We can deploy a successful staging build to production,
using the Swap VIP button in the
Step 1: Select
the Deployment item
Sign in to the Azure Portal and select the appropriate item
to deploy. In our case, the Deployment 1 is the item to be selected.
Step 2: Click on
the Swap VIP
Click on the Swap VIP
button from the top toolbar after selecting the deployment item. The following dialog box appear.s
Step 3: Click on the
Now the status of the deployment selected changes to Ready
as shown below.
Click on the production url shown on the right pane to open
the web role in a browser. The web role
is shown below. Please note the url of
the browser. The previous staging GUID
urls are replaced by the production url.
That concludes the deployment from staging to production in
the Windows Azure Portal. The web role
is now deployed and available to the public.
The Swap VIP option
does not actually deploy a new build.
Instead, it will switch the production and staging builds by switching
the DNS addresses internally. Thus the
deployment seems to be faster as there is only switching of addresses
The billing of the service will be there for both staging
and production deployments. If the usage
exceeds the trial limit charges will be levied on your credit card. Please take care. J