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Windows Azure Emulators On Your Desktop

Many people feel they have to set up a full Azure subscription online to try out and develop on Windows Azure. But you don’t have to do that right away. In fact, you can download the Windows Azure Compute Emulator – a “cloud development environment” – right on your desktop. No, it’s not for production use, and no, you won’t have other people using your system as a cloud provider, and yes, there are some differences with Production Windows Azure, but you’ll be able code, run, test, diagnose, watch, change and configure code without having any connection to the Internet at all. The best thing about this approach is that when you are ready to deploy the code you’ve been testing, a few clicks deploys it to your subscription when you make one.

 

So what deep-magic does it take to run such a thing right on your laptop or even a Virtual PC? Well, it’s actually not all that difficult. You simply download and install the Windows Azure SDK (you can even get a free version of Visual Studio for it to run on – you’re welcome) from here: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/windowsazure/cc974146.aspx

 

This SDK will also install the Windows Azure Compute Emulator and the Windows Azure Storage Emulator – and then you’re all set. Right-click the icon for Visual Studio and select “Run as Administrator”: 

azure1 

Now open a new “Cloud” type of project:

 azure2

Add your Web and Worker Roles that you want to code:

azure2b 

And when you’re done with your design, press F5 to start the desktop version of Azure:

azure3 

Want to learn more about what’s happening underneath? Right-click the tray icon with the Azure logo, and select the two emulators to see what they are doing:

azure4  azure5 azure6 azure7

 

 

In the configuration files, you’ll see a “Use Development Storage” setting. You can call the BLOB, Table or Queue storage and it will all run on your desktop. When you’re ready to deploy everything to Windows Azure, you simply change the configuration settings and add the storage keys and so on that you need.

 

Want to learn more about all this?

 

Overview of the Windows Azure Compute Emulator: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg432968.aspx

Overview of the Windows Azure Storage Emulator: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg432983.aspx

January 2011 Training Kit: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=413E88F8-5966-4A83-B309-53B7B77EDF78&displaylang=en

 

 

 

Published Tuesday, February 01, 2011 7:39 AM by BuckWoody

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Noral said:

Ummm - Images are not showing!

February 1, 2011 11:17 AM
 

Noral said:

Images are not showing.

February 1, 2011 11:17 AM
 

Buck Woody said:

Sorry about that - this is a syndicated post, and it's not picking up the graphics. Use this link: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/buckwoody/archive/2011/02/01/windows-azure-emulators-on-your-desktop.aspx

February 1, 2011 5:59 PM

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