Deploying the Web
After developing the web role, we have to package it and
deploy to the cloud. The entire steps in
Creating the web role is performed in the previous
article. Now we need to do the following
For creating the package, right click on the project context
menu and click Package.
Now as dialog box will be appearing, leave the default
options selected and click the Package button
on the dialog.
After performing the packaging, the folder containing
package is opened in a new explorer window automatically.
There are two files in the folder as shown above:
The Configuration file contains the instance count, application
setting entries etc.
Deploy to Cloud
The deploying part contains deploying the package file and
the configuration file. For deploying
the files, we need to sign in to the Windows
After signing in, click on the New Hosted Service button from the left top panel. The following dialog box appears.
Fields in Dialog Box
The subscription list automatically selects the default
In the service name text box, enter a name for the service.
In the service URL prefix text box, enter a unique prefix
In the region, select an appropriate region of deployment.
Enter an appropriate deployment name in the final text box.
Now, we need to specify the Package location and Configuration
file. Use the Browse locally. button for these and select the files from your
After specifying all the inputs, click the Ok button. (In case of instance warning box, click Yes
to override it for time being)
Now you can see that the entry is shown as preparing to
upload in the list.
Waiting for Upload Operation
We need to wait a few minutes for the upload operation to be
completed. After the upload operation is
completed the instance will be started.
After all the operations are completed the status will turn
to ready as show in the image below:
Getting the Deployed
For viewing the deployed web role we need to get the
url. For this select the Deployment 1 row from the list above.
From the proerty pane on the right we can see the DNS name.
Viewing the Deployed
Clicking on the DNS
name link from the properties the web role will get opened in the browser
as shown below (please note the staging url)
In this article we have seen how to package and deploy a web
role to windows azure hosting.