New Capabilities & Enhancements Released the Windows Azure Management Portal

Windows Azure Management Portal just received a number of enhancements and new capabilities. "All of the features listed below are now live in production and available to use immediately," Microsoft announced.Microsoft also promised more new features and enhancements coming later this month - including support for the recent Windows Server 2012 and .NET 4.5 releases. […]

Improvements to the Windows Management Azure Portal

Windows Azure Management Portal just received a number of enhancements and new capabilities. "All of the features listed below are now live in production and available to use immediately," Microsoft announced.

Microsoft also promised more new features and enhancements coming later this month - including support for the recent Windows Server 2012 and .NET 4.5 releases. "we will enable new web and worker role images with Windows Server 2012 and .NET 4.5, and support .NET 4.5 with Websites," Scott Guthrie blogged.

Support for Managing Co-Administrators "allows you to share management of your Windows Azure services with other users." In the SETTINGS section, click on the ADMINISTRATORS tab, and select the ADD button to add a co-administrator to your subscription.

Enhancements to the Virtual Machine Experience. "You can now navigate to the Disks tab within the Virtual Machine extension, select a VM disk to delete, and click the DELETE DISK command," informs Guthrie.

Monitoring Support for Media Services. In the Windows Azure Portal, "you can now monitor the number of encoding jobs that are queued up for processing as well as active, failed and queued tasks for encoding jobs," he said. On your media services account dashboard, you can visualize the monitoring data for last 6 hours, 24 hours or 7 days.

Storage Container Creation and Access Control Support. You can now create Windows Azure Storage storage containers from within the Windows Azure Portal. "After selecting a storage account, you can navigate to the CONTAINERS tab and click the ADD CONTAINER command," explains Guthrie.

Service Bus Management and Monitoring, "With the new Service Bus experience, you can now create and manage Service Bus Namespaces, Queues, Topics, Relays and Subscriptions," Guthrie said.

It is also "now easy to create Service Bus Queues and Topics via the NEW experience in the portal drawer," he said. Simply click the NEW command and navigate to the "App Services" category to create a new Service Bus entity.

Service Bus Management and Monitoring added to Windows Azure Management Portal