Windows Azure Web Sites – Using WebDeploy without the New Tools

Michael S. Collier's Blog

With the new Windows Azure Web Sites it is very easily to use your favorite deployment tool/technology to deploy the web solution to Windows Azure.  You can choose from continuous delivery with Git or TFS, or use tools like FTP or WebDeploy.

As long as you have at least the June 2012 Windows Azure tools update for Visual Studio 2010 (or 2012), using WebDeploy to deploy a Windows Azure Web Site is really easy.  Simply import the .publishsettings file, Visual Studio reads the pertinent data and populates the WebDeploy wizard.   If you’re not familiar with this process, please have a look at https://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/develop/net/tutorials/web-site-with-sql-database/#deploytowindowsazure as the process is explained very well there, and even has nice pictures.

But what if you don’t have the latest tools update?  Or, what if you don’t have any Windows Azure tools installed?  After all, why should you have to install Windows Azure tools to use…

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