Windows Azure to Microsoft azure

Microsoft is all set to rebrand Windows Azure to Microsoft Azure. This makes lot of sense as the previous name (Windows Azure) gave an impression that it was limited to only Windows or Microsoft stack only. But, Azure today has evolved as a multi-platform and enterprise-grade public cloud platform. Today, it supports Windows, SQL and .NET to Python, Ruby, Node.js, Java, Hadoop, Linux, and Oracle. So, in that sense the rebranding makes lot of sense. Also, Microsoft has announced trade-in scheme that invites Indian SMBs to exchange older hardware for Azure credits. Click here to find out more

Microsoft Windows Azure Camp Mumbai (14th Sept, 2012)

Here is the Website link to register

Azure Camp

Azure Camp Schedule

Microsoft Windows Azure Setup : Pre-Requisites & Notes
1. BizSpark Registration
Pre-Requisite 1: Exclusive Privilege for Startup’s attendees: Get access to Sign Up Microsoft BizSpark Program Instantly. For further details please Go here
2. Please remember to get your laptop to the event as you would not be provided with systems at the venue.
3. We strongly advise you to install the following mentioned software’s on your laptop when you come to the session so that you do not waste time in between the sessions which could hamper your learning.

Setting up the environment:

a. Install Web platform Installer : link
b. Search for “Microsoft Windows Azure SDK or .NET” and download the same. This downloads all the dependencies automatically.
a. Install Visual Studio 2010 (Express and it works very fine) link
b. Run Windows Update to get VS 2010 SP1 installed
c. Install SQL Server (Express) link
d. Install Microsoft Windows Azure Tools and SDK : link

Important Note: Sign Up for Windows Azure Trail Account before the event and have your subscription ready.
4. Need a live id. You can sign-up for or
5. Sign Up for Windows Azure Trail Account will need to give in your credit-card / debit card details where you will not be charged and will have active account for 90 days and they will expire automatically. No charges)

Ramp-up Guidance:

a. Developer Center:
b. BizSpark Notes:
c. Azure training Kit :

Azure Pricing Calculator

The other day while searching around for some information related to Windows Azure I came across the Azure pricing calculator.Very helpful!! Azure Pricing Calculator: Azure Pricing Calculator (Advanced):

Windows Azure Accelerator for Web Roles

I am excited to share the release of the Windows Azure Accelerator for Web Roles. This accelerator makes it quick and easy for you to deploy one or more websites across multiple Web Role instances using Web Deploy. While the Windows Azure Tools & SDK provide support for Web Deploy it is limited to a single instance, does not preserve state on role lifecycle events, and can only be used for development and testing purposes. This accelerator expands on the capabilities of the Windows Azure Tools & SDK to enable Web Deploy in production scenarios. The Windows Azure Accelerator for Web Roles contains the following features: · Deploy sites to Windows Azure in less than 30 seconds · Enables deployments to multiple Web Role instances using Web Deploy · Saves Web Deploy packages & IIS configuration in Windows Azure storage to provide durability · A web administrator portal for managing web sites deployed to the role · The ability to upload and manage SSL certificates · Simple logging and diagnostics tools  

Call To Action

· Try the Accelerator. It is easy to download, install, and deploy. You can download the bits here: · Watch the Screen cast. The screen cast explains exactly how to use the accelerator in under 6 minutes. Watch it here:  


Channel 9 Video: Getting Started with the Windows Azure Accelerator for Web Roles

Intro Blog Post: Introducing the Windows Azure Accelerator for Web Roles Full details, instructions, and documentation are available on CodePlex