Uploading a VHD to Windows Azure
June 27, 2012 1 Comment
Ok – this is clearly one of those note-to-self posts, I’m sure it’s been blogged about elaborately, and that I have nothing to add, but I want to be able to find it quickly, so if anybody else finds this useful it’s simple a nice to have!
One of the best ways to upload a VHD to Windows Azure is to use csupload (accessible via the ‘Windows Azure Command Prompt’ or in “%ProgramFiles%\Microsoft SDKs\Windows Azure\.NET SDK\2012-06\”
This would make sure the VHD is fixed size and actually compresses the data so transfer times are around a sixth of what I could achieve using other storage tools.
The commands I’ve used to upload –
csupload Set-Connection “SubscriptionID=<subscription iD>;CertificateThumbprint=<management cert thumbprint>;ServiceManagementEndpoint=https://management.core.windows.net/”
csupload Add-Disk -Destination “https://<storage_account_name>.blob.core.windows.net/<container>/<vhd_name>” -Label “<vhd_name>” -LiteralPath “<local_path_to_vhd>” -OS Windows