• Update to Windows Azure Management Portal

    by  • October 12, 2012 • USCloud, Windows Azure

    This past week we released several changes to the portal. As many of you know, we released the ‘new’ portal this past June. In that timeframe, there have been some features that were only still available in the ‘old’ portal.

    The new portal is based on HTML so that it is more cross-platform, lining up to support those developers who are using our new native Mac and Linux tools. Yay us! The old portal still uses Silverlight.

    Anyway, what is in this update?

    1. Service Bus Management and Monitoring – You can now manage all of your Service Bus needs from the new portal.
    2. Support for Managing Co-administrators – Many people create subscriptions under an accounting or ‘super admin’ live id, and then add their developers individual live id’s as co-admins. You can do this in the new portal now as well. It is under the settings tab.
    3. Import/Export support for SQL Databases – I love this feature. I can now, from the new portal, import and export the contents of my SQL Databases. The file format is BACPAC, which your normal, boring SQL Server fully understands. When you export, you will create the file in blob storage, which you can then download to your local machines.
    4. Virtual Machine Experience Enhancements – Now you can manage your VM disks when you manage your VM’s. In the new portal, you can delete a VM, and leave the disks in storage (for later use). If you want to delete the disks  when you delete the VM because you are truly destroying everything (a sample machine for example), this will now be easier.
    5. Improved Cloud Service Status Notifications – In the new portal, it was hard to tell what was happening with instances for cloud services as they were changing state (coming online, updating, running out for cat food, etc.). This is now surfaced in the UI so you can be all up to date and stuff.
    6. Media Services Monitoring Support – We have the Media Services on Windows Azure, which let you run media encoding jobs. The new portal can now show you want the status of those jobs are.
    7. Storage Container Creation and Access Control Support – You have always been able to create storage accounts in the new portal, and manage the keys. We have now added the ability to create blob containers in a storage account, and set its permission level at creation from within the portal. This saves you from having to write some code to it.

    It is amazing how fast we are moving with Windows Azure. Keep you ear out for more features, more fun, and more awesome.

    For all of the details on this release to the portal, please check out Scott’s blog. He has fancy screen shots and everything. –> http://weblogs.asp.net/scottgu/archive/2012/10/07/announcing-improvements-to-the-windows-azure-portal.aspx


    Brian H. Prince is the Chief Technical Cloud Evangelist for Microsoft, based in the US. He gets super excited whenever he talks about technology, especially cloud computing, patterns, and practices. His job is to help customers strategically leverage technology, and help them bring their architecture to a super level. In a past life Brian was a part of super startups, super marketing firms, and super consulting firms. Much of his super architecture background includes building super scalable applications, application integration, and award winning web applications. All of them were super. Further, he is a co-founder of the non-profit organization CodeMash (www.codemash.org). He speaks at various international technology conferences. He only wishes his job didn’t require him to say ‘super’ so much. Brian is the co-author of “Azure in Action”, published by Manning Press. Brian holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Computer Science and Physics from Capital University, Columbus, Ohio. He is also a zealous gamer. For example, he is a huge fan of Fallout 3, Portal, and pretty much every other game he plays.