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  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Tools featured on Cloud Cover

    Aside from the fact that I was setup and they took every opportunity they could to give me a hard time, I had a lot of fun as a guest on Cloud Cover with Ryan Dunn and Steve Marx . I showed the new features in our latest June 2010 release of the Windows Azure Tools . I am also scheming on how...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Tools Goes International

    We’re happy to announce that the June 2010 release of the Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 is now available in German, French, Japanese, Chinese, Spanish, Italian, Russian and Korean. On the download page select the language you want to install if it isn’t set to the...
  • Blog Post: June 2010 Release of the Windows Azure Tools + SDK

    I’m pleased to announce the release of the June 2010 Windows Azure Tools + SDK . The Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio extend Visual Studio 2010 and Visual Studio 2008 to enable the creation, configuration, building, debugging, running, packaging and deployment of scalable web...
  • Blog Post: Fixing the Silverlight Design Time in a Windows Azure Cloud Service

    This is a workaround for the following configuration: Visual Studio 2008 (works fine on VS 2010) Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio February 2010 Release Silverlight 3 Tools for Visual Studio 2008 Building a Silverlight application in a Windows Azure Cloud Service This...
  • Blog Post: Viewing GAC’d Assemblies in the Windows Azure OS

    One of the main issues you can run into when deploying is that one of your dependent assemblies is not available in the cloud. This will result in your cloud service never hitting the running state, instead it will cycle between the initializing, busy and stopping states . (the other main reason...
  • Blog Post: GAC Listing for Windows Azure Guest OS 1.1

    The following is a list of the contents of the GAC for Windows Azure Guest OS 1.1 (Release 201001-01) Please see this post: http://blogs.msdn.com/jnak/archive/2010/03/21/viewing-gac-d-assemblies-in-the-windows-azure-os.aspx for a walkthrough of how this listing was obtained and how you can obtain...
  • 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: February 2010 Release of the Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio v1.1

    I’m pleased to announce that the Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio 1.1 ( direct link while the release propagates) has been released to coincide with the general availability of Windows Azure. This release supports VS 2008 and the upcoming VS 2010 RC. For VS 2010 Beta 2 please use the...
  • Blog Post: Installing Certificates in Windows Azure VMs

    A little while ago I posted How To: Add an HTTPS Endpoint to a Windows Azure Cloud Service which talked about the whole process around adding an HTTPS endpoint and configuring & uploading the SSL certificate for that endpoint. This post is a follow up to that post to talk about installing any...
  • 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: Windows Azure WCF Add Service Reference Patch and Windows 7

    For those of you that watched my Tips & Tricks session at PDC or followed along on my blog post , you'll recall that I mentioned the following: In general, WCF works correctly on Windows Azure. There is a problem using "add service reference" or svcutil but we have a patch to workaround the problem...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure - Resolving "The Path is too long after being fully qualified" Error Message

    When you run a cloud service on the development fabric, the development fabric uses a temporary folder to store a number of files including local storage locations, cached binaries, configuration, diagnostics information and cached compiled web site content. By default this location is: C:\Users\<username>...
  • Blog Post: Walkthrough: Windows Azure Blob Storage (Nov 2009 and later)

    Similar to the table storage walkthrough I posted last week , I updated this blog post for the Nov 2009/v1.0 and later release of the Windows Azure Tools. This walkthrough covers what I found to be the simplest way to get a sample up and running on Windows Azure that uses the Blob Storage service...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Article in Visual Studio Magazine

    Good article in Visual Studio Magazine this month on Windows Azure: http://visualstudiomagazine.com/Articles/2010/01/01/App-Dev-from-the-Ground-Up.aspx Ok, I might be a bit biased -- I get a few mentions in the article that I'm pretty jazzed about :) The quotes are from my session at PDC '09. In...
  • Blog Post: Walkthrough: Windows Azure Table Storage (Nov 2009 and later)

    This walkthrough covers what I found to be the simplest way to get a sample up and running on Windows Azure that uses the Table Storage Service. It serves as an introduction to both Windows Azure cloud services as well as using table storage. Although there is a wealth of information out there on Windows...
  • 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: Add and Vote for Windows Azure Features

    [Changing title to be more clear] Mike Wickstrand , the director of Windows Azure product planning has put together a site where you can post and vote for Windows Azure ideas: http://www.mygreatwindowsazureidea.com The idea came from the success we had with the Silverlight feature suggestions page...
  • 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: Videos of the Windows Azure Sessions at PDC09

    Here are the videos of the Windows Azure sessions at PDC09. Lots of useful content, the sessions were well attended and well received. At the time of this writing, some of the videos are not yet posted but they will be by the end of the week. Enjoy. Windows Azure Sessions My session -- Tips...
  • 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: Tips and Tricks for Using Visual Studio 2010 to Build Applications that Run on Windows Azure

    Thanks to everyone who attended my session at PDC today. I really hope that you took something useful away from it. As mentioned in the session, I’m posting the set of tips that were covered. You can now view the session online at: http://microsoftpdc.com/Sessions/SVC53 If you missed my session...
  • Blog Post: Tools to Configure Windows Azure Service Definition and Configuration Files

    One of the features we added to the November 2009 release of the Windows Azure Tools are tools to configure the Service Definition and Service Configuration files – yes, no more XML editing! To access the “Service Model Configuration Pages”, right click on the role under the Cloud Service “Roles”...
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