TestWAER Tool to Test Windows Azure Error Reporting

To generate crash dumps for my recent presentation The Old New Crash: Cloud Memory Dump Analysis I created the tool similar to TestWER. It is a .NET worker service role for Windows Azure that does a NULL pointer assignment. Here is a source code from WorkerRole.cs (I left EnableCollection twice just in case :-)):

using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Diagnostics;
using System.Linq;
using System.Net;
using System.Threading;
using Microsoft.WindowsAzure;
using Microsoft.WindowsAzure.Diagnostics;
using Microsoft.WindowsAzure.ServiceRuntime;
using Microsoft.WindowsAzure.StorageClient;
using Microsoft.WindowsAzure.Diagnostics.Management;

namespace TestWAERWorker
    public class WorkerRole : RoleEntryPoint
        public override void Run()
            Trace.WriteLine("TestWAERWorker entry point called", "Information");


                int* p = null;
                *p = 1;

            while (true)
                Trace.WriteLine("Working", "Information");

        public override bool OnStart()
            // Set the maximum number of concurrent connections
            ServicePointManager.DefaultConnectionLimit = 12;


            DiagnosticMonitorConfiguration config = DiagnosticMonitor.GetDefaultInitialConfiguration();
            string conn_str = RoleEnvironment.GetConfigurationSettingValue("Microsoft.WindowsAzure.Plugins.Diagnostics.ConnectionString");
            CloudStorageAccount account = CloudStorageAccount.Parse(conn_str);
            config.Directories.ScheduledTransferPeriod = TimeSpan.FromMinutes(1);
            DiagnosticMonitor diagnosticMonitor = DiagnosticMonitor.Start(account, config);


            return base.OnStart();

The following forum discussion really helped me to get things right: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/5727692/azure-crash-dumps-not-appearing. So I’d like to thank Oliver Bock here.

If you want to deploy it to Windows Azure then don’t forget to add your storage account name and its key in the service configuration file. For your development environment you will need to replace the whole value with “UseDevelopmentStorage=true”. The full case study with detailed steps is forthcoming.

You can download the package from here: TestWAER.zip

- Dmitry Vostokov @ DumpAnalysis.org + TraceAnalysis.org -

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