Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Preparing for Exam 070-583, PRO: Designing and Developing Windows Azure Applications

Just about a year ago Microsoft made the MCPD (Microsoft Certified Professional Developer) certification for Azure available by releasing Exam 70-583 (PRO: Designing and Developing Windows Azure Applications).

I started off by browsing through the Microsoft “Learning Plan” for the certification which was kind of slow so I skipped through most of it.

A better start were the videos presented at the Learn Windows Azure event held in December 2011. All sessions were recorded and can be viewed or downloaded on Channel 9. They won't give you the depth you need to pass the exam but they do provide a good starting point for getting to know Windows Azure and getting familiar with the various services and tools.

Here's a summary of the videos:

After looking through the videos I started digging through the documentation at windowsazure,com covering even more details of the various features of Windows Azure. Lots of information to go through but very informative!

Last but not least, I spent most of my study time going through the Windows Azure online training courses over at I strongly recommend getting a subscription if you don't already have one! Watching the videos via their mobile app while commuting is truly timesaving.

Some other references:

Useful tools:

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Configuring host headers in IIS with SSL

In a production environment you'll probably need the traffic for several web applications to be secured using SSL. To be able to add different host headers for different applications you can't just type them in the IIS GUI in the good old way. This is a CMD-story.

Can be found here:

And a walk through by this guy:

Monday, March 5, 2012

Ten new certifications at Nansen!

Last week was a pretty certification intense week at Nansen, both in Stockholm and at our Chicago office. Starting off on leap day, a few of us visited our local training and exam center, Addskills, to once again try our luck. We salvaged four new Microsoft certifications, two on WCF Development with .NET Framework 4, moving one step closer in becoming MCPD Web Developers on .NET 4, and two on the Windows Azure exam, resulting in two new MCPD: Windows Azure Developers.

Meanwhile in Chicago, our colleagues where getting ready for their EPiServer Certified Developers exam. Six new ECD’s came to the world on Friday pushing Nansen’s ECD count to new astounding numbers passing the 20 mark for the first time.

Congratulations everyone to your new certifications!