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So far so good! Headless operation is already in place. I'm now accessing the console via SSH with putty and the XMing Xserver running on my dev machine nicely displays x-applications launched on the Raspberry Pi in a window.
I'm still wrestling with access to some shares on my dev machine via smbclient though. I hope I'll get that sorted out soon.
"I had the right to remain silent, but I didn't have the ability!"
I bought 3 year of SSL certificate for my website. and Windows Azure Websites does not support SSL. (They are working on it...)
I know I should have verified this before I made the purchase, but it was so obvious that, it never occurred to me.
Just to let you know that, if SSL is deal breaker for you, Windows Azure Websites are not the option for you, at-least right now. (You need to configure and use Virtual Machine instead)
And the even crazy thing is, if you use Free mode and use yoursubdomain.azurewebsites.net, wildcard SSL certificate is included for free, and when you use Paid more with yourcustomdomain.com, SSL is not supported, because they are facing some technical challenge. Which makes sense, but still crazy!
Well, there are three ways I know of to host websites in Windows Azure:
The first one is the cheap/easy way to do websites. The second is the one I have experience with, and I even have a website running on it that uses an SSL certificate. It's kind of a pain to setup the SSL certificate, but it does work. I've not tried the virtual machine option, but you should be able to do everything under the sun with that. The nice thing about option #2 is that it's much cheaper than a virtual machine (though there is no free option, as there is with option #1).
There is nothing wrong in programming in VB.NET. It's a tool for developing apps with, and there's a lot of elitist claptrap surrounding people's opinions on it. One of the best developers I know wrote a lot of great apps with it. He ended up as a PM at Microsoft.
*pre-emptive celebratory nipple tassle jiggle* - Sean Ewington