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domingo, 8 de marzo de 2015

El Web & Cloud Tour pasa por Tenerife

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¡Muy buenas! ¿Sabías que Microsoft está preparando para finales de este mes de marzo una gira por toda España visitando varias comunidades técnicas en un evento de día completo? Un evento donde tendrás la posibilidad de conocer de primera mano las últimas novedades en desarrollo Web y Cloud de Microsoft. Aprenderás a desarrollar sitios web modernos, interactivos y rápidos con ASP.NET y Webtools de Visual Studio 2013 para después desplegarlos e implementarlos con Microsoft Azure. Descubrirás las nuevas características y los servicios que incluye como Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines, Websites y Visual Studio 2013 para construir y mover una gran variedad de aplicaciones al Cloud.

¡Esta jornada es un buen lugar para empezar a construir tu proyecto!

¿Cuándo?

En Tenerife, el evento será el miércoles 25 de marzo, tanto por la mañana como por la tarde. ¡Ojo, si quieres asistir a mañana y tarde debes registrarte a ambos eventos!

¿Dónde?

En el caso de Tenerife, el evento se desarrollará en el Aula Magna de la Facultad de Física de la Universidad de La Laguna

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¿Qué es lo que voy a aprender?

Este evento se compone de uno de mañana, relacionado a todo sobre la nube, y otro de tarde donde nos centraremos en el desarrollo web.

Horario - Sesión Cloud

09:00 - 09:30 - Registro

09:30 - 10:30 - Introducción a Microsoft Azure

10:30 - 11:30 - Soluciones PaaS con servicios en el Cloud y Azure WebSites

11:30 - 12:00 - Descanso

12:00 - 13:00 - Datos, SQL Azure y Azure Storage

13:00 - 14:00 - Gestión masiva de datos en la era IoT

Horario - Sesión Web

15:00 - 16:00 - Introducción a ASP.NET y Visual Studio Web Tooling

16:00 - 17:00 - Construyendo aplicaciones web con ASP.NET MVC

17:00 - 17:30 - Descanso

17:30 - 18:30 - Creación de API REST con WebAPI

18:30 - 19:30 - Aplicaciones en tiempo real con SignalR

 

¡Qué levante la mano quien quiera ir!

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jueves, 15 de enero de 2015

Using the Azure Websites Migration Assistant to migrate a DNN website

Last October the Azure Websites team released a new tool to run the migration of local websites to Azure in a super-super-easy way: just following an assistant that analyzes and migrates your website to the cloud, including local database dependencies, all in a few clicks.

Using Apurva’s words:

Now you can easily migrate to Azure Websites from your existing websites that run on Internet Information Service (IIS) 6 or later. Azure Websites Migration Assistant can analyze your IIS server installation, identify which sites can be migrated to Azure Websites, highlight any elements that cannot be migrated or are unsupported on the platform, and then migrate your websites and associated databases to Azure with just a few clicks.

So what came immediately to my mind was if the assistant would work correctly when trying to migrate a DNN website to Azure and how would be the experience. Two months later, finally I got time to run a test, and has been amazing!!

Let’s summarize the steps to follow in the case you want to move your website as well. Check the Tips and Tricks section before running the assistant for lessons learned, so perhaps you can avoid to fall into some known errors. Note that this tool is also open source and the code is available at CodePlex, so fixes and improvements are welcome!

 

Moving your DNN site to the cloud in 3 steps

To start the process, you will need to browse https://www.movemetothecloud.net and follow the instructions. The migration process has 3 steps:

1. Install the Migration Assistant tool (available at https://www.movemetothecloud.net/)

2. Run the readiness assessment

3. Migrate your site(s) (hey! You can move more than one site at time!)

The website I used for this test was a DNN Platform 7.3.4 default installation. Before starting the assistant I double checked that the site was working fine (see tips and tricks section to save time on known issues).

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So after downloading the assistant the first screen appears to ask for the onpremise IIS server hosting the website to migrate. Since mine was my own laptop, I used the default option:

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So after clicking next, the assistant contacts the IIS server and looks for possible candidates to migrate. I selected only the website I wanted to migrate unchecking all the others. You need to do it one by one, no unselect all option, but remember that you can contribute to the project!

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The next step shows a readiness report where the verification results are shown. My report was not showing anything scary so I simply continued with the following step by clicking on the Upload button.

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And now started the cool part, because all the website provisioning, SQL Database server, database, etc. it’s automatically created during by the assistant just by clicking some buttons. This remembered me the DNN Azure Accelerator project that does the same but deploying on Azure by using the Cloud Services flavor.

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So when clicking on the “Begin Migration” button, the Azure AAD/Micosoft Account login page was shown to introduce my Azure subscription credentials:

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After signing in, I selected the subscription I wanted to use and the datacenter location. I’m not sure if there is a bug on the tool or the datacenter location is not fully populated with all the options, but I could only deploy on Central US, no other option appeared. As this was a migration test was OK for me, but I would need to revisit this in the future when migrating other websites so I can choose the desired datacenter location.

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In the next step you can select the SQL Server settings, so can choose between an existent one or just create a new one what is the default option. I also left the database name setting as default as well, but I manually set the website name to avoid portal alias issues after deploying on Azure (check Tip #2 under the Tips and Tricks section at the end of the post).

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By clicking on the Customize settings link, you can also choose the website mode, the worker size, the web hosting plan (server farm) as well as the database edition. You can just use the defaults, but by my experience I would recommend at least a S1 database edition for performance reasons.

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After clicking on the Create Website button, the migration process started by provisioning the needed resources, all smooth:

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So once created, we start with the publish process by clicking on the Begin Publish button in order to start the website content upload as well as the database migration. By the logs being shown in this process and without confirming seeing the code at CodePlex, I suspect that this process is executed on two parallel threads, one uploading the content via webdeploy and the second by exporting/importing a .bacpac. It’s interesting because I’m very familiar running this type of migrations using just the same technique (note for myself: satisfy my curiosity spending a while reviewing the code at CodePlex).

Depending on the size of your site and the available bandwidth, this can take a long time. It is just a good moment for taking that cup of coffee.

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And just after the long wait, the site apparently finished without issues!

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Browsing the Azure Website for the first time brought the website fully migrated to Azure. The assistant did the corresponding modifications in the web.config to target the new database (curiously, the change was done directly on the web.config file and not using the website connection string settings).

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Who wants more?

 

Tips and tricks

Tip #1: check your local database for SQL Database incompatibilities

The wizard runs really smooth and it’s awesome to see it working just by specifying some settings, but be aware that the assistant has its limitations and probably does not analyze all what your website needs. The list of elements verified during the analysis are listed at http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/web-sites-migration-from-iis-server and while the checks done are awesome, seems that is not running any check on the database, so when I tried to migrate a website that I knew that had SQL Database incompatibility issues, the problem arose very late, just when all the website was migrated and the data was being inserted (this was after an hour of data transfer).

NOTE: SQL Database Update V12 (Preview) has been announced which provides nearly complete compatibility with the Microsoft SQL Server engine, so the mentioned below does not apply by the time you are reading this post.

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After a few minutes more the process stopped and gave a full error report, but no helpful info on the error or how to solve it.

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So before running the Azure Websites Migration assistant, if you are going to move a website that has a database dependency like DNN, I strongly recommend to you to verify that the database is SQL Database compatible. There are several ways to accomplish that objective, here some suggestions:

1) Use the SSMS database migration wizard targeting a SQL Database as destination. I believe a similar process is used under the covers (export/import a .bacpac), so the same errors appears without having to wait for the last step

2) Use the always free SQL Azure Migration wizard available at CodePlex (https://sqlazuremw.codeplex.com/)

3) Use RedGate’s SQL Compare, my favorite! Check here for a free trial (http://www.red-gate.com/products/sql-development/sql-compare/)

Tip #2: Adding a cloud portal alias before the migration

After migrating your DNN website to Azure you can get a 404 error if you have more than one portal in your local install or you have set the “Add Automatic Portal Alias” to false. I have wrote more info about the issue at https://serverfault.com/questions/655441/iis-website-works-on-only-one-port-in-localhost-settings/657915#657915

To avoid the issue, just add a portal alias BEFORE running the migration wizard, so it’s already configured when migrated to the cloud. If you are going to use a website name “MyDNNWebsite” on the wizard, just add the portal alias “MyDNNWebsite.azurewebsites.net”

 

Conclusions

Other problems can arise, but I have to say that for DNN projects the assistant works like a charm. Congratulations to the Azure Websites team for this jewel, I’m excited with the promised improvements coming in the future.

Hope this helps!

sábado, 27 de diciembre de 2014

Redis Caching Provider for DNN Platform

redis-300dpiTwo months ago I promised a gift for the friends at the DNNCon, a new open sourced DNN caching provider based on Redis. Today, I’m pleased to announce that I have implemented a first version of the provider and tested it on both on-premise and Azure environments.

This caching provider allows you to use a Redis cache server/cluster within DNN Platform, using a hybrid in-memory approach to increase cache performance (items are cached in the local memory and on Redis cache), and the publisher/subscriber feature to keep in sync all the in-memory caches from the webfarm. You must use Redis 2.8.17 or higher for an on-premises deployment. The caching provider is also Azure Redis cache compatible.

If you want to contribute to the caching provider, just go to https://github.com/davidjrh/dnn.rediscachingprovider and clone the repository.

 

Quick Start

  1. Provision a Redis cache to be used by your DNN instance. Perhaps one of the fastest ways to do it is to provision an Azure Redis cache by following the steps described at http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn690516.aspx, remember to provision the DNN instance on the same datacenter location to improve performance. You can also provision your Redis cache on your premises by following instructions provided at http://redis.io/download. The caching provider has been tested with the Win64 Redis port. Note that the DNN Redis Caching provider supports working with a shared Redis cache deployment, so you can reuse the same Redis cache deployment on several DNN websites.
  2. Download from the https://github.com/davidjrh/dnn.rediscachingprovider/tree/master/Release folder the latest version of the DNN Redis Caching provider
  3. Using the Extensions page of your DNN instance, upload and install the Redis caching provider. Once installed, will be the default caching provider.
  4. Open your web.config file and specify the RedisCachingProvider connection string in the ConnectionStrings section. If you are using Azure Redis cache, your connection string should look like this:

<connectionStrings>

<add name="RedisCachingProvider" connectionString="mycache.redis.cache.windows.net,password={base64password},ssl=True" providerName="DotNetNuke.Providers.RedisCachingProvider" />

</connectionStrings>

 

Advanced configuration

There are some attributes you can use to tweak or debug the caching provider. The initial set of configurable attributes are:

  • keyPrefix (default string.Empty): this attribute is used to add a prefix to each key stored on the Redis cache. This can be used to share the Redis cache between different DNN deployments. When no prefix is specified (default empty string), the current DNN Host Guid will be used so by default, the cached keys are partitioned by the Host identifier.
  • useCompression (boolean, default false): before inserting on the Redis cache, the value is compressed in order to save memory. The values are deflated when retrieved from the Redis cache. While using this parameter can save resources on the Redis server has a performance penalty because of the compression operations
  • silentMode (boolean, default true): when the silent mode is set to true and an exception occurs, is logged on the DNN instance log files under "/Portals/_default/Logs" and not raising an exception. Note that the in-memory cache is used before the Redis cache, so the site normally will continue working, but can end in out of sync caches. Keep an eye on the log files to verify that everything is working fine.

Hope this helps. Happy coding, and happy new year!!

martes, 9 de diciembre de 2014

La hora del código: ASP.net vNext

imageLlegó la hora de cerrar los eventos que tenemos programados desde TenerifeDev para este año, y hemos hecho unos cambios de última hora para el evento de este jueves aprovechando  el evento global “La Hora del Código”. Para los que no sepáis de que va, es “un movimiento mundial, llegando a decenas de millones de estudiantes en más de 180 países. Cualquier persona, en cualquier lugar puede organizar un evento Hora de Código. No se necesita experiencia y está destinado para edades entre 4 y 104 años”.

Por este motivo, hemos cambiado la sesión sobre SharePoint por una más general de mayor audiencia de Introducción a ASP.net vNext, en el mismo sitio y misma hora. Esta sesión iba a ser impartida por Tiberiu Covaci (MVP de ASP.net), pero por razones de última hora hemos cambiado su sesión para principios del año que viene. En esta ocasión, Santiago Porras (MVP Windows Platform) y David Rodriguez (MVP Azure) serán los encargados de conducir la sesión.

Ir a la página de registro gratuito

  • Evento: Introducción a ASP.net vNext
  • Descripción: Ven y conoce de primera mano cómo será la próxima versión de ASP.net, qué cosas cambian, dónde quedan los WebForms, cómo funcionan los controladores y qué le ha pasado al web.config. Santiago Porras, MVP de Windows Platform (@saintwukong) y David Rodriguez, MVP de Azure (@davidjrh) nos harán un recorrido por cada una de las novedades de la nueva plataforma para aplicaciones web y cloud. ASP.net vNext (aka ASP.NET 5), es completamente Open Source y está disponible en GitHub. ASP.NET 5 está actualmente en Preview.
  • Dónde: Salón de Grados de la ETSII
  • Cuándo: Jueves 11 de diciembre a las 18:00 GMT+0
  • Registro: registro gratuito en Eventbrite

Nos vemos el jueves!!

martes, 7 de octubre de 2014

TenerifeDev: eventos para cerrar el año

TenerifeDev250Hacía algo de tiempo, desde la LAN Party de verano, que desde TenerifeDev no hemos preparado ninguna sesión de esas que nos gustan, donde vamos a pasar una tarde compartiendo experiencias de desarrollo sobre tecnologías innovadoras.

Si aún no conoces nuestro grupo de usuarios, se trata de un grupo sin ánimo de lucro en el que  nos reunimos para compartir experiencias de desarrollo de software sobre tecnologías Microsoft, siendo nuestro punto de encuentro habitual la sala de Grados de la ETSII de San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Tenerife. Este año hemos estado algo liados y no nos hemos las veces que nos hubiera gustado, pero nos hemos puesto un  objetivo de reunirnos al menos una vez al mes con diversas temáticas de alto grado de interés tanto para los alumnos como para gente como nosotros, que seguimos en el ámbito del desarrollo de software de forma profesional, facilitando un punto de encuentro entre alumnos y empresas.

 

Próximos eventos

Después de hacer un hueco en la agenda, hemos conseguido cerrar las siguientes fechas y temáticas, para lo que resta de año:

  • 16 de Octubre de 18:00 a 19:30 - Introducción a Azure Websites y Responsive Design:
    no te pierdas de la mano de Santiago Porras (MVP en Windows Platform Development) y David Rodríguez (MVP en Microsoft Azure) una sesión de introducción al desarrollo sobre Azure Websites, viendo distintos aspectos como la creación del site, integración con GitHub y Visual Studio, copias de seguridad, así como la forma de implementar tus sitios web mediante un diseño responsivo que sea adapte a cualquier dispositivo. Como no, veremos algo de Windows 10 para abrir boca.
    Lugar: Aula de la FEULL, antigua torre de Químicas
  • 19 de Noviembre de 18:00 a 19:30 - Introducción a Azure Mobile Services y Aplicaciones Universales:
    no te pierdas de la mano de Santiago Porras (MVP en Windows Platform Development) y David Rodríguez (MVP en Microsoft Azure) una sesión de introducción al desarrollo de apps para dispositivos móviles, integrando notificaciones push, bases de datos en backend, uso de proveedores de identidad como Facebook o Twitter, y todo ello compartiendo código mediante la creación de aplicaciones universales, el nuevo modelo de desarrollo de apps multi-plataforma.
    Lugar: Salón de Grados de la ETSII
  • 11 de Diciembre de 18:00 a 19:30 - Desplegando SharePoint en la nube:
    no te pierdas de la mano de Alberto Díaz (MVP de SharePoint Server), una sesión sobre cómo desplegar una granja de servidores SharePoint sobre Microsoft Azure, con tips & tricks sobre rendimiento y manual de buenas prácticas, y todo en menos de 10 clicks.
    Lugar: Salón de Grados de la ETSII

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