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  • Blog Post: Rapid Developer Deploy to Windows Azure

    At PDC10 , I did a session Building, Deploying and Managing Windows Azure Applications that covered the end to end experience of using Windows Azure. To watch the recording, go to http://player.microsoftpdc.com/session click on “Guide”, my session is at 1130 on Thursday. As part of...
  • Blog Post: TechEd Session Takeaways - Using Visual Studio to build Windows Azure Applications

    Thank you to all of you who attended my session at TechEd 2010 - COS307 | Using Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 to Build Applications That Run on Windows Azure Here are some of the key takeaways and links from the session: Lots of New Tools The June 2010 release of the Windows Azure Tools has now...
  • Blog Post: Hope to see you at my Mix ‘10 Windows Azure session

    I’m really excited about Mix ‘10 this year. There’s going to be a lot of cool announcements and sessions. One of the sessions I’d love to see you at is my session on building Windows Azure applications with Visual Studio (Tuesday right after the keynote at 11:30 in Breakers L): Building and Deploying...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure RoleEntryPoint Method Call Order

    I saw an internal discussion that had some information I thought would be useful to share. It’s about how some of the methods in RoleEntryPoint get called. In the case of a Worker Role, the RoleEntryPoint class is the class you derive to write your code. When you create a new Worker Role project in...
  • Blog Post: Migrating an Existing ASP.NET App to run on Windows Azure

    This post has 2 main parts. The first part is an update to a post I wrote back in February 2009 about using an existing ASP.NET Web Application as Web Role and rolls in information from this post and this post . The second part is about migrating an existing database running on SQL Express and ASP.NET...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Debugging: Matching an Instance in the DevFabric to its Process

    One of the things I run into from time to time is the need/desire to match an instance I’m watching in the Development Fabric UI back to its process. This may be because I am sitting on a breakpoint in Visual Studio and want to look at the corresponding logs for that process in the DevFabric UI or...
  • Blog Post: How to: Add an HTTPS Endpoint to a Windows Azure Cloud Service

    Back in May I posted about Adding an HTTPS Endpoint to a Windows Azure Cloud Service and with the November 2009 release of the Windows Azure Tools, that article is now obsolete. In the last week I received a number of requests to post a new article about how to add HTTPS endpoints with the November...
  • Blog Post: Web Site Projects and Windows Azure

    Currently (November 2009), the Windows Azure Tools for Visual Studio only support Web Application projects – the type of Web projects that have a project file and are compiled. For most folks, they reason to choose a Web Site project was for the ability to update it easily on the server and generally...
  • Blog Post: ASP.NET Provider Scripts for SQL Azure

    If you want to use the ASP.NET Providers (membership, role, personalization, profile, web event provider) with SQL Azure, you'll need to use the the following scripts or aspnet-regAzure.exe tool to setup the database: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/2006191 Currently the only provider...
  • Blog Post: ASP.NET MVC and Windows Azure (November 2009 edition)

    With the November release of the Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio, we’ve done some things in Visual Studio 2010 to make it easier to use ASP.NET MVC and Windows Azure together. Note : In the November release of the Tools + SDK, Windows Azure only supports .NET 3.5 SP1, .NET 4.0 projects...
  • Blog Post: Using the Sample Windows Azure ASP.NET Providers

    Previously, the sample Windows Azure ASP.NET providers were included in the samples folder that was installed with the SDK. As of the November 2009 release of the Windows Azure Tools & SDK, this is no longer the case. The samples are available online at http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/windowsazuresamples...
  • Blog Post: 3 Short Videos - Introduction to Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio 2010

    [Update 2/10/2010 - These videos moved so I needed to update the links.] Straight from the halls of Microsoft - a 3 video series on building Windows Azure applications using Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2. The videos showcase the Windows Azure Tools . The goal was to focus on the developer experiences...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Tools and Visual Studio 2010

    Windows Azure Tools for Visual Studio Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio extend Visual Studio to enable the creation, building, configuring, debugging, running and packaging of scalable web applications and services on Windows Azure. Windows Azure Tools for Visual Studio 2010...
  • Blog Post: Adding an HTTPS Endpoint to a Windows Azure Cloud Service

    [ Update : With the November 2009 release of the Windows Azure Tools - this post is now obsolete - an updated post is available here ] Lately there has been a couple of threads on the forum and some internal email around setting up an https endpoint on a Windows Azure Cloud Service. A good starting...
  • Blog Post: Azure Services Platform Developer Challenge

    Azure Services Platform Developer Challenge! Everything you need to know from a page hosted on Windows Azure: http://www.newcloudapp.com/ Couple things to point out: There are 3 categories .Net Applications ($5000 prize), PHP Applications ($5000 prize) and a Community Winner ($2500 prize...
  • Blog Post: The Easy Way to Install the Windows Azure Tools and SDK Pre-Requisites

    (Update 9/24/2009 -- We're now included in the Web Platform Installer! See: http://blogs.msdn.com/jnak/archive/2009/09/24/installing-the-windows-azure-tools-using-the-web-platform-installer.aspx ) One of the first things I do when I get a new box is install the Windows Azure Tools and SDK . (don’t...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Mix Videos

    If you weren't able to make it to MIX09 , you can catch videos of the sessions . My session is available for watching here: Using the Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio to Build Cloud Services If you haven't seen the keynotes, I highly recommend that you see them, lots of awesome announcements...
  • Blog Post: Walkthrough: Enabling Full Trust to Call Native Code on Windows Azure

    One of the cool new features in the Windows Azure Mix 09 CTP is the ability to run your Web and/or Worker Roles in full trust (non-admin). This opens up all kinds of features that weren’t available in the previous CTPs. An interesting feature, which is the subject of this post is the ability to make...
  • Blog Post: Now available: March CTP of the Windows Azure Tools and SDK

    New release of the Windows Azure SDK and Tools! From now on, you only have to download the Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio and the SDK will be installed as part of that package. Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio (please give time for propagation or use the direct link...
  • Blog Post: Updates to Windows Azure MVC Cloud Service for MVC RC2

    [For more recent information on using ASP.NET MVC with Windows Azure please see this post .] ASP.Net MVC RC2 released a few days back and I've already gotten a number of requests to update the MVC on Windows Azure samples since they were getting a little stale. I updated my posts on MVC and I also...
  • Blog Post: Fix available: ASP.Net MVC RC Crash in a Windows Azure Cloud Service Project

    For those of you that have been unfortunate enough to experience the VS crash when using the ASP.Net MVC RC in a Windows Azure Cloud Service project, I have good news! The CLR team has distributed a hotfix. The KB Article number is 963676 and is posted at http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=963676...
  • Blog Post: Potential Crash in VS when using the MVC RC on Windows Azure

    I've received some comments as well as have been contacted by a couple of customers about an issue they have been seeing when using the MVC RC in a Windows Azure Cloud Service project in Visual Studio. That is, when you are using the project/following the steps from this post or this post . The...
  • Blog Post: Using an Existing ASP.NET Web Application as a Windows Azure Web Role

    [For an expanded walkthrough about using an existing ASP.NET Web Application in a Cloud Service and migrating data to SQL Azure, please see this post: http://blogs.msdn.com/jnak/archive/2010/02/08/migrating-an-existing-asp-net-app-to-run-on-windows-azure.aspx . Updated info on using MVC with WIndows...
  • Blog Post: ASP.Net MVC on Windows Azure with Providers

    [For more recent information on using ASP.NET MVC with Windows Azure please see this post .] Before you get started with ASP.Net MVC and Windows Azure – please install this hotfix . Were you wondering why the sample project I got from Phil attached to my post, ASP.Net MVC on Windows Azure , didn...
  • Blog Post: Reading a Server Side XML File on Windows Azure

    A question that I got at PDC was whether or not you could read an XML file contained in your Web Role when running on Windows Azure as some folks use this for metadata such as a site map. The short answer is "yes", just as you would any ASP.Net Web Application (using MapPath to get at the file). As...
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