I wrote an article about configuring remote IIS administration here, but what I recently found out is that you can also add a Microsoft Azure Web Site (MAWS) to you IIS management console. This is super cool, because it makes the configuration of Failed Request Tracing, URL Rewrite, etc… much easier.

Here is the article where I first discovered the capability, but I wanted to share my own experience.

Add a MAWS to the IIS management console by selecting the Connect to a Site... menu item from within the IIS management console, as illustrated in Figure 1.

Figure 1, Add a Microsoft Azure Web Site for remote management

Once clicked, enter the details of your MAWS into the window, as shown in Figure 2.  In this example, I have a MAWS named STANDARD and use the KUDU website URL for the administration.  I discuss KUDU in more detail here

Once the information for your MAWS is entered, click the Next button to enter the credentials, as shown in Figure 3.

Figure 2, configure a Microsoft Azure Web Site for remote management

Figure 3, Microsoft Azure Web Site publishing credentials for remote IIS management

The user name and password credentials required here are contained within your publish profile.  You can get this information by selecting on the web site you want to remote manage, as illustrated in Figure 4.

Figure 4, download publish profile from Windows Azure

Use the userName and userPWD found within your publish profile file, similar to that shown in Figure 5.

Figure 5, publishing profile example for a Microsoft Azure Web Site

Enter the credentials, and click on the next button.

Figure 6, adding credentials to IIS management console for remote Azure Web Site management

Give the connection a name, and select the Finish button.

Figure 7, name the remote administration Microsoft Azure Web Site connection

After selecting the Finish button I received a message that there were some new and dependent features available, as illustrated in Figure 8.  I added all of them.

Figure 8, new feature window when configuring MAWS for remote management

Once added and connected, as shown in Figure 9, you can navigate through the configuration and make changed to the configuration as needed.  I like this feature a lot and will recommend it to any customer I work with.

Figure 9, Remote management of a Microsoft Azure Web Site in IIS