September 2011 - Posts

Having recently discovered that this Azure thing is just about ready for actual release, I have picked it up. So after spending an evening installing everything needed to run samples and tutorials, Microsoft releases version 1.5 of the SDK and I have to reinstall everything.

Voicing my angst about this on Twitter I got an answer from the newly appointed Evangelist Thiago Almeida: There is a better way, use Web Platform Installer!

Just point your browser to the Windows Azure Team blog here and off you go. Using this tool you can even install separate labs and it detects dependencies and lets you install them

Now if we can just get them to release a VHD-file as well.

A new experience for me today: You have to use English in the config-file for BizTalk. The thing was that we store some custom settings in the <appSettings>-tag. Quite useful in this particular scenario. So I added some information in Swedish (using the letter ö) and later restarted a host-instance.

I got this error message:

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It reads:

A failure occurred when executing a Windows service request.
Service request: Start
BizTalk host name: BizTalkServerApplication
Windows service name: BTSSvc$BizTalkServerApplication
Additional error information:
Error code: 0xc0c0153a
Error source: BizTalk Server 2009
Error description: A BizTalk subservice has failed while executing a service request.
Subservice: XLANG/s
Service request: Start

Note that it’s XLANG/s that does not start.

It took me a while to figure out but it was due to the ö. The strange thing is that the letter was used in a comment! So even there you have to use English.

The Swedish Azure User group (or SWAG!) will host their forth event on the 29th of September in Stockholm. Detailed info and booking here.

Alan Smith and Barry O’Reilly have invited Björn Eriksen from Microsoft to speak about Azure Storage and the implications it has on programming and architecture.

When coding for the cloud you cannot utilize the traditional file system, what do you use instead and how? Also, how do you make efficient use of other storage capabilities, such as database, blob and queues?

Given the location and the vicinity to bars, my guess is that there probably will be some time for a relaxed chat, after the event.

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