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Azure CLI Day 41 – mobile scale show


In my previous seven posts in this series I showed you how to use the Windows Azure cross platform command line tools to work with scheduled jobs associated with a Windows Azure Mobile Service. In this post I’ll show you how to use the tools to scale your Windows Azure Mobile Service.

Once again, just a reminder that I’m using the command line tools on a MacBook Air with OSX (Mavericks) installed, and I’m using Google Chrome as my default browser. However, the experience should be identical on Windows and Linux as well.

Before we look at the command to scale a mobile service, let’s first look at how to view a mobile service’s scalability settings. Open an instance of your command line (Terminal, Bash, Command Prompt, etc.) and type the following:

azure mobile scale show -h

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As you can see the azure mobile scale show command is the command to use to view the scalability settings of a Windows Azure Mobile Service. The only parameter you need to provide is the name of the service. Now, enter the following into your CLI, substituting where necessary:

azure mobile scale show ‘[YOUR MOBILE SERVICE NAME]‘

I entered the following for my mobile service:

azure mobile scale show ‘zumo-00005′

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When you create a Windows Azure Mobile Service it is given a single instance in the free scaling tier by default. So, how do you move the service to other tiers and increase the number of instances? Well, you’ll just have to wait for my next post to find out.

Did you know you can try Windows Azure for free for 30 days? Just go to http://aka.ms/thecloud and sign up.

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Hey there! My name is Adam Grocholski, and I'm a Technical Evangelist at Microsoft where I spend time focusing on Windows, Windows Phone, and Windows Azure. I live in the frozen tundra of Minnesota and run thinkfirstcodelater.com. You can also follow me on twitter at @codel8r.