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Getting the ASP.NET Providers Working on the Azure Nov 2009 CTP

This version of the storage client is more robust, better supported, and more efficient than the sample storage client

If you've been trying to get the ASP.NET providers working on the November 2009 CTP of Windows Azure then you may have run into a snag, or a couple snags if you're using Visual Studio 2010.

First of all, if you're using Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2, then you're going to need to either up-convert the AspProviders project. For this, you want to go and grab the AspProviders (VS2008) sample from the Azure Code Samples home page. Once you've got it, you can either compile it in Visual Studio 2008 or, if you're coding in VS2010 Beta 2, you can either reference the compiled binary directly or just up-convert the project to VS2010 Beta 2.

The new AspProviders sample uses the new Microsoft.WindowsAzure.StorageClient library that now comes with the new version of the SDK. This version of the storage client is more robust, better supported, and more efficient than the sample storage client from previous versions of the SDK.

First, you're going to want to rig up your Web.config to use the new provider with elements like this:

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