Debugging and Monitoring Windows Azure Cloud Services

  • August 7, 2013 · 6:00 PM
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Windows Azure Cloud Services is an awesome platform for developers to deliver applications in the cloud without needing to manage virtual machines. However, the abstraction that gives you this simplified deployment and scale, prevents you from attaching a Visual Studio Remote Debugger. Sometimes you need visibility into the execution of your production applications. What if you could replay the real production usage with the exact call sequence and variable values using the Visual Studio Debugger? What if you could collect production metrics that would help you identify performance bottlenecks and slow code?

In this session, Eric Boyd will walk you through debugging and monitoring real-world Windows Azure applications. Eric will show you how to collect diagnostics like Event Logs, Perf Counters, IIS Logs, and even file-based logs from running Windows Azure compute instances. Next, Eric will also show you how to debug your production Windows Azure services using IntelliTrace’s black box recording capabilities. Lastly, you will learn how to collect CLR-level diagnostics and performance metrics without instrumenting your code using tools like AppDynamics. If you feel like Windows Azure Cloud Services are a black box when debugging issues and solving performance problems, you will leave this session feeling like Windows Azure is radically more transparent and easier to debug than the applications in your own data center.


6:00 - 6:30 Food, drinks, and networking 
6:30 - 8:00 Presentation


Eric D. Boyd is the Founder and CEO of responsiveX, a Windows Azure MVP, and a regular speaker at international conferences, code camps and user groups. He is so passionate about apps and cloud services that he founded responsiveX (, a management and technology consultancy that helps customers create great web, mobile and traditional client applications, powered by cloud services. Eric launched his technology career almost two decades ago with a web development startup and has served in multiple roles since including developer, consultant, technology executive and business owner. You can find Eric blogging at and on Twitter at


responsiveX is a management and technology consultancy with deep industry and functional expertise. We bring experience, knowledge, strategy and creative thinking to our customers to help them solve important problems, innovate and grow.

AppDynamics is the next-generation application performance management solution that simplifies the management of complex, business-critical apps. No one can stand slow applications—not IT Ops and Dev teams, not the CIO, and definitely not end users. With AppDynamics, no one has to tolerate slow performing apps ever again.  See what customers have to say.

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  • Andy A.

    Eric gave a great talk and loved the AppDynamics demo from Trevor

    August 8, 2013

    • Henri Dugas I.

      Already spreading the good word about AppDynamics!

      August 8, 2013

  • Henri Dugas I.

    Hello all! I'm excited to attend my first .Net meetup and to learn what others have to say about cloud services. Also, I'm eager to meet all of you as I am currently hiring for a .Net/Asp.Net developer position with my company Aspex Solutions (apologies if I'm being forward.) Please review the job if you're searching, and ask me any questions on the morrow!

    August 6, 2013

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