.Net and Azure

Hosting on Azure web apps (now with Let's encrypt support!)


This website is now officially up and running (I copied some valuable older posts to make it less empty).

Instead of using a virtual machine with IIS I tried using azure web apps to host the website this time.

It’s a lot less hassle than setting up a VM with IIS and there’s even a free tier (up to 10 free web apps).

However if you want SSL or custom domain names (instead of <name>.azurewebsites.net) you’ll have to use the paid version.

The setup was mainly painless thanks to this tutorial.

I did run into an issue with Powershell not wanting to install the azure component.

I initially followed this tutorial to setup azure in powershell.

But I had to execute these commands in order:

Install-Module AzureRM
Install-Module Azure
Install-Module Azure -AllowClobber

Otherwise the installer would fail with “cannot download from url ‘some microsoft url’”.

After the short hickup I was able to setup run through the remaining tutorial easily.

Since my page is statically generated all I had to do was upload it.

The only “dynamic” component of my page was the 404 page and using the web.config with “customErrors” section (like I always did with IIS) did not work for me. Instead I always got the internal server error:

“The resource you are looking for has been removed, had its name changed or is temporarily unavailable.”

After a bit of messing around I got it to work with the httpErrors section as described here.

The web.config looks like this:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
        <httpErrors errorMode="Custom">
            <clear />
            <error statusCode="404" path="/404/" responseMode="ExecuteURL" />