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ASP.NET MVC3 Web Role Deployment in Windows Azure (SDK 1.4) - Detailed steps and Full Sample

ASP.NET MVC3 Web Role Deployment in Windows Azure (SDK 1.4) - Detailed steps and Full Sample

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Please be sure to have Visual Studio 2010 (or Visual Web Developer)  along with Windows Azure SDK 1.4 Refresh  installed in your machine. 

Get the full working Sample at: http://aspmvc3webroleazure.codeplex.com/


Step 1. Please create a MVC2 Web Role as below:

 

Step 2: In the Visual Studio when solution is ready now add a new project as below:

 

Step 3: Create a new “Web” based “ASP.NET MVC 3 Web Application” as below:


Step 4:  When asked to select the MVC3 Web Application type please select “Internet Application” along with View Engine “Razor” as below: 

 

Step 5: Lets compare references in “Web Role” and “MVC 3 Web Application” you will see something as below:

 

Step 6: You will need to add & remove following references in your Web Role. 

 

Let’s start by removing System.web.MVC from Web Role first and then add the following references in the Web Role:

Following reference from location: C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft ASP.NET\ASP.NET MVC 3\Assemblies

  • System.Web.Mvc.dll

 

All below references from location: c:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft ASP.NET\ASP.NET Web Pages\v1.0\Assemblies\

  • Microsoft.Web.Infrastructure
  • System.Web.Helpers
  • System.Web.Razor
  • System.Web.WebPages
  • System.Web.WebPages.Deployment
  • System.Web.WebPages.Razor

 

Step 7: Please be sure to set “Copy Local as True” for all above modules, like as below:

 

Step 8:  Now open Web Role Based web.config and replace with ASP.NET MVC 3 based Web.Config as below:

 

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<!--
For more information on how to configure your ASP.NET application, please visit
http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=152368
-->
<configuration>
<connectionStrings>
<add name="ApplicationServices"
connectionString="data source=.\SQLEXPRESS;Integrated Security=SSPI;AttachDBFilename=|DataDirectory|aspnetdb.mdf;User Instance=true"
providerName="System.Data.SqlClient" />
</connectionStrings>
<appSettings>
<add key="webpages:Version" value="1.0.0.0"/>
<add key="ClientValidationEnabled" value="true"/>
<add key="UnobtrusiveJavaScriptEnabled" value="true"/>
</appSettings>
<system.web>
<compilation debug="true" targetFramework="4.0">
<assemblies>
<add assembly="System.Web.Abstractions, Version=4.0.0.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=31BF3856AD364E35" />
<add assembly="System.Web.Helpers, Version=1.0.0.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=31BF3856AD364E35" />
<add assembly="System.Web.Routing, Version=4.0.0.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=31BF3856AD364E35" />
<add assembly="System.Web.Mvc, Version=3.0.0.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=31BF3856AD364E35" />
<add assembly="System.Web.WebPages, Version=1.0.0.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=31BF3856AD364E35" />
</assemblies>
</compilation>
<authentication mode="Forms">
<forms loginUrl="~/Account/LogOn" timeout="2880" />
</authentication>
<membership>
<providers>
<clear/>
<add name="AspNetSqlMembershipProvider" type="System.Web.Security.SqlMembershipProvider" connectionStringName="ApplicationServices"
enablePasswordRetrieval="false" enablePasswordReset="true" requiresQuestionAndAnswer="false" requiresUniqueEmail="false"
maxInvalidPasswordAttempts="5" minRequiredPasswordLength="6" minRequiredNonalphanumericCharacters="0" passwordAttemptWindow="10"
applicationName="/" />
</providers>
</membership>
<profile>
<providers>
<clear/>
<add name="AspNetSqlProfileProvider" type="System.Web.Profile.SqlProfileProvider" connectionStringName="ApplicationServices" applicationName="/" />
</providers>
</profile>
<roleManager enabled="false">
<providers>
<clear/>
<add name="AspNetSqlRoleProvider" type="System.Web.Security.SqlRoleProvider" connectionStringName="ApplicationServices" applicationName="/" />
<add name="AspNetWindowsTokenRoleProvider" type="System.Web.Security.WindowsTokenRoleProvider" applicationName="/" />
</providers>
</roleManager>
<pages>
<namespaces>
<add namespace="System.Web.Helpers" />
<add namespace="System.Web.Mvc" />
<add namespace="System.Web.Mvc.Ajax" />
<add namespace="System.Web.Mvc.Html" />
<add namespace="System.Web.Routing" />
<add namespace="System.Web.WebPages"/>
</namespaces>
</pages>
</system.web>
<system.webServer>
<validation validateIntegratedModeConfiguration="false"/>
<modules runAllManagedModulesForAllRequests="true"/>
</system.webServer>
<runtime>
<assemblyBinding xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:asm.v1">
<dependentAssembly>
<assemblyIdentity name="System.Web.Mvc" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" />
<bindingRedirect oldVersion="1.0.0.0-2.0.0.0" newVersion="3.0.0.0" />
</dependentAssembly>
</assemblyBinding>
</runtime>
</configuration>

 

 

Step 9: Now remove "ASP.NET MVC3 Web Application" from your solution. The final solution will look like as below:

 

Step 10. Lets take a final look at our included references

 

Step 11. Now test your application in development fabric and verify it working successfully as below:

 

Step 12: Now package and deploy your application to Windows Azure Management Portal and test it working successfully  in as below:

 

Get the full working Sample at: http://aspmvc3webroleazure.codeplex.com/

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