During the Microsoft SharePoint Conference keynote yesterday morning, there weren’t a lot of surprises (if you’ve been paying attention for the last few months, that is). However, you can always learn something from the emphasis that Microsoft puts on certain topics. The biggest “announcement” was that the enterprise features of Yammer are now included with Office 365 E Plans and SharePoint Online. SharePoint 2013 also went up for sale (at least for some customers) yesterday. The rest is all about the cloud and apps.
Since WAMS is still in the preview release stage there are a few wrinkles in the platform that early adopters need to be aware of. These issues should be corrected in upcoming releases but until then, there are a few alternate approaches that will help you get your media solution up and running with as little frustration as possible. In this post I will show you how to get video content hosted, encoded and delivered using the WAMS SDK and how to work around some of the quirks with the June 2012 Preview version.
Additionally, they’ve given first-class support for many non-Microsoft offerings, especially in Azure. Currently, this includes support in Azure for open source gems like Node.js, PHP, and, yes, even Linux. Heck, they even have an Openness logo:
In this post, I’ll walk you through setting up the Ubuntu Desktop on an Azure Virtual Machine and configure it so you can connect to it through Windows Remote Desktop. It’s a lot easier than you think!
If you’re in the Philadelphia area, Vishwas and Jack will be presenting this session again TOMORROW at Microsoft’s Malvern, PA office. All the details on that event can be found here. We hope to see you there, and please keep up with our Events Calendar for other presentations in your area.
Part I: How do I get this thing running already?
I initially used this blog post as a general guide, but since I had some experience with PowerShell already, the real learning part for me was how to call the API through .NET. (There is a second part, which actually shows you how to publish the metric. Unfortunately, his test “Tutorial” namespace ended up in the wrong region [US East] as compared to my instance [US West Oregon].
I figured out the correct way to do this by teasing apart the free community scripts available on AWS, which I will discuss later (see Part 2).
“We want the cloud to be a seamless extension of our data center, not a walled garden. We want to use our existing IT setup and tools (AD, SCOM etc.) to manage the on-premises and cloud-based applications.”
“We want seamlessly move virtual machines from on-premises to the cloud and back.”
“We want to start out by moving existing applications to the cloud without the need to change the applications in any way.”
…then our upcoming Introduction to Windows Azure IaaS session is for you.
The Case of the Case-Sensitive CustomFilter Refiner: If you’re setting up FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint and need a custom date refiner, you’ll want to read about Tim Larson’s experience before you run into trouble. (Code Thug)
Code Samples from TechGate Conference: In case you attended Steve Michelotti’s Azure presentation at the TechGate conference in Reston last weekend, code samples can be found via his blog. (Steve Michelotti)
Part 1: Plan Overview
In this first video, we take a high-level look at Amazon Web Services (AWS) terms, server implementation, and a simple backup plan.
CNAME records don’t support naked domains. Your site has to be at www.example.com, it can’t be at simply example.com, the root, or apex, record of your domain. On the other hand, A records can only support IP addresses.
There are a number of solutions to this problem, so I’ll list some here:
Then I thought: What did I just promise?