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A holiday.js gift for Azure Node.js developers

It’s been 10 days since we release our first preview of Windows Azure SDK for Node.js. So far the community reaction has been really good. Feedback is starting to trickle in with feature requests / bugs, etc. We are listening and really appreciate the feedback, so keep it coming.

Staying true to our commitment to release early and often, and in keeping with the holiday tradition, we bring you this gift, the December update.

Christmas Present Wrapped in Gold and Silver 2000  

Highlights of this preview:

  • Windows Azure PowerShell for Node.js 0.5.1 update, including new cmdlets for easily enabling Remote Desktop, as well as SSL support.
  • iisnode 0.1.13 update, including significant performance improvements (>2x throughput of the previous version)
  • Node.js 0.6.6 update from Joyent, including a more stable npm
  • Installer in-place upgrade support for all these components, so you can just click the WebPI link (linked from the dev center) and it will upgrade your existing installation of these components if you already have the previous version, or install them all if you don’t.
  • Numerous bug fixes in all three components

Enabling Remote Desktop access the easy way

Remote Desktop allows you to connect directly to your VMs. It’s very useful in particular for debugging and diagnostics.

In our previous preview to enable RDP support to your VMs you needed to follow a bunch of manual steps which included among other things modifying config files, creating a certificate, and uploading the cert to the portal.

Now, all of the steps are taken care of for you via a single cmdlet, “Enable-AzureRemoteDesktop”!

Say these three words with me, “Enable, Publish, Connect”.

A picture tells a thousand words, so just glance at the screenshots below.

1. Enable:

2. Publish:

3. Connect:

Any questions?

The release is also accompanied by an update of the Windows Azure Node.js dev center content which includes new “How-To content” and “Common tasks”.

Enjoy (download) and have a happy holiday.js!

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  • Anonymous

    How would you go about using node inspector windows when running locally on azure?

  • http://blogs.msdn.com/gblock Glenn Block

    @google-8a4187b34949cbb367572757c1a746c3:disqus see my next post. @paragm:disqus April will be the release date. As far as putting it into production you “can” but that is at your own risk.

  • Ignacio Fuentes

    hmm. so what about wcf web api?

  • Anonymous

    (Warning : Off topic!)
    Hi Glen,
    Any idea when WCF Web API becomes a release ? I am finding preview 6 is solid. Should I be worried to put it in production?