The latest round of IT Pro Events has been officially announced and these events will focus on Windows Azure Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) functionality and include both online and in-person events in the coming weeks.  These sessions will get IT Pros up to speed on Windows Azure IaaS functionality and the online events will include four Series on different topics.

The first online event is taking place this coming Wednesday, May 8th, details of the event are below:

Windows Azure Infrastructure Services (IaaS) for IT Professionals

Join us for Four Series of interactive weekly Webcasts designed to help you understand the true ROI for ‘on-demand’ infrastructure scenarios and walk away with real-world proof of concepts that you can implement in your production environment.

Series 1: Building Virtual Machines in the New Microsoft Cloud: From Deployment to Cost Analysis

In Series 1, you will walk through building networked servers on the Windows Azure™ platform. No physical servers or licenses are required, just a PC with a web browser. Through this online hands-on series we will create a “Pay-As-You-Go” account, three virtual machines, and the networking required to link the two machines together.  We will network a web server with a file server, authenticate through an AD controller, and configure the three servers in a working scenario.  We will discuss each area of the portal, clarify pricing, and learn many of the new ways that you can utilize Windows Azure to become more productive.  You will walk away with a clear understanding on the costs and ROI of the various scenarios and live, ‘production’ proof of concepts.

Part 1: Creating the Virtual Machines and Active Directory - Wed, May 8th, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Eastern Time – Webcast Link: https://www.livemeeting.com/cc/microsoft/join?id=JC92SP&role=attend&pw=C%29%7E%7E_m%2C%3C6

Prerequisites: You must have a subscription to Windows Azure before arriving to the event. Get one here: http://aka.ms/azurebootcamp

Please NOTE: Windows Azure service fees will be charged to your account during your proof of concept experience. This gives you the advantage of quickly analyzing the real costs associated with the scenarios, and enables you take with you the live proof of concepts.  We estimate the fees incurred to be within $50-$75 dollars total.

Recommended:  It is recommended that participants have 2 monitors available.  One for viewing the live walk-through, and one for configuring your own Azure experience.