Windows Azure and UDP Traffic

As you may very well know, Windows Azure Web Role and Worker Role can have only HTTP/HTTPS/TCP type of end points that’s means you can use Web and Worker Role for UDP Traffic. <InputEndpoint name=”<input-endpoint-name>” protocol=”[http|https|tcp]” port=”<port-number>” /> What if you would want UDP traffic in Windows Azure?   Your answer is Windows Azure VM…

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Windows Azure VM Role and Firewall

In VM Role, Windows Firewall programming is depend on the user. If you are developing VM Role Image, the you should configure the firewall as you see fit for your objective.  For Web and Worker role, the virtual machine is locked  and endpoints are configured during VM initialization, depend on role end point configuration. So…

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Update on VHD Mount Behavior in Windows Azure VM with latest Windows Azure SDK 1.4 and updated Guest OS

Some VHD Mount behavior seen in Windows Azure VM: –           A mounted VHD gets un-mount after 30 minutes even when the process which mounted the VM exits –           A mounted VHD will still be mounted after the process which mounted the VM exits   Here is an explanation on above described behavior: With Windows Azure…

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Expert Tips on VM Role Deployment with Windows Azure SDK 1.6

All of these tips are applicable to Windows Azure SDK 1.4, 1.5 and newly released 1.6. After working on VM Role deployment for so many times, I decided to writeup this blog entry as a note before starting VM Role deployment: Tools: 1.      Be sure that you have SDK 1.4 in your machine. If you…

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Sysprep related issues when creating Virtual Machine for VM Role

When created VHD for VM Role one important steps is to SYSPREP your OS. You can launch SYSPREP application (sysprep.exe) which is located at %WINDIR%\System32\sysprep folder as below: Once SYSPREP Application is launched you will see the following window, select “Enter System Out-of-Box Experience (OOBE), check “Generalize” and “Shutdown” as below then “OK”: If you…

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Troubleshooting problems with VHD upload using CSUPLOAD Tool

While uploading VHD for your VM Role using CSUPLOAD tool, if you experience issues, you can use the following methods to troubleshoot the problems:   Verifying Connectivity Settings: To verify your connection string you can use the “csupload get-connection” command and you will see the connection settings as below:   C:\Program Files\Windows Azure SDK\v1.4\bin>csupload.exe get-connection…

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Handling "An unexpected error occurred: Server operation did not finish within user specified timeout '90' seconds.." with CSUPLOAD in Windows Azure VM Role

When you try to upload a VHD using CSUPLOAD tool, it is possible you may receive the following error:   “An unexpected error occurred: Server operation did not finish within user specified timeout ’90’ seconds, check if operation is valid or try increasing the timeout.”     Here are a few suggestions to solve this…

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