CloudCamp Stockholm in retro perspective

Photo: Özgür Bal,

I’m back in Västerås again after a whole day of cloud talks in the capital of Sweden.

The concept of CloudCamp, as explained by Mr. Reuven Cohen (Founder & CTO of Enomaly and co-creator of CloudCamp), is to gather interesting people to talk about the cloud over a beer. This might have worked a few years ago, before cloud became the word on everyone’s lips. Today, CloudCamps are organized all around the globe, engaging thousands of people with one common interest. The cloud.

Read more about Sweden’s first CloudCamp after the break.

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How to process the PreShutdown event in a managed Windows service

If you liked the post about Hyper-V guests in different time zones, here is one more article that comes from our development work on the new OpenStack and Hyper-v based setup of Atomia Hosting Platform.

Several of our products ship some windows services which we use to do periodic background tasks. For example, Automation Server uses a service to perform long-running automation tasks. During a system shutdown, it is important that the service has enough time to cleanly exit and not be terminated in the middle of some complex operation.

Whereas Windows will not shutdown until all applications in the user’s session are properly closed, this does not hold true for services, which only have 12 seconds to process a Shutdown notification, which might be too short for your service. The good news is that Microsoft introduced the PreShutdown event for services in Vista, which you can use in your service’s code to get 3 extra minutes (or even more) to shutdown your service.

Read more on how to develop your service’s shutdown behavior after the break.

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Another geeky cake at Atomia

Our System Architect (and Master of Barbecue) Jimmy turned 31 today and brought this awesome cake to the Swedish office.

This is the third ‘geek cake’ we’ve had the chance to lay our hands on in 2011. Read more after the break.

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Hyper-V guests in different time zones

Recently we noticed a problem that our Hyper-V guests did not seem to accept leases from the DHCP server. We are using the OpenStack network component to distribute DHCP addresses, which are leased for very short periods of time. Further investigation revealed that the problem is connected with the system time of the instance during boot.

Read the full blog post on how to solve this problem after the break.

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