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Remote debug of an application that is on Windows Azure using VPN

One cool thing that I like when working with Azure is the way how you can do remotely debug. In a classic system is not very easily to do something like this. Azure facilitate this using Visual Studio and attached to process mechanism.
Theoretically you should not need to do remote debug, but in practice you need to do this from time to time.
To be able to do something like this you will need to create a virtual network. Using the virtual network you will be able to establish a VPN connection between the cloud machines (network) and you. Using this feature you can do more complicated stuff, for example integrate your cloud network with the one from your premise, but we don’t needs something like this if we want remote debugging.
Creating the virtual network is pretty simple. You need to go to New-> Network -> Virtual Network and create a new one. For this purpose you don’t need to make any kind of custom configurations. Don’t forget to select your affinity group – this should represent the cloud machines that you want to access remotely using VPN.
After this step you should create a custom certificate on your machine and upload to the certificates tab of your private network.
Now we are ready for the last step. Download the VPN configuration from the dashboard tab and run it. From now, you will be connect to your private network using the VPN connection. Based on the machine name you can connect to any machine or …
you can do remote debug of your application very easily. Using Visual Studio you can attach to any process of your machines and do real time debugging.
Until now I didn’t needed this feature, but it is pretty cool how easily you can do something like this. No custom configuration, no custom tools, no IT department from the on premise network.


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