This spring Microsoft released some important changes to Windows Azure. One of the new features is Azure Virtual Machines. These virtual machines are full virtual machines that are durable and now make it possible to host some of your business applications in the Azure data center that were not possible before. Creating a new virtual machine is very straight forward using the management console of Windows Azure and it will spin up a new virtual machine for you in just a few minutes. Once that machine is ready for you, your next step will be to install your custom software and configure the machine to suit its role. To do that you will have to transfer files to the Azure virtual machine and this blog article will show you a quick and easy way to do that.
Please note that the D: drive, or temporary storage drive on Windows Azure is for temporary storage only - do not store anything on that drive that you intend to keep. This drive is not backed by Azure blob storage and can be reprovisioned when your VM is touched by the Azure fabric controller. The swap file for the operating system goes here, and it is a good location for temporary installation media that you do not intend to keep after you complete the installation of your application. Also note that the operating system drive (drive C:) is not very large and it is recommended that you attach a separate data drive to install your applications or data onto. In my example, I have already mounted a data drive as E: and that is where I would place my permanent files on that Azure virtual machine.
Shan McArthur is the CEO and CTO of Adxstudio Inc. As the chief architect of the Adxstudio Portals product, Shan has established a vast knowledge of the intricacies of Microsoft Dynamics CRM, Windows Azure, and was recognized by Microsoft in 2009 as Canada's first Microsoft Dynamics CRM MVP (Most Valuable Professional). An avid skier and aficionado of fine wine and gourmet food, Shan now makes his home with his family in the Seattle area.
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