Microsoft has a cloud platform which runs .NET, NodeJS and PHP. All 101 talks out there will show you the same: it’s easy to deploy, it scales out on demand and it runs WordPress. Great! But what about doing real things? In this session, we’ll explore the things they don’t teach kids in school. How about trying to find out the architecture of this platform? What about the different deployment options for Windows Azure Web Sites, the development flow and some awesome things you can do with the command line tools? Did you know you can modify the automated build process? Join me in this exploration of some lesser known techniques of the platform.
Launch PhpStorm, create new websiteExplain command line toolsazure site create WAWSdeepdive --location "North Europe" --gitConfigure gitAdd index.php <phpphpinfo();Commit and pushDisplay in browser and go through “environment”COMPUTERNAME “RD….”NUMBER_OF_PROCESSORS -> x-large instancesAll ARR___ variables (cookies for affinity and so on)WAWebSiteSID for determining the website SIDApparently C:\\DWASFiles\\Sites\\WAWSdeepdive seems “da bomb”Browse through the portal and note:All URLS for FTP and SCM are different hostnames and thus potentially a different group of serversazure site delete WAWSdeepdive
Clone from git, run buildWhile build runs, explain what’s happening (NPM stage, …)Run Kudu.Webas administratorCreate a site, show folders, …KuduExec! – browse the filesystem and so onExplore someCd .. Until no more is possible and dir – show \\\\10,x,x,x
Show logging applicationExplain nothing special configuredEnable through portalShow stream: azure site log tailstackedlogging(other options are download)Configure verbosity
Create an application and use ConfigurationManager.AppSettings["MyKey"] tospecify a ‘dev’ variable or somethingShow environment variable printingUpdate setting in portalFTP into the system and note that the web.config is UNTOUCHED!We can use this for storing secrets
Show Hg repository in which I have created two branches: the default one and a “staging” oneConfigure one production websiteConfigure one staging websiteExplain hostnames, scaling, configuration and so on
Explain solution structure: two web projectsCreate .deployment fileAdd:[config]project = MultiTier.WebApi/MultiTier.WebApi.csproj
Create .deployment fileAdd:[config]command=deploy.cmdAdd deploy.cmd@echo offecho Comday is TEH AWESOME!echo We are deploying to %MYENV%- Set environment variable in portal
Too long for slides!Run azure site deploymentscript --basicOr azure site deploymentscript –aspWAPRun through script
Explain unit test projectDeploy with successDeploy with failure
Windows Azure Web Sites- Things they don’t teach kids in school - Comunity Day 2013
Windows Azure Web SitesThings they don’t teach kids in schoolMaarten Balliauw@maartenballiauw#comdaybe
Who am I?Maarten BalliauwTechnical Evangelist, JetBrainsAZUGFocus on webASP.NET MVC, Windows Azure, SignalR, ...MVP Windows Azure & ASPInsiderBig passion: Windows Azurehttp://blog.maartenballiauw.be@maartenballiauwShameless self promotion: Pro NuGet -http://amzn.to/pronuget
AgendaWindows Azure Web SitesArchitectureProject KuduKudu kung-fu
Start Simplestart free, scale up and outas you go, friction-freeand without the headachesYour waywith asp.net, php ornode.js, develop onWindows, OSX orLinuxGo Livedeploy live in seconds,easily monitorperformance, rapidlydiagnose andfix issuesWeb Sites in Seconds
Load balancerLayers1st layer: Windows Azure load balancer2nd layer: IIS + ARRARR“Reverse proxy”Verifies hosting database (plans, quotas, …)Negotiates best node to run your site onSite not used much? Put it on a highly loaded machine
Web servers%SYSTEM32%inetsrvconfigapplicationHost.config is taken out of the loopSQL AzureNo refreshing of all app pools when file is savedStorage“File share” hosted on other machinesUsing “WA drive” on blob storageDynamic website activation serviceVerifies runtime database (plans, quotas, …)Site not used for a while? Remove it from the server
Web Sites are not in IIS. They onlyare when a request comes in!
Need moreproof?Windows Azure Pack(http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/server-cloud/windows-azure-pack.aspx)Or:http://blog.maartenballiauw.be/post/2012/07/24/Hands-on-Windows-Azure-Services-for-Windows.aspx
Log streamingAll logs from the LogFiles/Application folderOr configure it when querying: azure log tail <site> -p httpSettingsDIAGNOSTICS_LASTRESORTFILE -> file to log to when diagnostics gowrongDIAGNOSTICS_LOGGINGSETTINGSFILE -> settings file (json)DIAGNOSTICS_TEXTTRACELOGDIRECTORY -> default folderDIAGNOSTICS_TEXTTRACEMAXLOGFILESIZEBYTES-> log rotation(bytes)DIAGNOSTICS_TEXTTRACEMAXLOGFOLDERSIZEBYTES -> max logsize (bytes)
demoMulti-tierDeploying a specific project file
Multi-tier remarks…One .deployment file per branch[config]project=MultiTier.WebApi/MultiTier.WebApi.csprojHow do I deploy all tiers in a separate website?.deployment file per branch and every tier in a branchor customize the build
What can I do in scripts?A lot :-) (but not too much… there’s a sandbox)Environment variables:DEPLOYMENT_SOURCEDEPLOYMENT_TARGETDEPLOYMENT_TEMPWEBROOT_PATHMSBUILD_PATH+ everything you feed it through the management portal
Build and FTP the artifacts/debug/KuduService to your websiteAdd USE_PRIVATE_KUDU=1 app settingEnjoy the ride! (but don’t call support, you’re on your own)See http://blog.davidebbo.com/2012/06/developing-kudu-locally-and-on-azure.htmlA private Kudu build in web sites?