Packaging up Dependencies

Albert Pascual just posted an interesting article on his experience using Windows Azure.  A good read. One thing that stuck out to me was his point about how if you have a reference to an assembly that in turn references other assemblies that are not being pulled in directly to the web role — those…

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Multiple Service Configurations for a Windows Azure Cloud Service

In the PDC ’08 release of the Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio, when you create a new Cloud Service project, that project will contain associations to 0 or 1 web roles and 0 or 1 worker roles.  It will also include a single Service Definition and single Service Configuration files. You’ll notice that…

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Your Live Mesh in your car

azurejournal just posted an article, Porsche, Live Mesh and Windows Azure which touches on a cool experience that is enabled through Cloud technologies. That kind of thing is exactly what got me excited about the future of the Cloud in the first place and led me to seek out and join the Cloud Computing Tools team. …

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Updated: Walkthrough on Deploying a Cloud Service (on Windows Azure)

I’ve updated the walkthrough I wrote on Deploying a Cloud Service on MSDN based on some feedback.  Hopefully it provides more clarity into when you should use the various endpoints (cloudservice.table.core.windows.net versus table.core.windows.net for example) and is a little more concise on some of the terminology. It’s a quick and useful read for when you…

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Creating Tables

A coworker of mine, Steve Marx, recently posted about creating tables only once due to the performance hit you take when you go to create tables that already exist. This is a good thing to know and I decided to update my Simple Table Storage sample to follow the pattern that our Personal Web SIte…

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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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