Azure

All posts relating to Microsoft Azure services including information about new services and features as well as deep dives on configuring and using the services.

Microsoft Azure Billing Alert Service

Last week, I dropped a post about how to enable and utilize the New Service Tiers for Azure SQL Databases. In this post, I’d like to show to you another preview feature available in Microsoft Azure, the Billing Alert Service. Whilst I see this service being of more interest to consumers and small enterprises consuming Microsoft Azure services, this isn’t to say that a cost conscious large organisation couldn’t benefit from this and best of all, it’s totally free to enable and consume.

New Service Tiers for Azure SQL Databases

Last night I received an email from the Microsoft Azure team with an announcement for a change to the functionality of Azure SQL Databases. At present, there are two service tiers available for Azure SQL Databases, being Web and Business with limits on size relative to each. As anyone who has read my guide on TechNet Gallery entitled Configuring a SQL Azure Sync Group will know, I’m quite into these DBaaS offerings in Azure. Yesterday, they announced in preview the release of three new service tiers for the Azure SQL Databases service.

Configuring a Microsoft Azure CDN TechNet Guide

Last month, I published the first of a two part guide published on TechNet entitled Configuring a SQL Azure Sync Group which demonstrated the steps for configuring two SQL Azure databases to replicate using SQL Azure Sync. I’m still working away on the second part of the guide which I promised however to keep you all as excited about Microsoft Azure as I am in the mean time, I’ve just published a guide entitled Configuring a Microsoft Azure CDN on the TechNet Gallery.

Microsoft Azure Portal Preview

Sometimes life can be too busy for it’s own good. The night that Microsoft unveiled the Microsoft Azure Portal Preview at Build on Day 2, I grabbed a load of screenshots and took myself on a tour of the portal to share with you all but I got side tracked with Project Home Lab so haven’t been able to write it up and post them for you until now so here it is.

Microsoft Azure Web Sites Hosting Plan Modes

Today, I noticed that the site popped offline whilst I was working on something, the issue being what I was doing in the back-end of WordPress generated a bit of load which then tripped the Shared instance resources counter. I logged into the Microsoft Azure Management Portal, ready to increase the site level to Standard to notice that the Scale options for a Web Site have now changed, another new feature in Microsoft Azure Web Sites.

Configuring a SQL Azure Sync Group TechNet Guide

Back in January, I drafted a blog post on how to configure a SQL Azure Sync Group to provide database high availability and geo distribution. I decided that actually there was so much content there, it would have been too long for a blog post so I have published it instead as a .pdf document on TechNet Gallery instead.

WordPress Database Index with SQL Azure

As part of a moving my online services between two Windows Azure subscriptions last week, I did some upgrades to the blog including moving the database to Windows Azure SQL (SQL Azure). To facilitate this, I’m using the WP DB Abstraction plugin for WordPress available from http://wordpress.org/plugins/wordpress-database-abstraction/. Using this plugin does take a bit of guts I hasten to add as it hasn’t been updated in over two years and it will prevent some plugins from functioning but for core WordPress it’s great.