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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Azure: There is not enough space on the disk

Problem There may be some times where you will see this message when developing an application for Windows Azure.  The message will look like: There is not enough space on the disk. Description: An unhandled exception occurred during the execution of the current web request. Please review the stack trace for more information about the…

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Updates to Windows Azure from PDC

Wow there have been a lot of updates to the Windows Azure Platform that were announced at the PDC.  I would love to hear from folks to let me know what they are most excited about.  I was most impressed with the announcement of Dallas.  I think that has the potential to change the way…

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Developing for the Clouds

I wanted to start a conversation with everyone on the thoughts around Cloud Computing.  I have been using Azure for a while now and I have found some interesting things out about it. Before I start talking about those things though, I wanted to see who was planning on using this technology or who is…

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