Episode 77 - Windows Azure Powershell Updates

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Join Nate and Nick each week as they cover Windows Azure. You can follow and interact with the show at @CloudCoverShow.

In this episode, we are joined by Michael Washam — Senior Technical Evangelist for Windows Azure — who shows us some updates to the Windows Azure PowerShell Cmdlets. Michael walks us through a variety of scenarios that will help developers and administrators with management, deployment, and diagnostics on Windows Azure.

In the News:

In the Tip of the Week, we discuss a blog post by our good friend Wade Wegner. Wade shows us a quick tip on handling table storage queries that have no results using the .Net SDK.
 



 

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      WadeWegner

      Aww, I miss you guys too!

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      Trevor Sullivan

      Good work guys -- hoping to see Service Bus functionality in the next version. Had to develop some of my own script cmdlets to manage Service Bus queues, topics, etc.

      Cheers,
      Trevor Sullivan
      http://twitter.com/pcgeek86
      http://trevorsullivan.net

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      Rodrigo De Castro

      Michael posted a working script on his blog:
      http://michaelwasham.com/2012/04/24/automated-global-deployments-with-traffic-manager-and-powershell/

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      Rodrigo De Castro

      Answering questions on Windows Azure Traffic Manager:

      QUESTION: Round Robin: when would you want to round robin?
      ANSWER: Currently round robin should distribute the traffic fairly evenly, so this could be used for A/B testing scenarios. For instance, you could test a production rollout by having ~50% of the traffic going to the new deployment and the rest to the current deployment. In the future we will offer ratio load balancing, where % of traffic for each endpoint will be allowed to be specified.

      QUESTION: Supporting both Performance and Failover at the same time?
      ANSWER: This is not currently supported, but the plan in the future is to support more complex scenarios through nested policies.

      QUESTION: trafficmanager.net or .com?
      ANSWER: trafficmanager.net

      QUESTION: How long does a monitor need to return a 200 status code?
      ANSWER: This is called monitor timeout and that’s set to 10 seconds currently. In the future this will be configurable by the user. Accepted values can be found in the API documentation (http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windowsazure/hh758255.aspx)

      QUESTION: DNS TTL range (is 300 the lower limit?)
      ANSWER: Currently the range is from 30 seconds to 999,999 seconds. Ranges can be found in API documentation (http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windowsazure/hh758255.aspx)

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