If you’ve started reading from this post, you’ll need to go through the previous parts of this series before going starting this one: Introduction Part 1: Setting Up a SQL Azure Server and Database Part 2: Scripting the On-Premise Database for SQL Azure Part 3: Executing the Scripts on the SQL Azure Database Part 4: Creating the Cloud Solution Part 5: Testing Locally Part 6: Preparing the Deployment Package
A Windows Azure solution is contained in a hosted service. Before deploying the the package we previously created, we’ll have to create the hosted service.
Creating the Hosted Service
Testing the Solution in the Staging Environment
Why is the DNS name different than the one you provided when the hosted service was created? That name (URL prefix) is reserved for the production environment.
After you’ve tested the solution in the staging environment, there is only one task left to do – promote the solution to the production environment.