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Windows VPS – Flexibility and Cost Effectiveness Benefits

Posted on : 19-10-2011 | By : admin | In : Windows Azure Connect, Windows Virtual Server, Windows VPS

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Windows VPS has become a chosen hosting service for web developers and webmasters. In the last few years, several site owners have chosen this hosting service to their shared hosting packages since it provides them flexibility and advanced features. This service is also very cost effective, which makes it even more desirable for the users.

Enjoy Affordable Services

With windows VPS you can manage multiple websites without having to pay much for your hosting. Unlike dedicated hosting, there is no major initial investment involved for you. For resellers and developers, this can be a great opportunity. It is also very easy to run and manage and you will be able to save a considerable amount every month since you wouldn’t need manpower or resources for the upkeep of your server.

Simple Equipment

No expensive equipments are required for windows VPS. The equipment required is quite simple and therefore it is a major cost benefit. Because there is no complex set up needed and no expert required for maintaining the equipments, your initial investment will be much lower. You can easily manage your server on your own without having to spend hours on it every day. This is one of the other major benefits of this hosting service.

Manage Sites at A Low Cost

Since this new hosting technology offers you a number of cost advantages, it would be affordable for you to manage multiple websites without having to spend much. With multiple websites, your company will enjoy higher profits and better visibility. Each server can have a different environment and the operating system of your choice. You can install any type of application that you would need for your website. Programs like SQLserver can be used with ease with this hosting technology. You can use control panels for managing your server easily and without spending much time.

Windows VPS offers you all the flexibility of a dedicated server without affecting your pocket in a major way. If you have been searching for the ideal hosting package that is affordable as well as flexible then windows VPS might be just the right package for you. Read on to learn more about this new hosting technology.

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Connecting Azure Services Using Windows Azure Connect

Posted on : 16-10-2011 | By : admin | In : Uncategorized, Windows Azure Connect

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Introduction
Since Azure services are all in the cloud, Azure developers might want to enable connectivity between Azure services and corporate and external resources. Windows Azure allows IP-level connectivity between Azure services and external resources via Windows Azure Connect.
In this article, we explore how to connect two Azure services using Windows Azure Connect.
What is Windows Azure Connect?
Windows Azure Connect provides an easy to use way to enable connectivity between computers in a corporate network and Windows Azure roles running in the cloud.
Once the connections are configured, Windows Azure role instances use IP addressing.
Benefits of Using Windows Azure Connect

1. Windows Azure Connect makes it easy to configure and use a distributed application which uses Windows Azure roles with corporate networked resources.
2. Windows Azure role instances can be joined to a corporate domain, which will allow using domain authentication, name resolution and other domain services in your Azure applications.
3. Remote administration and debugging of Windows Azure role is made possible with Windows Azure Connect.
Signing up for Windows Azure Connect
To sign up for Windows Azure Connect, navigate to the Windows Azure portal and login using your Windows Live account credentials.

You can then Click “Connect” on the link and you will then see “Connect” and “Traffic Manager” links on the left side.

You can click “Connect”, and the Management portal will report that you need to sign up for the Beta if you have not done so already.

Enable the appropriate checkbox and click “Apply for Access”.

Once you are approved for the Windows Azure Connect beta, click on the Virtual Network link in the bottom left row of the Azure Management portal.

If prompted to “Enable Windows Azure Connect”, select Yes. Next, click the “Get Activation Button”. Choose to copy the activation token.
Enable Windows Azure Connect using Visual Studio
Now, in your Visual Studio project for already deployed Windows Azure applications, right click the webrole you want to enable for Windows Azure Connect, and select Properties.

Check the “Activate Windows Azure Connect” and copy the activation code.

Once you paste your activation code and save the role’s properties, you can see that Visual Studio saved the setting in the ServiceConfigration.cscfg file.

Next, you need to republish the application to Azure.
Once your application is running on Azure, you can revisit the Windows Azure management portal from the computer on which you want to install the local endpoint and Click on “Virtual Network” . Select the subscription containing the role to connect to the local endpoint and click “Install Local Endpoint”. Open the link generated in a new browser window and complete the installation wizard.
Now, group the endpoints to allow them to be part of the same network.
Once you do the grouping, you are all set. Your Azure roles now have IP connectivity between your Azure roles and your corporate resources via a virtual network.
Summary
In this article, we learned how we can create a virtual network to allow you to connect your Azure services with your corporate networked resources. I hope you have found this information useful.

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