Bulb Flash:- Azure Development Quick Tip!!

Recently we were stumped with the following error while working on an Azure project

Error 1 The specified path, file name, or both are too long. The fully qualified file name must be less than 260 characters, and the directory name must be less than 248 characters. C:\Program Files\MSBuild\Microsoft\Cloud Service\1.0\Visual Studio 10.0\Microsoft.CloudService.targets 202 5 OrderManagement

After a lot of head-banging, a simple Quick-Fix was to move the project to a root directory like a C: or a D: (Basically reduce the path of the project)

Hope you get to this quick-fix before you get to the head-bangingSmile


Bulb Flash:-SQL Azure tip; Firewall rules: allow all incoming IPs during testing and Development!

Before we even show you how , do note that this should be done only during testing of non-critical data which will cause no issues if accessed from unintended applications..

SQL Azure tracks the IP address for the purpose of security . However sometimes during development( and co-development) when you don’t have a static IP, it becomes quite a pain to keep checking the Firewall rules every time the app starts misbehaving…so during testing and development you can see the firewall rules to allow all connections by giving it the following settings..



Hope this saves you some time and headache…do remember to change these during production and when testing with critical data!

Until next time!