Download the Windows Azure Training Kit–December 2012



I realized that we didn’t create a post on the latest Windows Azure Kit in December.  Sorry for the delay in case you weren’t aware it was available.

The Windows Azure Training Kit includes a comprehensive set of technical content including hands-on labs and presentations that are designed to help you learn how to use the latest Windows Azure features and services.

December 2012 Update

The December 2012 Refresh of the Windows Azure Training Kit includes two new demos from the BUILD 2012 conference that demonstrate how to use Windows Azure Mobile Services, Web Sites, and Cloud Services.
Content Updates:

New Demo: Event Buddy
New Demo: BUILD Clips
Updated Windows Azure Mobile Services Decks to include Scheduler
Updated Windows Azure Mobile Services C#/JS HOLs to include Scheduler


System requirements

Supported Operating Systems: Windows 7, Windows 8

The Windows Azure Training Kit - December 2012 update includes technical content that can be used on Windows 7, Windows 8, or Mac OS X. The Windows and .NET hands-on labs are designed for use with either Visual Studio 2010 or the Visual Studio 2012 RTM.
After installing the training kit, please refer to the setup instructions and prerequisites for each individual hands-on lab for more details.


The Windows Azure Training Kit is available in two formats: a full package and the web installer.

Windows Azure Training Kit - Full Package (WATK-December2012.exe)
The full package enables you to download all of the hands-on labs and presentations to your local machine. To use the full package, simply download and run the WATK-December2012.exe. This file is a self-extracting executable that will extract all of the training kit files to the directory you specify. After the content is extracted, the starting page for the training kit will be displayed in your default browser. You can then browse through the individual hands-on labs, demos, and presentations.

Windows Azure Training Kit - Web Installer (WATK-WebInstaller.exe)
The Web Installer allows you to select and download just the specific hands-on labs and presentations that you need. The Web Installer is a much smaller download so it is recommended in situations where you cannot download the full package. To use the Web Installer, simply download and run WATK-WebInstaller.exe. The Web Installer will then display a list of the content in the training kit. You can then select the hands-on labs and presentations to download. After selecting the content proceed through the steps in the application to download the files to the directory that you specify.
Windows Azure Training Kit on GitHub

In addition to downloading the training kit contents, you can also browse through the content, report any issues with the content, and make your own contributions on GitHub. You can find the training kit content on GitHub at

Additional information

Please Note: Many of these labs require Windows Azure accounts. To sign-up for a free Windows Azure trial account, please visit:

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