Host Moodle 2 in Windows Azure

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Over the past few weeks Microsoft have released the code to implement Moodle and Moodle 2 on Windows Azure saving you the cost of hardware, redundancy and data protection.

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Using Windows Azure to host the website and SQL Azure for the database you now have another reason to move to the cloud and keep saving on it.

You can download the instructions on how to do is from Codeplex.

Moodle: http://moodleazure.codeplex.com/

Moodle 2: http://moodle2azure.codeplex.com

Note: These are in beta and should be treat as beta.  Ensure you read all the documentation on how it works before making a decision on implementing it as a beta and production.

Chapter 7: Configuring Single Sign On in Moodle 2.0

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During the first 6 chapters we have looked at implementing Moodle 2.0 with Microsoft technologies such as Windows Server, SQL Server and Active Directory but having implementing all of these we can increase the user experience by configuring single sign on.

As Kerberos was implemented in chapter 6 which will allow securer authentication but now we are going to implement Single Sign On so users automatically log on with out having to put their username and password in.

During the configuration of single sign on you are required to know a bit about subnet masking.  This is also discussed allowing you to implement Moodle 2 the way you want to.

If you are interested in this chapter it can be purchased with the rest of the ebook in PDF, epub and mobil version for the BFC Networks shop.

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If you are interested in this chapter it can be purchased with the rest of the ebook in PDF, epub and mobil version for the BFC Networks shop.

http://www.bfcnetworks.com/products-page/moodle/ebook-moodle-2-with-microsoft-technologies/

Chapter 4 & 5: Configuring Moodle 2.0 with Active Directory and LDAP Attributes

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Configuring Moodle with Active Directory can be very simple but it is important that it is also done to best practice with tight security.  During chapter 4 we discuss how to connect Moodle to Active Directory with a dedicated user that you have created and given delegated rights to.  This user only has permission to what it requires instead of giving them administrator access to the whole domain.

In chapter 5 it looks at the different settings required to link Moodle profile settings to Active Directory user attributes.  This chapter is in 3 sections, the first in about the different attributes in Moodle and Active Directory and how they can be linked.  The second part of the chapter looks at configuring Moodle and Active Directory to link the different attributes while the final section looks at how you can to write back user changes in their Moodle profile back to Active Directory

If you are interested in this chapter it can be purchased with the rest of the ebook in PDF, epub and mobil version for the BFC Networks shop.

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If you are interested in this chapter it can be purchased with the rest of the ebook in PDF, epub and mobil version for the BFC Networks shop.

http://www.bfcnetworks.com/products-page/moodle/ebook-moodle-2-with-microsoft-technologies/

Chapter 2: Implementing Moodle 2.0 on Microsoft Load Balancing Technologies

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Some of the great tools that have come out of Microsoft include the ability to have your environment running in a highly available farm.  These can be achieved with hardware and software and Microsoft provide these functions using Load Balancing or services and clustering.  In chapter 2 of the ebook we look at why you would implement Moodle 2.0 in a highly available environment and then we go through the stages of implementing a Microsoft SQL Server cluster, two web front end servers that are load balanced for Internet Information Services (IIS) and then configuring the MoodleData folder to sit on a separate NAS.

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If you are interested in this chapter it can be purchased with the rest of the ebook in PDF, epub and mobil version for the BFC Networks shop.

http://www.bfcnetworks.com/products-page/moodle/ebook-moodle-2-with-microsoft-technologies/

Chapter 1: Install Moodle 2.0 on Windows Server 2008 R2, SQL Server Express and IIS

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Chapter 1 of the Moodle 2.0 in Microsoft Technologies book discusses why you might want to consider using Microsoft technologies instead of Linux, Apache and MySQL.

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Further into this chapter you are guided through the implementation of installing Moodle 2.0 on Windows Server 2008 R2 using PHP for Windows, IIS and SQL Server Express Edition.

Using SQL Server Express Edition keeps the cost on Moodle on a Microsoft environment to its lowest allowing you to implement the learning management tool for the cost of a Windows Server license.  SQL Server Express is free and can be downloaded from the Microsoft site.

If you are interested in this chapter it can be purchased with the rest of the ebook in PDF, epub and mobil version for the BFC Networks shop.

http://www.bfcnetworks.com/products-page/moodle/ebook-moodle-2-with-microsoft-technologies/

Install Moodle 2 on Microsoft SQL Server, Windows Server 2008 R2 and IIS

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Over the past year I have write a few how to whitepapers on implementing the open source product Moodle onto Microsoft Technologies.

In recent months Moodle 2 has been released and a new whitepapers is now available on how to install the product on:

  • Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2
  • IIS 7.5
  • PHP 5.3.4
  • using Microsoft SQL Server drivers for PHP 2.0

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Here are other Moodle whitepapers available for download.