Windows Azure Release Notes (October 2012)
Updated: November 12, 2012
This document contains the release notes for the Windows Azure – October 2012 release.
For more information related to this release, see the following resources:
New features inWindows Azure - What's New in Windows Azure
New features in the Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio - What's New in the Windows Azure Tools
There are significant changes to Windows Azure Storage in this release, some of which may cause existing code to fail. In particular, note the issues related to the WindowsAzure.Storage NuGet package. If you have a dependency on this NuGet package, you must constrain your download to version 1.7 to avoid code or automated build failures. For more information, see What's New in Storage Client Library for .NET.
In particular, you can receive the following error if you are using Windows Azure Diagnostics in combination with the Storage Client Library version 2.0.
Error: The type or namespace name 'StorageClient' does not exist in the namespace 'Microsoft.WindowsAzure' (are you missing an assembly reference?)
Windows Azure SDK versions 1.7 and earlier were developed before the availability of Windows Azure Guest OS Family 3 and so do not support it. Use version 1.8 (or later when available). For more information on compatibility, see Windows Azure Guest OS Releases and SDK Compatibility Matrix
As a workaround, move the RemoteForwarder to a role which does not have an "Any" InternalEndpoint.
.NET Framework 3.5 targeted cloud services can only be deployed to Guest OS Families 1 and 2. For more information on compatibility, see Windows Azure Guest OS Releases and SDK Compatibility Matrix
The Windows Azure SDK 1.8 no longer contains cloud service templates that target .NET Framework 3.5. As a result, you cannot create a new .NET framework 3.5 targeted cloud service with the Windows Azure SDK 1.8. However, you can still open existing .NET framework 3.5 targeted cloud services in the Windows Azure SDK 1.8. You are given an option to upgrade the project. Do not upgrade if you need to continue to support .NET Framework 3.5. For more information see October 2012 release section in What's New in the Windows Azure Tools.
The release notes for Windows Azure Caching are available at Windows Azure Caching Release Notes.
The release notes for Service Bus are available at Service Bus Release Notes.
The release notes for SQL Database are available at Known Issues in SQL Database.
The release notes for the Management Portal for SQL Database are available at Known Issues in the Management Portal for SQL Database.
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