Windows Azure - Viewing Deployment Machine Details
Many of you might be eager to know the deployment machine details like
Operating System, Processes, and Hardware Configuration of the Azure
application. In this article I am focusing on this deployment details
Where are the Roles executed?
We have to take a note that the web role and worker role are executed
on a Virtual Machine. The VM role provides flexibility of deploying a
configured Virtual Machine role.
Creating the Application
We can start with a web role and add the following code into the Page Load event.
protected void Page_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
StringBuilder builder = new StringBuilder();
// Show the Environment Information
builder.Append("<b>Machine Name: </b>" + Environment.MachineName + "<br>");
builder.Append("<b>OS Version: </b>" + Environment.OSVersion + "<br>");
builder.Append("<b>Is 64Bit Operating System: </b>" + Environment.Is64BitOperatingSystem + "<br>");
builder.Append("<b>Processor Count: </b>" + Environment.ProcessorCount + "<br>");
builder.Append("<b>User Name: </b>" + Environment.UserName + "<br>");
builder.Append("<b>Is Debugger Attached: </b>" + Debugger.IsAttached + "<br>");
// Show the Process Information
foreach (Process process in Process.GetProcesses())
builder.AppendLine(process.ProcessName + "</br>");
// Show the RoleEnvironment Information
builder.AppendLine("<h2>Role Environment Information</h2>");
builder.Append("<b>Curent Role Instance Name: </b>" + RoleEnvironment.CurrentRoleInstance.Role.Name + "<br>");
builder.Append("<b>Deployment Id: </b>" + RoleEnvironment.DeploymentId + "<br>");
builder.Append("<b>Is Emulated: </b>" + RoleEnvironment.IsEmulated + "<br>");
// Display the Resutls
InfoLabel.Text = builder.ToString();
The code do the following activities.
- Use the Environment class to list the Operating System Name, Version, Procesor Count etc.
- Use the Process class to list the current active processes in the machine
- Use the RoleEnvironment class to get the Role Name, Deployment Id, Is Emulated properties.
Following are the important properties we are accesing: Environment Class
Get the machine name: Environment.MachineName
Get the operating system version: Environment.OSVersion
Get the number of processors in the machine: Environment.ProcessorCount Process Class
Get the active processes: Process.GetProcesses() RoleEnvironment Class
Get the role name: RoleEnvironment.CurrentRoleInstance.Role.Name
Get the deployment id: RoleEnvironment.DeploymentId
Check whether emulator mode: RoleEnvironment.IsEmulated Executing the application
On executing the application in the development environment the following results are retrieved. Executing on the Cloud
Now we can deploy the application to the cloud and view the results. You can refer to the packaging and deploying steps here
After the deployment status is ready in the cloud, we can execute the application.
The execution result is shown below:
From the above result we can see the Operating system version.
Together with that Debugger.IsAttached and RoleEnvironment.IsEmulated
properties are returning false inside the cloud execution. Summary
In this article we have seen the deployment details of the Azure
application. We have executed the application in the local development
machine and in the online Cloud platform. The attached source code
contains the above described application.