Azure Platform Management Tool (MMC)
In this article, I would like to introduce
a tool useful while developing Windows Azure applications.
The Platform Management Tool is a desktop application and it allows the
developers to manage:
- Hosted Services
- Perform Diagnostics
- Storage Services
- Blob, Table, Queue
- Command Based Operations
The latest tool can be downloaded from codeplex.com
The source code of the tool is available here.
Download the tool and execute the setup.
The files will be extracted to the
specified folder. Now execute the StartHere.cmd file from location C:\WindowsAzure\MMC. The following wizard will appear.
to continue and it will do a scan of the system.
If all the required software found the
status will be green. Click Next to continue and the installation will be
started. A command window will be
prompted like below:
Now press any key to continue and within
few seconds the installation will be completed.
The following screen will be visible.
tool will be automatically started as below. (You
can also launch it from the desktop icon)
Expand the Windows Azure Management item and click on the Service Management item.
Enter your Subscription ID in the appearing dialog. (Subscription ID can be retrieved from the
Windows Azure Portal)
Then Click on the API Certificate
button. Your certificate will be
automatically populated in the appearing dialog as shown below: (If
no certificates are listed, then you need to create and add certificate into
your azure account. This is explained
the previous article)
Select the certificate and click Ok.
Now click Connect from the right pane as shown below:
Wait for a while and you will be connected
to the service. Now you can explore the
hosted services, storage services by clicking the respective item from the left
The figure below shows the content of Blob Containers.
In this article the MMC tool was
introduced. It should be noted that the
Storage functionalities of the tool can be achieved with the Server Explorer of