Windows Azure Virtual Machine restarted with out any notification

An unexpected restart of an Azure VM is an issue that commonly results in a customer opening a support incident to determine the cause of the restart. Hopefully the explanation below provides details to help understand why an Azure VM could have been restarted.   Windows Azure updates the host environment approximately once every 2-3 months…


Configure Remote Desktop via management portal for Windows Azure Cloud Services

Windows Azure now allows users to configure, enable remote desktop for cloud services via management portal. Earlier, users could only enable this at the time of deployment.  This new features allows users to configure the remote desktop on fly and eliminates the need of redeployment. Below are the steps to configure: Log onto Windows Azure…


[CrossPost] TechNet Radio: (Part 2) Windows Azure Virtual Machine FAQs

I recently had opportunity to speak at a TechNet Radio session about Windows Azure Virtual Machines FAQs. Below are the details of the radio session. TechNet Radio: (Part 2) Windows Azure Virtual Machine FAQs iFrame Embed Code: <iframe style="height:288px;width:512px" src="" frameBorder="0" scrolling="no" ></iframe> We’re here for 2 of our Windows Azure IaaS series and in…


Security Best Practices for Windows Azure

Security is an very important aspect when it comes to computers and it should be at the top of everyone’s mind. When building environments, machines that are connected to internet, security becomes job one. One must take deliberate steps to protect the machines running in the cloud. Below are some of the well-known threats /attacks…


Windows Azure Virtual Machines – Gotcha’s!

This blog post is an attempt to summarize most common issues we’ve seen Windows Azure Virtual Machine users are running into and common questions that come up during our discussions with Virtual Machines customers.   1) Virtual machine disappeared or was deleted When you hit the usage limit on your account, for example with a…


Windows Azure Virtual Machine disappeared or gone , How do I recover?

  We often hear from our Windows Azure customers who are using new preview feature “Windows Azure Virtual Machines” that they created a VM and one fine day, it suddenly disappeared or gone. I’m writing this post to give few details about the issue and what steps can be performed to recover from the situation….


Windows Azure Package creation (or Publish) fails with “Build Failed” message in Visual studio output window

Action Tried to publish Windows Azure Service using Publish option in Visual Studio or Tried to create a service package using Package option in Visual Studio   Result Package creation fails with similar messages to below in Visual Studio output window Build started: Project: TestApp, Configuration: Release Any CPU ——TestApp -> C:\Projects\TestApp\TestApp\bin\TestApp.dllBuild started: Project: TestApp.Azure,…


DataCacheException:ErrorCode<ERRCA0016>:SubStatus<ES0001> is being thrown when using Windows Azure Cache

Problem Application using Windows Azure Cache has encountered “DataCacheException:ErrorCode<ERRCA0016>:SubStatus<ES0001>”   Symptoms Application is using Windows Azure Cache Intermittently or while storing larger objects, One of the below errors are encountered [DataCacheException:ErrorCode<ERRCA0016>:SubStatus<ES0001>:The connection was terminated, possibly due to server or network problems or serialized Object size is greater than MaxBufferSize on server. Result of the request…


DevFC and DFAgent stopped working when using Windows Azure SDK 1.6 to debug, execute cloud application

Problem DevFC , DFAgent are crashing with a message stating “stopped working”   Symptoms Using latest Windows Azure SDK 1.6, tried to debug a sample application and getting two dialog boxes stating DevFC stopped working, DFAgent stopped working. DFAgent.log has below exception details [2012/02/17, 10:35:26.706,  INFO, 00004648] StorageRoot: c:\dftemp [2012/02/17, 10:35:26.735,  INFO, 00004648] Exception has…


Implementing retry logic for Azure Caching applications made easy!

Applications using Azure cache might commonly encounter exceptions similar to below while performing cache operations like get, put. We refer to these kind of errors as transient errors.  Developer is required to implement retry logic in the application code to shield the application from transient errors. ErrorCode<ERRCA0017>:SubStatus<ES0006>:There is a temporary failure. Please retry later. (One or more…