Windows Azure Guest Operating System

Posted: September 19, 2012 in Live in a Cloudy World, Windows Azure

When you develop your own application and host it on the VM as an instance on Windows Azure, each instance will run on top of guest OS installed on the VM. You can see and modify the Windows Azure VM guest operating system depending on your needs and your application needs from the VM.

In your application you can find several configuration files, one used for the service definition and the two others are for the configuration files for both options; if you run on the local machine or if you run on the cloud.

In the MSDN web page about the windows Azure guest OS, you can find all the details about the types of the OS that you can put in your service definition for your application. For me, the guest OS only contains some updates and security patches to your VM. I don’t really follow the updates on windows azure guest OS but I always allow it to be upgradable because it there are any updates done on the guest OS, my VM will be automatically upgraded.

To automate the upgrades, go to your management portal, from the deployment, that’s when you can change the upgrades mode and set it to automatic or manually.

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