... azure looks back at you

by Rok Bermež 8. January 2011 14:22

It’s been a month since Azure SKD 1.3 has been released with a lot of new features. Let’s take a look at the ability to user Remote Desktop Connection to your roles first.

In order to enable this feature we must configure our deployments to support it. The easiest way to do so is to right click on cloud service project in visual studio and choose deploys. There you can click on 'Configure Remote Desktop connections'.

Here you can enable RDP connections for all roles and you must set the required security credentials. So let’s create a security certificate first.

Then we set user credentials for our RDP account and set its expiration date.

After that, we export the security certificate so we can upload it to the cloud (you can click on view to open it directly).

We also export private key

And then we upload exported file through the Windows Azure Management portal to our chosen hosted service.

If we take a closer look at what our Visual Studio Wizard did, we can open ServiceDefinition.csdef and ServiceConfiguration.cscfg and see xml additions.

Now we can deploy our solution anyway we like.

Once the deployment is complete and our role is in 'ready' state we can download or open .rdp file through Azure Management portal.

Now we can finally connect to our instance

... and azure looks back at you

NOTE: Changes made to instance will NOT be persisted. This was meant for easier debugging. If you want to take full advantage of IIS configuration you will need to use ‘Full IIS’ feature, which will be covered in my next post.


.Net | Azure | IIS | Visual Studio

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