Two days of FREE Hands-On Azure Training – Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney

Hi guys, we just wanted to tell you that Microsoft are running FREE Windows Azure Platform Foundation events towards the end of June, and are intended to provide developers with a foundational knowledge of the Windows Azure Platform.  The target audience for these events include developers, architects, and development leads, with the sessions targeted at the 300 level with developer focused information.


Date:  18-19th June 2012
Time:  9am – 5pm
Location: Microsoft Office
4 Freshwater Place,

Register here!


Date:  21st – 22nd June 2012
Time:  9am – 5pm
Location: Microsoft Office

Level 28, 400 George St

Register here!


Date:  28th – 29th June 2012
Time:  9am – 5pm
Location: Microsoft Office

1 Epping Rd
North Ryde

Register here!

Attendee Pre Requisites

Because this is a facilitated training event based on the Windows Azure Platform Training Kit, Microsoft ask that you:

[The latest kit based on the June 2012 platform update hasn’t been released yet – sorry].



This event is brought to you by Metro – Microsoft’s Early Adopter Program and is free of charge.  However, delegates are responsible for booking and paying for their own travel and accommodation.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

BAUG #5 – Launching a Start-Up on the Windows Azure Platform

Hi everyone,

The next Brisbane Azure User Group meeting will be held on Wednesday 20th June, with a fantastic session on how to launch your start-up on the Windows Azure platform.  REGISTER HERE.

Session #1: Hit and Run Azure – My Startups’ Approach

Inalysis has developed Tap-To, a middleware platform that bridges the gap between existing systems and mobile devices.  Hosted on the Azure platform, it is currently in private alpha testing and Paul has agreed to join us and talk about the following:

  • Quick overview of Tap-To’s hybrid Windows Server and Windows Azure architecture
  • Why Azure was chosen over self-hosting, AWS and AppHarbor
  • SQL Azure & Security Federation
  • Design & coding approaches required
  • Coding ASP.NET to run on both Windows Azure and Windows Server
  • Platform limitations
  • Future plans

Presenter:  Paul Du Bois is the founder of Inalysis, a resident startup company at River City Labs.  Paul has spent over 10 years working in enterprise software as a developer, architect and manager.  His belief in using the right tool for the job has lead him through many platforms, databases and languages; most recently into Azure, Mono, Android and iOS.

Session #2: What’s Coming on the Windows Azure Platform?

Dean Robertson from Mexia will take us through the new features on the Windows Azure platform announced at the Meet Windows Azure event on June 7th (PDT).  By all accounts it’s the largest release of new features on the Azure platform since the platform arrived.

Presenter:  Dean Robertson is the founder and Technical Director of Mexia, a specialist consulting firm focussed purely on building hybrid integration between on-premises systems and the cloud.  He is also a Microsoft Virtual Technology Solutions Professional (V-TSP) and member of Microsoft’s Azure Insiders group.

BAUG #4 – Building Harvey Norman’s eCommerce Site on Azure

UPDATE: Jono has posted the slide deck he used during his presentation on endpoint load-balancing & Traffic Manager.  Thanks Jono!

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BAUG 3# – Using the Windows Azure Autoscaling Application Block (WASABi)

UPDATE – Paul has uploaded the slides for this event here.  Thanks Paul!

Hi guys,

The Microsoft Innovation Centre (MIC) launch on the 18th April has been postponed, which means we’re now free to run the 3rd Brisbane Azure User Group session!

It’s a bit short-notice, but Paul Bouwer has agreed to step-up and take the Windows Azure Autoscaling Application Block (WASABi) through it’s paces.

From MSDN:

The Autoscaling Application Block can automatically scale your Windows Azure application based on rules that you define specifically for your application. You can use these rules to help your Windows Azure application maintain its throughput in response to changes in its workload, while at the same time control the costs associated with hosting your application in Windows Azure. Scaling operations typically alter the number of role instances in your application, but the block also enables you to use other scaling actions such as throttling certain functionality within your application.

Please register on the Meetup event page so we organise the right amount of food & drinks.

Hope to see you there!


Introduction to SQL Azure – 21st March 2012

This months Brisbane Azure User Group will be a fast-paced session all about SQL Azure.


SQL Azure Overview

  • What is it?
  • Why would you use it?
  • Perspectives on IaaS/PaaS/SaaS
  • How much does it cost?
  • Provisioning an Instance of SQL Azure

Deployment and Management

  • How to deploy a database to Azure
  • Getting data in (and out)
  • Azure database management
  • Current limitations


  • Windows Azure Apps
  • On-Premises Apps
  • Data Source for SSIS & SSAS
  • Lightswitch
  • SQL Server Reporting Services

About the Presenters

Rod Colledge is a SQL Server MVP and Technical Director (Business Intelligence) with StrataDB, a leading provider of SQL Server solutions for the Corporate, Government and Education sector in Australia. He’s an Author and contributor to 3 books including the SQL Server MVP Deep Dives series, and is currently working with Microsoft on the development of the SQL Server 2012 certification exams. In his spare time, Rod enjoys interpretive line dancing, underwater poetry readings, and breeding pocket dogs for Hollywood celebrities.

Matthew Warwick is Microsoft Certified Professional with over 10 years industry experience working with Microsoft technologies in the .Net and Business Intelligence space. He’s a senior developer with Mexia, a Microsoft Gold Partner specialising in enterprise integration. Matt’s an all-round top bloke who’s main claim to fame was being caught out catching the bus during the London Marathon. He denies the claim, and is proud of his 2nd place finish.

As usual we’ll have beer, wine, softdrinks and nibbles. Please RSVP so we can organise the catering, and we really hope to see you there!

Our first event was a great success!

The inaugural Brisbane Azure User Group was a complete success!

BAUG Meeting #1

Many thanks to David McGhee from Microsoft who came up to Brisbane specifically to present to us, you did a great job Dave!

Please complete our survey!

Please complete our survey!

We’d like to hear from you about what YOU want to get out of the Brisbane Azure User Group.

Here’s the link.

We’ll collate these results and make sure that each and every user group meeting is delivering real value to you.


A Lap Around the Windows Azure Platform with David McGhee – 15th Feb 2012

Please join us for the inaugural Brisbane Azure User Group meeting on the 15th Feb 2012!

This group has been formed to represent the rapidly growing Azure community in Queensland, aimed at providing a place for us to meet, learn, discuss and discover the amazing Windows Azure platform.

For this launch event we are very lucky to have David McGhee (Windows Azure Technical Specialist, Microsoft) up from Sydney to take us on a lap around the Windows Azure platform.

As this is the launch event we’ll only have one main technical session, followed by drinks and nibbles. Future meetings will have the standard format of 2 x 45 minute technical sessions, allowing us to regularly deep dive on the Windows Azure platform throughout 2012.

Please RSVP so we can organise the catering, and we really hope to see you there!

The BAUG Organisers

Welcome to the Brisbane Azure User Group!

This group has been formed to represent the rapidly growing Azure community in Queensland, aimed at providing a place for us to meet, learn, discuss and discover the amazing Windows Azure platform.The meetings are scheduled on the 3rd Wednesday evening (6-8pm) of every month, and will be held at Microsoft’s shiny new Brisbane offices.  Most meetings will have the standard format of 2 x 45 minute technical sessions, allowing us to regularly deep dive on the Windows Azure platform throughout 2012.

Throughout the year we hope to have presenations on the full range of the Azure platform:

  • Compute (web & worker roles)
  • Storage
  • SQL Azure
  • Business Analytics
  • ServiceBus
  • CDN
  • Caching
  • Virtual Network
  • Identity
  • High Performance Computing (HPC)
  • Marketplace

If you have a preference for the topics you’d like to hear about please let us know.  Even better, if you would like to give a presentation on one of these topics then also let us know and we’ll schedule you in!

Finally, thanks for joining and we look forward to seeing you at the next Brisbane Azure User Group meeting!

The BAUG Organisers