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We all know there have been some updates to Windows Azure, and one of the biggest I would say is the capability of being able to remote into the “OS level” of the image running a role.  And I am not talking about VM Role, I am talking about a Web Role for example.

As developers we use Visual Studio, and when we are getting ready to deploy a project, we have the option of enabling this.

Here is how:

1.  We publish our Project

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2. On the Deployment dialog, provide all the details for your account, and before clicking OK, click on Configure Remote Desktop connections.

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3.  Enable connections and the rest of the configuration.  Now, here is where there is an extra set of steps.  The first thing to know: The certificate used here is different from the other certs you have in place.  I created a new one, the went into certmgr.msc, then to Personal, then I selected the cert I just created.  Did a right-click, then All Tasks > Export.  Because what is needed is a pfx package, make sure when exporting you select to export the private key.

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4. Click OK, on the Remote Desktop Configuration screen, now before you click OK on the Deployment, you will need to visit the Azure Portal.
And perform the following:

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  • Then with the service available, select the Certificates folder location.
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  • Then, select Add Certificate from the toolbar (more like Azure Portal Ribbon)
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  • Provide the details to upload the recently create pfx file.
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  • That will create the Certificate.

Click OK on the deployment dialog, this kick off the deployment process.

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5. Now, we need to go to the Windows Azure Portal.  Here we will select the Web Role deployed and Configure RDP.

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6. Time to test.  Click on the Instance (not the role), this will make the Remote Access Connect Button available.  A file will start the process to be downloaded too

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7. You will then be prompted for the credentials you configured.

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8.  Validate connectivity …

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9. Open IIS Manager …

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From here on, this is a way to manage and work with your Instance.
Posted on Sunday, February 27, 2011 10:07 AM Visual Studio , Tools , Azure | Back to top


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