The generic term "tuning security … " some say, it's an oxymoron. Why so? Well, in many cases, tightening up security is normally reflected in poor performance. So, if a portion of your environment is performing poorly, it may need a review of the security configuration in order to see if loosening it a bit does not compromise the environment itself. This article by Omar Siliceo, author of IBM WebSphere Application Server v7.0 Security, briefly describes tuning in three major areas:
- General security configuration
- CSIv2 connectivity
- LDAP and Web authentication
A Windows Azure hosted service may comprise multiple instances of multiple roles. These instances all run in a remote Windows Azure data center—typically 24*7. The ability to monitor these instances non-intrusively is essential both in detecting failure and in capacity planning. This article by Neil Mackenzie, author of Microsoft Windows Azure Development Cookbook, shows how Windows Azure Diagnostics provides for the non-intrusive capture of diagnostic data and its subsequent persistence to the Windows Azure Storage Service. Windows Azure Diagnostics supports various standard sources, allowing for their extensibility where appropriate. The topics covered in this article include:
- Using the Windows Azure Diagnostics trace listener
- Performing an on-demand transfer
- Implementing custom logging
- Accessing data persisted to Windows Azure Storage
- Using the Windows Azure Platform
- PowerShell cmdlets to configure Windows Azure Diagnostics
A Windows Azure hosted service may comprise multiple instances of multiple roles. These instances all run in a remote Windows Azure data center—typically 24*7. The ability to monitor these instances non-intrusively is essential both in detecting failure and in capacity planning.
However, there are times, especially early in the development process, when non-intrusive diagnostics monitoring is not sufficient. In this article by Neil Mackenzie, author of Microsoft Windows Azure Development Cookbook, we will see the benefits of intrusive monitoring of a Windows Azure role instance using IntelliTrace.Read Using IntelliTrace to Diagnose Problems with a Hosted Service in full
The default configuration for Windows Azure Diagnostics captures some data but does not persist it. Consequently, the diagnostics configuration should be modified at role startup. In this article by Neil Mackenzie, author of Microsoft Windows Azure Development Cookbook, the Initializing the configuration of Windows Azure Diagnostics recipe, shows us how to do this programmatically, which is the normal way to do it. In the Using a configuration file with Windows Azure Diagnostics recipe, we see how to use a configuration file to do this, which is necessary in a VM role.Read Windows Azure Diagnostics: Initializing the Configuration and Using a Configuration File in full
MDX is a powerful, yet complex language. Many terms and concepts need to be understood well enough if you want to master it. In order to help you in that mission, this article will provide with a short explanation of all important terms related to MDX.
In this article by Tomislav Piasevoli, author of MDX with Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Analysis Services Cookbook, we start by explaining what MDX queries are made of, followed by the terms and concepts specific to the execution of MDX queries. The middle part of the article covers the most important things related to dimension design, cube design, and MDX script. Next, we explain terms related to query optimization and finally finish the article with types of queries that can be used with SQL Server Analysis Services.Read Terms and Concepts Related to MDX in full
In early 2010, when you went to the Oracle Technology Network (OTN) website, it had just one link called Information Integration. This link led you to a simple web page that had information on Oracle-to-Oracle database-centric migration and integration tools such as SQL Loader, Data Pump, Oracle Streams, and Oracle Data Guard. The OTN website has been updated, but still lacks comprehensive coverage of the Oracle Information Integration stack.
In the previous article by Tom Laszewski, co-author of Oracle Information Integration, Migration, and Consolidation, we took a look at some oracle tools and products. In this article we will take a look at data services, data consolidation, data grid, information lifecycle management, oracle-to-oracle data integration, and application integration.Read Oracle Integration and Consolidation Products in full
The Windows Azure Platform PowerShell cmdlets use the Windows Azure Service Management REST API to expose service management operations as PowerShell cmdlets. The cmdlets provide a convenient way to manage hosted services, including retrieving the properties of current deployments and uploading new and upgraded deployments.
In this article by Neil Mackenzie, author of Microsoft Windows Azure Development Cookbook, we will learn how to use the Windows Azure Platform PowerShell cmdlets to invoke various service operations in the Windows Azure Service Management REST API.Read Using the Windows Azure Platform PowerShell Cmdlets in full
One of the attractions of cloud computing is the financial saving gained through the elastic provision of compute services, that is, the ability to scale up and down the number of instances of a hosted service.
In this article by Neil Mackenzie, author of Microsoft Windows Azure Development Cookbook, we will see how the Windows Azure Service Management REST API can be used to autoscale a hosted service, so that it can handle the current and predicted load depending on the day of the week. By autoscale we mean the ability of a hosted service to scale itself elastically by modifying automatically the number of running instances.Read Autoscaling with the Windows Azure Service Management REST API in full
This article by Neil Mackenzie, author of Microsoft Windows Azure Development Cookbook, shows how to use the Windows Azure Service Management REST API to manage a Windows Azure hosted service. It shows how to create and upgrade deployments of a hosted service, including retrieval of the properties of a hosted service.
In this article, we will cover:
- Creating a Windows Azure hosted service
- Deploying an application into a hosted service
- Upgrading an application deployed to a hosted service
- Retrieving the properties of a hosted service
This article by Tomislav Piasevoli, author of MDX with Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Analysis Services Cookbook, discusses the common MDX tasks and one or more ways to solve them or deal with them appropriately. We'll cover basic principles and approaches such as how to skip an axis and prevent common errors, how to set the default member of a hierarchy, and how to format cell foreground and background colors based on the value in cells.
Specifically, we will cover:
- Skipping axis
- Handling division by zero errors
- Setting special format for negative, zero, and null values
- Applying conditional formatting on calculations
- Setting default member of a hierarchy in MDX script