Windows Azure Tools featured on Cloud Cover

Aside from the fact that I was setup and they took every opportunity they could to give me a hard time, I had a lot of fun as a guest on Cloud Cover with Ryan Dunn and Steve Marx. I showed the new features in our latest June 2010 release of the Windows Azure Tools….


Windows Azure Tools Goes International

We’re happy to announce that the June 2010 release of the Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 is now available in German, French, Japanese, Chinese, Spanish, Italian, Russian and Korean. On the download page select the language you want to install if it isn’t set to the right default: A couple of notes:…


June 2010 Release of the Windows Azure Tools + SDK

I’m pleased to announce the release of the June 2010 Windows Azure Tools + SDK. The Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio extend Visual Studio 2010 and Visual Studio 2008 to enable the creation, configuration, building, debugging, running, packaging and deployment of scalable web applications and services on Windows Azure. Lots of new features…


Fixing the Silverlight Design Time in a Windows Azure Cloud Service

This is a workaround for the following configuration: Visual Studio 2008 (works fine on VS 2010) Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio February 2010 Release Silverlight 3 Tools for Visual Studio 2008 Building a Silverlight application in a Windows Azure Cloud Service This is the issue reported in this forum thread. To reproduce the…


Viewing GAC’d Assemblies in the Windows Azure OS

One of the main issues you can run into when deploying is that one of your dependent assemblies is not available in the cloud.  This will result in your cloud service never hitting the running state, instead it will cycle between the initializing, busy and stopping states. (the other main reason is that a storage…


GAC Listing for Windows Azure Guest OS 1.1

The following is a list of the contents of the GAC for Windows Azure Guest OS 1.1 (Release 201001-01) Please see this post: for a walkthrough of how this listing was obtained and how you can obtain the listing for any Windows Azure OS you choose. Microsoft (R) .NET Global Assembly Cache Utility.  Version 3.5.30729.1Copyright…


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…


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…


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…


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…