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Please be sure to have Visual Studio 2010 (or Visual Web Developer)  along with Windows Azure SDK 1.4 Refresh  installed in your machine. 

If you will use the attached sample, you really don't need to follow give steps. The following steps are used by me to create the sample for this entry.


How I created the sample:

Step 1. Please create a MVC2 Web Role as below:


Step 2: In the Visual Studio when solution is ready now add a new project as below:


Step 3: Create a new “Web” based “ASP.NET MVC 3 Web Application” as below:

Step 4:  When asked to select the MVC3 Web Application type please select “Internet Application” along with View Engine “Razor” as below: 


Step 5: Lets compare references in “Web Role” and “MVC 3 Web Application” you will see something as below:


Step 6: You will need to add & remove following references in your Web Role. 


Let’s start by removing System.web.MVC from Web Role first and then add the following references in the Web Role:

Following reference from location: C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft ASP.NET\ASP.NET MVC 3\Assemblies

  • System.Web.Mvc.dll


All below references from location: c:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft ASP.NET\ASP.NET Web Pages\v1.0\Assemblies\

  • Microsoft.Web.Infrastructure
  • System.Web.Helpers
  • System.Web.Razor
  • System.Web.WebPages
  • System.Web.WebPages.Deployment
  • System.Web.WebPages.Razor


Step 7: Please be sure to set “Copy Local as True” for all above modules, like as below:


Step 8:  Now open Web Role Based web.config and replace with ASP.NET MVC 3 based Web.Config as below:


<?xml version="1.0"?>
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<add name="ApplicationServices"
connectionString="data source=.\SQLEXPRESS;Integrated Security=SSPI;AttachDBFilename=|DataDirectory|aspnetdb.mdf;User Instance=true"
providerName="System.Data.SqlClient" />
<add key="webpages:Version" value=""/>
<add key="ClientValidationEnabled" value="true"/>
<add key="UnobtrusiveJavaScriptEnabled" value="true"/>
<compilation debug="true" targetFramework="4.0">
<add assembly="System.Web.Abstractions, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=31BF3856AD364E35" />
<add assembly="System.Web.Helpers, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=31BF3856AD364E35" />
<add assembly="System.Web.Routing, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=31BF3856AD364E35" />
<add assembly="System.Web.Mvc, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=31BF3856AD364E35" />
<add assembly="System.Web.WebPages, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=31BF3856AD364E35" />
<authentication mode="Forms">
<forms loginUrl="~/Account/LogOn" timeout="2880" />
<add name="AspNetSqlMembershipProvider" type="System.Web.Security.SqlMembershipProvider" connectionStringName="ApplicationServices"
enablePasswordRetrieval="false" enablePasswordReset="true" requiresQuestionAndAnswer="false" requiresUniqueEmail="false"
maxInvalidPasswordAttempts="5" minRequiredPasswordLength="6" minRequiredNonalphanumericCharacters="0" passwordAttemptWindow="10"
applicationName="/" />
<add name="AspNetSqlProfileProvider" type="System.Web.Profile.SqlProfileProvider" connectionStringName="ApplicationServices" applicationName="/" />
<roleManager enabled="false">
<add name="AspNetSqlRoleProvider" type="System.Web.Security.SqlRoleProvider" connectionStringName="ApplicationServices" applicationName="/" />
<add name="AspNetWindowsTokenRoleProvider" type="System.Web.Security.WindowsTokenRoleProvider" applicationName="/" />
<add namespace="System.Web.Helpers" />
<add namespace="System.Web.Mvc" />
<add namespace="System.Web.Mvc.Ajax" />
<add namespace="System.Web.Mvc.Html" />
<add namespace="System.Web.Routing" />
<add namespace="System.Web.WebPages"/>
<validation validateIntegratedModeConfiguration="false"/>
<modules runAllManagedModulesForAllRequests="true"/>
<assemblyBinding xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:asm.v1">
<assemblyIdentity name="System.Web.Mvc" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" />
<bindingRedirect oldVersion="" newVersion="" />



Step 9: Now remove "ASP.NET MVC3 Web Application" from your solution. The final solution will look like as below:


Step 10. Lets take a final look at our included references


Step 11. Now test your application in development fabric and verify it working successfully as below:


Step 12: Now package and deploy your application to Windows Azure Management Portal and test it working successfully  in as below:

Last edited May 14, 2011 at 8:30 PM by Avkash, version 2


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