During the month of January, my peers and I will be publishing a daily blog series on named the 31 Days of Windows Servers (VMs) in the Cloud.  In this series we will cover the many facets and features of Windows Azure and the Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) features of Windows Azure.  What is Windows Azure you ask?  I did a previous blog post on this exact topic and why this is so important for IT Pros to begin to learn more about Windows Azure.  In addition, I’ve outlined my top 3 Steps to get going with Windows Azure below.

STEP 1 – Sign up for FREE Windows Azure account and start your journey to learning

STEP 2 – Sign up for a FREE Microsoft Virtual Academy eLearning account to take FREE TRAINING on Windows Azure at your own pace

STEP 3 – Read the below blog series on Windows Azure IaaS

You can always come right back to this series by remembering the shortened URL http://aka.ms/IaaSSeries

 

31 Days of Windows Servers (VMs) in the Cloud

1. Windows Azure IaaS and You (Part 1 of 31)Matt Hester
2. Building Free Lab VMs in the Microsoft Cloud (Part 2 of 31)Tommy Patterson
3. Supported Virtual Machine Operating Systems in the Microsoft Cloud (Part 3 of 31)Tommy Patterson
4. Servers Talking in the Cloud (Part 4 of 31)Matt Hester
5. Move a local VM to the Cloud (Part 5 of 31)Kevin Remde  
6. Windows Azure Features Overview (Part 6 of 31)Yung Chou
7. Step-by-Step: Build a FREE SharePoint 2013 Lab in the Cloud with Windows Azure – (Part 7 of 31)Keith Mayer
8. Setting up Management (31 Days of Windows Servers (VMs) in the Cloud–Part 8 of 31)Brian Lewis
9. Windows Azure and Virtual Networking–What it is (Part 9 of 31)Bob Hunt
10. Windows Azure and Virtual Networking – Getting Started (Part 10 of 31)Bob Hunt
11. Step-by-Step: Running FREE Linux Virtual Machines in the Cloud with Windows Azure (Part 11 of 31)Keith Mayer
12. Step-by-Step: Connecting System Center 2012 App Controller to Windows Azure (Part 12 of 31)Kevin Remde   
13. Creating Azure Virtual Machines with App Controller (Part 13 of 31)Kevin Remde  
14. How to Create an Azure VM with PowerShell (Part 14 of 31)Brian Lewis
15. What Does Windows Azure Cloud Computing REALLY Cost + How to SAVE (Part 15 of 31)Dan Stolts
16. Consider This, Reasons for Using Windows Azure IaaS (Part 16 of 31)Matt Hester
17. Step-by-Step: Templating VMs in the Cloud with Windows Azure and PowerShell – (Part 17 of 31)Keith Mayer
18. How to Delete VHD files in Azure (Part 18 of 31)  – Brian Lewis
19. Create a Windows Azure Network using PowerShell (Part 19 of 31)Kevin Remde
20. Step-by-Step: Extending On-Premise Active Directory to the Cloud with Windows Azure (Part 20 of 31)Keith Mayer    
21. Beyond IaaS for the IT Pro (Part 21 of 31)Bill Wilder
22. Using your own SQL Server in Windows Azure (Part 22 of 31)Blain Barton
23. Integrating Active Directory into Windows Azure Virtual Machines (Part 23 of 31) – Don Noonan
24. Connecting Windows Azure PaaS to Iaas (Part 24 of 31)Harold Wong
25. Prerequisites for Copying a VM to Windows Azure (Part 25 of 31)Yung Chou  
26. Monitoring and Troubleshooting Windows Azure on the Cheap (Part 26 of 31)Blain Barton
27. Use Windows Azure to learn Windows Server 2012 Storage Spaces (Part 27 of 31)Kevin Remde
28. Introduction to Windows Azure Add-Ons from the Windows Azure Store (Part 28 of 31)Chris Avis
29. Using Windows Azure Virtual Machines to Learn: Networking Basics (Part 29 of 31)  – Don Noonan
30. Using Windows Azure Virtual Machines to Learn: Remote Desktop Services (Part 30 of 31) – Don Noonan
31. Windows Azure Hybrid Cloud Authentication and Access Architectures – Discussion (Part 31 of 31)Bob Hunt

Enjoy!