Multiple Ways to Run Multiple Sites on a Windows Azure Web Role

Slalom Consultant Joel Forman

Slalom Consultant Joel Forman specializes in cloud computing and the Windows Azure Platform.

Sometimes it is hard to keep track of all that you can and can’t do in Windows Azure.  Lately what I am seeing is trending towards the “can do” side, and I am constantly being surprised by new and innovative ways to use Windows Azure.

The ability to run multiple sites in IIS in a Windows Azure Web Role was introduced back in November, 2010 with the “Full IIS” feature.  Controlling web sites and host headers via configuration allows multiple sites to be packaged within a single Windows Azure service package and deployed to the cloud.  Recently, I came across different way to host multiple sites in IIS.  Nathan Totten was featured on the Channel9 Cloud Cover show, and demonstrated how to push web sites to BLOB storage and have a process in a web role monitor and configure IIS programatically.  What I really liked about this approach was the decoupling of the web site content and the Azure package.  Here is a link to the Cloud Cover episode, and to his blog post describing the solution.

I thought it would be interesting to take the two approaches and compare them side by side in a short demo (only 11 minutes!).  Enjoy!

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About Joel Forman
Joel Forman is a Solution Architect at Slalom Consulting and specializes in cloud computing and the Windows Azure Platform.

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