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I’m happy to announce, yesterday my team (Marcin Borecki from PlaceChallenge Labs and I from Merago) won competition at Launch Hackaton in Microsoft category!!!


During 24h non stop programming we wrote Windows 8 app that utilize Windows Azure Mobile Services, Bing Maps and Windows 8 features like pin, search, settings & share contracts, geolocalization and several others. Below sceeenshot form our app.


Awesome experience for IT Pro guy 馃槈


Some pictures form hackathon:

At the beginning of the January 2013, Microsoft Open Technologies announced聽new service for Windows Azure IaaS – VM Depot. What is VM Depot? It’s a community-driven catalog of preconfigured operating systems, applications, and development stacks that can easily be deployed on Windows Azure. Using VM Depot and Windows Azure, developers can create and share images of Linux-based virtual machines, and share details on their experiences using those images.

When service started, one way to provisioning聽VMs from VM Depot was using Node.js. Now, you can use Windows Azure Management Portal聽to do this 馃檪

When you select the Virtual Machines tab, you will now see an option to BROWSE VMDEPOT:


Under BROWSE VMDEPOT you are presented with a full list of available images:


You cane also prepare own Linux-based images for Windows Azure and publish it to VM Depot Community聽馃檪

WindowsAzure-VMDepot003Have fun!

If you evaluating System Center 2012 and want to test Orchestrator or App Controller with Windows Azure IaaS you need certificate for management purpose. One of the best way for test environment is self-signed certificate. How to create it? Use Certificate Creation Tool (MakeCert).

MakeCert isn’t part of Windows operating system. It’s distributed with Windows SDK ( or Visual Studio ( Standalone tool you can download form TechNet Gallery

Below syntax聽create self-signed management certificate for Windows Azure.

makecert.exe -n "CN=Azure Management, O=Company Name" -pe -ss My -sr CurrentUser -r -a sha1 -sp "Microsoft Enhanced RSA and AES Cryptographic Provider" -sy 24 -sky exchange -len 2048

Your certificate will created in Certificetes Store in Personal container in Current User node.

Next steps? Just export your certificate with public key (.cer) and also with private key (.pfx) using MMC console with Certificates Snap-in.

Startujemy… i to z grubej rury 馃槈 Ju偶 30 wrze艣nia 2010 (czwartek) odb臋dzie si臋 pierwsze spotkanie w tym sezonie. Na dzie艅 dobry Tomasz Kopacz z Microsoft Polska!!!

Tomek zaprezentuje sesj臋 o pisaniu i projektowaniu aplikacji w Azure. Szczeg贸艂y spotkania i rejestracja dost臋pna tutaj.

Dodatkowo dodam, 偶e wraz z nowym sezonem zmieni艂a si臋 platforma obs艂uguj膮ca grup臋. Wszystko jest zmigrowane na / i tam r贸wnie偶 jest przeniesiona rejestracja. Nowy adres grupy to

Do zobaczenia na spotkaniu 馃檪