Visual Studio "Publish" of a Large Windows Azure Cloud Service may Fail

Update: This has been fixed in the January 2009 CTP of the Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio Shan McArthur who’s been raising a lot of great issues and giving a lot of great feedback on the Windows Azure forum has recently blogged about an issue when using the “Publish” functionality in Visual Studio. Hani…

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SpaceBlock File Transfer Utility now Supports Windows Azure Blob Storage

Right on the heels of my post on how to use the CloudDrive sample to access the logs for your service running on Windows Azure, John Spurlock posted a link to SpaceBlock on the Windows Azure forum that now supports Windows Azure Blob Storage. This is really cool and actually a much easier way to…

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Using the CloudDrive Sample to Access Windows Azure Logs

On Windows Azure, you can output trace messages when your Roles are running “in the cloud”.  You write the messages by calling the RoleManager.WriteToLog() API in Microsoft.ServiceHosting.ServiceRuntime.  This post will cover how to: Copy the logs for your service running on Windows Azure to a blob storage container using the Azure Services Developer Portal Build and install…

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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’t include the sample Windows…

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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…

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Silverlight MediaElement Playing a Video stored in Windows Azure Blob Storage

There are two things that I want to show in this post: That you can use Silverlight in a Windows Azure Cloud Service That you can stream a movie progressively via http (more about that here) from Windows Azure Blob storage The code is attached to this blog post.  Note that you will have to…

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Windows Azure Tools: Getting the right Run/Debug and Publish Functionality

If you’re using the Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio and you are finding that when you hit F5 or Ctrl+F5 you are getting the ASP.Net Development server: Instead of the Development Fabric and Development Storage services: You need to make sure that the startup project in Visual Studio is set to the ccproj…

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How to Diagnose and Fix Windows Azure Development Storage Service Issues

On this thread in the forum Frank Siegemund posted some great guidelines on how to diagnose and resolve issues related to using the development storage services on Windows Azure. I had a quick chat with Frank and asked him if I could repost that info in blog format.  Here it is, very useful: Let me…

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F# Windows Azure Templates

Recently I posted about the Windows Live Tools Web Role Template that integrates with the Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio as well as the ASP.Net MVC sample that helps you to get started with an ASP.Net MVC app you want to run on Windows Azure. Today I want to point out that Luke…

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