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Using the Windows Azure Platform PowerShell Cmdlets

by Neil Mackenzie | August 2011 | Cookbooks Enterprise Articles Microsoft

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.

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Autoscaling with the Windows Azure Service Management REST API

by Neil Mackenzie | August 2011 | Cookbooks Enterprise Articles Microsoft

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.

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Managing Azure Hosted Services with the Service Management API

by Neil Mackenzie | August 2011 | Cookbooks Enterprise Articles Microsoft

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
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Performing Common MDX-related Tasks

by Tomislav Piasevoli | August 2011 | Enterprise Articles Microsoft

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
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How to Perform Iteration on Sets in MDX

by Tomislav Piasevoli | August 2011 | Enterprise Articles Microsoft

In this article by Tomislav Piasevoli, author of MDX with Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Analysis Services Cookbook, we will take a look at some recipes on how to perform iteration. They deal with those cases when there's no other way but to iterate. However, some of the recipes also point out which calculation patterns we must recognize and thereby give up on using classic naïve iteration and use a better approach.

We will cover:

  • Iterating on a set in order to reduce it
  • Iterating on a set in order to create a new one
  • Iterating on a set using recursion
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BizTalk Application: Dynamics AX Message Outflow

by Carl Darski | August 2011 | Enterprise Articles

In the previous article, BizTalk Application: Currency Exchange Rates, we took a look at the setup for sending data using AIF XML documents to AX. We can use the BizTalk adapter to retrieve data from Dynamics AX via this AIF module. This is done using the AIF Queue manager. Throughout Dynamics AX, there are Send electronically buttons that can allow you to push data into the AIF Queue with an Outbound direction. Similarly, asynchronous incoming messages have an Inbound direction parameter.

In this article by Carl Darski, author of Microsoft BizTalk 2010: Line of Business Systems Integration, we'll create a BizTalk application that retrieves messages from Dynamics AX 2009 via the AIF Queue.

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BizTalk Application: Currency Exchange Rates

by Carl Darski | August 2011 | Enterprise Articles

The best way to understand the behavior and setup required to use the Dynamics AX BizTalk adapter is to walk through a full example. A common requirement for many companies that use Dynamics AX is to populate the currency exchange rates. Typically, this needs to be daily when the closing rates are published. The Exchange Rates(General ledger | Setup Exchange rates) table in AX is not a shared table across companies, thus depending how your organization is set up; you may or may not need to populate the Exchange rate table using multiple companies with multiple rates.

In this article by Carl Darski, author of Microsoft BizTalk 2010: Line of Business Systems Integration, we'll create a BizTalk application to populate the exchange rates table.

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Integrating with Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 using BizTalk Adapter

by Carl Darski | August 2011 | Enterprise Articles

In this article by Carl Darski, author of Microsoft BizTalk 2010: Line of Business Systems Integration, we'll discuss integrating with Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 using the BizTalk Dynamics AX adapter. It will be a complete walkthrough for the configuration setup in the Dynamics AX 2009 Application Integration Framework (AIF)module and related set up for batch jobs.

We will specifically cover:

  • What is Dynamics AX?
  • Methods of integration with AX
  • Installing the adapter and .NET Business Connector
  • Configuring Dynamics AX 2009 Application Integration Framework for BizTalk Adapter
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Getting Started with Oracle Information Integration

by Jason Williamson | August 2011 | Enterprise Articles Oracle

Business change is a constant necessity as a result of increased competition, improved technology, and shifts in consumer patterns. As a result, an enterprise will reorganize, acquire other businesses, create new applications, and downsize others. Throughout these changes, companies are faced with the challenge of efficiently provisioning their resources in response to their business priorities. To deliver data where it is needed, when it is needed, requires sophisticated information integration technologies.

This article by Jason Williamson, co-author of Oracle Information Integration, Migration, and Consolidation, discusses the basic concepts of information integration and reviews historical approaches to information integration. We will compare data-level integration with process and application integration. This will provide some solid examples for real world decisions, when trying to understand information integration and how this relates to your business and technical initiatives.

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Creating an Enterprise Portal with Oracle WebCenter 11g PS3

by Yannick Ongena | August 2011 | Cookbooks Enterprise Articles Oracle

With the new release of WebCenter, you have the ability to create rich enterprise portals without needing to code a lot. This article, by Yannick Ongena, author of Oracle WebCenter 11g PS3 Administration Cookbook, explains how to set up, create, and build such a portal application.

In this article, you will learn about:

  • Preparing JDeveloper for WebCenter
  • Creating a Webcenter portal
  • Managing pages
  • Changing the look and feel of your portal
  • Editing pages using the composer
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