Update: We've refreshed the release and this new release resolves these issues. See here for more information.
We recently helped out a couple of folks on the Windows Azure Forum and felt it would be useful to post some information about two issues we’ve been seeing in the March 2009 CTP.
Issue: Visual Studio closes unexpectedly when launching Help | About or creating a Cloud Service in some non ENU Operating Systems.
Workaround: Modify (you might have to add it if it's not there) the value of the following key to "False":
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\VisualStudio\9.0\Cloud Computing Tools\Update Notification\AutomaticUpdatesEnabled="False"
Issue: if you specify the SQL instance to use for the Development Storage (through the DSInit command line utility in the SDK), the “Create Test Storage Tables” command will fail.
Workaround: Please replace the Microsoft.CloudService.targets file with the file attached to this blog post.
This is useful for people that wish to use a different SQL Server instance other than SQL Server Express.
You can find the Microsoft.CloudService.Targets file to replace in your C:\Program Files (x86)\MSBuild\Microsoft\Cloud Service\v1.0 directory.
Hope this helps, stay tuned for more information.