Cloning Azure Virtual Machines

Azure Virtual Machines are still new to everyone, and I got a great question from a partner a few days ago: “I have an Azure Virtual Machine set up just the way I want it, now I want to spin up multiple instances, how do I do that?”

In the “picture is worth 1,000 words” category (and I don’t have time to write 1,000 words Smile), please see the following sequence of screen shots for the answer.

Things to note:

  • run sysprep (%windir%\system32\sysprep) with “generalize” so each machine will have a unique SID (security ID)
  • when you “capture” the VM, it will be deleted. You can re-create it from the image as shown below






San Diego CodeCamp June 23 and 24, I am presenting

CodeCamp San Diego is next weekend. I will be presenting “What’s new in Windows Azure” in a demo-loaded session. I will also do an espresso triple shot beforehand so I stand a chance of fitting all the Windows Azure goodness into a single session! There are also lots of other great Azure (and other) sessions.

It’s always a great **FREE** event, hope to see you there!

All the details are at



Signing up for preview features

Here’s where you go to sign up for the just-announced preview features….



Azure 1.7 SDK now available

Back here I debunked the myth that Azure is “a .NET thing”.

Should there be *any* lingering doubts, just take a look at the new SDK downloads page (that’s the EN-US version)! Our goal is to be the best cloud platform, bar none, regardless of choice of development tools or languages.




Meet Windows Azure event is June 7th (next week)


Coming up next Thursday. Live stream starts at 1:00PM pacific time. Hear from Scott Guthrie and other senior technologists from Microsoft and the Bay area who will introduce you to Windows Azure and the latest in Microsoft's cloud-based development technology.


Video Case Study: iVoteSports – Making you part of the Game

This is the second in a series of video case studies I am doing with some of the ISVs I work with.

The video is available here. Enjoy!


iVoteSports Baseball Edition makes you part of the action of a live Major League Baseball game using your iPhone or Android device.

In this video, iVoteSports CEO and co-founder, Dennis Peters, speaks with Microsoft Principal Architect Evangelist Brian Loesgen. Dennis discusses how iVoteSports delivers a consumer-oriented interactive social networking experience for sports fans while watching or attending sporting events, which creates a more engaging experience for fans. Dennis also goes on to share the Azure-based architecture that the mobile devices are interacting with, and discusses some of the unique challenges they needed to deal with.

About iVoteSports:

iVoteSports ( was established in 2011 in Santa Ana, CA. iVoteSports was founded to deliver interactive social networking experiences for sports fans.


Video case study: PrivacyCentral uses Ruby on Azure

I’ve been busy making videos of a few of the ISVs that I’ve had the pleasure of working with. This is the first of those video case studies.

The video is available here. Enjoy!


Most consumers are unaware of the extent of publicly available, online exposures of their information – including phone numbers, current and past addresses, birth dates, home values, income level, religion, and relative names (including mother's maiden name) – all of which can easily be used for identity theft and other cybercrimes.

Like an antivirus for consumer privacy, PrivacyCentral exposes privacy threats to consumers, provides analysis and reports via a risk profile and risk score, and then empowers consumers with the ability to remove detected threats and monitor for future threats.

In this video, Privacy Central's CEO and founder, Zoiner Tejada, speaks with Microsoft Principal Architect Evangelist Brian Loesgen. Tejada discusses the benefits Privacy Central realized from building on the Azure platform, and how they run their Ruby crawlers on Azure. Tejada also goes on to share some lessons learned along the way during their development cycle, and offers up some tips for people new to the platform.

About Privacy Central

Privacy Central is a San Diego CA-based startup and is a member of Microsoft's BizSpark program, it is the first service to allow the consumer to regain full control over their sensitive information.

PrivacyCentral is dedicated to protecting consumer privacy, with powerful tools designed to make protection simple.

About BizSpark

Microsoft BizSpark is a global program that helps software startups succeed by giving them access to Microsoft software development tools, connecting them with key industry players, including investors, and providing marketing visibility to help entrepreneurs starting a business

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