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Windows Azure Diagnostics: Initializing the Configuration and Using a Configuration File

by Neil Mackenzie | August 2011 | Cookbooks Enterprise Articles Microsoft

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.

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Terms and Concepts Related to MDX

by Tomislav Piasevoli | August 2011 | Enterprise Articles Microsoft

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.

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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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The DPM Feature Set

by Steve Buchanan | July 2011 | Enterprise Articles Microsoft

Microsoft Data Protection Manager (DPM) 2010 is a backup and recovery solution which provides continuous data protection for Windows application and file servers to seamlessly integrated disk, tape, and cloud.

In this article by Steve Buchanan, author of Microsoft Data Protection Manager 2010, we will take a look at the existing as well as new features of DPM.

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Exchange Server 2010 Windows PowerShell: Working with Address Lists

by Mike Pfeiffer | July 2011 | Cookbooks Enterprise Articles Microsoft

In this article by Mike Pfeiffer, author of Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Windows PowerShell Cookbook, you'll learn how to create Address Lists and Hierarchal Address Books. This article has immediately-usable task-based recipes for managing and maintaining your Microsoft Exchange 2010 environment with Windows PowerShell 2.0 and the Exchange Management Shell for some address list management that can be automated through the shell.

In this article, we will cover the following:

  • Creating address lists
  • Exporting address list membership to a CSV file
  • Configuring hierarchical address books
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Exchange Server 2010 Windows PowerShell: Working with Distribution Groups

by Mike Pfeiffer | July 2011 | Cookbooks Enterprise Articles Microsoft

This article by Mike Pfeiffer, author of Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Windows PowerShell Cookbook, takes you deeper into distribution group management. The recipes in this article provide solutions to some of the most common distribution group management tasks that can, and sometimes must, be handled from the command line. Topics include distribution group reporting, distribution group naming policies, and allowing end users to manage distribution group membership.

In this article, we will cover the following:

  • Reporting on distribution group membership
  • Previewing dynamic distribution group membership
  • Excluding hidden recipients from a dynamic distribution group
  • Converting and upgrading distribution groups
  • Allowing managers to modify group permissions
  • Working with distribution group naming policies
  • Working with distribution group membership approval
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