Have an MSDN account, start using Azure for free!

Did you know that if you have an MSDN account, you can use Azure for free?  This is a great opportunity for folks to try out Azure, see what it is all about and really get experience with what Azure can do for you. If you have an existing MSDN account, you can go here…

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Windows Azure remote access stops working

Problem There is an issue where remote access (RDP) can stop working all of a sudden to all instances of a deployment that are running in Azure.  The problem is that the process that handles RDP requests has crashed.  If you have Windows Azure Diagnostics enabled and gather the event log files, you will see…

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Windows Azure worker role crashing

Problem We have seen an issue where a worker role running inside Windows Azure will crash, especially if it is under heavy load.  The problem is with IntelliTrace being enabled.  To determine if this is causing your worker role to crash, the first thing to look for are some event logs that look like this:…

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Unhandled exception has occurred while running in Azure

Windows Azure, just like any other IIS website can crash if an unhandled exception occurs.  One way that this can happen is if you are calling an Async function call and in the function that is called on completion, you throw an exception. In this situation, you will see something in the Application event log…

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Azure deployment stuck Preparing node

Problem We recently had a case where a role was stuck in this state.  So on the portal, the deployment line said “Initializing” and the role says “Preparing Node” and it never moves past this.  We cannot remote in using RDP or anything else to see what is happening with the deployment.  The error looks…

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Using the Azure Management APIs from Linux

If you want to use the Azure Management APIs from Linux, there are a few things you need to do so that it will work correctly.  If you are getting a problem when you try to connect where it looks like the Azure side is just closing the connection, there are a few things that…

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Azure Storage Analytics

Now that we have released the Windows Azure Storage Analytics, there are some useful tools to look at the data.  If you want to write code to do this, you can check out this post for some sample code.  You can also use Avkash’s blog post to look at blob storage analytics using CloudBerry.  If…

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Now Available: Psscor4 – Debugger Extension for .NET 4.0

I am very happy to announce that Psscor4 is now available for download.  You can download it from: Psscor4 Managed-Code Debugging Extension for WinDbg This should have the same functionality as Psscor2 does but it works against the .NET 4.0 Framework.  Please let me know if you run into any problems downloading or using this…

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Help with Windows Azure role stuck in Initializing/Busy/Stopped state

I have seen a number of issues where the Windows Azure role is stuck when you deploy it and you can’t get it started.  There are a few great posts about this problem at: Windows Azure role stuck in Initializing/Busy/Stopping Another common reason for Windows Azure role to stuck in Initializing/Busy/Stopping One of the problems…

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Installing and using an HttpModule in Windows Azure

Windows Azure has a lot of great things about it, but one of the difficulties is that you can’t administer your IIS very easily as you don’t have access to the machine.  If you use the Windows Azure 1.3 SDK or later and enable RDP, you can change IIS settings but if the role has…

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