While ramping for Windows Azure, we created a quick set of steps to get other team members quickly started with Azure. The goal is tight – get Azure running on your local box and be able to explore and run the Azure SDK samples.
Installing the Azure SDK and the Visual Studio Tools for Azure
Here’s a quick set of steps to install the VS tools for Azure and Azure SDK:
- Get a supported Operation System (OS) - Server 2008, Vista SP1, Win7
- Enable IIS. In the Control Panel, use "Turn Windows Features on/off."
- Verify that ASP.NET is installed. In the Control Panel, use "Turn Windows Features on/off." Check under IIS.
- Install “WCF HTTP Activation".” In the Control Pane, use "Turn Windows Features on/off." Find it under the .NET Framework 3.5.1 branch in the tree.
- Install Visual Studio 2008 or 2010, including SQL Server Express, VB, C#, and C++.
- Get the Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio from http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=6967ff37-813e-47c7-b987-889124b43abd&displaylang=en .
- Get the Windows Azure SDK from http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=dba6a576-468d-4ef6-877e-b14e3c865d3a&displaylang=en
Installing the Azure SDK Samples
You need to unpack the samples:
- Extract the samples from the Azure SDK (e.g. c:\program files\Windows Azure SDK\v1.0\samples-cs.zip
- Create a "Samples" sub-directory (e.g. C:\Program Files\Windows Azure SDK\v1.1\samples), and extract the zip.
- Open a command prompt so that you can run the .cmd files in “Samples” directory.
- From your "Samples" directory, run SetVCVars.cmd
- From your "Samples" directory, run BuildAll.cmd
Installing the Additional Azure SDK Samples
The additional samples include a sample ASP.NET provider for Azure Table Storage. Our team is using this to test ASP.NET Forms Authentication with Azure Table Storage.
- Get the "Additional C# Samples” for the Azure SDK. Here is a direct link to download the additional Azure samples.
- Add the additional samples to your “Samples” directory that you created above. Note that these additional samples come with their own SetVCVars.cmd and BuildAll.cmd, so you can replace replace the SetVCVars.cmd and BuildAll.cmd that came with the Azure SDK Samples since you already ran them.
Here are some key places to visit:
- Getting Started Page for Windows Azure at (Find out about installation, hot fixes, and training)
- Docs for the Azure SDK
- Docs for the Visual Studio Tools for Azure
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