Windows Azure Tools and Visual Studio 2010

Windows Azure Tools for Visual Studio   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.   Windows Azure Tools for Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 – Coming Soon!   We’re putting the final touches…


Installing the Windows Azure Tools using the Web Platform Installer

Today, the IIS team released a the Web Platform Installer 2.0 RTW.  Among the many cool new things (more tools, new applications, and localization to 9 languages) is the inclusion of the Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio 2008. Install the Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 using the Web Platform Installer….


Working with Multiple Web and Worker Roles

After you install the July 2009 CTP and create a new project via File | New Project | Cloud Service, you now have a single template “Cloud Service” instead of the 4 you had in the past. Clicking on that brings up our new project creation dialog.  There are a couple of reasons we have…


Not too late to vote for your favorite new CloudApp()

[Update, voting for US entries has now concluded – opening for the international winner will open soon] Go to to browse the apps and vote for a winner of the Azure Services Platform Developer Challenge. Voting ends June 29th for the US winner. (voting will open July 10th (submission deadline of July 9) for the international…


Adding an HTTPS Endpoint to a Windows Azure Cloud Service

[Update: With the November 2009 release of the Windows Azure Tools – this post is now obsolete – an updated post is available here] Lately there has been a couple of threads on the forum and some internal email around setting up an https endpoint on a Windows Azure Cloud Service. A good starting point is this…


Azure Services Platform Developer Challenge

Azure Services Platform Developer Challenge! Everything you need to know from a page hosted on Windows Azure: Couple things to point out: There are 3 categories .Net Applications ($5000 prize), PHP Applications ($5000 prize)  and a Community Winner ($2500 prize) Submission dealine is June 18, 2009 More info here and here Pretty cool contest,…


Windows Azure Geo-Location is Live

Back at Mix ‘09, we announced that Windows Azure will have support for specifying which geographical region you want your Cloud Service to run. If you now go to create a new Hosted Service on the Azure Services Developer Portal, you will be presented with an option to put the service in an Affinity Group…


The Easy Way to Install the Windows Azure Tools and SDK Pre-Requisites

 (Update 9/24/2009 — We’re now included in the Web Platform Installer!  See: One of the first things I do when I get a new box is install the Windows Azure Tools and SDK. (don’t you?) Quite often, I forget to install and configure IIS7 – and receive the following message: The Windows Azure SDK…


Windows Azure Mix Videos

If you weren’t able to make it to MIX09, you can catch videos of the sessions. My session is available for watching here: Using the Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio to Build Cloud Services If you haven’t seen the keynotes, I highly recommend that you see them, lots of awesome announcements and they…


Walkthrough: Enabling Full Trust to Call Native Code on Windows Azure

One of the cool new features in the Windows Azure Mix 09 CTP is the ability to run your Web and/or Worker Roles in full trust (non-admin).  This opens up all kinds of features that weren’t available in the previous CTPs. An interesting feature, which is the subject of this post is the ability to…