Modifying a primary key index on SQL Azure

I have a table in SQL Azure database with a clustered primary key index. Today, I wanted to change the primary key of the table. (I know that the primary key should not be changed often, consider that I had to...) . This was fairly simple with a basic SQL database, however SQL Azure is … Continue reading Modifying a primary key index on SQL Azure


Improvements to the Windows Azure Portal

A number of enhancements to the new Windows Azure Management Portal were released yesterday.  These new capabilities include: Service Bus Management and Monitoring Support for Managing Co-administrators Import/Export support for SQL Databases Virtual Machine Experience Enhancements Improved Cloud Service Status Notifications Media Services Monitoring Support Storage Container Creation and Access Control Support All of these … Continue reading Improvements to the Windows Azure Portal

Enabling compression on Windows Azure

On Windows Azure, static compression is enabled by default. However, you would have to enable dynamic compression for your application. This can be done by adding the following entry in the Application’s web.config @Configuration/System.WebServer This change is sufficient for web services and web applications. However, if your application returns a mime type that is not included … Continue reading Enabling compression on Windows Azure

Release of Azure Fluent Management v0.1 library

A fluent API that can be used for all management tasks in Windows Azure

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Version 0.2 of the library is now available:

Wanted to let you know that we’re pleased to announce v0.1 of Azure Fluent Management. This is an API that I’ve pulled together primiarily from demos that we’ve given in the past few months. It’s a fluent API that we hope will be used for all management tasks in Windows Azure for those that would prefer to use C# in code directly rather than powershell. We feel that it allows for a much more reactive approach. In version v 0.1 we’ve included that following:

  • Ability to create a hosted service, followed by a deployment
  • Ability to use an existing hosted service and deploy to a particular deployment slot
  • Can alter instance counts for roles on the fly

It’s lacking in several areas at the moment the immediate fixes of which will follow in the next few days and weeks:

  • No direct…

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Reading the Azure configuration setting value

When running application deployed on Azure, you may need to retrieve the a configuration value set for the current deployment in your code. This can be done by simply using the GetConfigurationSettingValue method available in the RoleEnvironment class provided by Azure. It is necessary to check if the current execution environment is Azure and the Role is running or … Continue reading Reading the Azure configuration setting value

Getting Started with Windows Azure

Windows Azure  – which is Microsoft’s Cloud Computing Platform, enables building highly scale-able and flexible solution using the cloud platform. Scott Guthrie demonstrates Windows Azure in the “Learn Windows Azure” event. Watch this keynote. It provides a 90 minute end-to-end look at Windows Azure, covers what it is and how it works, and walks-through a bunch of demos + code on how you can program … Continue reading Getting Started with Windows Azure

Azure Storage Explorer

Windows Azure gives you four core storage services that are secure, scalable and easy to access that remain persistent and durable storage in the cloud. Blobs, Tables, and Queues are all available as part of the Windows Azure Storage account, and provide durable storage on the Windows Azure platform. Highlights of Windows Azure Storage Binary … Continue reading Azure Storage Explorer