Read or watch
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Read “What is Azure” web site
http://www.microsoft.com/azure/whatisazure.mspx

Read the white paper by David Chappell
http://download.microsoft.com/download/e/4/3/e43bb484-3b52-4fa8-a9f...

Watch the PDC 2008 session “A Lap Around Windows Azure” by Manuvir Das
http://channel9.msdn.com/pdc2008/ES16/
He has an alternative presentation (40 minutes) here
http://channel9.msdn.com/posts/Charles/Manuvir-Das-Introducing-Wind...

Install Short List
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Either Windows2008 or Vista sp1
Some Flavor of SQL Server 2008
enable IIS with ASP.NET and WCF HTTP Activation.
Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1
.NET framework 3.5 sp1
Windows Azure Software Development Kit (January 2009 CTP)
Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio January 2009 CTP
Microsoft® Silverlight™ Tools for Visual Studio 2008 SP1
Windows Live Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio
Azure Services Training Kit - February Update
Windows PowerShell 1.0


Install with links
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Windows 2008 *****
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Windows Server 2008 Standard
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=B6E99D4C-A...
file: 6001.18000.080118-1840_x86fre_Server_en-us-KRMSFRE_EN_DVD.iso


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Windows Vista Service Pack 1 *****
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Microsoft Windows Vista 30-Day Eval VHD
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=c2c27337-d...
files:Vista.part01.exe through Vista.part18.exe


Virtual PC 2004 SP1 (to run the vista VHD)
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=6D58729D-D...
file: Virtual PC 2004 SP1.zip

Windows Vista Service Pack 1 Five Language Standalone (KB936330)
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=b0c7136d-5...
file: Windows6.0-KB936330-X86-wave0.exe

OR

Windows Update
http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com/


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SQL Server 2008 Developer Edition
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http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/bb851668.aspx
file:SQLFULL_X86_ENU

If you have SQL Server 2005, you will have problems installing the Oslo repository


The Azure SDK requires a local instance of SQL Server, and some tools in the current CTP are hard-coded to use an instance name of “.\SQLExpress”. If you skip the install of SQL Server Express with Visual Studio, then you must install

SQL Server 2008 on the “.\SQLExpress” instance name. Microsoft is working to fix this issue in a future CTP release.
If you are running SQL Server 2005/2008 (not the Express Edition), and did not install it with an instance name of “.\SQLExpress”, then you must follow the steps in this blog (but you will still have slightly reduced functionality in

this CTP)
http://www.indiangeek.net/2008/10/29/using-windows-azure-with-sql-s...
Also, on Vista, you may need to grant the “Users” group Write permission to overwrite the two files mentioned in the above article.



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SQL Server Express Edition
==============================
http://www.microsoft.com/Express/

If you have SQL Server 2005, you will have problems installing the Oslo repository


The Azure SDK requires a local instance of SQL Server, and some tools in the current CTP are hard-coded to use an instance name of “.\SQLExpress”. If you skip the install of SQL Server Express with Visual Studio, then you must install

SQL Server 2008 on the “.\SQLExpress” instance name. Microsoft is working to fix this issue in a future CTP release.
If you are running SQL Server 2005/2008 (not the Express Edition), and did not install it with an instance name of “.\SQLExpress”, then you must follow the steps in this blog (but you will still have slightly reduced functionality in

this CTP)
http://www.indiangeek.net/2008/10/29/using-windows-azure-with-sql-s...
Also, on Vista, you may need to grant the “Users” group Write permission to overwrite the two files mentioned in the above article.



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enable IIS with ASP.NET and WCF HTTP Activation.
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http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd179419.aspx

IIS 7.0 strives to be secure by default, you will need to explicitly enable both ASP.NET and WCF Http Activation
azure local fabric uses

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Visual Studio 2008 90 day trial
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http://www.microsoft.com/visualstudio/en-us/try/trial-software.mspx

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Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1 (Includes .NET framework 3.5 sp1)
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http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=FBEE1648-7...
file: VS90sp1-KB945140-ENU.exe

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Windows Azure Software Development Kit (January 2009 CTP)
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https://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=80E3EABF-...
file: WindowsAzureSDK-x86.msi

accept the default install location of “C:\Program Files\Windows Azure SDK\”
unzip SAMPLES.zip into C:\Samples

Issues and Gotchas
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd203058.aspx


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Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio January 2009 CTP
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https://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=8E90B639-...
filename: VSCloudService.msi

Issues and Gotchas
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd203058.aspx


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Microsoft® Silverlight™ Tools for Visual Studio 2008 SP1
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Silverlight_Tools.exe
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=c22d6a7b-5...


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Windows Live Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio
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https://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=f438b207-...
file: WindowsLiveTools_Nov2008CTP.zip

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Azure Services Training Kit - February Update
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https://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=413E88F8-...
file: 2009-02-10-AzureServicesTrainingKit.exe

install the Training Kit in the default location, such as C:\AzureServicesKit.

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Windows PowerShell 1.0
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http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/technologies/management/...

for one of the SDK samples called CloudDrive

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