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TFS Publishing with Azure Web Sites

By CSG Pro on 9/30/2013

Part 1 of 3: This post covers the initial steps of getting a new Azure Web Site project configured with continuous integration with Team Foundation Service so that check-ins automatically trigger a new build and deployment to Azure.

CSG Pro Reviews BUILD 2013!

By CSG Pro on 6/28/2013

CSG's James Churchill attended BUILD 2013 and provides a day by day, session by session recap of his experience at this years conference. Includes reviews of keynotes, sessions and attendee giveaways. Bonus: Keynote presentation reviews by Allen Newton, Mats Lannér and Ron Ellis Gaut.

Automating Azure SQL Database Backups

By CSG Pro on 6/17/2013

Using Azure SQL Server hosted on Windows Azure is great option in many ways, but there is no built-in support provided for automating backups of your databases. This post describes a simple solution we put together in less than 2 days as an internal tool.

Applying Business Rules in Master Data Services

By Ed Crouser on 1/29/2013

If you haven’t looked into Microsoft’s Master Data Services it’s time you took a look. Master Data Services provides a central data hub that ensures that the integrity and consistency of data is constant across different platforms.This blog post will take a look at how the user interface for adding and updating business rules works.

Free Public Surveys with SkyDrive

By CSG Pro on 12/19/2012

Have you ever wanted to easily collect some data but didn’t want to bother learning new tools? Then today’s blog post is for you! Recently I discovered a cool feature of SkyDrive that I am very excited about. It'll help you take surveys and get the data into straight into Excel.

Free Virtual Machines with Windows 8

By CSG Pro on 11/20/2012

Hyper-V is Microsoft’s virtualization software. Windows 8 has stepped up the game and given me a near-perfect virtualization solution that comes included. This tutorial is intended for people with either the ‘Pro’ or ‘Enterprise’ versions of Windows 8, as they are the only versions that come pre-loaded with Hyper-V.

Creating an Azure VM with SQL Server 2012

By CSG Pro on 10/24/2012

The following are instructions for creating a VM on the Azure Preview site. The VM will be running Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter edition (64bit) with service pack 1 and SQL Server 2012. Demo assumes the user already has an Azure account.

Introduction to Code First Migrations

By James Churchill on 10/18/2012

When Code First was initially released as part of Entity Framework 4.1, it lacked built-in support for migrating data when making changes to your Data Model. Updating your Data Model meant that you had to drop and recreate your database.

5 Defining Traits of Great Consultants

By Ron Ellis Gaut on 2/15/2012

If you have had the opportunity to work with many consultants in your career you have most likely experienced a lot of mediocrity or perhaps worse. But if you’ve had the opportunity to work with a really skilled consultant, the contrast is remarkable. So what is it that defines the top 10% of consultants from the rest?