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Microsoft Windows Azure Development Cookbook by Neil Mackenzie

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Hosting multiple websites in a web role

Microsoft released Windows Azure as a production service in February 2010. A common complaint was that it was too expensive to develop small websites because a web role could support only a single website. The cause of this limitation was that a web role hosted a website using hosted web core rather than full IIS.

With the Windows Azure SDK v1.3 release, Windows Azure added support for full IIS for web roles. This means that a single web role can host multiple websites. However, all of these websites share the same Virtual IP (VIP) address, and a CNAME record must be used to map the domain name of the website to the servicename.cloudapp.net URL for the web role. Each website is then distinguished inside ...

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