What is new in Windows Azure Version 2.0

Posted: June 27, 2013 in Live in a Cloudy World, Windows Azure

For the Microsoft Cloud Computing platform Windows Azure, a new Version for the .Net has been released on April 2013. A new updates were certainly added, it also made some changes in the development syntax.

Now if you do have any version of Windows Azure SDK from 1.7 to 2.0 it will run side by side with no problem. During the development if an application if you face an error like the following:

“The system is missing a prerequisite to execute the service.”

You have to know that the application that you are working on is built using a different version not supported by the Side-by-Side Cloud Service Debugging. To solve this you will have to uninstall the version of .NET SDK you are working with and reinstall the compatible one so you can continue your development.

Now moving to the new added features, as some of you may have worked with the Windows Azure Websites, you can also find it as added as a new features in visual studio for management, diagnostics and deployment. You can find all the websites added to the server explorer in Visual studio.

Another feature added to the Cloud Service is the A6 and the A7 virtual machine size. These powerful processing power and large RAM build and even host bigger applications on Windows Azure if using the Virtual Machines
IaaS. This can be very helpful in hosting Microsoft dynamics or SharePoint on it for better usage specially that each of them requires a large amount of memory minimum of 16 GB to run.

Still for the Cloud Service, the Guest OS that used to be installed in your VM to run your application can be upgraded from the latest version 1 or 2 to the latest one which is the version 3.

Now let’s get into some development features, starting with the Storage Client. First of all the library name has been changed from the Microsoft.WindowsAzure.StorageClient to Microsoft.WindowsAzure.Storage. For more information about the technical issues I do recommend you to visit the following link.

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