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Cloud Cover - Episode 1

23 minutes, 31 seconds


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Welcome to the first episode of Cloud Cover!  Join Ryan and Steve as they cover the Windows Azure platform, digging into features, discussing the latest news and announcements, and sharing tips and tricks.

Follow and interact with us at @cloudcovershow

In this episode:
  • Learn about the Service Management API and how to use PowerShell cmdlets to manage your cloud services.
  • Find out how to get started quickly on the Windows Azure platform.

Other topics include:

  • SQL Azure updates!
  • Windows Azure Drives (XDrive). 
  • Hear about some cool new Windows Azure storage management tools.
  • Azure Reader architecture.

Show Links:

SQL Azure SU1
Windows Azure Drive (XDrive)
Clumsy Leaf CloudXplorer
Windows Azure Service Management Cmdlets
Windows Azure Platform Training Kit
Web Platform Installer
Azure Reader Architecture
HedgeHogDev Azure Cloud Application Monitor


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  • ivan_ivan_ g


    It is going to be cloudy with a chance of Windows Azure! Smiley And chances may increase if MS will do it right Smiley


    Thank you for this series, it will really help in desicion making.

  • Greg Braygbrayut Check out PhraseMeme Scanner for Windows Phone at ​PhraseMeme.​com

    Great show! I'm looking forward to more in the future. Here are a few notes:


    1. When showing code it is much easier to read when you zoom in or set the font to be larger.


    2. You might want to check out the Powershell Editor in http://PowerGui.org. It has much better code completion than the standard Powershell ISE.



  • would you guys post a video on azure service bus arcitecture?

  • rhmrhm

    The resolution of this video is too low to read the code.

  • Tomasz Wisniewskiwisnia Tomasz Wisniewski

    Great new series! But PLEASE use a bigger font next time  this video hurt my eyes...

  • CharlesCharles Welcome Change

    What about the High Quality download?


  • If anyone has feedback/questions on the service management API, I would love to hear it.


    One thing I should point out is the API is just a WCF/REST service and csmanage has a class library in it so you can write any code you want over it (or you can just roll your own using the XML/HTTP responses). Of course, you can always shell out to the PS cmdlets or csmanage.



  • FINALLY a show with Steve Marx. Such a great evangelist.

  • Great show guys - keep it up!

  • Very helpful.


    1. Can we have schedule to know the details of coming show in next few weeks? 

    2. As the show is focused on creating the awareness for the tools related to Azure, it would be good to have a separate download with links to the tools site shown in the video.

  • I saw links on the main page. Sorry for posting Q2.

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