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Updated: June 17, 2014

This is the first of seven tasks required to create a basic Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) service and a client that can call the service that uses Microsoft Azure Service Bus. For an overview of all seven tasks, see the Service Bus Relayed Messaging Tutorial overview. The next task is Step 2: Define a WCF Service Contract to use with Service Bus.

The first step is to create a Service Bus service namespace, and to obtain a shared secret key. A service namespace provides an application boundary for each application exposed through the Service Bus. A shared secret key is automatically generated by the system when a service namespace is created. The combination of service namespace and shared secret key provides a credential for the Service Bus to authenticate access to an application.

Expected time to complete: 5 minutes

  1. To create a service namespace, follow the steps outlined in How To: Create or Modify a Service Bus Service Namespace.

    You do not have to use the same service namespace for both client and service applications.

  2. In the main window of the Azure Management Portal, click the name of the service namespace you created in the previous step.

  3. At the bottom of the portal window, click Connection Information.

  4. In the Access connection information window, make a note of the default issuer and default key, or copy them to the clipboard. You will use these values later in this tutorial.

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