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Winter 2015 Azure Cloud Camps

Mon, 26 Jan 2015 21:21:54 GMT

We've got a big run of Azure Cloud Camps coming up. Dates are set for Tampa and Miami. Find out more at this blog post -

Web Camps Winter 2015 East Coast Tour Announced

Mon, 26 Jan 2015 22:25:11 GMT

Note from the blog author: Web Camps are ramping up again and they've asked me to help get the word out. So the stock blurb is below. Peruse at your leisure and sign up for the nearest camp.

The new release of ASP.NET and Web Tools for Visual Studio 2013 puts the power to build cutting-edge websites right at your fingertips. Even better? Once you build a beautiful, interactive site, you can easily deploy and scale it with Microsoft Azure!

Join us for a free WebCamp and learn how to elevate your coding – in just one day. WebCamps are live, no-fluff events created for developers, by developers. You’ll learn from lively, informative experts who start with the basics and ramp up to advanced topics as the day goes on. Here are some of the topics we’ll cover in these hands-on sessions:

  • Introduction to ASP.NET and Visual Studio 2013 Web Tooling
  • Building web applications with the latest ASP.NET technologies
  • Building web front ends for both desktop and mobile using the latest web standards
  • API Services for both web and devices
  • Running, improving and maintaining a site in the real world
  • Real-time communications with SignalR

A list of the East Region USA web camps are below. Note there are dates for TAMPA and MIAMI only in Florida.  For a list of Web Camps in Central and West please see  .

CityDateRegistration Code
(click to register)
PittsburgFeb 101032612519
CambridgeFeb 121032612520
Atlanta (Alpharetta)Feb 171032612523
MIAMIMarch 031032612528
Philadelphia (Malvern)March 191032612620
TAMPAMarch 311032612624
CharlotteApril 021032612625
Atlanta (Alpharetta)April 071032612626
RestonApril 101032612628
CambridgeApril 141032612629
New YorkApril 161032612631



Get-AzureVM: Azure creds have not been set up

Fri, 13 Feb 2015 17:02:47 GMT

Azure is a pretty sweet cloud environment, with a powerful management portal to help you drive ops.  But the management portal isn't enough when it comes to quickly scaling up operations. PowerShell is available from a DevOps perspective to script a large variety of tasks. Sometimes though, you get some strange errors out of PowerShell cmdlets.

I was running the Get-AzureVM cmdlet and got the error - "Your Azure credentials have not been set up or have expired, please run Add-AzureAccount to set up your Azure credentials". Which was frustrating to me, as I was sure the Azure account I had selected using Select-AzureSubscription in my account was valid.  I had setup several websites and a storage account in it earlier in the year.

Running Add-AzureAccount did nothing to resolve the error.  Creds were stored and visible via Get-AzureSubscription cmdlet.  I was at a wall. Then I took a step back.

Resolution - Login to the Azure portal and check your account status. Mine was still in the "welcome wizard" even though I already had a few websites running in it. Walking through the wizard cleared up the message and now the scripts run successfully.

Here's to the SEO god, may this post help some other person not spend an hour wrestling out of an awkward situation.

Additional keywords: Select-AzureSubscription Get-AzureVM FullyQualifiedErrorId Microsoft.WindowsAzure.Commands.ServiceManagement.IaaS.GetAzureVMCommand

Multiple Users on a BizSpark Account

Tue, 17 Feb 2015 00:45:37 GMT

A couple of ya’ll have asked me how to add multiple users to a BizSpark account. Procedures are outlined here - . Note this also gets each BizSpark user their very own MSDN playground! Enjoy...

Mac Remote Desktop Connection Error on Azure

Wed, 25 Feb 2015 22:59:36 GMT

Situation arose the other day where a startup using a Mac received a "Error: Remote Desktop Connection cannot verify the identity of the computer that you want to connect to. Try reconnecting to the Windows-based computer, or contact our administrator." To see my resolution and writeup surf over to .

Office 365 Dev Account - Zip Not Valid

Wed, 11 Mar 2015 19:42:13 GMT

I was attempting to sign up for an Office 365 Dev account using my MSDN / BizSpark subscription. I hit a really nasty error where I was unable to continue the sign in process because it thought 33702 was not in St Petersburg. Read about my trials and the solution at

Cocos 25k Games for Windows Contest

Thu, 09 Apr 2015 18:37:00 GMT

Interested in winning a $25k prize for game development. Cocos is sponsoring a $25k prize for the best game for Windows Phone or Windows Store. I've blogged it on my MSDN blog at If you're curious, head over and check it out.

Resources for BUILD2015 for those who cant attend

Tue, 28 Apr 2015 20:26:38 GMT


Tomorrow is a big day for the Microsoft world with the //Build conference in San Francisco. I'm there "booth duding" at the O365 stuff. Digging the CSOM / JSOM models of outside-in for Office 365!

Anyway, if you can't make the event, below are resources you can use to keep up. I'll post more goodies as //Build progresses.

If you're from Florida and attending //Build reach out to me and let's meet.

BUILD 2015 - the aftermath with recommendations

Sun, 03 May 2015 23:49:12 GMT


//build/ 2015 was one of those events that left you with that "oh heck do I have alot to catch up on" type feeling. From Windows 10, Astoria, UAP, Office Graph and more, there is a ton of things to think abot and absort. So how should you approach absorting all the goodies that came out of //build/? A few suggestions below.

First get a high level view of the big announcments. As you perse the announcements, think about topics that should be added to your list of technical debt, aka stuff you need to learn. My favorite summary level pics below:

Next, maybe you want some in-person //build/ fun? There are a set of //build/ tours going on. Limited city scope, but if you're lucky enough to be on the targeted list, they're definitely worth dropping in on. For more info see the //build/ tour at  .  No stops in Florida, nearest is Atlanta, a mere 400 to 1000 miles away from your Florida location, but a very scenic drive!

Finally, got that list of topics handy of things you want to learn more about. The //build/ videos are availabe on demand at -  . You can download them or view them online. If you're looking for an automated downloader, pull and give it a go. Freshly updated for //build2015/.

What are you going to //build/ ? What was your favorite session? I personally liked the ConnectedCow keynote from day2.

Smart Card Reader Not Working on Win10 SCR-3500

Tue, 16 Jun 2015 19:39:46 GMT

Ran into a big nasty getting my Smart Card reader working on build 10076 of Windows 10. Resolution and dialog are on my MSDN blog. Check it out here -

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