can use to develop in the cloud....

Author: mikebenko Date: 04/18/2012

Cloud Tip #9-Add Microsoft.IdentityModel to the GAC with a Startup Task

Access Control Services is one of the many services that are part of the Windows Azure Platform...

Author: mikebenko Date: 04/07/2012

Cloud Tip #8-Using ACS without SSL

Today I showed a work around for when you are showing ACS on a site that is running without setting...

Author: mikebenko Date: 04/06/2012

Cloud Tip #7-Configuring your firewall at work for cloud development

I had a question after a Windows Azure Camp about what ports need to be opened and enabled at my...

Author: mikebenko Date: 04/05/2012

Cloud Tip #6-Encrypting the web.config with Visual Basic

One of the great things about Windows Azure is that it is a platform that is for the most part...

Author: mikebenko Date: 04/03/2012

Cloud Tip #5-Secure your settings in Web.config with Encryption

In Windows Azure and especially with SQL Azure we need to store passwords to access things. I wanted...

Author: mikebenko Date: 04/02/2012

Cloud Tip #4-How to migrate an existing ASP.NET App to the Cloud

Suppose you have an existing application that you want to migrate to the cloud. There are many...

Author: mikebenko Date: 04/01/2012

Cloud Tip #3–Find good examples

Yesterday in Minneapolis we delivered the first Windows Azure Kick Start event of the series we’re...

Author: mikebenko Date: 03/31/2012

Cloud Tip #2–Finding Cloud Content that works for You

There are many ways to learn a new technology. Some of us prefer to read books, others like videos...

Author: mikebenko Date: 03/29/2012

Cloud Tip #1–How to set a connection string in Web.config programmatically at runtime in Windows Azure

The scenario is I’m migrating an application to the cloud. I’ve got a database connection defined in...

Author: mikebenko Date: 03/28/2012

Questions on Tuning SQL Queries

Sometimes I get questions about how to get better performance from a database. In working with SQL...

Author: mikebenko Date: 03/14/2012

Announcing Windows Azure Kick Start Events

It’s spring and once again we’re back on the road to helping people explore the possible and see how...

Author: mikebenko Date: 03/12/2012

Get Started with Cloud Computing and Windows Azure

This is the first part of a series of blog posts I’m working on as part of the companion webcast...

Author: mikebenko Date: 03/05/2012

New Webcast Series–Cloud Computing Soup to Nuts

Announcing the latest webcast series - Cloud Computing Soup to Nuts (http://bit.ly/s2nCloud). In...

Author: mikebenko Date: 01/31/2012

How to Convert from Number Seconds to Time String in SQL Server

I’ve been working with a sample timer application on the Windows Phone to track our TechMasters...

Author: mikebenko Date: 12/24/2011

How to get to SQL Azure Query Performance Data

This week there is a lot of announcements and excitement around Windows Azure and SQL Azure with the...

Author: mikebenko Date: 12/15/2011

Learn Windows Azure with the Scott Guthrie, Mark Russinovich and Dave Campbell

On Tuesday this week Scott Guthrie (@scottgu), is doing a live event to showcase Windows Azure and...

Author: mikebenko Date: 12/12/2011

Announcing the New BenkoTIPS.com site!

Today I’ve finally completed migration the content and links to webcasts, downloads and more from...

Author: mikebenko Date: 12/05/2011

More Windows Azure Webcasts

In case you’re interested here are the latest scheduled additions to the Windows Azure Boot Camp...

Author: mikebenko Date: 11/30/2011

Adding an RSS feed to a site or how to use the XMLDataSource and a Repeater

I’ve been working on my demo site for wanted to add a feed to my blog from MSDN. I knew that Linq to...

Author: mikebenko Date: 11/30/2011

How to encrypt passwords in Web.confg

In Windows Azure and especially with SQL Azure we need to store passwords to access things. I wanted...

Author: mikebenko Date: 11/13/2011

Lincoln on Leadership

I just finished a great book that dives into style and approaches for leadership by Donald Phillips...

Author: mikebenko Date: 10/25/2011

How to Secure your Mobile App with 3rd party Identity

Today I’m heading out to my Alma Mater to speak to some Graduate Students on the beauty and magic of...

Author: mikebenko Date: 10/05/2011

Observations from Minnesota Developer Conference 2011

This week in Minneapolis the 6th annual Minnesota Developer Conference (MDC11) was held in...

Author: mikebenko Date: 09/30/2011

Mobile Game + Cloud = RPA on Windows Phone 7

Last night I was out at the Mankato .NET User Group meeting talking about how the cloud makes mobile...

Author: mikebenko Date: 09/28/2011

What’s DreamSpark?

With the technology landscape constantly changing and evolving around new tools, technologies and...

Author: mikebenko Date: 09/27/2011

How to take an ASP.NET site to the Cloud in about 15 minutes

Windows Azure is Microsoft’s “Platform as a Service” or PaaS offering in the cloud space that...

Author: mikebenko Date: 09/25/2011

Creating a Boot from VHD in Win7

In a previous post last year I explained how you can use BCDEDIT to modify the boot configuration to...

Author: mikebenko Date: 09/24/2011

Rock Paper Azure on Windows Phone

Yesterday I delivered a talk on how to build a cloud connected mobile game for a local user group...

Author: mikebenko Date: 09/23/2011

Working with Silverlight RIA Apps in Azure

If you’ve been to my talks lately you might know that I’ve been playing around with Rock Paper Azure...

Author: mikebenko Date: 08/31/2011

This week’s MSDN Radio with Sara Summers

Sara Summers (see her blog at http://uxarray.com)  was on MSDN Radio this morning...

Author: mikebenko Date: 06/13/2011

Learning a new technology is always fun, and to help show what’s possible we’ve created a number of...

Author: mikebenko Date: 04/29/2011

That cloud thing…

Your Pointy-Haired Boss (PHB) just walked in and said, "We need to do this cloud thing, pronto....

Author: mikebenko Date: 04/19/2011

Benko-Quick-Tip: Web Deploy plugin download…update

For today’s webcast (http://bit.ly/btlod-57)  where we explored deployment options we...

Author: mikebenko Date: 04/11/2011

New BenkoTips webcasts on Azure…diving below the surface

I’ve been working with cloud computing for a while now, and it’s time to share what I’ve learned. As...

Author: mikebenko Date: 03/15/2011

Some resources on Azure Interop

Blog: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/interopreability PHP on Azure:...

Author: mikebenko Date: 02/23/2011

Benko-Quick-Tip: How to setup Windows Azure for Web Publish

What’s the deal with a 10 minute wait time to deploy my Windows Azure project to the cloud? I...

Author: mikebenko Date: 01/19/2011

MSDN Radio January Schedule

Here’s the schedule for January’s MSDN Radio shows…register and join the conversation to ask the...

Author: mikebenko Date: 01/03/2011

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