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Episode 112 - Portal Enhancements, Monitoring, AutoScale, SDK 2.1, and More New Features

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In this special episode Nick Harris and Nathan Totten provide an update on all the news related to Windows Azure from the last couple months of major announcements including:

  • Nathan says farewell to Cloud Cover and moves to a PM role in Windows Azure. We'll miss you!
  • Visual Studio 2013 Preview Support
  • Visual Studio 2013 VM Image
  • Visual Studio Server Explorer Enhancements
  • Virtual Machines - Start and Stop VM’s w/suspend billing
  • Cloud Services - New Emulator Express option with reduced footprint and Run as Normal User support
  • Service Bus - New high availability options, Notification Hub support, Improved VS tooling
  • PowerShell Automation - new Commands
  • SQL Server AlwaysOn Support
  • Notification Hubs: General Availability Release of Windows Azure Notification Hubs (broadcast push for Windows 8, Windows Phone, iOS and Android)
  • AutoScale: Schedule-based AutoScale rules and richer logging support
  • Virtual Machines: Load Balancer Configuration and Management
  • Management Services: New Portal Extension for Operation logs + Alerts

Over the course of the next several shows we'll start working through the above in detail.

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  • Bye Nathan.
    We'll miss you. I'll look forward to the new enhancements you'll be involved in making to the Azure platform. 

    PS: It would be REALLY nice if you could get some kind of Event Notification / Event Handler feature on the Azure Storage queues. Polling queues sucks. SQL's Service Broker is a significantly more efficient model & much easier to program too.


  • Nathan, always enjoyed what you brought in to the show.  Don't forget to make an appearance every now and then.

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