Kentico CMS Technical Learning: Installing and Management on Windows Azure


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The cloud is an amazing evolution in computing! This evolution requires changes in how we deploy and manage our applications and sites. What are the architecture patterns you need to think about? How do you install? How do you manage your site? These are just a few of the questions that we often hear from our customers. In this webinar Dominik Pinter, Senior Kentico Developer, will cover how to prepare your site for Windows Azure and then deploy it to the cloud. Once you have your site up we will cover how you can manage your site using both the Kentico CMS tools and the tools available from Windows Azure.

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Kentico CMS Technical Learning: Installing and Management on Windows Azure

  1. 1. Windows Azure: installation & management<br />Dominik Pinter,<br />
  2. 2. Agenda<br />Installation:<br />What do you need<br />Window Azure portals<br />Windows Azure environment<br />Deployment to Windows Azure<br />Install Kentico CMS 5.5 R2 from sample package<br />Taking own Kentico website to the cloud<br />Install Kentico CMS 6 <br />Management:<br />How to manage cloud application<br />Applying hotfix and upgrade in Windows Azure<br />Using accelerator for deploying and managing Kentico sites in Azure <br />
  3. 3. What do you need<br />Windows Azure account<br /><br />Visual studio<br />Express edition is good enough<br />Windows Azure SDK<br /><br />Kentico CMS sample package<br /><br />SQL Azure migration wizard<br /><br />
  4. 4. Windows Azure portals<br /> Main portal SQL Azure portal<br />
  5. 5. Azure deployment environment<br />Two environments<br />Staging<br />Production<br />Swap between environments<br />
  6. 6. How do deploy application and database<br />Application deployment:<br />Create package – Visual studio, CSPack<br />Deploy to Windows Azure – Visual studio, portal, portal using blob storage, powershell, Azure MMC, own application using management API<br />Database deployment:<br />Migrate from existing MSSQL – SQL Azure migration wizard<br />Copy from another SQL Azure using COPY command<br />Execute scripts in management studio or in SQL Azure management portal<br />Install directly from your application using ADO.NET, ...<br />
  7. 7. Install Kentico CMS from sample package<br />Open solution in Visual Studio<br />Configure it<br />Create deployment package<br />Deploy it to Windows Azure<br />
  8. 8. Taking your own Kentico site to the cloud<br />Migrate only database into Windows Azure<br />Use sample package as a application<br />Only if you don‘t have any code customizations<br />2. Convert you project to Windows Azure<br />Still need to migrate database<br />You can use sample package (but you need to apply your customizations)<br />Alternative: convert application to WebApplication and then to Windows Azure project type <br />
  9. 9. Install Kentico CMS 6<br />You can install as Windows Azure project<br />You can install database with database installer<br />
  10. 10. How to manage cloud applications<br />Windows Azure portal:<br />Overall service management<br />Application health<br />Useful tools:<br />Azure storage explorer, Cloudberry explorer for Azure blob storage<br />Powershell with Windows Azure cmdlets<br />Remote desktop:<br />Configurable in publish dialog<br />Management API:<br />REST API, unofficial client library can be found in csmanage sample<br />Windows Azure dashboard:<br />Health of Windows Azure services<br /><br />
  11. 11. Applying hotfix & upgrade for Kentico CMS<br />Kentico CMS 5.5 R2:<br />No native support for Web application projects<br />Hotfix & upgrade only in „website form“ (.designer.cs files missing)<br />Application offline and then redeployment<br />Kentico CMS 6:<br />Native support for Web application projects<br />Application must be still done offline <br />
  12. 12. Using Windows Azure accelerator <br />Windows Azure accelerator for web roles: <br />Enables you to install applications in less than 30 sec and run multiple web apps within one web role. <br />How it works:<br />Get accelerator -<br />Deploy it to Windows Azure<br />Publish your application to local folder<br />Upload your published app to blob storage in zip archive<br />Detailed instructions (post from Kentico MVP Bryan Soltis): <br /><br />
  13. 13. Q&A<br />?<br />
  14. 14. Thank you!<br /> E-mail:<br /> Twitter: DominikPinter<br /> Blog:<br />