Tuesday, April 30, 2013

StackOverflow Azure Contributions: April 14 - April 27

This week's post combines two weeks of StackOverflow answers. Last week was a bit hectic, as I flew DC-->Seattle (team meetings) -->San Francisco (customer visits) -->Louisville (CodePaLOUsa conference) -->DC in 5 days, then scrambled to Northern Virginia to help out with the Global Windows Azure Bootcamp. That, along with painful airport delays due to the Air Traffic Control furloughs, kept my blogging to a minimum (read: zero).

Whining and rambling aside: here are my StackOverflow contributions from April 14-27. Strangely, three of these have been closed by the Community at Large (2 of which I disagree with their closures).

  • Determining how many messages are on a Service Bus queue (link). This talks about the Queue Description API. Note: This is different from Storage Queues, which have a simple ApproximateMessageCount property on a queue.
  • Windows Azure Security? (link). This talks about connecting to an Azure-hosted VM with a database server, but limiting access. This question was closed due to being better suited for a discussion rather than a programming question (since there really is no direct programming question). However, I do believe you can upvote the question or my answer, since I feel the content is relevant and useful.
  • Azure endpoint monitoring: memory usage (link). This answer goes over options to monitor an Azure application, with both Microsoft solutions (e.g. MetricsHub) and 3rd-party solutions (e.g. NewRelic).
  • Optimize Windows Azure Table Storage? (link). This provides some insight into table storage scalability.
  • Windows Azure: What is the use of Internal IP addresses? (link). This discusses external IP (assigned to an entire deployment) vs. internal communication between virtual machines in the same deployment or talking over a virtual network.
  • DTC is disabled on SQL Azure; how to enable it? (link). This is about Windows Azure SQL-as-a-Service, vs. full SQL Server. Puzzling that this question is closed, as it relates to a programming feature of SQL...
  • How hard is it to upgrade an Azure Virtual Machine? (link). This answer shows how to change VM size via PowerShell. I don't quite understand why the question was closed (aside from it not being a programming question), as it does involve API calls (via PowerShell), and I do consider that peripherally programming-related (and I call this out in the comments under the original question). I do believe you're still able to upvote the question or one of the answers.

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