Windows Azure Table Storage- Partition or Row key length is limited to 256 characters in Storage Emulator

If partition/row key is longer than 256 characters, you will get an error when inserting the data in Azure table storage, while you are running your application in compute emulator or accessing table storage in storage emulator directly. This problem will only happens in Storage Emulator, but will not happen in Windows Azure Table storage…

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Installing Windows Azure SDK 1.5 returns – DSInit setup error

When trying installing Windows Azure SDK 1.6 in your machine, it is possible you might hit an error related with Windows Azure Emulator Storage installation in your machine. This is when you already main SDK components are installed and installed is installing Window Azure Storage Emulation components.   Windows Azure Storage Emulator Initialization  System.InvalidOperationException: There…

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Using CSPACK to create Windows Azure Package returns error “Error CloudServices050 : Top-level XML element does not conform to schema”

I was investigating an issue in which using CSPACK to create Windows Azure Package (*.cspkg) received error as below:   Error  CloudServices050 : Top-level XML element does not conform to schema                 The reason for this error was just simple.  The problem was caused by passing service configuration file as parameter while CSPACK use service…

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Troubleshooting details: Windows Azure Web Role was stuck due to an expception in IISConfigurator.exe process

Recently I was working with a partner problem in which the Azure web role was stuck and showing “preparing node” status in Windows Azure Management portal. Luckily RDP access to Azure VM was working so investigation to the problem was easier.   After logging to Azure VM over RDP the IISConfigurator.log showed the following error:…

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Azure Diagnostics generate exception in SystemEventsListener::LoadXmlString when reading event log which includes exception as event data

 When you write Windows Azure application, you may wish you include you own error or notifications in the event log. Or you would like to save exceptions in the event log which ultimately collected by Windows Azure Diagnostics in the Azure VM and sent to Windows Azure Storage.   When you  create an event log…

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WCF REST (HTTP) application connecting Azure Service Bus using webHttpRelayBinding causes aspNetCompatibilityEnabled error

If you have a WCF application which is connecting to Windows Azure Service Bus over REST using webHttpRelayBinding, it is possible you may hit the following error:   [InvalidOperationException: The service cannot be activated because it does not support ASP.NET compatibility. ASP.NET compatibility is enabled for this application. Turn off ASP.NET compatibility mode in the…

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Windows Azure Application Error – TCP error code 10061 No connection could be made because the target machine actively refused it 127.0.0.1:808

 When just running or debugging your Windows Azure application in Compute Emulator, you might hit the following error: Error, 0, 5c7858b7-deaf-41cb-9a87-ad2356fffedb`GetAgentState`System.ServiceModel.EndpointNotFoundException: Could not connect to net.tcp://localhost/dfagent/2/host. The connection attempt lasted for a time span of 00:00:02.0001978. TCP error code 10061: No connection could be made because the target machine actively refused it 127.0.0.1:808. —> System.Net.Sockets.SocketException:…

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Windows Azure Package Deployment Error – The remote server returned an error: (407) Proxy Authentication Required

When publishing your Windows Azure web role inside your corporate proxy server you might hit the following error:   The remote server returned an error: (407) Proxy Authentication Required. The main reason for this problem is that your PC, where you are trying to deploy the Windows Azure package, cannot establish connection with Windows Azure…

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Windows Azure SDK Error when launching compute emulator – Encountered an unexpected error Illegal characters in path

What if you launch Windows Azure Computer Emulator in your Windows machines and return the following error:   C:\Program Files\Windows Azure SDK\v1.5>csrun /devfabric:start for Microsoft(R) .NET Framework 3.5 Copyright (c) Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. Starting the compute emulator… Encountered an unexpected error Illegal characters in path. at System.IO.Path.CheckInvalidPathChars(String path) at System.IO.Path.NormalizePathFast(String path, Boolean fullCheck)…

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Handling Error ERROR_AZURE_DRIVE_DEV_PATH_NOT_SET when mounting a cloud drive

If you have the same code running in ASP.NET (within web role you may not hit the problem) however if you try to do this outside role code or from a standalone app you have much more chances to hit this error.   Couple of months back, I have written a sample on how to…

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