R – Website Projects in Azure Web Role


I am researching a new ASP.Net project that we would like to host in a Windows Azure Web Role.
One of the technical requirements of this project is to make use of the full pre-compilation options (non-updatable, single page assembly) of the ASP.Net Web Site project model – as opposed to the ASP.Net Web Application project model.

Is it possible to host ASP.Net Web Site projects in Azure? Best I can tell the project templates for Azure are ASP.Net Web Applications only at the moment.

Best Solution

Okay, I was struggling with the same problem for couple of days, here is the step-by-step guide

(1) Publish your website project to a folder (for my case is "PrecompiledWeb\WebSite1", which resides in the sub folder of my azure project)

(2) Modify your service definition(.csdef), adding a webrole

<WebRole name="WebSite1" enableNativeCodeExecution="true">
  <InputEndpoint name="HttpIn" protocol="http" port="80" />
<ConfigurationSettings />

(3) Run the following command(CSPack) at command prompt

cspack CloudService1\ServiceDefinition.csdef /role:WebRole4;WebRole4 /role:WorkerRole1;WorkerRole1\bin\Debug;WorkerRole1.dll /role:WebSite1;PrecompiledWeb\WebSite1 /out:CloudService1.cspkg /generateConfigurationFile:"ServiceConfig.cscfg"

(4) Basically you are almost done!

Good luck! ;)

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