Windows Azure SDK .NET Release Notes (November 2011)
Updated: November 14, 2011
This document contains the release notes for the Windows Azure SDK for .NET - November 2011.
These release notes cover the following information:
Windows Azure Guest OS Versions and SDK Compatibility
Installing and Using the Windows Azure SDK
Database Requirements for the Windows Azure Storage Emulator
Upgrading from older versions
For more information related to this release, see the following resources:
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Latest updates in Windows Azure
Known issues in the Windows Azure SDK
New features in the Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio
New features in the Windows Azure Service Bus and Caching libraries
The Windows Azure Guest OS is the operating system on which your service runs in the cloud. When you deploy a service to Windows Azure, you must ensure that the version of the Windows Azure Guest OS is compatible with the version of the SDK with which you developed it. For details, see Windows Azure Guest OS Versions and SDK Compatibility Matrix.
To install the Windows Azure SDK for .NET, see the Windows Azure .NET Developer Center.
Some install locations have changed. In Windows Azure SDK 1.5, all components were installed to the Windows Azure SDK folder:
C:\Program Files\Windows Azure SDK\v1.5
In Windows Azure SDK for .NET, compute emulator is installed to:
C:\Program Files\Windows Azure Emulator\emulator
All other components are installed to:
C:\Program Files\Windows Azure SDK\v1.6
By default, the storage emulator runs against an instance of SQL Express. To configure it to run against a local instance of SQL Server instead, call the DSInit tool with the /sqlInstance parameter, passing in the name of the target SQL Server instance. Use the name of the SQL Server instance without the server qualifier (e.g., MSSQL instead of .\MSSQL) to refer to a named instance. Use "." to denote an unnamed or default instance of SQL Server.
You can call dsInit /sqlInstance at any time to configure the storage emulator to point to a different instance of SQL Server.
When upgrading from a previous version of the SDK, you may encounter the following breaking changes.
To upgrade projects that use Windows Azure Connect built on Windows Azure SDK 1.4, you must remove the following settings from their service configuration.
<Setting name="Microsoft.WindowsAzure.Plugins.Connect.Diagnostics" value="" /> <Setting name="Microsoft.WindowsAzure.Plugins.Connect.DNSServers" value="" />
The following issue may be applicable if you are upgrading from a previous version of the SDK.
To use the Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio with SDK 1.4, you must run an edition of Visual Studio 2010 or Visual Studio 2010 Express.
If you are using Windows Azure SDK version 1.2 or earlier, be aware that the version of Microsoft.WindowsAzure.StorageClient.dll has changed from 220.127.116.11 to 18.104.22.168 to support new features and a change to how URL inputs are escaped. The change in behavior should not impact most applications. However, you need to update old project references to use the new assembly, and retest your application.
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