Beta Release of Windows Azure Services for Windows Server; Service Bus Now Part of Windows Azure Portal

Microsoft adding some of its new Windows Azure services to Windows Server 2012, to this end, the company back in July at the Worldwide Partner Conference--delivered a Community Technology Preview (CTP) test build of these Azure services for Windows Server. Today, Microsoft released the beta of those services.These services are aimed at service providers and […]

Microsoft adding some of its new Windows Azure services to Windows Server 2012, to this end, the company back in July at the Worldwide Partner Conference--delivered a Community Technology Preview (CTP) test build of these Azure services for Windows Server. Today, Microsoft released the beta of those services.

These services are aimed at service providers and hosting partners. At some point Microsoft might expand the target audience to other customers, but for now, that's the core audience, Chris Van Wesep, Sr. Product Manager said.

"These technologies are not something incremental that needs to be purchased by hosters. This is simply part of the broad solution you tap into when you deploy Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012," Van Wesep adds.

The versions of these services, which include virtual machine hosting and Web-site hosting for Windows Server along with the System Center 2012 Service Pack 1, is planned for early 2013 release.

Below is a short list of many of the top enhancements coming with this feature complete release:

"Service Management Portal & API

  • Distributed install
    • of the Service Management Portal and API (datacenter readiness)
    • of the Web Sites controller separate from the Service Management Portal and API
  • Users are now able to sign up for multiple plans

Web Sites

  • HTTPS/SSL support - tenants are now able to upload custom certificates and use them for programmatic access
  • Distributed installation with High Availability and Live Upgrade
  • Generic FastCGI and custom stack support

Virtual Machines

  • Custom create from VM Template with a rich wizard experience
  • Create VM from VHD using hardware profile
  • Tenants are now VMM Tenant Admins and utilize the new VMM On-behalf Of features," the official informs.

Also, Windows Azure Service Bus is now part of the new Windows Azure portal. In addition to existing features that enable you to manage Service Bus entities, "we are introducing new portal features with the October 2012 release of the Service Bus," the Azure team posted.

The new features include:

  • Usage visualization of Service Bus queues topics and subscriptions,
  • Entity status updates, and,
  • Dashboards for monitoring queues and topics.

Microsoft notes that going forward, they'll be enriching "story for better management, monitoring and diagnostics of Service Bus entities by adding more features include: ""a namespace dashboard for aggregated views, a dashboard for subscriptions on every topic, additional metrics, the ability to update entity properties, and more."

Also, "the current Silverlight-based Portal will continue to work side-by-side with the new portal," the team said. "It is now in maintenance mode, so we won't be adding any new features. However, any changes you make to your Service Bus entities will be reflected in both places," the team adds.

Windows Azure Service Bus is now part of the new Windows Azure portal