Windows Azure Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offerings provide IT Pros with the ability to quickly and easily provision new Virtual Machines ( VMs running both Windows and Linux ) and Virtual Networks in the cloud. I’ve found that these capabilities can be really useful for a number of scenarios, including:
In January, my fellow IT Pro Technical Evangelists and I collaborated on a new 31 Days of Servers in the Cloud article series that demonstrates the ways in which IT Pros can easily begin leveraging these new Windows Azure IaaS offerings. As we step through this series together, you’ll have an opportunity to follow along with your own Windows Azure trial account ...
In this article, I’ll provide the steps that you’ll want to complete so that you can follow along with the series …
To prepare for exploring Windows Azure IaaS together, complete these 5 tasks to make sure you have access to the necessary resources and tools:
After completing the steps above, you're prepared for leveraging Windows Azure as your cloud-based lab platform! Be sure to check out our other "Cloud Labs" below and join the FREE "Early Experts" Cloud Quest for more deeper study on Windows Azure ...
DO IT: JOIN the "Early Experts" Cloud Quest to learn more about Windows Azure and Windows Server 2012 together! DO IT: COMPLETE the other Cloud Labs online - build Active Directory, SQL 2012, SharePoint 2013 and Linux in the Cloud!
You’re also now prepared to follow along in our 31 Days of Servers in the Cloud article series. To get started, check out the complete series below …
Do you have an interesting scenario or example for using Windows Azure Virtual Machines? Feel free to contribute your ideas in the comments below to share with our IT Pro community!
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Keith Mayer is a Senior Technical Evangelist at Microsoft focused on Windows Infrastructure, Data Center Virtualization, Systems Management and Private Cloud. Keith has over 20 years of experience as a technical leader of complex IT projects, in diverse roles, such as Network Engineer, IT Manager, Technical Instructor and Consultant. He has consulted and trained thousands of IT Pros worldwide on design of enterprise technology solutions.
Keith is currently certified on several Microsoft technologies, including Private Cloud, System Center, Hyper-V, Windows, Windows Server, SharePoint and Exchange. He also holds other industry certifications from VMware, IBM, Cisco, Citrix, HP, CheckPoint, CompTIA and Interwoven.
You can contact Keith online at http://aka.ms/AskKeith.