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UPDATE Microsoft Message Analyzer tool for #ITPRO #Developer

Microsoft Message Analyzer

Message Analyzer enables you to capture, display, and analyze protocol messaging traffic; and to trace and assess system events and other messages from Windows components.

Microsoft Message Analyzer v1.2 is the current versioned tool for capturing, displaying, and analyzing protocol messaging traffic and other system messages. Message Analyzer also enables you to import, aggregate, and analyze data from log and trace files. It is the successor to Microsoft Network Monitor 3.4 and Message Analyzer 1.0. Message Analyzer is a key component in the Protocol Engineering Framework (PEF) that was created by Microsoft for the improvement of protocol design, development, documentation, testing, and support. With Message Analyzer, you can choose to capture data live or load archived message collections from multiple data sources simultaneously.

Message Analyzer enables you to display trace, log, and other message data in numerous data viewer formats, including a default tree grid view and other selectable graphical views that employ grids, charts, and timeline visualizer components which provide high-level data summaries and other statistics. It also enables you to configure your own custom data viewers. In addition, Message Analyzer is not only an effective tool for troubleshooting network issues, but for testing and verifying protocol implementations as well.

Please also visit Message Analyzer Team Blog for continued updates and helpful information.

You can download the Microsoft Message Analyzer here

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Free Microsoft E-book Building Cloud Apps with Microsoft Azure #Cloudapps #Cloud #Azure #Dev

Building Cloud Apps

Organization of this book
This ebook explains thirteen recommended patterns for cloud development. “Pattern” is used here in a broad sense to mean a recommended way to do things: how best to go about developing, designing, and coding cloud apps. These are key patterns that will help you “fall into the pit of success” if you follow them.

• Automate everything
• Use scripts to maximize efficiency and minimize errors in repetitive processes.
• Demo: Azure management scripts.
• Source control
• Set up branching structures in source control to facilitate a DevOps workflow.
• Demo: add scripts to source control.
• Demo: keep sensitive data out of source control.
• Demo: use Git in Visual Studio.
• Continuous integration and delivery
• Automate build and deployment with each source control check-in.
• Web development best practices
• Keep web tier stateless
• Demo: scaling and autoscaling in Azure Websites.
• Avoid session state.
• Use a Content Delivery Network (CDN).
• Use an asynchronous programming model.
• Demo: async in ASP.NET MVC and Entity Framework.
• Single sign-on
• Introduction to Azure Active Directory.
• Demo: create an ASP.NET app that uses Azure Active Directory.

• Data storage options
• Types of data stores.
• How to choose the right data store.
• Demo: Azure SQL Database.
• Data partitioning strategies
• Partition data vertically, horizontally, or both to facilitate scaling a relational database.
• Unstructured blob storage
• Store files in the cloud by using the Blob service.
• Demo: using blob storage in the Fix It app.
• Design to survive failures
• Types of failures.
• Failure scope.
• Understanding SLAs.
• Monitoring and telemetry
• Why you should both buy a telemetry app and write your own code to instrument your app.
• Demo: New Relic for Azure
• Demo: logging code in the Fix It app.
• Demo: built-in logging support in Azure.
• Transient fault handling
• Use smart retry/back-off logic to mitigate the effect of transient failures.
• Demo: retry/back-off in Entity Framework 6.
• Distributed caching
• Improve scalability and reduce database transaction costs by using distributed caching.
• Queue-centric work pattern
• Enable high availability and improve scalability by loosely coupling web and worker tiers.
• Demo: Azure storage queues in the Fix It app. 11

More cloud app patterns and guidance
• Appendix: The Fix It Sample Application
• Known issues.
• Best practices.
• Download, build, run, and deploy instructions.
These patterns apply to all cloud environments, but we’ll illustrate them by using examples based on Microsoft technologies and services, such as Visual Studio, Team Foundation Service, ASP.NET, and Azure.

You can download the free E-book Building Cloud Apps with Microsoft Azure here


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Download Visual Studio .NET Universe 2014 Poster with Hyperlinks #DEV #VisualStudio #HybridCloud

NET Poster

This poster shows how the trends are changing in .NET as we´re moving from a single large .NET Framework to a more loosely coupled and autonomous libraries and sub-frameworks, many of them even published as NuGet packages and evolving continuosly. The number of those libs and packages is evolving and growing, so having a visual photo of it can be helpful. The main idea of the poster is to show that you can create any kind of application with .NET, from the largest applications to the smaller apps: in the cloud, on the web, on desktops, tablets, phones, and in embedded environments (even watches!). Any of those application types is shown as category/bucket in the poster and within each bucket we´re tossing the main libraries/SDKs/packages out. Then we´re also showing cross-cutting concerns buckets like Security, Data Access, and .NET Extension libs. The main categories are the following: – Emerging application patterns (Mobile, Web & Cloud) – Established application patterns (Desktop and Embedded) – Cross-Cutting concerns Finally, the poster is putting a check/mark on every lib/SDK bullet depending if they are or not complaint with the following: – NuGet package – Open Source – Microsoft Official Supported You can print it out or use it as in electronic format (.PDF). Using the electronic format (.PDF) allows you to access each content URL/page related.

You can download the .NET Universe 2014 Poster with hyperlinks here


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#TechDaysNL : Awesome Days with #DEV #ITPRO #MVPBUZZ Photos

Here you see a photo serie of the Microsoft TechDays 2014 in the Netherlands :

Start TechDaysNL

Entrance TechDaysNLEntrance of TechDays 2014 in The Netherlands

Ask the Expert BadgeGetting my Badge for TechDays 2014

With Jeff Woolsey

On the left is Robert Smit @Clustermvp and in the middle Microsoft Principal Program Manager Lead for Windows Server Virtualization and System Center, Jeff Woolsey keynote speaker @WSV_GUY and on the right it’s me James van den Berg 🙂

TechDaysNL PostYes Ask The Experts is on the Right

With Dansaap

On the Photo with Microsoft alias Dansaap Daniel van Soest.
Microsoft Sales man Number One 😉

Windows StandThe Microsoft Windows Stand

Ask the Expert BaliAsk The Expert Stand “How can I help you with Microsoft CloudOS”
Got a lot of questions about Microsoft Azure

Office365Robert Smit Cluster MVP : Office365 doen we ook !

Xbox One guysMVPBuzz X-Box ONE Experts 😉

MS CloudOS Blog

This System Center Cloud and Datacenter Management BLOG on a BIG Tablet at TechDaysNL

Toys for Boys

Toys for Boys in the Virtual Roller Coaster.

On the TechDaysNL Stairs

THANK YOU ALL for these AWESOME TechDays 2014 !
Go for HybridCloud with Microsoft CloudOS.