Windows Azure development storage and StorageServerException (Error 500)

When preparing my Sinergija12 code examples I ran into interesting problem. Windows Azure local development storage hangs for about minute and gives StorageServerException stating that there was problem in web server. A little surf in search engines gave me solution.

For me this error happened with default settings of development storage. Everything started working normally when I created storage database to my local SQL Server. MSDN library has good article about steps to take: How to Configure SQL Server for the Storage Emulator:

  • Click Start, point to All Programs, and then click Windows Azure SDK.
  • Right-click Windows Azure SDK Command Prompt, and then click Run as administrator.
  • In the Windows Azure SDK Command Prompt window, type the following command:
        DSInit /sqlInstance:<SQLServerInstance>
    Where <SQLServerInstance> is the name of the SQL Server instance.

Before running these commands shut down Storage Emulator. You can run it when you are done on Azure command-line.

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Gunnar Peipman

Gunnar Peipman is ASP.NET, Azure and SharePoint fan, Estonian Microsoft user group leader, blogger, conference speaker, teacher, and tech maniac. Since 2008 he is Microsoft MVP specialized on ASP.NET.

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