Register To Attend A Windows Azure Virtual Hands-On Workshop


I’m really excited to announce a project my colleagues Jim, John and I have been working on.  We wanted to come up with a project that would: 1) be fun for users to learn Azure, 2) help illustrate scale, 3) do something useful, and 4) be fun to develop (from our end). 

I think we got it!  Here is a rundown:

Elevate your skills with Windows Azure in this hands-on workshop! In this event we’ll guide you through the process of building and deploying a large scale Azure application. Forget about “hello world”! In less than two hours we’ll build and deploy a real cloud app that leverages the Azure data center and helps make a difference in the world. Yes, in addition to building an application that will leave you with a rock-solid understanding of the Azure platform, the solution you deploy will contribute back to Stanford’s Folding@home distributed computing project. There’s no cost to you to participate in this session; each attendee will receive a temporary, self-expiring, full-access account to work with Azure for a period of 2-weeks.

Visit the project home page at

For this briefing you will:

  • Receive a temporary, self-expiring full-access account to work with Azure for a period of 2-weeks at no cost - accounts will be emailed to all registered attendees 24-48 hours in advance of each event.
  • Build and deploy a real cloud app that leverages the Azure data center

Who should attend?

Open to developers with an interest in exploring Windows Azure through a short, hands-on workshop


15 min


The goal of today’s event is to help attendees build a local instance of a Windows Azure application and deploy it to an Azure data center. So, are you ready to participate in this hands-on workshop? Did you review the pre-requisites*? We hope so, but just in case you didn’t, we’ll take a few minutes to review them with you now so you’re ready to begin building your app.

15 min


To make sure everyone starts off with a common understanding of Microsoft’s cloud computing platform we’ll cover basic concepts for all attendees new to Azure. We’ll then provide an overview of the project, what “folding” is, and how the application is modeled.

75 min


We’ll guide you through creating a Windows Azure cloud application in Visual Studio, leveraging both web roles (as a front end for your application) and worker roles (that will carry out the core processing).   Your application will make use of Azure Table Storage as well as Azure local storage for reading/writing files.  Finally, we’ll show you how to deploy your application to the cloud (using accounts provided by Microsoft) and illustrate how to use Windows Azure Diagnostics to monitor the health of the application.

15 min


You’ve got two weeks of no-cost access to Windows Azure before your account expires. Where do you turn next? How can you learn more? In this segment we’ll review a host of online training resources available to you today. And, we’ll explain Microsoft’s Azure offerings for MSDN subscribers, partners, and customers. For instance, did you know an MSDN Premium subscriber receives 6000 hours of Azure compute time at no additional cost? We’ll cover this and more to make sure you leave with the knowledge necessary to take Azure to the next level.


The prerequisites are pretty straight forward and we ask that you come prepared to participate in this event by installing the required software in advance of the Live Meeting event.

  1. Visual Studio 2008 or Visual Studio 2010
  2. Azure Tools For Visual Studio, Feb 2010

REGISTER TODAY - 9 Events to Choose from!

Register By Phone or Online:

Click on the Event ID to register today or call 877-673-8368 and reference the Event ID below


April 28

11:00 AM – 01:00 PM



May 04

07:00 PM – 09:00 PM



May 12

11:00 AM – 01:00 PM



May 19

04:00 PM – 06:00 PM



May 26

11:00 AM – 01:00 PM



June 01

11:00 AM – 01:00 PM



June 09

04:00 PM – 06:00 PM



June 16

11:00 AM – 01:00 PM



June 23

07:00 PM – 09:00 PM



Brian Hitney, Developer Evangelist, Microsoft

Jim O’Neil, Developer Evangelist, Microsoft

John McClelland, Partner Evangelist, Microsoft


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