Migration of an Existing On-Premise ASP.NET 4.0 Web Application to Windows Azure Part – I

In this world of Cloud, it’s very necessary to run your enterprise business apps in Cloud & provide the solution of better scalability, elasticity , High Availability & 24*7 on features to your customers.

  • Windows Azure is Platform as a Service (PAAS) model which helps to upgrade us in such a service. In this article , an existing on-premise enterprise healthcare application has been migrated into cloud & hosted in Microsoft Data – Centers.
  • To start working with Microsoft Windows Azure in Visual Studio 2010, Download the Windows Azure SDK from Azure website.  http://www.microsoft.com/windowsazure/sdk
  •    Now , First load your existing enterprise asp.net 4.0 application into visual studio & then in the solution explorer of the project right click on the solution & click Add-> New Project.

  • Now Select a new Windows Azure Project & named it & save it in the same folder of your existing on-premise application.
  •  In the Roles folder of your Windows Azure Project , Right Click, select Add & choose Existing Web Role in Solution. 
  • Now, check your existing asp.net web application has been migrated as a WebRole in Windows Azure Project.  Next , Set up your Windows Azure hosting environment. During compilation of your Windows Azure application in your development machine , you may encounter the following error:
  • Resolution: To solve this error, Open Windows Azure SDK Command Prompt in elevated mode & run the following command.
C:\Program Files\Windows azure SDK\v1.3\bin\ DSINIT /SQLINSTANCE:YourSQLServerInstanceName /Forcecreate  
  • If you dont have .SQLEXPRESS  as default instance of your SQL Server instance then you can modify the command as
C:\Program Files\Windows azure SDK\v1.3\bin\ DSINIT/sqlInstance:. 
  •   Now , You will get the following prompt for initialization of  Azure Storage Emulator in development fabric.
  • Next , Build your complete project solution & run the Windows Azure Project with existing ASP.NET 4.0 web application. During the debugging you will see the compute emulator  & storage emulator in your local dev fabric .

  •  Check out your on-premise existing asp.net web application migrated to windows azure & running in azure compute emulator in local development fabric.

  • To deploy the application , right click on Azure Project & Click Publish & create package (.cspkg ).
  • Now, select the radio button of Create Service Package Only otherwise select the second option if you would like to configure your Windows Azure Hosted service details in Visual Studio.
  • Build the Azure Service Package File (.cspkg) & Service Configuration (.cscfg) in Windows Explorer.
  • Next , Log on Windows Azure Developer portal with Windows Live ID with valid Azure Subscription & continue deployment.

About Anindita
Anindita Basak is working as Big Data Cloud Consultant in Microsoft. Worked in multiple MNCs as Developer & Senior Developer on Microsoft Azure, Data Platform, IoT & BI , Data Visualization, Data warehousing & ETL & of course in Hadoop platform.She played both as FTE & v- employee in Azure platform teams of Microsoft.Passionate about .NET , Java, Python & Data Science. She is also an active Big Data & Cloud Trainer & would love share her experience in IT Training Industry. She is an author, forum contributor, blogger & technical reviewer of various books on Big Data Hadoop, HDInsight, IoT & Data Science, SQL Server PDW & PowerBI.

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