Using InsertOrReplace/InsertOrMerge with the Storage Client!

Trying out the new Replace or Insert option(Upsert) in the Storage Client and can’t get rid of the following error message

“"<?xml version=\"1.0\" encoding=\"utf-8\" standalone=\"yes\"?>\r\n<error xmlns=\"\">\r\n  <code>InvalidHeaderValue</code>\r\n  <message xml:lang=\"en-US\">The value for one of the HTTP headers is not in the correct format.</message>\r\n</error>"”

The main issue is that the new API is available only in the "2011-08-18" version which the storage dll does not hit . The reason the below code is necessary is because the released library sends an older storage version “2009-09-19” that does not support these newly released features

So we need to specifically set the headers in the data-context request. Also remember that this does not work with the local development storage ( at least as of now), so remember to use these headers ( and these operations) only with the Cloud storage account.

dataContext.SendingRequest +=
   (sender, args) => (args.Request).Headers["x-ms-version"] = "2011-08-18";

               dataContext.AttachTo(<tableName>, <data>);

This gives you Insert Or Replace option with Storage Client Lib!!

If you leave the SaveChangeOptions.ReplaceOnUpdate option then you get Insert or Merge!

Until Next time!

Team Cennest!

When Azure Diagnostics just won’t collect your data!!!

Recently realized that while we had happily implemented tracing and diagnostics in our applications , tools like Cerebrata , Azure MMC etc were just not showing any trace data.. We were doing everything by the book and even re-opened the training kit but the trace just won’t get collected. After A LOT of investigation and googling/binging it comes to light that the most optimized way of collecting diagnostics changed with Azure SDK 1.3 and further with 1.4.

If you are victim of “No WADLogsTable “ being generated try the below snippet. It just might resolve your woes

public override bool OnStart()
DiagnosticMonitorTraceListener tmpListener = new DiagnosticMonitorTraceListener();
string wadConnectionString = "Microsoft.WindowsAzure.Plugins.Diagnostics.ConnectionString";
CloudStorageAccount storageAccount =

RoleInstanceDiagnosticManager roleInstanceDiagnosticManager =
RoleEnvironment.CurrentRoleInstance.Role.Name, RoleEnvironment.CurrentRoleInstance.Id);

DiagnosticMonitorConfiguration config = roleInstanceDiagnosticManager.GetCurrentConfiguration();
config.Logs.ScheduledTransferPeriod = TimeSpan.FromMinutes(1D);
config.Logs.ScheduledTransferLogLevelFilter = LogLevel.Undefined;
config.DiagnosticInfrastructureLogs.ScheduledTransferLogLevelFilter = LogLevel.Warning;
config.DiagnosticInfrastructureLogs.ScheduledTransferPeriod = TimeSpan.FromMinutes(1D);
config.Directories.ScheduledTransferPeriod = TimeSpan.FromMinutes(1D);

System.Diagnostics.Trace.TraceInformation("Diagnostics Running");

return base.OnStart();

Do let us know if this helped!!


Azure Table Storage Tip!

For all those working with Azure Table Storage and using the DateTime DataType, here is a quick tip!!

Ensure that you set the DateTime datatype with a valid value…while the dev fabric will allow you to get away without setting the value, the Azure prod fabric will not accept a junk value in the DateTime field and you will get a “One of the input values is out of range exception”!

Hope this helps save a few debug cycles as you move from Dev to Prod!!


Azure Tip:- WCF WebRole Accessing Table Storage:- SetPublisherAccess error

If you are using a WCF Web Role to access table storage you might come across the following error

SetConfigurationSettingPublisher needs to be called before FromConfigurationSetting can be used

The following steps can help you

1. Ensure you have the Cloud project set up as the start up project

2. Ensure you are using the service reference of the Dev Environment web role and not your local IIS port( Another post on that incase you are facing an Add Service reference issue here but for now just replace the port in the web.config with

3. If you are using Azure SDK 1.2 then add the following code to your WebRole.cs OnStart method

CloudStorageAccount.SetConfigurationSettingPublisher((configName,configSettingPublisher) =>
    var connectionString = RoleEnvironment.GetConfigurationSettingValue(configName);

4. If you are using Azure SDK 1.3 then add a Global.asax to your WebService Web Role and add the following code

protected void Application_Start(object sender, EventArgs e)
       (configName, configSettingPublisher) =>
           var connectionString =
       } );

5. Ensure you have WCF Http Activation On ( in control panel—> Windows Features)

Watch this space for lots more Azure tips!



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