Things to think of when using Team Member IDE on Azure, networks.

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Having Team Member IDE’s on Azure provides create benefit for teams in moving fast and staying flexible.

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But there are still some items you have to think of when start adopting it, networks being connected is an important one:

Network.

You never ever develop or work in isolation. Especially with the heterogenic systems we build now a days. So, being connected with the world from your Azure hosted Visual Studio IDE is a must.

For example, the SQL Server database you are consuming in your App is in the local data center. You need a connection to that datacenter from your Azure environment.

You can create a Site-to-Site VPN, for connecting datacenters to an Azure site or Point-to-Site VPN, when connecting a single machine to an Azure site.

· Configure a Site-to-Site VPN using the Management Portal Wizard http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windowsazure/dn133795.aspx

· Configure a Point-to-Site VPN using the Management Portal Wizard http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windowsazure/dn133792.aspx
http://blogs.msdn.com/b/piyushranjan/archive/2013/06/01/point-to-site-vpn-in-azure-virtual-networks.aspx

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This can be challenging, not from a technical perspective but more form an organizational perspective. From Azure you can setup a Side to Side network connection to the datacenter, but this also requires some changes in the company policy in connecting to Azure. Some IT-departments aren’t ready for that.

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A solution can be, put the SQL Database beside the VM’s in the same Virtual Network on Azure.

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