Windows Azure SDK 1.3

As announced ad PDC10, a number of new features were scheduled to be released before
the end of the year…. Well they’re here! (Well.. actually you can Download
the new Azure 1.3 SDK here
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New for version 1.3:

  • Virtual Machine (VM) Roll (Beta): Allows you to create a custom VHD image using
    Windows Server 2008 R2 and host it in the cloud. Virtual Machine (VM) Role (Beta): Allows
    you to create a custom VHD image using Windows Server 2008 R2 and host it in the cloud.

  • Remote Desktop Access: Enables connecting to individual service instances using
    the Remote Desktop client. Remote Desktop Access: Enables connecting to individual
    service instances using a Remote Desktop client.

  • Full Support in IIS Web role: Enables Windows Azure web hosting roles in the
    IIS hosting environment. Full IIS Support in a Web role: Enables hosting Windows
    Azure web roles in a IIS hosting environment.

  • Elevated Privileges: Enables performing tasks with elevated privileges Within
    the service instance. Elevated Privileges: Enables performing tasks with elevated
    privileges within a service instance.

  • Virtual Network (CTP): Enables support for Windows Azure Connect, Which Provides
    IP-level connectivity and on-premises Between Windows Azure resources. Virtual
    Network (CTP):
    Enables support for Windows Azure Connect, which provides IP-level
    connectivity between on-premises and Windows Azure resources.

  • Diagnostics: Enhancements to Windows Azure Diagnostics diagnostics enable collection
    of data in more error conditions. Diagnostics: Enhancements to Windows Azure
    Diagnostics enable collection of diagnostics data in more error conditions.

  • Networking Enhancements: Enables roles to restrict inter-roll traffic, fixed
    ports on InputEndpoints. Networking Enhancements: Enables roles to restrict
    inter-role traffic, fixed ports on InputEndpoints.

  • Performance Improvement: Significant performance improvement local machine
    deployment. Performance Improvement: Significant performance improvement local
    machine deployment.

Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio Also includes: Windows Azure
Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio also includes:

  • C # and VB Project support for creation Creating the Windows Azure Cloud application
    solution with multiple roles. C# and VB Project creation support for creating a Windows
    Azure Cloud application solution with multiple roles.

  • Tools to add and remove roles from the Windows Azure application. Tools to add and
    remove roles from the Windows Azure application.

  • Tools to configure each role. Tools to configure each role.

  • Integrated local development via the compute and storage emulator emulator services.
    Integrated local development via the compute emulator and storage emulator services.

  • Running and Debugging a Cloud Service Development in the Fabric. Running and Debugging
    a Cloud Service in the Development Fabric.

  • Browsing through the Cloud Storage Server Explorer. Browsing cloud storage through
    the Server Explorer.

  • Building and packaging of Windows Azure application projects. Building and packaging
    of Windows Azure application projects.

  • Deploying to Windows Azure. Deploying to Windows Azure.

  • Monitoring the state of your services through the Server Explorer. Monitoring the
    state of your services through the Server Explorer.

  • Debugging in the cloud by retrieving IntelliTrace logs through the Server Explorer.
    Debugging in the cloud by retrieving IntelliTrace logs through the Server Explorer.