Whether you build apps or support the infrastructure that runs the apps, the cloud can be a really big place. For some, it’s a natural evolution for their application and infrastructure to embrace the power and scale of the cloud. For others, it’s a journey that has to begin with a single step.

Windows Azure provides that first step with a scalable, flexible platform for deploying your applications your way. With our Infrastructure as a Service platform (IaaS) called Windows Azure Virtual Machines, you get the flexibility to choose between Windows and Linux with full control over the operating system configuration and installed software, matched with the portability of Hyper-V disk images. Windows Azure Virtual Machines provide the perfect environment for meeting all of your Infrastructure-as-a-Service needs.

To learn more about our Infrastructure as a Service platform, we invite all developers and IT Professionals to join local Microsoft cloud experts as they introduce you to the Microsoft Cloud Platform, dive deep into Windows Azure Virtual Machines, and help walk you through a hands-on demonstration of the power of IaaS on the Windows Azure platform.

See below for the sessions requirements. I will be at many of these events, and I hope to see you there.

Schedule and registration links:

Registration Links / City

Date

Start Time

End Time

Location

Austin

3/5/2013

8:30 AM

5:00 PM

Microsoft Austin Office

Indianapolis

3/6/2013

8:30 AM

5:00 PM

Microsoft Indianapolis Office

Cincinnati

3/12/2013

8:30 AM

5:00 PM

Microsoft Cincinnati Office

Houston

3/13/2013

8:30 AM

5:00 PM

Microsoft Houston Office

St. Louis

3/19/2013

8:30 AM

5:00 PM

Microsoft Creve Coeur Office

Chicago

3/21/2013

8:30 AM

5:00 PM

Microsoft Chicago Office

Nashville

4/4/2013

8:30 AM

5:00 PM

Microsoft Franklin Office

Edina

4/9/2013

8:30 AM

5:00 PM

Microsoft Edina Office

Session Requirements

Be sure to bring a modern laptop that is capable of running the following to make the most of your time at the Bootcamp:

The lab portion of this exercise will require you to connect to the Windows Azure Portal via a modern web browser where you will provision three separate virtual machines in the cloud and configure them each via a Remote Desktop client connection. The lab materials are all online, so no special software is required to install or use them.
If you want to work on other labs while you’re here, you might also want to install the various tools and frameworks that are part of the Windows Azure SDK. Check out various downloads
here. Installers are available on that site for Windows, Mac and Linux platforms. Details on system requirements for those SDKs can be found by following that link.

All participants registering for the event will get a FREE 90-day trial of the Windows Azure platform and services, including access to the Virtual Machines preview.

All participants that successfully complete the lab and demonstrate their running application to the instructor will be put into a drawing for some amazing prizes!