Rapid Developer Deploy to Windows Azure

At PDC10, I did a session Building, Deploying and Managing Windows Azure Applications that covered the end to end experience of using Windows Azure. To watch the recording, go to http://player.microsoftpdc.com/session click on “Guide”, my session is at 1130 on Thursday. As part of the session I was able to show some of the cool…


Windows Azure RoleEntryPoint Method Call Order

I saw an internal discussion that had some information I thought would be useful to share.  It’s about how some of the methods in RoleEntryPoint get called. In the case of a Worker Role, the RoleEntryPoint class is the class you derive to write your code.  When you create a new Worker Role project in…


Where to Find your Windows Azure Billable Usage Info

This weekend I had someone email me asking me to blog about where to find the usage info used for billing because they were having a hard time finding it and figured others were having difficulty as well. Coincidentally, I saw an internal thread this morning where someone was asking the very same question so……


Migrating an Existing ASP.NET App to run on Windows Azure

This post has 2 main parts.  The first part is an update to a post I wrote back in February 2009 about using an existing ASP.NET Web Application as Web Role and rolls in information from this post and this post.  The second part is about migrating an existing database running on SQL Express and…


Windows Azure Compute Hours include the time your Deployment is Stopped

One of my tenets on this blog is to not do posts that simply point to someone else’s post.  I’m breaking that tenant today because of something I just found out that I think is super important for all Windows Azure customers to be clear on and saw that Ryan Dunn had already posted about…


February 2010 Release of the Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio v1.1

I’m pleased to announce that the Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio 1.1 (direct link while the release propagates) has been released to coincide with the general availability of Windows Azure. This release supports VS 2008 and the upcoming VS 2010 RC.  For VS 2010 Beta 2 please use the November 2009 release. New…


Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 RC

Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio extend Visual Studio to enable the creation, building, configuring, debugging, running and packaging of scalable web applications and services on Windows Azure. The February 2010 release of the Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio support the Visual Studio 2008 SP1 and the upcoming Visual Studio 2010 RC….


Installing Certificates in Windows Azure VMs

A little while ago I posted How To: Add an HTTPS Endpoint to a Windows Azure Cloud Service which talked about the whole process around adding an HTTPS endpoint and configuring & uploading the SSL certificate for that endpoint. This post is a follow up to that post to talk about installing any certificate to…


Windows Azure Debugging: Matching an Instance in the DevFabric to its Process

One of the things I run into from time to time is the need/desire to match an instance I’m watching in the Development Fabric UI back to its process. This may be because I am sitting on a breakpoint in Visual Studio and want to look at the corresponding logs for that process in the…


Windows Azure Instance & Storage Limits

Recently, a colleague of mine wrote about the Windows Azure instance limits: http://blog.toddysm.com/2010/01/windows-azure-role-instance-limits-explained.html His post is very complete, I recommend you have a look but here is my take: These are default limits that are in place to ensure that Windows Azure will always have VMs available to all of our customers.  If you have…