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Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2010 Unleashed by Lars Powers, Mike Snell

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Publish and Deploy Your Application to the Cloud

There are two ways to deploy your application out to Azure. The first is a somewhat manual process using the windowsazure.com website. The other is through Visual Studio directly (this feature was added with the 1.2 version of the SDK). The following sections walk through each deployment option.

Publish and Deploy Your Cloud Service Manually

You have to create two files that are used to copy your site to the cloud. These two files are generated by Visual Studio (more on this in a moment).

The first file has the .cspkg extension. It is a compressed file that contains all the code in your site that requires deployment (.aspx pages, .dll files, images, and so on). The second file has the .csfg extension. ...

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