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Independent cloud dev/arch/consultant and Windows Azure MVP


Jul
30
awarded  Teacher
May
15
comment Azure Virtual Machines - what fault tolerance do they provide?
Re: "... there's mention of a new Single-instance SLA of 99.9%" - I do not believe there is a single-instance SLA for VMs. There is for Azure Websites however.
Apr
20
answered Unable to connect to mysql on Windows Azure Virtual Machine
Jan
29
awarded  Editor
Jan
29
revised How to have a script run once on first boot
missed word
Jan
28
comment Is it bad to redirect http to https?
[WTF - I can't add answer (though seems I have enough rep).] My answer would (in part) be that SOMETIMES IT IS BAD. Consider passing a COOKIE or API Key in a GET over HTTP. If your site redirects HTTP requests to HTTPS requests, these calls would work, but the COOKIE or API Key would be transmitted in the clear - exposed. Some APIs turn HTTP off, a more robust approach - no HTTP at all so you can't even get it working unless you use HTTPS. Example: "All API requests must be made over HTTPS. Calls made over plain HTTP will fail" from stripe.com/docs/api?lang=php#authentication
Jan
28
comment Is it bad to redirect http to https?
@Velox - I don't think the implication of "people assume they are secure because the end point is HTTPS, ignoring the fact that all the information sent to the page in GETs or POSTs is in plain text" is quite accurate. While there are some gotchas, GET query params don't travel in the clear during transport over HTTPS. See for example: stackoverflow.com/questions/323200/… POST payloads are also protected, while also not vulnerable to logging and referrer headers.
Jul
7
awarded  Supporter
Mar
22
comment Azure IaaS: Copied VHD loses account passwords
I have no ideas for you, but FWIW, I think that ought to have worked.
Mar
22
answered How to have a script run once on first boot
Jan
17
comment What is a Windows Azure Compute Hour?
These days there is a $0.02 (two cents) per hour option for Web Roles/Worker Roles ("Cloud Services"), plus a 90 free day trial with all sorts of services (identity, storage, messaging, mobile, media, and more), plus Windows Azure Web Sites with a free tier...
Sep
17
answered Exception has been thrown by the target of an invocation